Architect of bin Laden raid issues stunning rebuke of Trump

Architect of bin Laden raid issues stunning rebuke of Trump

By Zachary Cohen, CNN

Updated 5:36 PM ET, Thu August 16, 2018

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Tapper calls out Trump’s hypocrisy on clearances

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Borger: President wants to silence his critics

<img alt=”WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 05: (L-R) Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Marcell Lettre II, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and United States Cyber Command and National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. The intelligence chiefs testified to the committee about cyber threats to the United States and fielded questions about effects of Russian government hacking on the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170305120921-james-clapper-january-5-2017-large-169.jpg”>

 

Clapper: Security clearance review is ‘petty’

<img alt=”Jared Kushner, advisor and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, attends a meeting between Trump and carmakers in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2018. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180515120759-jared-kushner-05-11-2018-large-169.jpg”>

 

Jared Kushner’s security clearance restored

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Top secret vs. secret: What Kushner can’t see

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Sources: 30-40 WH officials lack full security clearance

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Retired admiral pens stunning rebuke of Trump

<img alt=”US President Donald Trump speaks as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and US Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan look on during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on August 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180816124704-01-trump-cabinet-meeting-0816-large-169.jpg”>

 

Trump: Brennan led the ‘rigged witch hunt’

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Brennan: Claims of no collusion are hogwash

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Hayden: Trump’s actions personal, vindictive

<img alt=”WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 23: Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, May 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170523150807-02-john-brennan-ex-cia-05-23-2017-large-169.jpg”>

 

Brennan: Trump is trying to get back at me

<img alt=”WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 23: Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, May 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brennan is discussing the extent of Russia&amp;#39;s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180815144520-03-john-brennan-0523-large-169.jpg”>

 

Ex-CIA director’s security clearance revoked

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Clapper: I don’t plan to stop speaking

<img alt=”White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders addresses the media during a White House Press Briefing on Monday, July 23. ” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180723144347-01-wh-press-briefing-0723-large-169.jpg”>

 

Sanders: Trump may pull ex-CIA directors’ clearance

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Paul Ryan: I think Trump is trolling people

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Tapper calls out Trump’s hypocrisy on clearances

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Borger: President wants to silence his critics

<img alt=”WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 05: (L-R) Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Marcell Lettre II, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and United States Cyber Command and National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. The intelligence chiefs testified to the committee about cyber threats to the United States and fielded questions about effects of Russian government hacking on the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170305120921-james-clapper-january-5-2017-large-169.jpg”>

 

Clapper: Security clearance review is ‘petty’

<img alt=”Jared Kushner, advisor and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, attends a meeting between Trump and carmakers in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2018. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180515120759-jared-kushner-05-11-2018-large-169.jpg”>

 

Jared Kushner’s security clearance restored

<img alt=”Jared Kushner at the Royal Court after US President Donald Trump received the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. ” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170520130536-01-jared-kushner-0520-large-169.jpg”>

 

Top secret vs. secret: What Kushner can’t see

<img alt=”WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Dawn breaks behind the White House as the nation prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/GettyImages)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180109171903-white-house-dawn-file-large-169.jpg”>

 

Sources: 30-40 WH officials lack full security clearance

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Retired admiral pens stunning rebuke of Trump

&lt;img alt=”US President Donald Trump speaks as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and US Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan look on during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on August 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180816124704-01-trump-cabinet-meeting-0816-large-169.jpg”&gt;

 

Trump: Brennan led the ‘rigged witch hunt’

&lt;img alt=”Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing about Russian actions during the 2016 election on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180815144322-01-john-brennan-0523-large-169.jpg”&gt;

 

Brennan: Claims of no collusion are hogwash

&lt;img alt=”” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180815205308-gen-michael-hayden-large-169.jpg”&gt;

 

Hayden: Trump’s actions personal, vindictive

&lt;img alt=”WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 23: Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, May 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170523150807-02-john-brennan-ex-cia-05-23-2017-large-169.jpg”&gt;

 

Brennan: Trump is trying to get back at me

&lt;img alt=”WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 23: Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, May 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brennan is discussing the extent of Russia&amp;amp;#39;s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180815144520-03-john-brennan-0523-large-169.jpg”&gt;

 

Ex-CIA director’s security clearance revoked

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Clapper: I don’t plan to stop speaking

&lt;img alt=”White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders addresses the media during a White House Press Briefing on Monday, July 23. ” class=”media__image” src=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180723144347-01-wh-press-briefing-0723-large-169.jpg”&gt;

 

Sanders: Trump may pull ex-CIA directors’ clearance

Washington (CNN)Retired Adm. William McRaven, the man who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, issued a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan on Thursday, defending the former spy chief as “one of the finest public servants I have ever known.”

In an op-ed published by the Washington Post, McRaven, a former Navy SEAL who led US Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, not only called Brennan “a man of unparalleled integrity,” but volunteered to have his own security clearance revoked in an act of solidarity.

“Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him,” McRaven wrote.

 

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In op-ed, Brennan says Trump revoked his security clearance to ‘scare into silence’ critics

“Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency,” he added.

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His comments come just one day after Trump announced his decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance, marking an unprecedented use of a president’s authority over the classification system to strike back at one of his prominent critics.

“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent,” Brennan tweeted after the announcement.

McRaven, who resigned as chancellor of the University of Texas in Austin earlier this year, is widely respected among the tens of thousands of active and retired special operators and his message will likely resonate within that community.

“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,” McRaven said of Trump.

“If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be,” he added.

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