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Asked about Ohr's security clearance, Trump said: "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly".

Trump on Wednesday revoked Brennan's security clearance and defended the move by saying he believes Brennan is responsible for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

He had high hopes for Trump as president, he writes, but he has been let down.

McRaven echoed those sentiments, arguing in his op-ed that Trump has "embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation".

Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters on the White House South Lawn, said the official, Bruce Ohr, is a "disgrace".

McRaven tells Trump that he would consider it an honor if the president would revoke his security clearance as well so he can add his name to the list of individuals who have spoken out against Trump's presidency. "The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be", he added.

But a few days after Comey was dismissed, Trump told NBC's Lester Holt in an interview that he was really thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he fired Comey. Ohr had a role in the investigation into Russia's attacks on the 2016 US elections, which Trump has called a 'rigged witch hunt, ' and Trump has threatened revoking security clearances for numerous highly-positioned officials involved in that investigation.

Hayden warned the action will have a "chilling effect" on the entire intelligence community, "that if you disagree with the president, if you say things with which the president disagrees or he does not like, he is willing to take punitive action against you". It's not us. It is a rigged with hunt.

"If Brennan is to be faulted for anything, I don't think it is engendering a conspiracy against Trump, but failing as a major intelligence official to advocate a tough, firm, active policy against Russian measures to meddle with our elections", Rove said. It's a totally rigged deal.

"Many people don't even know who [McRaven] is, and now he has a bigger voice. They should be looking at the other side", he said, a reference to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party.

Brennan received a separate endorsement on Thursday from retired Admiral William McRaven, the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command who oversaw the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Burr says if it is political conjecture, Trump has full authority to pull Brennan's clearance.

If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken.


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