Michael Hayden: 'Sense of Embarrassment' in Security Clearance Flap

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"Bruce Ohr is a disgrace". "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly".

Ohr's wife worked for Fusion GPS.

Trump turned his ire towards former Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr for communicating with the phony dossier investigator Christopher Steele after he was sacked from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and working with Russian oligarchs.

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.

Former top U.S. intelligence officials sharply rebuked U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday for stripping one-time CIA director John Brennan's security clearance, but Trump defended his move and said he planned at least one more revocation.

Of those on the list, only Ohr is still employed in government service, but maintaining a security clearance is useful for finding documents if any of them are called to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller investigation.

In another development, the former U.S. Navy admiral who led the operation to kill terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is challenging Trump to revoke his security clearance.

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The DOJ official's security access is up for review along with several other Obama-era officials accused of anti-Trump bias in the workplace.

After Trump lambasted Brennan earlier today, Lake spoke to CNN's Brooke Baldwin and explained that its part of the president's plan for casting the former Central Intelligence Agency director as a new enemy he can rally his base against.

Copies of any reports, memoranda or other materials provided to Senator Reid and/or members of his staff by the Central Intelligence Agency relating to alleged Russian "collusion" or cooperation between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

Mr Trump on Wednesday openly tied his decision to strip Mr 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.

The letter alleges that Trump's revoking of Brennan's clearance "has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances - and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech".

Praising John Brennan's character, honesty, and integrity, he invited Trump to revoke his own clearance as well. He reiterated that his action was directly tied to the Russian Federation investigation, or "rigged witch hunt", as Trump calls it. He added, "So I think it's something that had to be done".

President Trump said today at the White House he's actually doing the opposite. "I've never respected him; I've never had a lot of respect", Trump said.