Commander Of Bin Laden Raid: Revoke My Security Clearance Too, Trump

Katie Ramirez
August 17, 2018

President Donald Trump on Friday said he will likely strip Justice Department official Bruce Ohr of his security clearance and said Special Counsel Robert Mueller, leading the investigation into possible Russian meddling in the presidential election that Trump won, faces conflicts that undermine the credibility of his probe. Clapper and former CIA Director Michael Hayden have appeared on a White House list of people who may also have their security clearances revoked.

The only question remaining is whether the collusion amounts to a "constituted criminally liable conspiracy", Brennan wrote.

"You look at any of them and you see the things they've done", Trump told the Journal.

In a Washington Post OpEd on Thursday, William McRaven, the former commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, spoke out on Brennan's behalf.

Asked about Ohr's security clearance, Trump said: "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly".

Burr says if it is political conjecture, Trump has full authority to pull Brennan's clearance.

As Hill Reporter covered yesterday, legal analysts say that a president getting involved in the process of revoking security clearances, especially without going through the usual channels, is utterly unprecedented, and could result in legal battles to determine whether Trump actually has that power.

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"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", he continued.

Trump has ordered a review for nine others who have security clearances. Ohr had a role in the investigation into Russia's attacks on the 2016 USA elections, which Trump has called a 'rigged witch hunt, ' and Trump has threatened revoking security clearances for numerous highly-positioned officials involved in that investigation.

"Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nations' most closely held secrets", Trump said.

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". Many have speculated that this fondness comes from personal insecurity, as Trump himself famously avoided military service during the Vietnam War - supposedly because he had "bone spurs".

The statement criticizing the White House's move is signed by top former officials who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

But a few days after Comey was dismissed, Trump told NBC's Lester Holt in an interview that he was really thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he fired Comey.

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