Trump brushes off McRaven jabs after yanking ex-CIA chief's clearance

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"I could go into conflict after conflict". Writing in The Washington Post, William H. McRaven said he would "consider it an honor" if Trump would revoke his clearance, as well.

Two of those who signed the statement - former director of national intelligence James Clapper and former CIA director Michael Hayden - have been cited by Trump as on a list of people who could lose their clearance. All of them have either sharply criticized Trump or are in the crosshairs of the president's congressional allies as they seek to cast doubt on the special counsel probe led by Robert Mueller III.

Bill Hemmer asked Rove about this, and the former George W. Bush-adviser panned Trump for making a "sideshow" out of his effort to punish his critics, saying it "might have been the right action for the wrong reason".

Trump said that in addition to Brennan, the security clearances of nine other former officials are under review.

Trump later said that he stripped Brennan's clearance because of his role in investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Later Thursday, the retired Navy admiral who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden called Trump's moves "McCarthy-era tactics".

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The only question remaining is whether the collusion amounts to a "constituted criminally liable conspiracy, " Brennan wrote.

President Donald Trump is linking his decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan to the special counsel's investigation into Russian Federation election meddling and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

In August 2016, just two days after Brennan briefed Senator Harry Reid and other members on Russian interference in the election, the Nevada senator wrote a letter to then-FBI director James Comey, calling the FBI to investigate Trump's campaign. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation. They said it "has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances - and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech".

"I think Bruce Ohr is a disgrace". "We did nothing, there is no collusion, but if he was doing an honest report, he'd write it on the other side".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., June 21, 2017. "I think it's very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort", he said.

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