John Brennan: Trump Is 'Drunk On Power' - And Dangerous

Former Intel Chiefs: White House Using Security Clearances As A 'Political Tool'

The Post, citing senior administration officials, reported that the White House has drafted documents revoking the clearances of officials, both current and former, who have criticized Trump or been involved in the Russian Federation probe. Plus, Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's fate lies in the hands of a deliberating jury. All of them have either sharply criticized Trump or are in the crosshairs of the president's congressional allies as they seek to cast doubt on the special counsel probe led by Robert Mueller III.

Among them are former CIA Director William Webster, who was appointed to that post by President Ronald Reagan; Gen. David Petraeus, another former CIA director whom Trump had considered for a position in his own cabinet; and Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director of the CIA and NSA.

"We did nothing. There's no collusion!" the president said.

Trump told reporters Friday that he's received a "tremendous response" after revoking Brennan's clearance.

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.

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Trump later said that he stripped Brennan's clearance because of his role in investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

A joint letter released Thursday by 12 former senior intelligence officials called Trump's action "ill-considered and unprecedented" and said it "has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances - and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech". "He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him", McRaven wrote. "There's no silence. If anything, I'm giving them a bigger voice", he said. "As part of this review, I'm evaluating action with respect to the following individuals - James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr".

The former intelligence leaders added in their statement that "decisions on security clearances should be based on national security concerns and not political views". And that's OK with me, because I like taking on voices like that. The president may have connected the dots for Robert Mueller, showing that he had started a security clearance-revoking rampage, not because he wants to protect classified information, but because he wants to silence, and punish his critics, those tied to the Russian Federation investigation in particular.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the decision to pull Brennan's clearance at a briefing on Wednesday, reading a statement from Trump that accused Brennan of making "a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations - wild outbursts on the internet and television - about this Administration".

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