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Trump suspects DOJ official Bruce Ohr's clearance will be revoked "quickly"

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Patty Aguilar | 17 August, 2018, 22:40

Most recently, Ohr has come under scrutiny for his alleged dealings with the author of the anti-Trump dossier and potentially secret meetings with Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS.

Mr. Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, the company paid by Democrats to dig up dirt on Mr. Trump, including hiring Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the controversial dossier.

"I've never respected him; I've never had a lot of respect", Trump said.

McRaven tells Trump that he would consider it an honor if the president would revoke his security clearance as well so he can add his name to the list of individuals who have spoken out against Trump's presidency. Brennan, who served under President Barack Obama and has become a vocal Trump critic, called Trump's claims that he did not collude with Russian Federation "hogwash".

In an interview with NPR's All Things Considered, Hayden said the decision was purely political, and that the White House had revoked Brennan's clearance "as a punitive measure because the president did not like what John was saying about him".

Later Thursday, the retired Navy admiral who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden called Trump's moves "McCarthy-era tactics". He said the only question now is whether the collusion that took place "constituted criminally liable conspiracy".

"Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation", he said. Many people don't even know who he is, and now he has a bigger voice.

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Copies of any reports, memoranda or other materials provided to Senator Reid and/or members of his staff by the Central Intelligence Agency relating to alleged Russian "collusion" or cooperation between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. "Because when you look at problems, look at what they did, including with the Russians", Trump said.

"So I think it's something that had to be done, " he said.

The newspaper reports that Trump called the investigation a "rigged witch hunt. a sham" and went on to declare, "And these people led it".

Trump argued that Mueller is "highly conflicted", pointing to his longtime friendship with fired FBI Director James Comey.

"There's no silence", Trump said. "I think it's very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort", he said.

Former officials often retain security clearance after leaving office to allow their successors to consult them on issues of the day.

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