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Photo: NBC News' Meet the Press

Former leaders of the U.S. intelligence community took to the Sunday shows this morning to express their concerns over President Trump's revocation of former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance.

Driving the news: Brennan told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" that he would consider suing Trump to prevent him from revoking the clearances of other top officials — and added that he's already been contacted by multiple lawyers who had offered their advice.

Former CIA Director John Brennan
  • On possibly taking Trump to court: "If my clearances and my reputation — as I'm being pulled through the mud now — if that's the price we're going to pay to prevent Donald Trump from doing this against other people, to me, it's a small price to pay. So I am going to do whatever I can personally to try to prevent these abuses in the future."
Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden
  • "Our complaint is not just about this. It's about the whole tone, tenor and behavior of the administration."
  • Hayden also told CNN's Jake Tapper that the relationship between Trump and the national security community is "dangerously close to being permanently broken."
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
  • Clapper admitted to Tapper that Brennan's hyperbole is one of the reasons for this situation, but that his statements reflect "genuine concern about the jeopardy or threats to our institutions and values."
National Security Adviser John Bolton
  • President Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton was not able to point to any specific examples of Brennan using classified information to Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week."
  • Bolton stated that he'd be open to a policy of reviewing security clearances for former top intelligence officials.

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Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

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Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

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Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”