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Trump / Security Clearances / Brennan / CIA / Cohen Interview / A Discussion #1128860

CNN Evening News for Friday, Aug 17, 2018
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(Studio: Jim Sciutto) A Keeping Them Honest look at the pushback against the threat from President Trump to revoke more security clearances beyond former CIA director John Brennan featured; details given from the statement on intelligence officials backing Brennan with other CIA officials weighing in. [TRUMP - calls Bruce Ohr a disgrace.] Ohr's background as associate attorney general & how chief executives rarely get involved in security clearances reviewed. [TRUMP - calls it a rigged witchhunt.] Yesterday's statement from retired Army Gen. William McRaven critical of Trump quoted. [TRUMP - comments on McRaven.]

(Studio: Jim Sciutto) Live discussion held with former CIA deputy director David Cohen about the letter to Trump. [COHEN - offers views on the dangers in the president revoking security clearances: it undermines our security, on how the Brennan revocation was back-dated as a political act, how he is going after critics & could shut down special counsel former FBI director Robert Mueller's investigation by revoking security clearances.]

(Studio: Jim Sciutto) Some of the names joining the intelligence officials in protest against the Trump policy outlined: Greg Vogel, Leticia Long, Jeremy Bash, Philip Mudd.

(Studio: Jim Sciutto) Live discussion held with CNN's Mudd & Paris Dennard about the security clearance issue, [MUDD - offers views on this is about intimidation, not security clearances, that he makes zero dollars from his security clearance.] [DENNARD - offers views on how nobody's voice has been silent since Brennan's clearance was revoked, how security clearances are profitable to those holding it, how those in intelligence are getting involved in politics.] [MUDD, DENNARD - bicker about security clearances & profit.]

Sciutto, Jim

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