Trump brushes off McRaven jabs after yanking ex-CIA chief's clearance

Mark Weber  Op-Art

Mark Weber Op-Art

Trump says the official, Bruce Ohr, is a "disgrace".

And Trump yet again unloaded on Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with his campaign. Ohr had a role in the investigation into Russia's attacks on the 2016 USA elections, which Trump has called a 'rigged witch hunt, ' and Trump has threatened revoking security clearances for numerous highly-positioned officials involved in that investigation.

"Let him write his report".

Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing about Russian actions during the 2016 election on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 23, 2017.

"All notes, minutes, transcripts, and audio and/or visual recordings made of any and all briefings provided by the Central Intelligence Agency to Senator Reid and/or members of his staff regarding alleged "collusion" between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation". Rove said Brennan has been "over-the-top" and "irresponsible" with his criticisms against the president - though he wasn't sure how advantageous it would be for Trump to paint Brennan as the newest member of "the resistance".

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The ex-officials say "the president's action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances - and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech". Writing in The Washington Post, William H. McRaven said he would "consider it an honor" if Trump would revoke his clearance, as well. Legal experts said the dispute may add to the evidence being reviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"I don't know McRaven", Trump said.

In his letter McRaven also directly criticized President Trump saying "through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation". Very, very important. And I've had a tremendous response for having done that. "I've never respected him".

Describing Trump's move as "inappropriate and deeply regrettable", they insisted "we have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool, as was done in this case".

"So I think it's something that had to be done", he said.

Mueller and his team have been looking at Trump's public statements and tweets as they investigate whether the president could be guilty of obstruction.

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. When you look at what's going on there, I think it's a very sad day for our country.

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