Trump vows to yank security clearance for DOJ's Bruce Ohr
- Author: Douglas Reid Aug 18, 2018,
Aug 18, 2018, 1:48
Ohr knows the co-founder of Fusion GPS-the firm hired by the Clinton campaign to do opposition research on Trump, according to CBS. President Trump said today at the White House he's actually doing the opposite.
"There's no silence", Trump said.
Former CIA directors and other top national security officials are typically allowed to keep their clearances, at least for some period.
FILE - Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 23, 2017. Brennan, a frequent Trump critic, called the president's actions an attempt to silence his free speech and tweeted, "My principles are worth far more than clearances". It was signed by six former CIA directors, five former CIA deputy directors and a former director of National Intelligence. "Beyond that, this action is quite clearly a signal to the former and current officials", the statement said.
McRaven is also famous for his "Make Your Bed" Commencement Address at University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
"Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation", he continued.
Trump said he'd had to do "something" about the "rigged" federal probe of Russian election interference.
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Trump repeatedly has called the probe a "witch hunt" and sought to discredit those involved in it.
"Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nations' most closely held secrets", Trump said. "He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him", McRaven wrote.
Former U.S. security officials on Thursday issued scathing rebukes to Trump for moving against Brennan. "If anything, I'm giving him a bigger voice", he said.
Trump's comments, made to reporters as he boarded Marine One en route to a Republican campaign event in NY, came amid rising criticism of the president for using security clearances as a political tool.
He called Trump's assertion there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation "hogwash". Many have speculated that this fondness comes from personal insecurity, as Trump himself famously avoided military service during the Vietnam War - supposedly because he had "bone spurs". Bottom row from left are former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper.
The amendment would be unlikely to pass but is expected to draw heavy Democratic support as they call attention to the controversy surrounding Trump's revoking of Brennan's clearance, a move which was announced Wednesday.
Michael Morell, a former acting director and deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, explained to CBSN why he felt he needed to speak out.