Donald Trump rejected the security clearance of John Brennan, Director of ex-Central Intelligence Agency with warnings of risk factors on Wednesday.
Trump in a highly unusual way claimed Mr. Brennan, Riyadh’s former Station Chief raised to lead the dreadful spy agency had become ‘erratic”. Brennan is frequently seen criticising Trump. Just an hour before he was blacklisted by Trump, he accused Trump of failing “to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, and probity.”
Mr. Brennan, who has described Democratic and Republic Presidents, now has the possibility to lose access to classified data, civility usually afforded to ex-senior officials.
US White House has been overwhelmed by a scandal over ex-senior officials presently and tried often to resolve crises by creating new controversies. It is expected that along with him, eight other senior officials have the chance to lose their clearances, which includes ex-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, ex-CIA Director and Four Star General Michael Hayden as well as former FBI director James Comey.
Without details, the group was alleged of monetizing and politicizing their security clearances and public services as well.
Trump stated that “Historically former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been allowed to retain access to classified information after their government service so that they can consult with their successors.”
He continued, “at this point in my administration, any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risk posed by his erratic conduct and behavior.”
After the last months President’s summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Mr. Brennan, who has to lead the CIA under President Obama, acknowledged Trump’s behavior as “nothing short of treasonous.”
States ex-secretary John Kerry has accused the President of “putting personal petty politics ahead of patriotism and national security.”
He added, “You expect this banana republic behavior in the kind of countries that the State Department warns Americans not to travel to, but not at home in the USA.”
Brad Moss, the lawyer of National Security stated that it is uncertain that Donald Trump can legally reject clearances on the ground stated by the US White House. Hayden stated Donald Trump’s threats as “no impact on what I think, say or write.”
Mr. Moss reports source that “it’s almost as if they wanted us to implicitly sign a no disparagement agreement” after referring to a team order, which Trump often maintained for civilian staff.