Ex CIA directors issue unprecedented Donald Trump condemnation

Ex CIA directors issue unprecedented Donald Trump condemnation

But Trump said Wednesday he is reviewing the clearances of several other former top intelligence and law enforcement officials, including former FBI Director Comey and current senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

This comes days after Trump told reporters that he blames Brennan and his other enemies in the intelligence community for Robert Mueller's investigation.

Sanders added that Trump would review the security clearances of other critics: former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; the FBI veterans no longer have clearances per Bureau exit procedures.

"But let him write his report".

Trump has indicated he also was considering revoking security clearances for other critics, including Clapper and Hayden, former national security adviser Susan E. Rice, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates and Ohr.

"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".

The letter, released Thursday, defends Brennan, whose security clearance was revoked in what critics say was retribution for speaking out against Trump.

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Trump repeatedly has called the probe a "witch hunt" and sought to discredit those involved in it.

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

A day earlier, McRaven, who retired in 2015, wrote a scathing open letter to Trump published by the Washington Post in which he ripped Trump for lifting the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.

Praising John Brennan's character, honesty, and integrity, he invited Trump to revoke his own clearance as well.

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

The amendment would be unlikely to pass but is expected to draw heavy Democratic support as they call attention to the controversy surrounding Trump's revoking of Brennan's clearance, a move which was announced Wednesday.

President Donald Trump brushed off criticism from retired Adm. William McRaven Friday on the lifting of security clearances of administration opponents.

"If anything, I'm giving him a bigger voice", the president said.

McRaven then challenged Trump to revoke his clearance also.

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