Brennan May Consider Legal Action After Security Clearance Stripped

More than 175 former United States intelligence leaders have backed ex-CIA chief John Brennan since the president revoked his security clearance.

"By revoking or threatening to revoke the security clearances of former intelligence officials who have criticized his conduct in office, President Trump is setting an extremely unsafe precedent", Mr. Warner added. More than 10 former ambassadors and more than 20 former US attorneys signed on.

"All of us believe it is critical to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure".

Brennan's legal warning came as other officials joined the growing chorus of critics - now more than 75 intelligence officials - denouncing Trump's security clearance threats, saying they have a right to express their views on national security issues without fear of punishment.

Former National Security Adviser Anthony Lake and former Nasa administrator and Navy secretary Sean O'Keefe have signed the letter, along with more than 20 former USA attorneys and 10 former ambassadors.

It added that while the signatures "do not necessarily mean that we concur with the opinions expressed by former CIA Director Brennan or the way in which he expressed them", they do represent "our firm belief that the country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views".

Mr Brennan, a vocal critic of Mr Trump, has been locked in a war of words with the president after arguing the Russian Federation investigation was "well-founded".

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting on August 16, 2018.

"If my clearances and my reputation as I'm being pulled through the mud now, if that's the price we're going to pay to prevent Donald Trump from doing this against other people, to me it's a small price to pay", Brennan said. "So I am going to do whatever I can personally to try to prevent these abuses in the future".

"If it means going to court, I will do that".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Brennan's clearance was stripped following erratic behavior and untruthfulness, although Mr. Trump, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, linked the pulling of Brennan's clearance to the Russian Federation probe.

'I hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our country's history, brings a lawsuit.

Sanders said that reason didn't justify Brennan keeping his clearance.

"Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct, characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary, is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation's most closely held secrets and facilitates the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos", the White House said.

Among the most prominent individuals to sign a new version of the statement released on Monday by senior officials from the George W. Bush and Obama administrations are former State Department and National Security Counsel lawyer John Bellinger, former Deputy Secretaries of State Anthony Blinken and William Burns, former Undersecretaries of State Nicholas Burns, Wendy Sherman and Thomas Pickering. Brennan has described that decision as an attempt to stifle freedom of speech, and criticism of the president in particular.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.