Brennan says Trump's claims of no collusion with Russian Federation are 'hogwash'

Posted August 19, 2018

Ohr's wife, Nellie, also worked for Fusion GPS during the campaign - something Trump has cited in asserting the Russian Federation investigation is politically biased against him.

"We all agree that 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", the former senior intelligence officials, including former CIA directors, former CIA deputy directors, and a former director of national intelligence, said in a statement released Thursday. "Now more than ever, it is critically important that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his team of investigators be allowed to complete their work without interference".

The counter-punch comes after days of criticism from former USA national security officials and military leaders who've cast Trump's cancellation of Brennan's clearance - an apparent retaliation for his criticism of the president - as a unsafe precedent.

Early on Saturday, Mr. Trump fired back at Brennan in a tweet, saying "he has become nothing less than a loudmouth, partisan, political hack who can not be trusted with the secrets to our country!"

That letter followed a scathing op-ed published in the Washington Post from the retired admiral who oversaw the capture of Osama Bin Laden. And that's okay with me because I like taking on voices like that, ' he said of Brennan.

Brennan said earlier this week he would "not relent" despite the removal of his clearance.

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The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

The timing of Brennan's security clearance revocation was not a coincidence, a senior White House official reportedly said.

Petraeus, one of the signers, was once considered by Trump as a candidate for secretary of state.

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Ohr is a career government official who found himself on the receiving end of Trump's Twitter attacks after "Fox & Friends" did a segment on him. He offered no other examples to prove his point. "And Mr. Mueller has a lot of conflicts, also".

He said Weissmann has the "distinction" of "putting innocent people in jail" in the Arthur Anderson trial, the verdict of which was overturned 9-0 by the Supreme Court after four Merrill Lynch executives had already been imprisoned for about a year.

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In his Friday comments, Trump said he had gotten a "tremendous response" for his action against Brennan.

In addition to Trump's fiery tweets against Brennan, the White House accused him of "erratic conduct and behavior" in explaining its decision. "We did nothing. There's no collusion".

It was the latest indication that Trump is targeting law enforcement and security officials who have been involved in the department's investigation into Russian ties with his 2016 election campaign.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, (it) is a sham", Trump was quoted as saying in the interview.

This week, the White House faced a string of embarrassing news reports stemming from the release of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's tell-all book, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House".

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