Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Former National Security Officials Blast Trump over Security Clearance Revocations

Former National Security Officials Blast Trump over Security Clearance Revocations

They included former directors of central intelligence William Webster, George Tenet and Porter Goss; former CIA Directors Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta and David Petraeus; former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; and former deputy CIA directors John McLaughlin, Stephen Kappes, Avril Haines, David Cohen and Michael Morell.

Meanwhile, the statement by former Central Intelligence Agency directors and deputies was quickly pulled together Thursday by George Tenet, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, and former deputy director Michael Morell, according to Hayden, who also signed the document.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is challenging former CIA Director John Brennan's claim that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

"Our signatures below do not necessarily mean that we concur with the opinions expressed by former Director Brennan or the way in which he expressed them", the former officials said.

Sen. Richard Burr -chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee- slammed Brennan after the New York Times published the piece, saying his brash comments likely violated federal protocol and regulations surrounding classified information.

On Friday, 60 former CIA officials issued their own statement, joining a chorus of opposition from the intelligence community to Trump's decisions to threaten to or actually pull clearances.

"We have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool", they wrote, adding that Trump's move was an "inappropriate and deeply regrettable" signal to former and current officials who dared to criticize him.

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"Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John", Mr McRaven said.

In another development, the former U.S. Navy admiral who led the operation to kill terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is challenging Trump to revoke his security clearance. "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly", Trump told journalists.

Former CIA directors and another half-dozen of America's most senior spies have issued an unprecedented condemnation of President Donald Trump over his decision to blacklist their colleague John Brennan. "Mr. Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash".

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

In yet another one of his unusual tactics, Trump has been publicly talking about revoking the security clearances of current and former officials.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Trump is considering revoking clearances for a list of people who have either been critical of his presidency or have been involved in the investigation of Russian activities during the 2016 presidential election. "I say it again: That whole [Russia] situation is a rigged witch hunt". "And I think he's abusing the powers of that office".

Former CIA directors and other top national security officials are typically allowed to keep their security clearances, at least for some period, so they can advise their successors and continue to work in the foreign affairs field. The president suggested that his first target would be Bruce Ohr, a largely unknown justice department official who has become a frequent target of criticism by Trump and the rightwing media.

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