President Donald Trump is drawing a direct connection between the Russian Federation investigation and his decision to revoke former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan's security clearance. "If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of collusion, it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not The New York Times", Burr said. He also wrote: "Mr Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash".
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.
Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, Mr Brennan said the move was "designed to punish me for my public criticism of Mr Trump".
He has previously described as "treasonous" the joint press conference Mr Trump held with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Finland last month.
The president's statement accused Brennan of "erratic conduct and behavior" that "has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him".
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 original statement released by the White House on Wednesday included a date of July 26, although aides said that was an error.
Senate Democrats were much more openly critical.
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Other names on that list include former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, and many others.
"I don't see why he would need a security clearance".
Patrick Cotter, a former assistant U.S. 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. Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official now in the criminal division, was also on the White House list. "I will not relent", Brennan tweeted after the announcement.
Trump said he does not trust "many of those people on that list" and does not think they are "good people". "I don't know why they give them security clearances anyway other than maybe a transition period", Shelby added.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders calls on a member of the media during the daily press briefing at the White House, Aug. 15, 2018.
One Republican who bucked the party line was Sen.