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.
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.