H.R. McMaster Had to Talk Trump Out of Stripping Obama of His Security Clearance.

So, I’m in the middle of reading this New Yorker piece about John Brennan’s evolution from disgusted but quiet dissenter in the matter of drumpf befouling the Oval Office to full-throated critic of the same revolting development, when I came across this tidbit, which I’ve decided to share:

“The first public clash between the two men occurred the week before Trump was sworn in as President. In a tweet, Trump falsely blamed U.S. intelligence agencies for leaking Christopher Steele’s dossier to the press and asked, “Are we living in Nazi Germany?” In an interview on Fox News, Brennan said, “What I do find outrageous is equating an intelligence community with Nazi Germany. I do take great umbrage at that, and there is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly.” Trump, in turn, attacked Brennan on Twitter: “Was this the leaker of Fake News?”

Over the next few months, the former C.I.A. director began wondering whether trying to stay silent was a mistake. A turning point for Brennan was a tweet from the President on March 4, 2017, in which Trump falsely claimed, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” A friend said Brennan was appalled that Trump would use the word “sick” to describe the former President. It was a moment that Brennan told me he remembered “very, very vividly” as he weighed going public with his views about Trump.

At the time, some of Trump’s most fervent supporters in the White House saw former Obama Administration officials as powerful enemies who threatened the new President’s rule, and they agitated for punishing them by revoking their security clearances. The idea was rebuffed by the national-security adviser at the time, H. R. McMaster, who signed a memo extending the clearances of his predecessors at the N.S.C., Republicans and Democrats alike. As Trump stepped up his public and private attacks on Obama, some of the new President’s advisers thought that he should take the extraordinary step of denying Obama himself access to intelligence briefings that were made available to all of his living predecessors. Trump was told about the importance of keeping former Presidents, who frequently met with foreign leaders, informed. In the end, Trump decided not to exclude Obama, at the urging of McMaster.”

I suspect that  drumpf’s “most fervent supporters” in this case were Bannon and Stephen Miller.

I doubt Jared was involved as he appears fervent about nothing but dollars.

What a petty bunch of racist grifters they are.

The rest of the piece is a good read also, but I don’t want to turn this diary into another referendum on Brennan’s character or lack thereof.

I’m too pissed off right now to make cogent arguments…

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