>> Former CIA Director John Brennan hitting back at Donald Trump on Thursday after the President revoked his security clearance, saying Trump is trying to silence his critics. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Trump is following through on a threat he made several weeks ago. Making sure that one of his most high profile antagonists no longer has access to classified information.
But critics say it's yet another example of Trump using the tools of his office to go after those who disagree with him. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announcing the decision in a statement at the White House daily briefing.>> Mr Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the Internet and television about this administration.
>> Brennan responded on Twitter saying it's an attempt by Trump to suppress freedom of speech and punish critics. Adding, I will not relent. Brennan headed the CIA under Former President Barack Obama. Trump first leveled the threat last month after Brennan called Trump's performance at a Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quote, nothing short of treasonous.
Trump said he may also strip the security clearances of several other former government officials who served under Obama, and have criticized Trump's performance as President. He told the Wall Street Journal the move was a response to the ongoing probe into Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Saying those on his list were responsible for what he called a quote witch hunt.
Brennan called that hogwash in a New York Times opinion piece. Saying the President quote, has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him. This is largely a symbolic move. Brennan makes his living these days by talking on tv, not looking at top secret documents. But it comes one day after Trump's campaign filed a legal motion to silence another critic.
Former White House aide Omarose Manigault Newman, saying she violated a confidentiality agreement. Other critics are looking at this closely, wondering if they should stay silent from now on.