Trump Prepared To Revoke Security Clearance From DOJ Official Bruce Ohr

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Trump said he got a "tremendous response" for his decision to end Brennan's security clearance. "I think that Bruce Ohr is a disgrace, with his wife, Nellie", Trump told reporters Friday, saying that he plans to yank Ohr's security clearance "very quickly", the New York Times reports. 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.

He called Trump's assertion there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation "hogwash".

"This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics".

Trump's comments, made to reporters as he boarded Marine One en route to a Republican campaign event in NY, came amid rising criticism of the president for using security clearances as a political tool.

A day earlier, McRaven, who retired in 2015, wrote a scathing open letter to Trump published by the Washington Post in which he ripped Trump for lifting the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.

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

Burr says if the claim is based on intelligence Brennan received while CIA director, it should have been included in the 2017 USA intelligence assessment of Russian meddling in the election.

Trumps remarks came after he revoked the security clearance earlier this week of former CIA Director John Brennan. Lake said Brennan is an ideal foe for Trump since he's intelligence community figure with the sharpest criticisms against the administration. He said the only question now is whether the collusion that took place "constituted criminally liable conspiracy".

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Of those on the list, only Ohr is still employed in government service, but maintaining a security clearance is useful for finding documents if any of them are called to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller investigation.

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

According to former acting Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Morell, Gates was out of cell range when the letter was originally released, but he's an "important voice".

"For him to be in the Justice Department, and to be doing what he did, that is a disgrace", Trump said.

Trump has ordered a review for nine others who have security clearances.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt", Trump told the Wall Street Journal.

"I don't think it advances the criminal obstruction case, but I think it's factually relevant", said Mark Zaid, a national security attorney.

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