Won't Be Silenced By Trump, Says Ex-CIA Chief After Being Blacklisted

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Along with revoking Brennan's security clearance, the White House said it was reviewing access to classified information for several other former government officials who have been critical of Trump, including former FBI Director James Comey, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, among others.

Brennan, who was the Central Intelligence Agency director during the second White House term of former President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017, said that Trump's claims that "no collusion" occurred between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation "are, in a word, hogwash". "And these people led it!" Trump blames Brennan and others for planting the seeds of the special counsel's probe that has dogged his presidency for the last 15 months.

Mr Warner's intervention came after it was pointed out that the original White House statement was dated July 26.

Recalling the "many years" he spent working on counterintelligence investigations, Brennan said he was well aware how Russia works to develop relationships with powerful people and the "potential for American citizens ... to be pawns in Russian hands".

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At least two of the former officials, Comey and McCabe, do not now have security clearances, and none of the eight receive intelligence briefings. The officials, who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, stressed that Brennan was an "enormously talented, capable, and patriotic individual who devoted his adult life to the service of this nation". "So I think it's something that had to be done".

Paul's office released the scathing statement Wednesday afternoon just hours after Trump officially stripped Brennan's credentials.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, (it) is a sham", Trump told the newspaper in an interview on Wednesday.

"Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John".

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"I don't trust many of those people on that list", he said. "I think that they're very duplicitous".

The officials also called Trump's decision "inappropriate and deeply regrettable", and urged him not to take similar actions in the future.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, says Trump's move is a "stunning abuse of power".

Brennan called Trump's behavior at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous".

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Mark Warner, who represents Virginia for the Democrats, tweeted: "This might be a convenient way to distract attention, say from a damaging news story or two". "In the time I have known him, John Brennan has never been afraid to speak up and give it to you straight", former Vice-President Joe Biden posted on Twitter.

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