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What they're saying: Politicians fire back after Trump revokes Brennan's clearance

John Brennan. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan citing "erratic conduct and behavior" following criticism of the president by Brennan.

The bottom line: Trump's announcement has received substantial backlash from the intelligence community as well as politicians for revoking Brennan's clearance. Along with Brennan, Trump is also "evaluating action" regarding the current and former clearances of several other former intelligence and law enforcement officials — most of whom have been among his harshest critics. Many are split on the decision as some see the move as an effort to silence them, while others say Brennan shouldn't have been able to keep his clearance in the first place.

Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial is now in the hands of a jury

The Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse, where the bank fraud trial of Paul Manafort is taking place. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
The Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse, where Manafort's trial is taking place. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Jurors in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are set to begin deliberations Thursday morning, after federal prosecutors made their closing arguments into how Manafort orchestrated a scheme to obtain millions of dollars and avoid paying taxes, according to multiple reports.

The big picture: This is the first case that special counsel Robert Mueller has brought to court as a result of his ongoing probe into potential meddling by Russians during the 2016 elections. However, the federal tax and financial fraud charges in dispute are separate from Manafort's work with the Trump campaign.