He said others were under review.
In a subsequent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump made that crystal clear, saying he had to move against Brennan and others he holds responsible for the Russian Federation probe. Last month, Brennan described Trump's summit with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki as "nothing short of treasonous" after Trump sided with the Kremlin over U.S. intelligence officials when asked if Moscow had interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
"It was nothing short of treasonous".
Although Trump recognized that former intelligence agency and law enforcement heads "historically" have been allowed to retain their clearances as a "professional courtesy" to enable them to advise successors when needed, he said "neither of these justifications supports Mr. Brennan's continued access to classified information".
True to form, Brennan himself responded to Trump in a verbose tweet, stating that "my principles are worth far more than clearances", and vowing to keep up the #resistance. I'm taking bets. How much will the inevitable John Brennan GoFundMe raise in ResistanceBucks?
Clapper, reacting on CNN, called Trump's actions "unprecedented", but said he didn't plan to stop speaking out.
Hayden seemed to be less unsettled by the revelation, tweeting that he doesn't go back for classified briefings and that such a move wouldn't "have any effect on what I say or write". "By issuing such a statement, Mr. Trump was not only encouraging a foreign nation to collect intelligence against a United States citizen, but also openly authorizing his followers to work with our primary global adversary against his political opponent".
Trump said Brennan's clearance was revoked due to a pattern of "erratic behavior" and dishonesty.
Now former Central Intelligence Agency directors and other national security officials are allowed to keep their clearances for a period of time so they can advise their successors. He's also been critical of the president.
Brennan will be in higher demand from anti-Trump venues, at least short-term, than he would have been had he kept his clearance.
Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the NSA at the time when the ICA was drafted, wrote to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that the dossier was used to inform the assessment, according to Real Clear Investigations. Strzok fired. Yates fired. Brennan served in the Obama administration.
He wrote on Thursday Trump was "becoming more desperate to protect himself and those close to him" as the Russian Federation investigation continues.
"This has zero to do with national security".
Read the full op-ed here.
McCabe is a former FBI deputy director who led the investigation into Clinton's email practices.
Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official.