On Thursday, 12 former top U.S. intelligence officials and, separately, retired Adm. William McRaven, sharply criticized President Trump for revoking the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan for evidently political reasons. All 13 former officials, whose tenures date back to the Reagan administration, defended Brennan as a "talented," "patriotic," and "honorable" public servant and rebuked Trump for taking the unprecedented step of using security clearances as "a political tool" to silence critics. McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, wrote in The Washington Post that it would be "an honor" to have Trump revoke his clearance, too, "so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency."

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