Trump expects to revoke Ohr's security clearance

Audrey Hill
August 18, 2018

While ignoring McRaven's criticism, Trump said he had been buoyed by support for his action against Brennan, a persistent critic who said Trump's behavior was "treasonous" in his Helsinki meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.

President Trump said Friday that he would "very quickly" revoke the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official who he said was "a disgrace" and was "working for" special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump's actions have been widely condemned, including by respected former admiral William McRaven, the commander of the US Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Many people don't even know who he is, and now he's a bigger voice, and that's okay with me, because I like taking on voices like that.

"You look at any of them and you see the things they've done", Trump told the Journal.

As a result of McRaven's remarks, others will likely step up to comment about the Trump's revocation of security clearances, Hayden said.

"We all agree that the president's action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances - and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech", said the letter, whose signers include former Central Intelligence Agency directors who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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

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

The White House announced earlier this week that Brennan's national security clearance had been revoked because he "recently leveraged his status with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration". Ohr's connection to the matter was as an early contact in 2016 for Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence agent who investigated Trump's ties to Russian Federation. "The Hillary Clinton whole investigation was a total sham". They should be looking at all the people that got fired by them.

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.

President Donald Trump spoke to members of the media, today, before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Southampton, N.Y., for a fundraiser.

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