Trump vows to yank security clearance for DOJ's Bruce Ohr

President Trump said Friday his next target for stripping security clearance is high-ranking Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, and said it will probably happen quickly.

Brennan then said he was very disappointed with the Republican members of Congress - many who he has known and respected for years - who are "turning a blind eye and making excuses for someone who doesn't deserve to be given this type of leash".

The President said he would "soon" revoke the clearance of Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official whom Trump has criticized for his connections to a dossier of infamous allegations about the US President and Russian Federation.

"Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency", he added. "If Director Brennan's statement is based on intelligence he received while still leading the CIA, why didn't he include it in the Intelligence Community Assessment released in 2017?"

They went on to argue, "We have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool, as was done in this case".

"Beyond that, this action is quite clearly a signal to other former and current officials", the former officials said, adding that the signal "is inappropriate and deeply regrettable".

FILE - U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven addresses the Texas Board of Regents, in Austin, Texas, Aug. 21, 2014.

"We did nothing. There's no collusion!" the president said.

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Trump has denied any collusion and Russian Federation has said it did not meddle in the election.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, (it) is a sham", Trump was quoted as saying in the interview.

He says Trump can't suppress his critics' voices, which will continue until he becomes "the leader we prayed you would be".

He went on to say, "Are the Republicans on the Hill who have given him a pass - are they going to wait for a disaster to happen before they actually find their backbones and spines to speak up against somebody who clearly, clearly, is not carrying out his responsibilities with any sense of goal and common sense from the standpoint of national security?"

"The defendant did not provide 'substantial assistance, ' and much of the information provided. came only after the government confronted him with his own emails, text messages, internet search history and other information it obtained via search warrants and subpoenas", Mueller wrote.

Sen. Richard Burr said Thursday that Brennan is purporting to know - as fact - that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power.

The only question remaining is whether the collusion amounts to a "constituted criminally liable conspiracy", Brennan wrote. Bottom row from left are former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper.

In his first live interview since news broke that his security clearance had been revoked, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow about how he learned about the revocation.

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