President Donald Trump faced an unprecedented outcry from former intelligence officials on Friday after stripping the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, but Trump defended his move and said he planned another one soon.
"So I think it's something that had to be done", he said. "For him to be in the Justice Department, and to be doing what he did, that is a disgrace".
Trump on Wednesday openly tied his decision to strip Brennan of his clearance - and threaten almost a dozen other former and current officials - to the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with his campaign. Plus, Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's fate lies in the hands of a deliberating jury.
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Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS during the campaign - something Trump has tweeted about to highlight his assertions of political bias behind the Russian Federation investigation.
The statement also claimed that Brennan had been "leveraging" his clearance to make "wild outbursts" and claims against the Trump administration in the media.
The Republican president also lashed out again at Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an investigation into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Moscow.
Trump brushes off McRaven jabs after yanking ex-CIA chief's clearance
On Friday, he said he expected to "very quickly" revoke the security clearance for Justice Department official Bruch Ohr, who he called a "disgrace".
"There's no silence. If anything, I'm giving them a bigger voice".
The decorated military leader, who was integral in the 2011 killing of bin Laden in Pakistan, stressed that a good leader "always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself", but said that's not the case for Trump.
The piece, posted on the New York Times website, came a day after Trump announced he was stripping the security clearance of Brennan, who led the Central Intelligence Agency during most of President Barack Obama's second term and has emerged as one of Trump's fiercest critics.
"Many people don't even know who [McRaven] is, and now he has a bigger voice".
"Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nations' most closely held secrets", Trump said.
All materials, including briefing reports and memos, audio/video presentations, PowerPoint presentations and any other records, used by CIA Director Brennan and/or other CIA officials to brief Senator Reid and/or members of his staff on alleged "collusion" between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.