Revoking security clearance: The easy way out

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I think Bruce Ohr is a disgrace.

Trump told reporters he was likely to take away clearance access from Bruce Ohr, an official in the Department of Justice who is linked to a dossier on Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Given the sad reality that current Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will not mete out justice, as the former is afraid of his shadow and legally castrated and the latter is totally corrupt, it falls upon Freedom Watch and me to get the job done.

Ohr is under intense Republican scrutiny for his contacts with Glenn Simpson, who co-founded the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

And it underscores why the president's lawyers are fearful of allowing Trump to sit down for an interview with Mueller's team, as Trump has repeatedly said he is interested in doing.

Trump denied attempting to muzzle Brennan. "But I can tell you, having worked in the national security and intelligence community for many, many years - these are not the type of people who are bullied or intimidated by the likes of someone of Mr. Trump".

Brennan said he believes Trump stripped his security clearance for political reasons and wants to "silence others who might dare to challenge him".

"I don't know McRaven", Trump said.

In another pushback against the president, retired Navy Admiral William McRaven, who oversaw the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, praised Brennan and asked Trump to revoke his security clearance as well, writing in a Washington Post opinion piece that he would "consider it an honor".

The signees included seven former CIA directors, five former CIA deputy directors and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Former CIA directors and another half dozen of America's most senior spies have issued an unprecedented condemnation of President Donald Trump, after his decision to blacklist their colleague John Brennan.

Justice Department official Bruce Ohr-who President Trump says aided his political enemies during the campaign-may be the next person to have his security clearance revoked.

He said that Brennan has somewhat transformed into a cable news pundit and has been extremely critical of the administration, unlike Woolsey and other former intelligence officials. McCraven told Trump that as president, he has been an embarrassment and humiliation, and called the revocation of security clearances of his critics an attempt to silence criticism.

The White House says it's also continuing to review the clearances of Hayden and other officials, many of whom have criticized the president.

During an appearance Thursday morning on "Fox & Friends" on the Fox News Channel, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's action.

"All notes, minutes, transcripts, and audio and/or visual recordings made of any and all briefings provided by the Central Intelligence Agency to Senator Reid and/or members of his staff regarding alleged "collusion" between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation".



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