Admiral Who Oversaw Bin Laden Raid: 'Revoke My Security Clearance,' Too

Brennan blasts Trump's no collusion claims as 'hogwash'

Brennan blasts Trump's no collusion claims as 'hogwash'

One day after President Donald Trump's decision to revoke ex-CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, former Navy Admiral William McCraven demanded his be revoked, too, in a show of solidarity.

This John Brennan is someone who had access to classified intel, and says that the intel showed communication between the Trump team and Russian Federation.

"He's acted like a political hack, and not a national security professional", Kennedy said.

"If, however, Director Brennan's statement is purely political and based on conjecture, the president has full authority to revoke his security clearance as head of the Executive Branch", Burr added. He said Brennan has "unparalleled integrity".

Trump for his part accused the ex-spy chief of tossing around "unfounded and outrageous allegations - wild outbursts on the internet and television - about this administration" and engaging in "increasingly frenzied commentary".

Reactions from Republican lawmakers were mixed, with some critical of Trump while others blamed Brennan for acting inappropriately.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham", Mr. Trump said in an interview. And these people led it.

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"I have witnessed this type of behaviour through the course of my intelligence career, in terms of what the foreign tyrants, and despots and dictators would do, and Mr Trump is following that play book quite closely", he said.

There was no suggestion that Brennan has leaked classified information.

Former high-ranking officials typically retain their security clearance when they leave office so their successors can consult with them on sensitive issues.

Trump compiling a "Nixonian enemies list" Florida questions Senate chairman over claim that Russians have "penetrated" election systems WikiLeaks says Senate panel requested Assange testimony for Russia probe MORE (R-N.C.) in a statement pointed to a New York Times op-ed published Thursday in which Brennan describes Trump's claims of "no collusion" between his campaign and Russia as "hogwash".

His remarks come on the heels of outrage from some of Trump's opponents to his targeting of Brennan, the former Central Intelligence Agency head calling the president's actions a politically-charged effort to "scare others who might challenge him".

Hayden made a similar suggestion in an interview with CNN. Russian Federation has said it did not interfere, contrary to the USA intelligence community's findings.

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