Trump Threatens to Revoke Bruce Ohr's Security Clearance

Trump Threatens to Revoke Bruce Ohr's Security Clearance

"That is disqualifying for Mueller", he said.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump fired back. Rosenstein appointed the special counsel and oversees his work.

His comments come in the midst of an embroiled war of words between the two men after President Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday due to the the former Central Intelligence Agency official being an outspoken critic of his.

That was followed by a joint letter from 15 former senior intelligence officials calling Trump's action "ill-considered and unprecedented".

Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced Friday afternoon that he was drafting an amendment to the current two-bill spending legislation that would "block the President from punishing and intimidating his critics by arbitrarily revoking security clearances".

In addition to Trump's fiery tweets against Brennan, the White House accused him of "erratic conduct and behavior" in explaining its decision. "I could go into conflict after conflict", Trump said.

Some legal experts say Trump's actions likely are drawing scrutiny from Mueller, who is investigating whether Trump's firing of people on the Russian Federation investigation and other moves to intimidate investigators constitute obstruction of justice, which is a crime in the United States. "He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him".

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After the White House said that Brennan - a notable Trump critic - had been stripped of clearance due to his "erratic" behaviour, Trump acknowledged that it was actually because of Brennan's criticism and comments about the 2016 Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Besides Gates, those signing the letter included former CIA directors William H. Webster, George J. Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael V. Hayden, Leon E. Panetta and David H. Petraeus; former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.; and former deputy CIA directors John McLaughlin, Stephen Kappes, Avril Haines, David Cohen and Michael Morell.

Dozens of other former spies signaled their support for the statement.

According to the Post, a White House official acknowledged that the revocation of Brennan's clearance had been prepared in July, but was released this week to distract attention from media coverage of the former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's scathing memoir about her time at the White House.

They said they did not necessarily concur with all the opinions expressed by Brennan, or the way in which he expressed them.

A series of stories surrounding President Trump and the White House filled the news this week, and political cartoonists were quick to put their spin on things.

Trump's move against Brennan has prompted a growing outcry in Washington from lawmakers and former top officials in US intelligence and law enforcement agencies. No, remember you keep those security clearances as a professional courtesy or to keep an unbroken line for the next successor administration if you can be helpful with respect to national security. The others are former director of national intelligence James Clapper Jr.; former CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation directors Michael Hayden and James Comey; Obama national security adviser Susan Rice; former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok; and former acting attorney general Sally Yates. "He has the authority to do that".