Michael Hayden: 'Sense of Embarrassment' in Security Clearance Flap

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On Thursday, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton tweeted about their lawsuit for documents relating to Brennan's leak to Reid, and said pulling Brennan's security clearance was "the right call". Gates, who served as Defense Secretary under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, joins 12 other former intelligence officials on the letter.

The White House announced Thursday that it was revoking the former Central Intelligence Agency director's clearance because of what press secretary Sarah Sanders called "unfounded and outrageous allegations".

"If anything, I'm giving him a bigger voice", the president said.

"There are few, if any, who have a more impressive record of service", Hayden said.

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

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This comes days after Trump told reporters that he blames Brennan and his other enemies in the intelligence community for Robert Mueller's investigation.

After Trump yanked Brennan's security clearance, Brennan said Trump's "claims of no collusion" are "hogwash". "For him to be in the Justice Department and doing what he did, that is a disgrace".

Signaling that his efforts to target clearances over his frustration with the Russian Federation investigation were not over, Trump tweeted that it was a "disgrace" for Bruce Ohr to be in the Justice Department.

"Mr. Mueller is highly conflicted".

"But let him write his report".

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McRaven has been a consistently vocal critic of Trump, saying in February 2017 that Trump's attacks on the free press "may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime". On Tuesday, Brennan lambasted Trump's personal character after he derided former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as a "dog".

"The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of "Trump Incorporated" attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets", Brennan wrote.

"This action is quite clearly a signal to other former and current officials", the letter says. Several of them have said they no longer have clearances.

After the White House said Brennan - a notable Trump critic - had been stripped of clearance due to his "erratic" behavior, Trump admitted it was because of his criticism and comments on the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

During an appearance Thursday morning on "Fox & Friends" on the Fox News Channel, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's action.

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The amendment would be unlikely to pass but is expected to draw heavy Democratic support as they call attention to the controversy surrounding Trump's revoking of Brennan's clearance, a move which was announced Wednesday.

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