Brennan blasts Trump's no collusion claims as 'hogwash'

Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington

Brennan blasts Trump's no collusion claims as 'hogwash'

William McRaven, a retired Navy admiral who served as commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post Thursday asking President Trump to revoke his security clearance in solidarity with former Central Intelligence Agency director James Brennan, who had his security clearance revoked Wednesday.

"The White House just messaged the entire American intelligence community", Hayden said.

"Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him", he wrote. Democratic lawmakers blasted the president's move as unsafe. "So I think it's something that had to be done".

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John Brennan wrote that it is "critically important" that special counsel Robert Mueller be permitted to complete his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russia.

Brennan wrote that Trump's claims of no collusion with Russian Federation are "hogwash" and that the only question remaining is whether the collusion amounts to a "constituted criminally liable conspiracy".

Trump pulled Brennan's security clearance on Wednesday because of his "lying", "frenzied commentary" and "wild outbursts on the Internet and television", according to a statement read during Wednesday's White House news briefing by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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High-ranking government officials sometimes retain security clearances after leaving office to advise their successors as needed, and some private sector companies can also require them. "And that is a awful message to be sending to folks who are there to tell you objective truth". Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official now in the criminal division, was also on the White House list.

He has previously described as "treasonous" the joint press conference Mr Trump held with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Finland last month. After Trump's attack this week on former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, Brennan tweeted that the president failed "to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, and probity".

NPR producer Barbara Sprunt contributed reporting to this story.

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