The Washington Post, citing senior administration officials, reported that the White House has drafted documents revoking the clearances of officials, both current and former, who have criticised Mr Trump or been involved in the Russian Federation probe. Plus, Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's fate lies in the hands of a deliberating jury.
Former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova said that a Hillary Clinton victory in 2016 would have been "extremely detrimental to the rule of law", responding to new revelations about the Trump-Russia dossier. FormerDirector of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and former Deputy CIA Director Bert Calland also signed onto the statement Friday.
"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".More news: Donald Trump says Turkey has acted badly in Brunson case
The statement also claimed that Brennan had been "leveraging" his clearance to make "wild outbursts" and claims against the Trump administration in the media. "But I can tell you, having worked in the national security and intelligence community for many, many years - these are not the type of people who are bullied or intimidated by the likes of someone of Mr. Trump". According to former acting Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Morell, Gates was out of cell range when the letter was originally released, but he's an "important voice".
Less than 24 hours after Sanders' statement, Trump told a reporter that Brennan was sacked over ties to Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling. "If anything, I'm giving him a bigger voice", he said.
Adm. William McRaven made the request in a letter to Trump, published Thursday in The Washington Post, one day after the president canceled Brennan's security clearance.
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"I think right now, this country is in a crisis in terms of what Mr. Trump has done and is liable to do", Brennan told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.
He wrote in Thursday's New York Times that Trump "clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him". He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him.
Patrick Cotter, a former assistant US attorney in the Eastern District of NY and a longtime white-collar defence attorney, said that while a prosecutor could argue that Trump's targeting of clearances was intended as a warning that "if you contribute to, participate in, support the Russian Federation probe and I find out about it, I'm going to punish you", it is likely not obstruction in itself.
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