Trump expects to revoke Ohr's security clearance

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"I think Bruce Ohr is a disgrace", he said.

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Brennan renewed his charges that Trump and his aides may have known about and cooperated with Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Sanders said Trump is also reviewing the clearances of James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

Defenders of Brennan have been arguing President Trump is infringing on the former director's free speech.

Trump's comments, made to reporters as he boarded Marine One en route to a Republican campaign event in NY, came amid rising criticism of the president for using security clearances as a political tool.

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.

"All notes, minutes, transcripts, and audio and/or visual recordings made of any and all briefings provided by the Central Intelligence Agency to Senator Reid and/or members of his staff regarding alleged "collusion" between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation".

Describing Trump's move as "inappropriate and deeply regrettable", they insisted "we have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool, as was done in this case".

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"I call it the rigged witch hunt", Trump told the Wall Street Journal.

Asked about Ohr's security clearance, Trump said: "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly".

Brennan accused Trump of committing treason, which Tucker Carlson previously noted on Fox News is a capital offense.

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".

"Many people don't even know who (Brennan) is, and now he has a bigger voice".

"There's no silence. If anything, I'm giving them a bigger voice", Trump said. "Mr. Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash", Brennan said.

McRaven then challenged Trump to revoke his clearance also.

As Hill Reporter covered yesterday, legal analysts say that a president getting involved in the process of revoking security clearances, especially without going through the usual channels, is utterly unprecedented, and could result in legal battles to determine whether Trump actually has that power. The signers - who served in Democratic and Republican administrations - called Trump's action "ill-considered".

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