Trump Targets Official Linked To Russia Probe For Punitive Action

Trump Targets Official Linked To Russia Probe For Punitive Action

By Friday evening, another 60 former intelligence officers added their voices in their own letter.

"Such a public clarion call certainly makes one wonder what Mr. Trump privately encouraged his advisers to do - and what they actually did - to win the election", Brennan said.

"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", McRaven wrote.

The statement also claimed that Brennan had been "leveraging" his clearance to make "wild outbursts" and claims against the Trump administration in the media. "I could go into conflict after conflict", Trump said. "That has everything to do with the freedom of American intelligence to be candid with the commander in chief".

Speaking to reporters while leaving the White House Friday, Mr. Trump was asked if a current Department of Justice official working on the Russian Federation probe should lose his clearance, as some conservatives are suggesting.

Trump has repeatedly targeted Ohr as a source for Mueller and his investigation.

"It's nearly as if the president is connecting the dots for Robert Mueller", Tapper said, according to The Hill, adding that "despite the best efforts of the White House staff to act as if this decision was about protecting classified information, President Trump made it clear it was actually about punishing one of his fiercest critics".

In the 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.

His comments come in the midst of an embroiled war of words between the two men after President Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday due to the the former Central Intelligence Agency official being an outspoken critic of his.

"We have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool", they wrote.

Russian Federation denies having meddled in the 2016 election, but US intelligence agencies uniformly say Moscow did intervene and tried to help Trump beat Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

They said they did not necessarily concur with all the opinions expressed by Brennan, or the way in which he expressed them.

Some presidential aides echoed concerns raised by outside critics that the threatened revocations smack of a Nixonian enemies list, with little or no substantive national security justification.

"Many people don't even know who [McRaven] is, and now he has a bigger voice".

If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. "I've never respected him", Trump said.

Writing in The Washington Post, William H. McRaven said he would "consider it an honour" if Mr Trump would revoke his clearance, as well.

His fury with Ohr reached a new level on Friday when he told reporters, "I think Bruce Ohr is a disgrace".

"I think Bruce Ohr is a disgrace", the president said of the career Justice Department official, who conservatives believe was a conduit for anti-Trump information to reach the Federal Bureau of Investigation during and after the campaign, including the Steele dossier containing salacious and unproven allegations about Mr. Trump.

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Trump spoke to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before leaving for a pair of Long Island events and a weekend at his Bedminster, New Jersey, estate Friday.

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