Trump Revokes Ex-CIA Director Brennan's Security Clearance, Reviews Comey, Clapper

Trump revokes clearance of former CIA chief Brennan

MORE's security clearance was made weeks ago, causing confusion among reporters and generating speculation that Trump had planned the move for weeks.

Brennan has been a leading critic of Trump.

"Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, I have chose to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency", Trump said in a statement dictated in the White House briefing room by his press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Fox Business Network's Blake Burman said that the clearance review will go far beyond Brennan, and includes former Obama-era officials like Federal Bureau of Investigation heads James Comey and Andrew McCabe. All have either criticized the president, been fired by him, been attacked by him on Twitter or all of the above.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had previously floated removing Brennan's clearance along with a number of other Obama administration officials in July.

Mr Trump is also reviewing access to classified information for former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who he fired past year, and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, among others.

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Traditionally, former officials maintain their security clearance to advise their successors, but Trump argued there is little utility in allowing Brennan to keep his clearance.

"As the head of the executive branch and commander-in-chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation's classified information, including by controlling access to it", Trump's statement read.

On Tuesday, President Trump announced he would revoke former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance.

"So this really has the feel of someone simply trying to do two things, silence critics and also distract from another damaging political event that's going on with Omarosa", he observed. But, he added "politicizing the way we guard our nation's secrets just to punish the President's critics is a risky precedent".

They have also been critical of Trump.

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