Trump revokes security clearance for ex-CIA chief John Brennan

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reads a statement from President Donald Trump announcing that he will remove the security clearance from former CIA Director John Brennan during the daily press briefing at the White House Wednesday Aug

In June, the White House announced it was considering revoking the security clearance of a number of Obama-era officials, including Brennan, Comey, former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden, former director of national intelligence James Clapper, former national security adviser Susan Rice, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

President Donald Trump said he was motivated to revoke former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan's security clearance in part because of the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Brennan says the move is politically motivated and a bid by Trump to silence his critics.

Sanders is citing Brennan's "erratic conduct and behaviour" and accusing him of "lying" and "wild outbursts". "Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, I've made a decision to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency".

"The clearances issued to former directors Brennan, Hayden and others are only for the government's benefit - it ensures continuity and that they can respond when needed to weigh in on matters of national security", Sipher said.

Senior intelligence officials, according to sources with whom VOA spoke after the announcement, had no hand in compiling the list.

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Measures to restrict the amount of currency that can be exchanged with foreign banks were also said to be boosting the currency. US President Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels in July.

John Sipher, who spent almost three decades in the CIA's clandestine service, called on CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to address the situation.

James Clapper, former U.S. director of national intelligence.

Mr. Trump added Mr. Brennan has a "history" that calls into question his "objectivity and credibility. He is spreading erroneous and derogatory information about President Trump without any proof and it does nothing more than harm our nation and our national security".

Paul told reporters this week that Russian officials refused to acknowledge interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign and he said the US should stop expecting the country to confess.

A mini-flap developed following Sanders' briefing when White House reporters noticed the July 26 date on the president's statement. The former officials' accusations of improper contact between Russian Federation interests and aides to Trump during the 2016 campaign also spurred Trump to act. All have either criticized the president, been fired by him, been attacked by him on Twitter or all of the above.

He served as chief counterterrorism advisor to former president Barack Obama; with the title Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President. High-ranking intelligence, military and diplomatic officials are generally permitted to hold onto their security clearances after they leave their jobs so that they can be brought in to offer their expertise later.

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