Brennan says Trump is trying to silence critics

Brennan says Trump is trying to silence critics

Brennan says Trump is trying to silence critics

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Brennan engaged in "erratic conduct and behavior".

Brennan quickly hit back, accusing the president of trying to curb free speech in a "politically motivated" action that he said should "gravely worry all Americans".

On Tuesday, Brennan responded on Twitter to a tweet Trump posted calling former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog".

Brennan, who spent 25 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, concluded: "My principles are worth far more than clearances".

"I think there needs to be an official determination made about this and that, I think, can only be done by the Mueller investigation", Mr. Clapper said.

"I have also begun to review the more general question of the access to classified information by government officials".

Trump supporters and critics both said his move marked an unprecedented politicization of the US government's security-clearance process and an escalation of Trump's ongoing battle with USA intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

In response, Mr Brennan said the move was part of President Trump's broader effort to "suppress freedom of speech and punish critics".

Rice was a national security adviser, McCabe the deputy director of the FBI while Strzok and Page worked for the bureau.

"This is an Official Enemies List" CBSJohn Brennan. It's pretty unusual for a former high official to be vocal in criticizing the successor administration.

Mrs Sanders also denied that the move was being taken to punish Trump critics, saying it was to "protect classified information".

She also had informed the White House that Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, was potentially compromised because of his contacts with Russian officials.

In the case of the Holt interview, Trump never actually directly said that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation; instead, he merely said that Russian Federation was on his mind when he did it. The White House later distributed a revised version of the statement with the date removed.

The president was on an extended working holiday at his New Jersey golf club last week. "I think I have tried to voice the concerns of millions of Americans about Mr. Trump's failures, in terms of fulfilling the responsibilities of that sacred and solemn office of the presidency".

Sanders, giving a statement to reporters during the daily White House press briefing, said Brennan has leveraged his clearance to make "wild outbursts" and criticisms about Trump.

Sen. Richard Burr said Thursday that Brennan is purporting to know - as fact - that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power.

Former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies can usually keep access to classified information after leaving office "so that they can consult with their successors regarding matters about which they may have special insight and as a professional courtesy", Trump said in an August 15 statement.

A spokesman for Mr Brennan declined to immediately comment.

President Trump's statement said Mr Brennan's clearance issue raised wider questions about allowing former officials to keep their security clearances. That statement has been backed up by several senior former intelligence officials, as well as the former top lawyer for the director of national intelligence. "Will the republic stand or fall on whether John retains his access to classified information?"

In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Hayden warned that the revocation amounts to a threat from the administration. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person.

"That is a frightful message to be sending to folks who are there to tell you objective truth", he said.

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