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Brennan mulls legal action over security clearance revocation

In this file photo taken on May 23, 2017, 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. (AFP)

Former CIA director John Brennan said on Sunday that he was willing to consider legal action after President Donald Trump revoked his security clearance. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Brennan said lawyers had contacted him with legal advice "to prevent Donald Trump from doing this against other people."

"If my clearances and my reputation, as I'm being pulled through the mud now, if that's the price we're going to pay to prevent Donald Trump from doing this against other people, to me it's a small price to pay," Brennan said.

Trump revoked the security clearance of the Obama-era CIA director for making what he called "a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations" about his administration.

The decision came a day after Brennan, who headed the US Central Intelligence Agency under Democratic President Barack Obama, leveled a blistering attack against Trump for the president's tweeted criticism of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who wrote a book critical of Trump.

"It's astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person. So disheartening, so dangerous for our Nation," Brennan wrote.

(Source: Reuters)


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