Trump revokes former CIA director’s clearance and national security reacts

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

  • The national security community reacted by releasing a statement of opposition to the president’s move to silence voices of dissent. Over 200 members have signed the letter.
  • Still, the president says he’s not done, and–after watching a TV debate–went to Twitter to ask his followers if he should revoke a clearance because Phillip Mudd (former CIA and FBI) was “totally unglued and weird.”
  • Trump has also said to have drawn up revocations for a list of former officials whom President Trump has demanded be punished for criticizing him or playing a role in the Russian investigation.

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