Former CIA Directors Issue Statement Slamming Trump's Brennan Move

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Former CIA Directors Issue Statement Slamming Trump's Brennan Move

Lemon further accused Trump of revoking Brennan's security clearance as a way to "silence" a heavy critic. Gates, who served as Defense Secretary under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, joins 12 other former intelligence officials on the letter.

These file photos, top row from left are former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former FBI Director James Comey, former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and former national security adviser Susan Rice.

Defenders of Brennan have been arguing President Trump is infringing on the former director's free speech. "If anything, I'm giving him a bigger voice", he said.

In the op-ed, McRaven, who retired from the Navy in 2014, described Brennan as "a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him".

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"If Brennan is to be faulted for anything, I don't think it is engendering a conspiracy against Trump, but failing as a major intelligence official to advocate a tough, firm, active policy against Russian measures to meddle with our elections", Rove said.

Others who have earned their security clearance are also speaking out against the move.

This comes days after Trump told reporters that he blames Brennan and his other enemies in the intelligence community for Robert Mueller's investigation.

Trump called Ohr a "disgrace" outside the White House and said, "I suspect I will be taking it away very quickly".

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Trump turned his ire towards former Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr for communicating with the phony dossier investigator Christopher Steele after he was sacked from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and working with Russian oligarchs. "And Mr. Mueller has a lot of conflicts, also".

Copies of any reports, memoranda or other materials provided to Senator Reid and/or members of his staff by the Central Intelligence Agency relating to alleged Russian "collusion" or cooperation between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. "Beyond that, this action is quite clearly a signal to the former and current officials", the statement said. Writing in The Washington Post, William H. McRaven said he would "consider it an honor" if Trump would revoke his clearance, as well. "You're trusted with that information", Webb said of officials keeping their clearances.

Watch above, via Fox News. No, remember you keep those security clearances as a professional courtesy or to keep an unbroken line for the next successor administration if you can be helpful with respect to national security.

And it underscores why the president's lawyers are fearful of allowing Trump to sit down for an interview with Mueller's team, as Trump has repeatedly said he is interested in doing. "He has the authority to do that".

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