Trump Brushes Off Criticism from Adm. McRaven: 'Don't Know Him'

"Bruce Ohr is a disgrace".

In August 2016, just two days after Brennan briefed Senator Harry Reid and other members on Russian interference in the election, the Nevada senator wrote a letter to then-FBI director James Comey, calling the FBI to investigate Trump's campaign. "The prospect of a hostile government actively seeking to undermine our free and fair elections represents one of the gravest threats to our democracy since the Cold War and it is critical for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use every resource available to investigate this matter thoroughly and in a timely fashion".

He wrote in Thursday's New York Times that Trump "clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him".

The White House announced Thursday that it was revoking the former Central Intelligence Agency director's clearance because of what press secretary Sarah Sanders called "unfounded and outrageous allegations". "Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, I have chose to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency", Trump said in a statement dictated in the White House briefing room by his press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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In a statement released late on Thursday, officials who served under Republican and Democratic officials said they did not necessarily agree with Brennan's harsh criticism of the president but that security authorizations should be based on national security, not politics.

Trump repeatedly has called the probe a "witch hunt" and sought to discredit those involved in it. "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly".

Brennan has been outspoken in his opposition to the Trump administration's foreign policy, particularly the president's support of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "If anything, I'm giving him a bigger voice", he said.

Trump's statement Wednesday, which was delivered by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said that "at this point in my administration, any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior".

The president commented on the issue as he left the White House to travel to Bedminster, New Jersey.

The only question remaining is whether the collusion amounts to a "constituted criminally liable conspiracy", Mr Brennan wrote.

Trump has ordered a review for nine others who have security clearances. And, per an analysis at the Washington Post, he also knows former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the infamous dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russian Federation.

Bill Hemmer asked Rove about this, and the former George W. Bush-adviser panned Trump for making a "sideshow" out of his effort to punish his critics, saying it "might have been the right action for the wrong reason".

  • Joey Payne