Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Republicans defend Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's security clearance

Brennan arrives for a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Brennan blasts Trump's no collusion claims as 'hogwash'
Ellis Copeland | 17 August, 2018, 06:53

Former CIA Director John Brennan slapped back at President Trump for yanking his security clearance by denouncing his no collusion claims as "hogwash" and calling Trump's maneuver a "desperate" attempt to silence his critics.

"Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John".

Trump, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, said he believes Brennan is one of the people responsible for special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing 15-month probe into links between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation.

Paul advocated for the removal of Brennan's clearance in July, accusing the former Central Intelligence Agency director of "monetizing" his access to top secret material.

Trump pulled Brennan's security clearance on Wednesday because of his "lying", "frenzied commentary" and "wild outbursts on the Internet and television", according to a statement read during Wednesday's White House news briefing by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The Republican senator also said Trump has "full authority" to revoke Brennan's security clearance. "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 told the Journal he doesn't trust "many of those people on that list" and thinks "they're very duplicitous" and "not good people".

Trump speaks at defense bill signing in NY
Notably in his remarks , Trump never mentioned McCain by name, even though the bill is named in his honor. Huawei and ZTE had been identified as threats by the U.S. government as early as a 2012 House report.


Tencent profit drop blamed on wait for new games approval
The company blamed that on "non-monetisation of popular tactical tournament games and timing of new game releases". Monster Hunter had won regulatory approval, but was pulled amid objections over the content.


Aaron Rodgers is OK in Jalen Ramsey's book
I think Tyrod Taylor is actually a better quarterback than he gets credit for, because he does not make mistakes. But none of those compare to what the Pro Bowler had to say about Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen .


And Brennan might not be the only former intelligence or national security official to have his clearance taken away; the president has threatened others as well.

"Mr. Brennan has gone way over the line in my view and I think restricting his clearance, pulling his clearance makes sense to me", he said.

Other names on that list include former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, and many others.

Brennan has been vocal in his attacks on Trump, at one point saying that Trump's performance at a joint news conference last month with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was "nothing short of treasonous".

But Trump, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, connected Brennan and other intelligence officials with Mueller's probe.

"I'd strip the whole bunch of them", Hannity said. The original statement released by the White House on Wednesday included a date of July 26, although aides said that was an error. U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro said Mueller should also investigate the issue now that Trump tied it to the Russian Federation probe.

Recommended

Turkey's president threatens boycott of iPhones, other U.S. electronics Turkey's president threatens boycott of iPhones, other U.S.  electronics Turkey's exports to the United States past year amounted to US$8.7 billion, making it Turkey's fifth-largest export market. Erdogan doubled Turkish tariffs on passenger cars to 120%, on alcoholic drinks to 140% and on leaf tobacco to 60%.

Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Injured In Practice, Evaluated For Concussion Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Injured In Practice, Evaluated For Concussion Thursday morning, however, Roethlisberger was spotted with the team in Green Bay. "It's been a very positive experience". Dupree practiced in full on Tuesday for the first time since sustaining his concussion on August 3.

China, US to Give Trade Talks Another Shot China, US to Give Trade Talks Another Shot Chinese stocks also reversed losses Thursday morning after the announcement of further trade talks. Easing trade tensions helped lift Chinese copper futures off 14-month lows.

E-cigarette vapour found to disable key immune cells in the lung E-cigarette vapour found to disable key immune cells in the lung This is a "caution against the widely held opinion" that vaping can be used to aid in giving up cigarettes , the researcher said. Researchers concluded that the vaping process itself can damage vital immune system cells, at least under laboratory conditions.

Turkey retaliates against Trump tariffs, hiking fees on U.S Turkey retaliates against Trump tariffs, hiking fees on U.S White House press secretary Sarah Sanders that Washington will withdraw sanctions on Turkey if Brunson was set free. On Wednesday, a court in Izmir, where Brunson is on trial, rejected his appeal to be released from house arrest.

Trump strips former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan of security clearance Trump strips former Central Intelligence Agency  chief John Brennan of security clearance Former secretary of state John Kerry accused Trump of "putting personal petty politics ahead of patriotism and national security". The president on Wednesday cited Brennan's "wild outbursts on the internet and television - about this administration".

Chelsea v Arsenal: Emery makes decision on goalkeeper Chelsea v Arsenal: Emery makes decision on goalkeeper You shouldn't change your mentality if you lose the first game. "We have one plan, we have one process". He can play at left back but his position in the team is more at right back.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies, aged 76 after cancer battle 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies, aged 76 after cancer battle Aretha's family have released a statement through her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn upon the event of her death today. The 1972 release of " Amazing Grace " sold 2 million copies, the highest-selling gospel album of all time.

Liverpool thrash big-spending West Ham Liverpool thrash big-spending West Ham West Ham offered little as the hosts dominated, but Klopp was reluctant to decribe the performance as flawless . Liverpool were able to exploit West Ham's left side where there was a large gap between Wilshere and Antonio.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, dead at 76 Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, dead at 76 A longtime family friend of Martin Luther King Jr ., she sang " Precious Lord " at the civil rights leader's memorial service. The family would later move to Detroit, where Aretha's father served as pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church.

Turkey says it will help firms hit by turmoil Turkey says it will help firms hit by turmoil In the ruling it stipulated Brunson, who faces 35 years in jail over terror and espionage charges, will remain in detention. Sanders said Brunson's release would not lead to an easing in the tariffs, but that it could lead to an easing in sanctions.

Priyanka Chopra finally puts a ring on it! Priyanka Chopra finally puts a ring on it! Previous reports have said that Jonas shut down an entire Tiffany store in NY to buy an engagement ring for his now-fiancée. Nick and Priyanka really like each other, and his family enjoyed getting to know her as well.

Humanitarian ship seeks European port for rescued migrants Humanitarian ship seeks European port for rescued migrants Malta said it had no legal obligation to berth the ship while Spain said its ports were not the safest destination for the vessel. Protracted feuds between EU states over how to handle immigrants have thrown the issue back onto the European agenda.

Sergio Ramos Criticizes Jurgen Klopp as UCL Final Row Continues Sergio Ramos Criticizes Jurgen Klopp as UCL Final Row Continues During a pre-season interview, Klopp said: "If you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid , then you think it is ruthless and brutal".

YouTube Removes 'The Nun' Ad for Violating 'Shocking Content Policy' YouTube Removes 'The Nun' Ad for Violating 'Shocking Content Policy' The short clip serves as a teaser for The Nun , the latest installment in The Conjuring franchise. A jump scare is a popular technique used in the horror genre to scare the trousers off the viewer.