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He noted that after the 9/11 attacks, Bush officials recalled former Clinton administration officials, including ex-CIA Director James Woolsey, to help in counter-terrorism and intelligence projects aimed at protecting the nation.
The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is challenging former CIA Director John Brennan's claim that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
He denied that he was trying to silence Brennan, a frequent critic of the president.
After Trump yanked Brennan's security clearance, Brennan said Trump's "claims of no collusion" are "hogwash".
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 5, 2017, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing: "Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States".
Two of those who signed the statement - former director of national intelligence James Clapper and former CIA director Michael Hayden - have been cited by Trump as on a list of people who could lose their clearance.
Signaling that his efforts to target clearances over his frustration with the Russian Federation investigation were not over, Trump tweeted that it was a "disgrace" for Bruce Ohr to be in the Justice Department.
The officials said they had "never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool, as was done in this case".
Former CIA directors and other top national security officials are typically allowed to keep their clearances, at least for some period.
The DOJ official's security access is up for review along with several other Obama-era officials accused of anti-Trump bias in the workplace.
William McRaven, a retired four-star admiral who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid, directly addressed Trump in a Washington Post op-ed published online Thursday. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him.
McRaven tells Trump that he would consider it an honor if the president would revoke his security clearance as well so he can add his name to the list of individuals who have spoken out against Trump's presidency. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.
He says Trump can't suppress his critics' voices, which will continue until he becomes "the leader we prayed you would be".
Asked about Ohr's security clearance, Mr. Trump said: "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly".