Never-before presidential move: Trump strips ex-CIA director of security clearance

President Trump revoked the security clearance of the former C.I.A. director because of John Brennan’s “erratic” behavior and “increasingly frenzied commentary.”

And, Trump said, he’s not done.

Brennan reacts

Mr. Brennan, in an opinion piece in The New York Times, said the decision was politically motivated and an “attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him.” He also said he was willing to take the president to court to prevent other officials from the same revocations. Brennan has been an outspoken and harsh critic of Trump.

response from president

national security reacts

National security officials have responded with a show of solidarity: over 200 alum have signed a letter to the president, criticizing the move. Check out the list here.

Trump’s not done

The White House is in the process of revoking the clearances of several other current and former officials whom President Trump has demanded to be punished for criticizing him or playing a role in the Russian investigation.

On Monday night, Trump may have added another person to his list after watching a heated TV debate.

“Should be REVOKED?” Trump asked his nearly 54 million Twitter followers.

Brennan’s criticism has been harsh, personal and relentless. And, the president’s reaction seems like a slide toward authoritarianism. Who is right? Let’s take a look.

Want to geek out on the full statement from the president? Or, the response from Admiral William McRaven, commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command that oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden? Check it out here.

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