Trump Connects Decision to Revoke Brennan Clearance to Russia ‘Witch Hunt’ in WSJ Interview

Earlier tonight we reported on President Donald Trump sounding off to the Wall Street Journal on his decision to revoke John Brennan‘s security clearance. Well, it turns out there was a little more to it. For as the Journal reports tonight, the President “drew a direct connection” between his decision and the ongoing Russia “witch hunt”:
In an interview Wednesday, Mr. Trump cited Mr. Brennan as among those he held responsible for the investigation… “I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham,” Mr. Trump said in an interview. “And these people led it!” He added: “So I think it’s something that had to be done.”

Sarah Sanders today said that Trump is also considering similar action against James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, and Bruce Ohr. [image via screengrab]

Comey Rips Trump Over Security Clearance Threat: ‘Politicians Enabling’ Him Should Be Held Accountable

Former FBI Director James Comey put out a statement on Twitter tonight criticizing President Donald Trump for his threats to revoke security clearances. He already revoked John Brennan‘s, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today the administration is looking at taking similar action against Comey, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, etc. Comey tonight not only called out Trump for taking such action but said that politicians “enabling” him should be “held accountable.” You can read his full statement below:
“Once again this president is sending a message that he will punish people who disagree with him and reward those who praise him. In a democracy, security clearances should not be used as pawns in a petty political game to distract voters from even bigger problems. This president befriends and praises despots and dictators like Putin and Kim Jong-un. Those friends provide stark contrast to the patriotic Americans and Continue reading "Comey Rips Trump Over Security Clearance Threat: ‘Politicians Enabling’ Him Should Be Held Accountable"

Trump on Targeting Security Clearances: I’d Put a Republican on List if They Were ‘Incompetent or Crazy’

President Donald Trump did an impromptu interview with The Wall Street Journal that touched on everything from tariffs to the midterms. But he also briefly addressed his decision to revoke John Brennan‘s security clearance. The former CIA director today decried Trump’s decision as a way of going after his critics: Trump told the WSJ he almost did it last week, but things were too “hectic” so he waited.

Tucker Carlson: Networks Blasting Trump Revoking Brennan’s Clearance Are Acting Like ‘State Media’

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said tonight that actually it’s other networks acting like “state media” in how they’ve been covering President Donald Trump revoking ex-CIA director John Brennan‘s security clearance. The accusation has, in the era of Trump, been mainly directed at Fox News for the friendly relationship between the President and the network, especially the network’s more Trump-friendly hosts. Tonight Carlson made it clear not only that he supports the move against Brennan, but that he had flagged this issue weeks ago when he called Brennan an “extremist.” He mocked the coverage of the move against Brennan being taken as “an unprovoked assault on American democracy,” before saying, “Journalists ought to be skeptical of the powerful. They ought to demand accountability and clear explanations from secretive bureaucrats like John Brennan and the agency he once worked for. But they are not. Instead, they have become Brennan’s faithful Continue reading "Tucker Carlson: Networks Blasting Trump Revoking Brennan’s Clearance Are Acting Like ‘State Media’"

Lester Holt to Jack Dorsey: Would Trump’s Tweet Attacking Omarosa as a ‘Dog’ Violate Terms of Service?

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked on NBC Nightly News tonight about putting Alex Jones in a “timeout,” but he also weighed in on tweets from the President. Donald Trump loves Twitter and uses it almost every day to attack his political foes and the “fake news.” Just yesterday he went after Omarosa: After Dorsey expressed his regret for not taking faster action on cracking down on Sandy Hook falsehoods, Lester Holt asked him, “Do you make exceptions for high-profile individuals in terms of your rules of service?” “No,” Dorsey said. “We hold every account to the same standard, to the same rules.” Holt Continue reading "Lester Holt to Jack Dorsey: Would Trump’s Tweet Attacking Omarosa as a ‘Dog’ Violate Terms of Service?"

Juan Williams Calls Out Jesse Watters for Repeating False Sarah Sanders Claim on Jobs Numbers

Last night Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized for incorrect comments comparing jobs numbers for African-Americans under Trump and Obama––numbers that Jesse Watters repeated during The Five yesterday. Sanders said at the briefing, “This president since he took office created 700,000 new jobs for African-Americans. After eight years of president Obama in office, he only created 195,000 jobs for African-Americans. President Trump in his first year and a half has already tripled what president Obama did in eight years.” Watters brought up what Sanders said and added, “I’ll just let that speak for itself.” Well, it turns out the claim wasn’t true, as last night the White House Council of Economic Advisors said there was a miscommunication and Sanders apologized:

John Brennan: I Found Out My Clearance Was Being Revoked From Sarah Sanders Briefing

Former CIA Director John Brennan called into MSNBC today to respond to President Donald Trump revoking his security clearance, something he found out about from the White House announcement. After decrying the punitive move from the President, Brennan was asked by Nicolle Wallace about reporting that officials like Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats were out of the loop on this decision. Brennan responded:
“I was called by a friend and associate when Sarah Huckabee Sanders was giving that statement. So I had no knowledge of it beforehand, no one contacted me. Nobody reached out to me over the past several weeks when this issue had first surfaced. So the first I heard about it was when I was able to turn on the television and listen to Miss Sanders, and I have not heard anything from any government official since then or before then.”
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