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South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds is weighing in on President Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of former Former CIA Director John Brennan.  Brennan says he believes President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians and that the president revoked his security clearance to "silence others who might dare to challenge him." In an opinion piece published in The New York Times Today, Brennan cited press reports as evidence that Trump's claims of no collusion were "hogwash." He said the only question now is whether the collusion that took place "constituted criminally liable conspiracy." Trump on Wednesday revoked Brennan's security clearance and defended the move by saying he believes Brennan is responsible for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  Senator Rounds says that taking away someone’s security clearance doesn’t change what they already know...




Brennan wrote in his op-ed piece that Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke his security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him.  However, Senator Rounds isn’t concerned the action will have a chilling effect on the nation’s intelligence community...



Trump has also ordered a review for nine others who have security clearances. The President says he doesn't trust "many of those people on that list" and thinks they aren't "good people."