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

And Brennan might not be the only former intelligence or national security official to have his clearance taken away; the president has threatened others as well.

"I applaud President Trump for his revoking of John Brennan's security clearance".

She added Brennan's "lying and recent conduct, characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary, is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation's most closely held secrets".

"Mr. Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash", Brennan wrote.

Trump on Wednesday openly tied his decision to strip Brennan of his clearance - and threaten almost a dozen other former and current officials - to the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with his campaign.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, (it) is a sham", Trump said in an interview with the newspaper on Wednesday.

"So I think it's something that had to be done", he said.

But Trump, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, connected Brennan and other intelligence officials with Mueller's probe.

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Being stripped of his clearance, McCraven said, would allow him to join the resistance to Trump's presidency.

Brennan, who was the Central Intelligence Agency director during the second White House term of former President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017, said that Trump's claims that "no collusion" occurred between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation "are, in a word, hogwash".

"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", wrote McRaven, who led the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014.

Trump says he is reviewing security clearances for nine other individuals, including the eight pictured.

Shortly after they sent out the first statement, the White House released a second, identical statement that was undated.

"Security clearances for those who still have them may be revoked, and those who have already lost their security clearance may not be able to have it reinstated", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, reading a statement in the president's name. "I don't know why they give them security clearances anyway other than maybe a transition period", Shelby added.

"While I had deep insight into Russian activities during the 2016 election, I now am aware - thanks to the reporting of an open and free press - of many more of the highly suspicious dalliances of some American citizens with people affiliated with the Russian intelligence services".

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