Bin Laden raid commander to Trump: revoke my security clearance too

Ex-CIA director's security clearance revoked

The retired Navy admiral who oversaw the 2011 raid to kill Osama bin Laden is calling on President Donald Trump to revoke his security clearance in solidarity with former CIA Director John Brennan.

Brennan's security clearance was revoked Wednesday, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announcing the move during a press briefing.

Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. Mr. Trump said in an interview to the Wall Street Journal, about the Russian Federation investigation, published on Wednesday. "And these people led it".

The president has denied any collusion.

Patrick Cotter, a former assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of NY and a longtime white-collar defense attorney, said that while a prosecutor could argue that Trump's targeting of clearances was intended as a warning that "if you contribute to, participate in, support the Russian Federation probe and I find out about it, I'm going to punish you", it is likely not obstruction in itself.

Brennan, who led the Central Intelligence Agency under Democratic President Barack Obama, on Thursday called Trump's denials "hogwash" and vowed not to be silenced.

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"Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John", Mr McRaven said. It remained up to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe, to make a final conclusion, Clapper said.

- The joint statement from 12 former intelligence officials.

Burr wants to know on what information Brennan is basing that statement.

Former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden and Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official now in the criminal division, were also on the list that threatened to revoke security clearances.

Also on the list: fired FBI special agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from the Russian Federation investigation over anti-Trump text messages; former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok exchanged messages; fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates; and senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

"I don't trust many of those people on that list", he said. "I think they're very duplicitous". "I think they're not good people".

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"Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known", McRaven wrote. McRaven's name was not on Trump's list.

Brennan is not facing any formal charges of violating any regulations or laws. He has frequently criticized the president on television news shows and in blistering tweets that Trump on Wednesday called "wild outbursts".

In a series of tweets, Trump also tweeted comments critical of Brennan, including that he "has gone off the deep end".

But, he said the move would be a "powerful piece of evidence" for prosecutors as part of a pattern to demonstrate an intent to use presidential power in connection with the probe.

Patrick Cotter, a former assistant United States attorney in the eastern district of NY, said a prosecutor could argue Trump's move was intended as a warning against helping the Russian Federation investigation, but probably not obstruction in itself.

"It's an abuse of power because he's not doing it for a legitimate reason", Castro told CNN.

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