Bin Laden raid commander to Trump: revoke my security clearance too

John Brennan and Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA director John Brennan, in an unprecedented move.

In his op-ed, Brennan characterised Trump's action as "politically motivated" and said it was "an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him".

The man who oversaw the raid that took out al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden delivered a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump amid the White House's decision to revoke former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan's security clearance.

Mr McRaven was the head of US Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014 and supervised the SEAL raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011. A good leader sets the example for others to follow.

"Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities", Mr McRaven said.

"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", McRaven said of Trump.

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The signatories included six former CIA directors, five former deputy directors and former director of national intelligence James Clapper. "I don't know why they give them security clearances anyway other than maybe a transition period", Shelby added. And that could lead him straight into a legal morass, according to former federal prosecutor Elie Honig. "I think we're all familiar with the concept of obstruction of justice".

There was no reference to the Russian Federation probe in a White House statement Wednesday that was read at a press briefing and then sent out to reporters.

A spokesperson for Burr did not respond to a follow-up question about whether Brennan said or did anything before his clearance was revoked that led Burr to believe it should be revoked.

Despite the outcry, The Washington Post reported Thursday that Trump felt bolstered by his decision and was eager to revoke the clearances of others in the near future, an effort sure to provoke the signers of Thursday's statement.

Brennan, who was until January 2017 the guardian of America's most closely held secrets, stridently dismissed Trump's claims that his campaign did not work with Russian Federation to win the 2016 election.

Just last night, Trump quoted Dan Bongino, Joe diGenova, Mark Levin, and even Sean Hannity shortly after they said things that bolster his views on the air. "In some cases, they've lied before Congress".

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It was a swift departure from the official explanation given by the White House on Wednesday, which cited "the risks" posed by what Trump labelled Brennan's "erratic conduct and behaviour".

Trump appeared to make a direct link in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

"I think it is pretty clear this is a president who goes out of his way to punish his political adversaries".

But a few days after Comey was dismissed, Trump told NBC's Lester Holt in an interview that he was really thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he fired Comey.

In 2017, he also briefed Trump, along with James Comey, Mike Rogers and James Clapper, on the findings in regards to Russian election interference and the allegations contained in the Steele dossier, as reported by CBS News.

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