Brennan: President Trump is "drunk on power"

Brennan: President Trump is

Brennan: President Trump is "drunk on power"

Former CIA Director John Brennan appeared on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Friday night and fired back at President Donald Trump after a week of abuse from the White House.

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On Friday, Trump said he would likely remove the security clearance of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who has been targeted by supporters of the president, in part because his wife worked for a company that produced a dossier alleging Russian Federation had incriminating evidence against Trump. "If Trump starts lashing out at Comey and all he said publicly is, 'I'm doing this because of Russia,' I think that can be construed as retaliation". "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly", Trump told reporters before leaving the White House for a trip to NY.

The counter-punch comes after days of criticism from former US 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 risky precedent. While a statement for Brennan's revocation was composed in July, three weeks prior to the official announcement, the White House made a decision to finally pull the trigger on Wednesday in order to derail the media coverage surrounding Omarosa's book.

"It's nearly as if the president is connecting the dots for Robert Mueller", Tapper said, according to The Hill, adding that "despite the best efforts of the White House staff to act as if this decision was about protecting classified information, President Trump made it clear it was actually about punishing one of his fiercest critics". "I could go into conflict after conflict", Trump said.

'Many people don't even know who he is, and now he has a bigger voice.

Brennan described Trump's actions at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month as treasonous.

Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced Friday afternoon that he was drafting an amendment to the current two-bill spending legislation that would "block the President from punishing and intimidating his critics by arbitrarily revoking security clearances".

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Among the signers were six former Central Intelligence Agency directors - including retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who was a potential candidate for secretary of state in the early days of the Trump administration.

But unlike some of the other outrageous acts Trump chooses to fill his time with, ranging from the misguided to the deeply offensive, the path he's on of using his discretionary security clearance powers is potentially criminal.

Hayden and James Clapper, another official on the statement and the former Director of National Intelligence under President Barack Obama, are both included on a list of officials that the administration is considering stripping of security clearances. Several of them have said they no longer have clearances. "I've never respected him".

"Has anyone looked at the mistakes that John Brennan made while serving as CIA Director?"

Dozens of other former spies signaled their support for the statement.

While Brennan was a clear target of Trump's action, Hayden said in an interview, another is "everybody else on the list".

The president's remarks and the report from the Washington Post escalated worsening tensions between the White House and the intelligence community.

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