United States ex-spymaster says Trump colluded with Russian Federation

Blanche Robertson
August 17, 2018

Trump revoked the security clearance of Brennan on Wednesday and warned several other prominent critics that they too risk being blacklisted.

Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday he would not be silenced by Donald Trump, a day after the USA president revoked the Obama-era official's security clearance and said the move was directly tied to the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. "So, when I see Mr Trump in the oval office not conducting himself the way I think a president should I am going to speak out".

There was no reference to the Russian Federation probe in a White House statement Wednesday that was read at a press briefing and then sent out to reporters.

McRaven then challenged Trump to revoke his clearance also. The White House later issued a revised statement with that date removed.

The public spat highlights the increasingly partisan shadow that's been cast over national security and intelligence in the Trump era.

Shortly after they sent out the first statement, the White House released a second, identical statement that was undated.

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Trump also admitted there was a link between stripping Brennan of his security clearance and the special counsel investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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

Brennan has been deeply critical of Trump's conduct, calling his performance at a press conference last month with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland "nothing short of treasonous". "So, this is a unsafe precedent to set". Press secretary Sarah Sanders accused the former officials of "politicizing agencies and departments that are specifically meant to not be political".

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

Other names on that list include former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, and many others.

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