60 more ex-CIA officials criticize Trump for yanking John Brennan's clearance


    FILE - In this May 23, 2017, file photo, former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force. President Donald Trump is revoking the security clearance of former Obama administration CIA director Brennan (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Sixty former CIA officials are joining a chorus of national security professionals denouncing President Donald Trump's decision to yank the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, one of the president's harshest critics.

    Trump says he pulled Brennan's clearance because he had to do "something" about the "rigged" federal probe of Russian election interference. Trump says he expects to soon revoke the security clearance for a Justice Department official whose wife worked for a firm involved in producing a dossier on Trump's ties to Russia.

    President Donald Trump greets members of the military on the tarmac upon his arrival on Air Force One at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Trump traveled to New York for a campaign fundraiser with supporters and will then travel to Bedminster, N.J, to spend the weekend at his private golf resort. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Fifteen former top-ranking intelligence officials already have expressed strong opposition to Trump's move.

    On Friday, 60 former CIA officials joined them, saying former government officials have a right to express their views on national security issues without fear of being punished.

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