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At least 175 former U.S. government officials have signed a statement that denounces President Donald Trump's decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance.
The former officials come from several agencies, including the State Department and the Department of Defense.
In July, press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that Trump was considering pulling the security clearances of several former officials who were publicly critical of the president. Brennan was the first person whose clearance was revoked after that announcement.
The statement signed by former officials on Monday says that all of the signees believe former government officials have the right to "express their unclassified views on what they see as critical national security issues without fear of being punished for doing so."
Dozens of former intelligence agency officials also denounced Trump's decision in an open letter last week.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.