Trump vows to yank security clearance for DOJ's Bruce Ohr


President Trump said Friday that he plans "very quickly" to strip the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official he said is "a disgrace" who is tied to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Many people don't even know who he is, and now he's a bigger voice, and that's okay with me, because I like taking on voices like that.

In a statement released late on Thursday, officials who served under Republican and Democratic officials said they did not necessarily agree with Brennan's harsh criticism of the president but that security authorizations should be based on national security, not politics.

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

The columnist wrote that Congress should hold oversight hearings over Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's security clearance and pass legislation that would spell out the grounds for revoking a security clearance, and the procedure for challenging such a revocation.

His comments come just one day after President Trump announced his decision to revoke Brennan's security clearance, marking an unprecedented use of a president's authority over the classification system to strike back at one of his prominent critics.

Trump says the official, Bruce Ohr, is a "disgrace".

"There's no silence", Trump said.

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"We have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool as was done in this case".

But he also said Brennan went too far for someone in his position by suggesting without proof that Russian Federation might have blackmail on Trump.

Webb argued that Brennan does not require a security clearance to go on television and wage a "partisan battle" against Trump and he is still empowered to say what he pleases.

That directly contradicted a July 2017 statement from Trump Jr. - written with the consultation of the White House - that claimed the meeting had been primarily about adoption.

Trump repeatedly has called the probe a "witch hunt" and sought to discredit those involved in it.

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.

The White House said Wednesday that security clearances are under review for former U.S. National Intelligence director James Clapper, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, former Obama administration National Security advisor Susan Rice, former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. On Tuesday, Brennan lambasted Trump's personal character after he derided former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as a "dog".