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Commander Of Bin Laden Raid: Revoke My Security Clearance Too, Trump

Commander Of Bin Laden Raid: Revoke My Security Clearance Too, Trump

"I think that Bruce Ohr is a disgrace, with his wife, Nellie", Trump told reporters Friday, saying that he plans to yank Ohr's security clearance "very quickly", the New York Times reports.

Most recently, Ohr has come under scrutiny for his alleged dealings with the author of the anti-Trump dossier and potentially secret meetings with Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS.

Others who have earned their security clearance are also speaking out against the move.

McRaven was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, and oversaw the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

A group of top former officials who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations called the revocation of Brennan's security clearance "unprecedented". "If anything, I'm giving him a bigger voice", he said.

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. Trump said, nevertheless, that Mueller should be allowed to finish a report on Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election. "Decisions on security clearances should be based on national security and not political views".

He cited Sen. Richard Burr's criticism of Brennan for not briefing Congress if he believed that the president was colluding with Russian Federation.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday night, Trump called the move against Brennan "something that had to be done" because officials on the list "led" the "rigged witch hunt" Russian Federation investigation.

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

Brennan has repeatedly clashed with Trump on Twitter and on television, calling Trump's failure to denounce Russian interference in USA elections at a recent summit with Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous".

During an appearance Thursday morning on "Fox & Friends" on the Fox News Channel, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's action.

"Let him write his report", Trump said.

Putin told reporters in Helsinki, while standing next to Trump, that he had wanted the former NY businessman to win the White House. "I say it again: That whole [Russia] situation is a rigged witch hunt".

President Donald Trump has demonstrated a noticeable fondness for military leaders, surrounding himself with officers such as Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and former national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

"I've never respected him", Trump said.


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