According to the Post, a White House official acknowledged that the revocation of Brennan's clearance had been prepared in July, but was released this week to distract attention from media coverage of the former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's scathing memoir about her time at the White House.
Brennan, who served under Obama, was one of the intelligence chiefs who signed off on the intelligence community's January 2017 assessment that Russian Federation interfered with the intent to help Trump and to hurt Hillary Clinton.
His comments come in the midst of an embroiled war of words between the two men after President Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday due to the the former Central Intelligence Agency official being an outspoken critic of his. FormerDirector of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and former Deputy CIA Director Bert Calland also signed onto the statement Friday.
They went on to argue, "We have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool, as was done in this case".
Several former officials have said they rarely use their clearances, which allow them to serve as institutional memories and provide advice to current officials, if requested.
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In his Friday comments, Trump said he had gotten a "tremendous response" for his action against Brennan.
McRaven called Brennan "one of the finest public servants I have ever known" and called on Trump to lift his own top secret clearance to show solidarity with 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. And that's okay with me, because I like taking on voices like that. He told the Journal he doesn't trust "many of those people on that list" and thinks they aren't "good people".
"On Wednesday, Trump cited "lying", frenzied commentary", and "erratic conduct" as reasons he'd revoked Brennan's security clearance.
"There's no silence. If anything, I'm giving them a bigger voice", Trump said.
He called Trump's assertion there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation "hogwash".
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The only question remaining is whether the collusion amounts to a "constituted criminally liable conspiracy", Brennan wrote. Bottom row from left are former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper.
"You don't have to agree with what John Brennan says (and, again, not all of us do) to agree with his right to say it, subject to his obligation to protect classified information", it continues. Legal experts said the dispute may add to the evidence being reviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Two of the signees - Clapper and former CIA Director Michael Hayden - have appeared on a White House list of people who may also have their security clearances revoked.
As Cummings pointed out, "if making "outrageous" statements or engaging in "wild outbursts on the Internet and television" were grounds for denying access to classified information, numerous President's top aides ― indeed the President himself ― would be swept into this unprecedented new category".
"He's one of the most pivotal witnesses in this whole thing", Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of NY, told Blake.
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