Michael Hayden: 'Sense of Embarrassment' in Security Clearance Flap

Michael Hayden: 'Sense of Embarrassment' in Security Clearance Flap

Michael Hayden: 'Sense of Embarrassment' in Security Clearance Flap

Mr Brennan, who served under President Barack Obama and has become a vocal Trump critic, called Mr Trump's claims that he did not collude with Russian Federation "hogwash".

Brennan accused Trump of committing treason, which Tucker Carlson previously noted on Fox News is a capital offense.

In the statement, the officials call the move "unprecedented" and caution against using security clearances as a political tool.

President Donald Trump has demonstrated a noticeable fondness for military leaders, surrounding himself with officers such as Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and former national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

The president's decision to strip clearance from Mr. Brennan, who was a top aide to President Barack Obama in the White House before being sent to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, has been deeply divisive.

The group of former officials included Robert Gates, George Tenet, David Petraeus, James Clapper and Leon Panetta, among others.

"I know I've gotten tremendous response from having done that, because security clearances are very important to me", he said. "You're trusted with that information", Webb said of officials keeping their clearances.

According to reports Thursday, Bruce Ohr stands to lose his job at the department if the president revokes his security clearance.

Brennan said he believes Trump stripped his security clearance for political reasons and wants to "silence others who might dare to challenge him". And that's okay with me, because I like taking on voices like that. Lake said Brennan is an ideal foe for Trump since he's intelligence community figure with the sharpest criticisms against the administration. "I will not relent", Brennan tweeted after the announcement. "Bruce Ohr is a disgrace".

The letter, released Thursday, defends Brennan, whose security clearance was revoked in what critics say was retribution for speaking out against Trump.

Ohr works in the Justice Department's criminal division. Last year, in a speech at the University of Texas, he pushed back against Trump's assault on the news media as "the enemy of the American people". "And Mr. Mueller has a lot of conflicts, also". "We did nothing. There's no collusion".

Trump repeated his belief the probe is a "rigged witch hunt. a sham. and these people led it", referring to Brennan and nine other past and current government security officials whose clearances he is considering revoking.

Burr says if the claim is based on intelligence Brennan received while CIA director, it should have been included in the 2017 US intelligence assessment of Russian meddling in the election.

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