Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Bin Laden raid commander to Trump: revoke my security clearance too

Bin Laden raid commander to Trump: revoke my security clearance too

Trump said on Wednesday that he was also reviewing the security clearances of nine other former officials, including former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, all of whom have criticised the president or been targeted by congressional Republicans seeking to discredit the Russian Federation probe.

Speaking on RTE's Drivetime programme today, Mr Brennan said he believed President Trump had revoked his security clearance in order to "send a message to others, both within the government and outside ... that if you dare to speak out against Mr Trump there are ways that he can try to hit back at you".

He had high hopes for Trump as president, he writes, but he has been let down. "So I think it's something that had to be done".

Trump appeared to make a direct link in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump confers with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, during a cabinet meeting on Thursday in the White House.

Following the president's summit last month with Russia's Vladimir Putin, Brennan - who headed the Central Intelligence Agency under Obama - described Trump's behavior as "nothing short of treasonous". Trump's statement, distributed to reporters, was dated July 26, 2018, suggesting it could have been held and then released when needed to change a damaging subject.

They include Comey; James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence; former CIA Director Michael Hayden; former national security adviser Susan Rice; and Andrew McCabe, who served as Trump's deputy Federal Bureau of Investigation director until he was sacked in March.


Brennan called Trump's behavior at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the decision at a White House briefing Wednesday.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, says Trump's move is a "stunning abuse of power".

They include former FBI Director James Comey; James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence; former CIA Director Michael Hayden; former national security adviser Susan Rice; and Andrew McCabe, who served as Trump's deputy FBI director until he was sacked in March.

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, warns a "dangerous precedent" is being set.

But at least two other Republicans were in favour of Trump's action.

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