Washington : Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, one of the US President’s staunchest critics, accusing him of “lying” and for his “erratic conduct and behaviour”.

The 62-year-old former top intelligence official served in the previous Obama administration. He was the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director from 2013 to 2017. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders read out a statement from Trump during a press briefing on Wednesday in which the President said he has decided to revoke Brennan’s security clearance since he recently has “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 tweeted his security clearance being revoked is part of a broader effort by Trump to “suppress freedom of speech and punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani urged special counsel of the US Dept of Justice Robert Mueller to finish the probe into an alleged Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential poll by September 7. Giuliani tweeted a CNN poll saying 66% respondents want Mue­ller’s team to complete the probe before the Nov polls.

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