Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Former CIA Director and Other Critics

Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Former CIA Director and Other Critics

With the retaliatory revocation of former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, the White House inadvertently revealed its crisis-management messaging strategy - keep big announcements in a pocket to lob later like news flash bombs.

She announced that security clearances for other former officials, including James Clapper and Sally Yates, are under review.

Former Vice President Joe Biden called Trump's act "unbecoming of a President", and warned that it would only embolden Brennan in his public crusade against Trump.

He told MSNBC Deadline host Nicolle Wallace that he was completely blindsided by the move, only finding out from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' afternoon press briefing instead of first being contacted by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats or CIA Director Gina Haspel.

It continued: "Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct characterised by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nations' most closely held secrets".

On Wednesday, Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance, which had allowed the ex-spymaster to continue to access classified documents since he resigned last January. He said he was "honored" to deliver Trump's message, which he said "emphasized the importance of further engagement".

James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Rice was national security adviser during Obama's second term and has criticized Trump policies.

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper, who led the creation of the ICA, admitted to CNN in 2017 that "some of the substantive content of the dossier" was included in the assessment.

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But Brennan says the move "is not going to deter" him. Trump has used the text messages to buttress his claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is biased against him. News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff and David Corn, the Washington bureau chief of the left-wing Mother Jones magazine, Brennan contacted Reid on August 25, 2016, to brief him on the state of Russia's interference in the presidential campaign.

Security clearances, their issuance, revocations, and standards regarding same, are exclusively Executive functions, allowing President Trump to act unilaterally on them.

Trump has ordered a review for nine others who have clearances.

"This has zero to do with national security".

Brennan said he's anxious Trump is sending a message to other former and current officials with security clearances that they shouldn't say critical things about the president.

Brennan, who has briefed Republican and Democratic presidents, could now lose access to classified information - a courtesy usually afforded to former senior officials of all political stripes.

The Brennan dust-up reminds me of the Omarosa feud, oddly enough, in that both are examples of Trump counterproductively elevating a critic because he couldn't resist the temptation to take a swing at them.

Peter Strzok, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

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