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Trump Denies New Report About Obama

'New Yorker' alleges he considered revoking his predecessor's security clearance

(Newser) - A New Yorker article about former CIA chief John Brennan's animosity toward President Trump makes a jarring allegation that has caught the attention of Trump himself. Reporter Adam Entous writes that Trump last year considered taking the unprecedented step of revoking former President Obama's security clearance as friction... More »

Trump: I 'Hope' Brennan Sues Me

President calls him a 'hack'

(Newser) - Former CIA director John Brennan on Sunday revealed that he has consulted with lawyers and may sue President Trump in the wake of his security clearance being revoked. Trump's response on Monday was essentially: Bring it on. "I hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our country’... More »

Brennan Says He'll Fight Trump on Security Clearance

'I am going to do whatever I can personally to try to prevent these abuses in the future'

(Newser) - Former CIA director John Brennan says he plans to fight back against President Trump's revoking of his security clearance , which he considers an attempt to intimidate him and other current and former government officials, the Guardian reports. Brennan told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that he has... More »

Man Who Oversaw bin Laden Raid: Take My Clearance, Too

William McRaven joins others criticizing president's John Brennan decision

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to strip former CIA chief—and frequent Trump critic—John Brennan of his security clearance apparently isn't sitting well in the intelligence community. A dozen former top senior officials, including former CIA chiefs, have signed a letter condemning the move, reports CBS News . "[W]e... More »

John Brennan Has a Word for Trump

'Hogwash,' writes the former CIA chief after his security clearance is pulled

(Newser) - Former CIA chief John Brennan is lashing back at President Trump after being stripped of his security clearance . Trump's denials of any collusion with the Russians during the 2016 election are "hogwash," Brennan writes in the New York Times . He uses the same word to describe Russia'... More »

Trump Yanks Brennan's Security Clearance

White House says former CIA director has made 'outrageous allegations'

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is following through on his threat to revoke the security clearance of former Obama administration CIA director John Brennan, a vocal critic of the president, the White House said Wednesday. "Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly... More »

Trump Wants to Yank Clearance for Comey, Other Intel Critics

It would be an unprecedented move

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of six former Obama-era officials who have been critical of his administration, the AP reports. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday the president is "exploring the mechanisms" to strip clearance from former CIA Director John Brennan as well as five... More »

Ex-CIA Chief Wonders What Russians Might Have on Trump

John Brennan slams president's 'perplexing submissiveness'

(Newser) - The firing of Andrew McCabe appears to have been the last straw for John Brennan. The normally tight-lipped former CIA director, who slammed President Trump's "political corruption" and "moral turpitude" in a tweet Saturday, suggested Wednesday that the Russians might have compromising information on the president, the... More »

Former CIA Director to Trump: 'America Will Triumph Over You'

John Brennan calls out Trump for firing FBI deputy director

(Newser) - The onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Trump and just fired by the attorney general kept personal memos describing interactions with the president that are similar to the notes compiled by dismissed FBI chief James Comey. The AP learned of the notes by Andrew McCabe from a person... More »

Report: Russians Discussed How to Charm Trump Aides

US spies learned about discussions last summer: NYT

(Newser) - US spies last summer gathered that Russian intelligence officials were discussing how Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort could be used to influence Donald Trump, reports the New York Times . Russians claimed connections to Flynn, a Trump adviser, and discussed using their connections to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, a close... More »

Ex-CIA Chief: Russia 'Brazenly' Interfered With Our Election

John Brennan testifies before House panel

(Newser) - Former CIA chief John Brennan left no wiggle room in one aspect of his testimony before a House panel on Tuesday: "It should be clear to everyone that Russia brazenly interfered in our 2016 election process," he told the House Intelligence Committee, per the Daily Beast . But as... More »

Trump Lashes Out at CIA Director

He suggests Brennan was 'leaker of Fake News'

(Newser) - Soon-to-be-former CIA Director John Brennan strongly criticized Donald Trump on Sunday for reckless tweeting and for failing to understand the threat from Russia—and the president-elect took to his communication medium of choice to react. "'Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not... More »

CIA Director: I'd Quit Before I'd Ever Order Waterboarding

Even if the president ordered him to, John Brennan says

(Newser) - Donald Trump has expressed his enthusiasm for waterboarding , and CIA Director John Brennan has responded that he would absolutely refuse to carry out orders to do so. But during a Q&A Wednesday at the Brookings Institution, Brennan issued his strongest statement yet, noting he would step down as head... More »

CIA Chief: 9/11 '28 Pages' Should Stay in Vault

He says information would cause people to wrongly blame Saudis

(Newser) - Some 28 pages of classified information believed to link Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 attacks are in a guarded vault —and that's where CIA Director John Brennan says they should stay. On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Brennan said the documents contain "a combination of... More »

CIA Chief: I'd Refuse Orders to Waterboard

Even if they come from the president

(Newser) - If Donald Trump wins the presidency, he'll need a new CIA chief. In an interview with NBC News , John Brennan says he would defy presidential orders to waterboard prisoners. "Absolutely," he said. "I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again."... More »

FBI: Hacker Who Targeted CIA Director Is Just 16

'Cracka' reportedly arrested in England

(Newser) - Remember the hacker who broke into CIA Director John Brennan's personal email as well as the accounts of other high-ranking US security officials? Turns out he's just 16—or so police believe. British authorities and the FBI say they arrested alleged hacker "cracka" in England on Tuesday... More »

CIA Chief Blasts 'Hand-Wringing' Over Surveillance

Debate renews over whether government spying is a necessary evil

(Newser) - Civil liberty advocates are worried that a spate of ISIS attacks will bring a renewed push for more-intense government surveillance, and comments by CIA chief John Brennan won't make them feel any better. Following the downing of Flight 9268 , last week's suicide bombings in Beirut , and Friday's... More »

Hacker: I Breached CIA Director's Personal Email

And found official docs there, he says

(Newser) - An anonymous hacker claims to have breached CIA Director John Brennan's personal email account and has posted documents online, including a list of email addresses purportedly from Brennan's contact file. The hacker, who didn't reveal his name or where he lived, spoke to the New York Post... More »

CIA's Brennan: We Got a Lot Right, Made 'Abhorrent' Mistakes

Director offers up defense of torture program as Feinstein fact-checks on Twitter

(Newser) - CIA Director John Brennan offered up a spirited defense of his agency's torture program today, saying that "our nation and, in particular, this agency did a lot of things right during this difficult time to keep this country safe and secured" in the aftermath of 9/11, and that... More »

CIA: Sorry, We Did Snoop on Senate Staffers

Chief John Brennan apologizes for monitoring computers

(Newser) - Back in March, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of illegally snooping on Senate staffers, agency chief John Brennan said this, recalls the Washington Post :
  • “When the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort
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