U.S. President Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, accusing Brennan of using his access to classified information in order to “sow division and chaos” about the Trump administration.
Trump announced the decision in a statement from him read by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders at her daily news briefing. Trump said he was also reviewing the security clearances of several other former ranking government officials with a view toward revoking them.
Trump said that “As the head of the executive branch and commander-in-chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it.”I have decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Last year, Mr Brennan said an investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia during the US presidential elections in 2016 had been “well-founded”.
President Trump has repeatedly denied the claim, calling it “witch hunt”.
And only on Wednesday, Mr Brennan attacked the president on Twitter.