More than a dozen senior intelligence officials, including the retired navy admiral who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, have heavily criticised Donald Trump, accusing him of trying to stifle free speech in revoking the security clearance of former spy chief John Brennan.
Former CIA director John Brennan has struck back at US President Donald Trump, writing in a blistering opinion piece that Trump's claims of no collusion with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election are "hogwash".
The letter, in which McRaven takes a public political stance for the first time against Trump, comes one day after the White House announced that Trump was revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.
"And these people led it", Trump said, referring to Brennan and nine other past and current government security officials whose clearances he is considering revoking.
Former top intelligence and law enforcement officials have traditionally been allowed to retain their clearances as a professional courtesy, which also allows future administrations to call upon them for their expertise.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's press secretary, insisted on Wednesday the White House wasn't targeting only Trump critics.
Ohr was friends with Steele, the former British intelligence officer commissioned by an American political research firm to explore Trump's alleged ties with the Russian government. If Director Brennan's statement is based on intelligence he received while leading the CIA, why didn't he include it in the Intelligence Community Assessment.
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Mr Brennan further said that he would not let up in his criticism of Mr Trump.
Despite the outcry, The Washington Post reported Thursday that Trump felt bolstered by his decision and was eager to revoke the clearances of others in the near future, an effort sure to provoke the signers of Thursday's statement. Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official now in the criminal division, was also on the White House list.
He told the Journal he doesn't trust "many of those people on that list" and thinks "they're very duplicitous" and "not good people".
"So I think it's something that had to be done", he added.
"I'd strip the whole bunch of them", Hannity said. U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro said Mueller should also investigate the issue now that Trump has tied it to the Russian Federation probe.
Several Republicans also weighed in, with Sen. His criticisms provoked Trump to tweet this week, quoting a former Secret Service agent, calling Brennan a "stain" on our country.
But Brennan says the move "is not going to deter" him.