In a dramatic escalation of tensions between the White House and conventional security strategists of the country, President Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), John Brennan. "And these people led it".
"So, I think it's something that had to be done", Trump said of taking away Brennan's clearance.
Mr Brennan accused Donald Trump of withdrawing his clearance to distract from problems he is encountering and that he is following a playbook used by tyrants, despots and dictators.
"I'd also like to ask you to bring a major lawsuit against the drug companies on opioids", Trump told Sessions during a cabinet meeting on Thursday.
Brennan is reacting to the news in a phone interview with MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace.
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Despite this dispute over certain evidence, the judge denied the motion to acquit. "He is not above the law", Andres said. At one point in the discussion, Ellis asked prosecutors whether they thought he had ever interjected his own opinions.
All are critics of the president or are people whom Trump appears to believe are against him.
Trump cited that the Department of Justice's inquiry into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 United States election was the reason why Brennan's clearance was revoked.
"If, however, Director Brennan's statement is purely political and based on conjecture, the president has full authority to revoke his security clearance as head of the Executive Branch", Burr's statement continued.
Brennan has been a familiar face on television news shows where he has made scathing attacks on the president.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday also read a list of several other former officials whose credentials are now being reviewed, including two people who signed Thursday's statement. Trump said he'd had to do "something" about the "rigged" federal probe of Russian election interference. And California's Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, tweeted, "An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American".
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"The president has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it, and that's what he's doing is fulfilling that responsibility in this action", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland says of Trump, "Leaders behave like this in dictatorships, not democracies".
John Kennedy of Louisiana was more explicit in describing Brennan: "I think I called him a butthead and I meant it".
In Tuesday's press briefing she only cited what she called Brennan's "erratic conduct and behavior" that "has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him".
In a series of tweets, Trump also tweeted comments critical of Brennan, including that he "has gone off the deep end".
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Despite the outcry, The Washington Post reported Thursday that Trump felt bolstered by his decision and was eager to revoke the clearances of others in the near future, an effort sure to provoke the signers of Thursday's statement.