Trump Plans to Revoke DOJ Official's Security Clearance
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 19, 2018,
Aug 19, 2018, 1:34
"Bruce Ohr is a disgrace". That is disqualifying for Mueller.
Trump said Wednesday that he is also reviewing the security clearances of nine other former officials, including former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, all of whom have criticized the president or been targeted by congressional Republicans seeking to discredit the Russian Federation probe.
Brennan was alarmed that Trump's decision made him "a pawn in his public relations strategy", despite the serious role he once held at the Central Intelligence Agency.
The senior White House official acknowledged that the step against Brennan had been prepared in late July, when Sanders first said Trump was considering it.
Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump fired back.
The Republican president also lashed out again at Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an investigation into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Moscow. He has since been harshly critical, on Twitter and in appearances as a television commentator, of the president's foreign policy and treatment of the intelligence community.
"We have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool", they wrote, adding that Trump's move was an "inappropriate and deeply regrettable" signal to former and current officials who dared to criticize him.
It was unclear what the argument would be for revoking Ohr's clearance, since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, while not specifying Ohr's current job, has said he has had no involvement in the Mueller investigation, begun previous year. Ohr was demoted upon the discovery of certain meetings with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, whose firm was behind dossier, and Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who assembled it.
As part of this new standard, the president is evaluating the security clearance status of nine other former intelligence directors and national security leaders like James Clapper, James Comey and Michael Hayden.
They said they did not necessarily concur with all the opinions expressed by Brennan, or the way in which he expressed them.
"Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation", r McRaven wrote.
"There's no silence. If anything, I'm giving them a bigger voice", Trump said. "He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him".
Robert Gates, the former Central Intelligence Agency director and secretary of defence, signed on to the letter Friday morning.
The war of words between former US security officials and President Donald Trump showed no sign of abating Friday, as Trump promised he would move "very quickly" to revoke the clearance for a Justice Department official whose wife worked for the firm involved in producing a dossier on Trump's ties to Russian Federation. His addition to the bipartisan list only served to underscore the alarm in national security circles following Trump's punitive swipe at Brennan. "Watch your step or this is going to happen to you".
"There are a lot of times you have to go in there and tell him something he doesn't want to hear".
He said Weissmann has the "distinction" of "putting innocent people in jail" in the Arthur Anderson trial, the verdict of which was overturned 9-0 by the Supreme Court after four Merrill Lynch executives had already been imprisoned for about a year.