WaPo columnist calls on GOP to censure Trump over security clearances

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.

Hayden made his remarks in a Friday interview on CNN's "New Day."

McRaven denounced Trump's recent unprecedented decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a fierce critic of the president.

A retired Navy admiral who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is telling President Donald Trump that he'd be honored if Trump would yank his security clearance just like he did to former CIA Director John Brennan. Many people don't even know who he is, and now he has a bigger voice.

Webb argued that Brennan does not require a security clearance to go on television and wage a "partisan battle" against Trump and he is still empowered to say what he pleases.

Of those on the list, only Ohr is still employed in government service, but maintaining a security clearance is useful for finding documents if any of them are called to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller investigation.

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

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WaPo columnist calls on GOP to censure Trump over security clearances

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump admitted his decision on Brennan's clearance was linked to the ongoing federal probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election. "I've never respected him; I've never had a lot of respect", Trump said.

McRaven was critical of Trump, saying he's "embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation".

The newspaper reports that Trump called the investigation a "rigged witch hunt. a sham" and went on to declare, "And these people led it".

The DOJ official's security access is up for review along with several other Obama-era officials accused of anti-Trump bias in the workplace. "In some cases, they've lied before Congress".

In announcing Comey's firing, the White House initially cited the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's handling of the probe into Democratic rival Clinton's emails, seizing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's decision to divulge details of the probe to the public during her campaign against Trump.

After the White House said Brennan - a notable Trump critic - had been stripped of clearance due to his "erratic" behavior, Trump admitted it was because of his criticism and comments on the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

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