President Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, accusing Brennan of using his access to classified information to "sow division and chaos" about the Trump administration.
There was no reference to the Russian Federation probe in a White House statement Wednesday in which Trump denounced Brennan's criticism of him and spoke anxiously of "the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior". At a news conference last month in Finland, Trump stood alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and openly questioned US intelligence agencies' conclusions that Moscow tried to influence the 2016 election in his favor.
Brennan served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency until January 2017 and held the highest security clearance until yesterday. "I will not relent", wrote Brennan. He said Brennan of participated in a "shredding of constitutional rights, lied to Congress and has been monetizing and making partisan political use of his clearance since his departure".
President Trump has also threatened to remove clearances from eight former officials and one current official.
Jordan was referencing former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr.
Brennan: Called Trump a 'traitor.' Now Trump's taken away his security clearances.
She said the administration made the decision due to Brennan's history of alleged misuse of classified information and false testimony.
"I just think that he has not fulfilled the responsibilities of the president of the United States".
He added: "This action is part of a broader effort by Mr Trump to suppress freedom of speech and punish critics".
The move to pull his security clearance prompted immediate outrage, including from Brennan himself.
Hayden told CNN viewers on Wednesday that Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's clearance was "threatening to the rest of us" and amounted to an attempt to silence dissent.
Former top national security officials have historically maintained their security clearances so they can consult with their successors.
About the only one of those that comes close to Trump's Wall Street Journal explanation is No. 3 - the idea that Brennan was making "unfounded and outrageous allegations" with regard to the Russian Federation investigation.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in July that they had "politicized, and in some cases monetized, their public service and security clearances".
So, unlike his predecessors, most of whom also left under a dark cloud, Brennan is bereft of anyone to protect him.