Twelve former senior intelligence officials have issued a joint statement

Twelve former senior intelligence officials have issued a joint statement admonishing President Donald Trump for yanking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, calling it “ill-considered and unprecedented.”

The ex-officials say “the president’s action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances — and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech.”

The signees include six former CIA directors, five former deputy directors and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Two of the signees — Clapper and former CIA Director Michael Hayden — have appeared on a White House list of people who may also have their security clearances revoked.

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