Trump suspects DOJ official Bruce Ohr's clearance will be revoked "quickly"

John Brennan

On Friday, Trump said he would likely remove the security clearance of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who has been targeted by Trump supporters, in part because his wife worked for a company that produced a dossier alleging Russian Federation had incriminating evidence against the now president.

Most recently, Ohr has come under scrutiny for his alleged dealings with the author of the anti-Trump dossier and potentially secret meetings with Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS.

"I don't know McRaven", Trump said before boarding Air Force One to go to a fundraiser in the Hamptons before heading to his Jersey golf club for the weekend, a visit he said was "going to be all work".

Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS during the campaign - something Mr. Trump has tweeted about to highlight his assertions of political bias behind the Russian Federation investigation.

"On Wednesday, Trump cited "lying", frenzied commentary", and "erratic conduct" as reasons he'd revoked Brennan's security clearance. The opposition research firm hired former British spy Christopher Steele during the 2016 presidential campaign to compile the dossier. Clapper and former CIA Director Michael Hayden have appeared on a White House list of people who may also have their security clearances revoked. A group of top former officials who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations called the revocation of Brennan's security clearance "unprecedented".

Speaking to reporters days after he revoked the clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, Trump said that Mueller has a lot of conflicts.

"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", he said. "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly", Trump told journalists.

Later Thursday, the retired Navy admiral who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden called Trump's moves "McCarthy-era tactics".

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".

"If Brennan is to be faulted for anything, I don't think it is engendering a conspiracy against Trump, but failing as a major intelligence official to advocate a tough, firm, active policy against Russian measures to meddle with our elections", Rove said.

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad".

Brennan has repeatedly clashed with Trump on Twitter and on television, calling Trump's failure to denounce Russian interference in USA elections at a recent summit with Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous".

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.



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