Trump Prepared To Revoke Security Clearance From DOJ Official Bruce Ohr

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Former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault, who was sacked in December, released her book "Unhinged" this week, which tells of her time at the White House. Ohr's connection to the matter was as an early contact in 2016 for Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence agent who investigated Trump's ties to Russian Federation. Legal experts said the dispute may add to the evidence being reviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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. On Friday, former Director of National Intelligence Denny Blair, who briefly served as Obama's first DNI, and former deputy CIA director Porter Goss, signed the letter.

The dossier - portions of which remain unconfirmed - was commissioned as opposition research by political opponents of then-candidate Trump and compiled by a former British intelligence agent.

"We have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool as was done in this case".

"Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs", Mr McRaven said.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump fired back.

He praised Brennan and asked Trump to revoke his security clearance as well, writing in a Washington Post opinion piece that he would "consider it an honor". "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly", Trump told reporters before leaving the White House for a trip to NY.

Mr Trump on Wednesday openly tied his decision to strip Mr Brennan of his clearance - and threaten almost a dozen other former and current officials - to the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with his campaign.


According to reports Thursday, Bruce Ohr stands to lose his job at the department if the president revokes his security clearance.

His comments came two days after he yanked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, saying he had to do "something" about the "rigged" USA federal probe of Russian election interference.

Democrats accused the president of trying to punish his critics.

"Let him write his report".

"Director Brennan's recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power", Burr said in a Thursday statement.

"There's no silence. If anything, I'm giving them a bigger voice". "As part of this review, I'm evaluating action with respect to the following individuals - James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr".

"The defendant lied in order to hide his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the campaign and made his false statements to investigators on 27 January 2017, early in the investigation, when key investigative decisions, including who to interview and when, were being made", Mr Mueller said. And that's okay with me, because I like taking on voices like that.

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