Trump says Turkey has acted badly in Brunson case

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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 Trump supporters, in part because his wife worked for a company that produced a dossier alleging Russian Federation had incriminating evidence against the now president.

Trump's admission that he acted out of frustration about the Russian Federation probe underscored his willingness to use his executive power to fight back against an investigation he sees as a threat to his presidency.

Brennan has repeatedly clashed with Trump on Twitter and on television, calling Trump's failure to denounce Russian interference in USA elections at a recent summit with Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous".

As Hill Reporter covered yesterday, legal analysts say that a president getting involved in the process of revoking security clearances, especially without going through the usual channels, is utterly unprecedented, and could result in legal battles to determine whether Trump actually has that power.

In his letter, McRaven praised Brennan as "one of the finest public servants I have ever known".

"I think right now, this country is in a crisis in terms of what Mr. Trump has done and is liable to do", Brennan told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

"By issuing such a statement, Mr. Trump was not only encouraging a foreign nation to collect intelligence against a United States citizen, but also openly authorizing his followers to work with our primary global adversary against his political opponent", Brennan wrote.

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"It's a disgusting thing, frankly", he said. "They can't take our people".

"It's not us. It is a rigged witch hunt". Brennan, Clapper, Comey and the rest, including former assistant deputy attorney general and head of the the Department of Justice's Organized Crime Task Force, Bruce Ohr, need to be brought before a grand jury, indicted, tried convicted and sentenced to many years in the slammer! Each had high-ranking positions in the CIA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other intelligence-gathering agencies.

Trump later said that he stripped Brennan's clearance because of his role in investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In another development, the former U.S. Navy admiral who led the operation to kill terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is challenging Trump to revoke his security clearance.

Former Army Ranger, Benghazi hero and survivor Kris "Tonto" Paranto took to Twitter this week to slam former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan after President Trump pulled his security clearance.

Trump called Ohr a "disgrace" outside the White House and said, "I suspect I will be taking it away very quickly".

Two of those who signed the statement - former director of national intelligence James Clapper and former CIA director Michael Hayden - are, according to Trump, on a list of people who could lose their clearance.

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