Former Intel Chiefs: White House Using Security Clearances As A 'Political Tool'

Mark Weber  Op-Art

Mark Weber Op-Art

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller's probe, said that Ohr had no role in Mueller's probe.

The letter alleges that Trump's revoking of Brennan's clearance "has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances - and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech". Brennan, who served under President Barack Obama and has become a vocal Trump critic, called Trump's claims that he did not collude with Russian Federation "hogwash".

Former U.S. security officials on Thursday issued scathing rebukes to Trump for moving against Brennan.

Putin told reporters in Helsinki, while standing next to Trump, that he had wanted the former NY businessman to win the White House.

Asked about Ohr's security clearance, Mr. Trump said: "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly". "In many cases, I've given him a bigger voice".

"If Brennan is to be faulted for anything, I don't think it is engendering a conspiracy against Trump, but failing as a major intelligence official to advocate a tough, firm, active policy against Russian measures to meddle with our elections", Rove said.

Unlike most of the names on Mr. Trump's target list for revoking security clearances, Mr. Ohr is still in government.

He noted that after the 9/11 attacks, Bush officials recalled former Clinton administration officials, including ex-CIA Director James Woolsey, to help in counter-terrorism and intelligence projects aimed at protecting the nation. "That signal is inappropriate and deeply regrettable".

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

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. Several of them have said they no longer have clearances.

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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. 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.

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. "He has the authority to do that".

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