Trump's full statement on revoking John Brennan's security clearance

Trump revokes clearance of former CIA chief Brennan

President Trump has revoked the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John O. Brennan, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday, citing "the risk posed by his erratic conduct and behavior".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had previously floated removing Brennan's clearance along with a number of other Obama administration officials in July.

Sanders first mentioned that Trump was looking into revoking the security clearances of several critics of his - all of whom were former intelligence and national security officials - on July 23.

"No. If there were others that weren't, that we deemed necessary, we would certainly take a look and review those as well", Sanders said.

They include former FBI Director James Comey; James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence; former CIA Director Michael Hayden; former national security adviser Susan Rice; and Andrew McCabe, who served as Trump's deputy FBI director until he was sacked in March.

Clapper was director of national intelligence, Comey was the top G-man, Hayden was director of national security and Yates was a deputy attorney general.


Also on the list: fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, FBI lawyer Lisa Page and senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr. Ohr is now a Justice Department lawyer.

More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan's security clearance raises larger questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our Nation's most sensitive secrets long after their time in Government has ended.

In an exchange with ABC News' Jon Karl, Sanders denied that the president is going after his political opponents with this action.

"It's astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity". MORE's security clearance was made weeks ago, causing confusion among reporters and generating speculation that Trump had planned the move for weeks.

"Second, that conduct and behavior has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him".

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