Former CIA director: Trump worked with Russians and now he’s desperate - Whisper Eye

Former CIA director: Trump worked with Russians and now he’s desperate

Former CIA director John Brennan has said Donald Trump removed his security clearance because his campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election  and the US president is now desperate to end the special counsel’s investigation.

In a column for the New York Times, Mr Brennan cited press reports and Mr Trump’s own goading of Russia during the campaign to find Democrat Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.

Mr Trump himself drew a direct connection between the revocation of Mr Brennan’s clearance and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, telling The Wall Street Journal the investigation is a “sham”, and “these people led it!”

“So I think it’s something that had to be done,” Mr Trump said.

Mr Brennan wrote that Mr Trump’s claims of no collusion with Russia are “hogwash”, and that the only question remaining is whether the collusion amounts to a “constituted criminally liable conspiracy”.

The former CIA chief wrote: “Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him.”

Mr Brennan’s loss of a security clearance was an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocal critic and politicises the US government’s security clearance process.

Former CIA directors and other top national security officials are typically allowed to keep their clearances, at least for some period of time, in order for them to be in a position to advise their successors and to hold certain jobs.

Mr Trump said he is reviewing the security clearances of several other former top intelligence and law enforcement officials, including former FBI director James Comey.

All are critics of the president, or are people Mr Trump appears to believe are against him