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Former Intel Chiefs: White House Using Security Clearances As A 'Political Tool'

Her editorial comes the morning after a dozen former top intelligence officials, including former CIA directors William Webster, George Tenet and Porter Goss, declared in a statement supporting Brennan that "security clearances should be based on national security concerns and not political views".

Departing for NY on Friday, President Trump said he did not know McRaven, but added that he had received a "tremendous response from having done that because security clearances are very important to me". Very, very important. And I've had a tremendous response for having done that. "I say it again: That whole [Russia] situation is a rigged witch hunt". He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him.

Brennan has repeatedly clashed with Trump on Twitter and on television, calling Trump's failure to denounce Russian interference in USA elections at a recent summit with Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous".

"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.

In revoking Brennan's clearance, Trump on Wednesday accused the former Central Intelligence Agency director, one of his most outspoken critics, of making "a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations - wild outbursts on the internet and television - about this Administration". It's a totally rigged deal.

Trump on Wednesday revoked Brennan's security clearance and defended the move by saying he believes Brennan is responsible for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. They should be looking at the other side. And that's okay with me, because I like taking on voices like that.

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"Mr. Mueller has a lot of conflicts also directly, you know that".

"As individuals who have cherished and helped preserve the right of Americans to free speech - even when that right has been used to criticize us - that signal is inappropriate and deeply regrettable", they wrote.

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. We did nothing. There's no collusion.

Asked about the federal bank fraud and money laundering trial of his one-time campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, the president at first said "I don't talk about that now" before proceeding to criticize the prosecution of his former adviser.

"If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken", he added.

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