Trump Plans to Revoke DOJ Official's Security Clearance

Lester Mason
August 18, 2018

Former CIA Director John Brennan criticized President Donald Trump on Friday for revoking his security clearance and said the President is "drunk on power".

Patrick Cotter, a former assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of NY and a longtime white-collar defense attorney, said that while a prosecutor could argue that Trump's targeting of clearances was intended as a warning that "if you contribute to, participate in, support the Russian Federation probe and I find out about it, I'm going to punish you", it is likely not obstruction in itself.

Dozens of other former spies signaled their support for the statement.

Defenders of Brennan have been arguing President Trump is infringing on the former director's free speech.

Trump has indicated he also was considering revoking security clearances for other critics, including Clapper and Hayden, former national security adviser Susan E. Rice, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates and Ohr.

In revoking Brennan's clearance, Trump on Wednesday accused the former Central Intelligence Agency director, one of his most outspoken critics, of making "a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations - wild outbursts on the internet and television - about this Administration".

"Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency", McRaven said in the piece.

Trump has denied any collusion and Russian Federation has said it did not meddle in the election. "And these people led it". "I say it again: That whole [Russia] situation is a rigged witch hunt".

Former U.S. security officials on Thursday issued scathing rebukes to Trump for moving against Brennan.

"The president has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it, and that's what he's doing is fulfilling that responsibility in this action", Sanders said.

But most of Mr Trump's Republican allies have defended the move or refused to condemn it publicly.

According to CNN, Donald Trump is considering revoking the clearances of at least nine former and current national security officials: James Clapper (former Director of National Intelligence), Michael Hayden (former CIA and NSA Director), Sally Yates (former Deputy Attorney General), Susan Rice (former National Security Adviser), James Comey (former FBI Director), Andrew McCabe (former Deputy FBI Director), Peter Strzok (former FBI agent), Lisa Page (former FBI attorney), and Bruce Ohr (DOJ official). "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly", Trump told reporters before leaving the White House for a trip to NY.

Former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault, who was sacked in December, released her book "Unhinged" this week, which tells of her time at the White House.

The source said that White House communications officials have similarly discussed plans to release the other revocations as a distraction to unwelcome news coverage.

"I don't trust many of those people on that list", he said. "You know the "wag the dog" scenario as a way to distract attention".

"The defendant lied in order to hide his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the campaign and made his false statements to investigators on 27 January 2017, early in the investigation, when key investigative decisions, including who to interview and when, were being made", Mr Mueller said.

Mr Mueller said the government believed a sentence of up to six months in prison was "appropriate and warranted" along with a fine of $9,500.

"It's a disgusting thing, frankly", he said.

Muller also told the judge that Papadopoulos had not fully cooperated with prosecutors.

"Let him write his report", Trump said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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