Trump strips former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan of security clearance

Trump revokes clearance of former CIA chief Brennan

Former CIA Director John Brennan

Sanders says other former intelligence officials' security clearances are also "currently under review".

President Donald Trump said he was motivated to revoke former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan's security clearance in part because of the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. "It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out".

According to The New York Times, more than 4 million people have security clearance, and more than a million have top secret clearance. "I will not relent", wrote Brennan.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced during Wednesday's daily briefing the Trump administration would be taking away Brennan's clearance.

"We have never had a former Communist who we now know spread Russian lies to disinform and propagandize the American people [and affect] a presidential election", Sean Hannity said. "Such access is particularly inappropriate when former officials have transitioned into highly partisan positions and seek to use real or perceived access to sensitive information to validate their political attacks".

A spokesman for Brennan declined to immediately comment.

Brennan has not only denounced Trump's tone and temperament but also his policy decisions, such as the president's decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and Iran nuclear deal.

"Brennan's actions are unconscionable, " said a former senior intelligence official.

In his statement, Trump suggested the ex-spy chief had tossed around "unfounded and outrageous allegations - wild outbursts on the internet and television - about this administration" and engaged in "increasingly frenzied commentary". Sanders also threatened that the administration is considering revoking the clearances of a number of other current and former intelligence officials.

McCabe is a former FBI deputy director who led the investigation into Clinton's email practices.

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"I've seen this type of behavior and actions on the part of foreign tyrants and despots and autocrats in my national security career", he said.

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general.

Rice was a national security adviser, McCabe the deputy director of the FBI while Strzok and Page worked for the bureau.

Andrew McCabe, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director.

The longtime FBI agent was recently fired from the bureau, his lawyer said this week. "An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American", Schiff tweeted.

On Tuesday, Trump blasted former White House aide Omarosa Manigault, tweeting, "Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!" The president said he was fulfilling his "constitutional responsibility to protect the nation's classified information". Mr Comey has said that he no longer has security clearance.

Trump appeared to make a direct link in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. "You would think the White House would check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation before trying to throw shiny objects to the press corps".

On Twitter Wednesday night, Trump quoted his friend and Fox News host Sean Hannity: "I'd strip the whole bunch of them".

Brennan's thesaurus-heavy Tweets and self-righteous grandstanding have made him a hero to the anti-Trump #resistance.

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