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Trump revokes security clearance for ex-CIA chief Brennan



Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan , the White House said Wednesday , denying the frequent critic of the president any access to sensitive information .
“ Historically former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been allowed to retain access to classified information after their government service so that they can consult with their successors, ” press secretary Sarah Sanders said , reading a statement from Trump .

“ At this point in my administration , any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr Brennan are now outweighed by the risk posed by his erratic conduct and behavior, ” she quoted Trump as saying .

Following the president ’ s summit last month with Russia ’ s Vladimir Putin , Brennan , who headed the CIA under president Obama , described Trump ’ s behavior as “ nothing short of treasonous. ”

Trump said he was also considering revoking security clearances for James Clapper , the former director of national intelligence , James Comey , whom Trump fired from the post of FBI director last year , Michael Hayden , who had also served as director of national intelligence , and Sally Yates , the former acting attorney general who was sacked by Trump shortly after he came to office .

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Also on the list was Susan Rice , Obama ’ s national security adviser .

( AFP )