Trump Revokes Former CIA Director John Brennan's Security Clearance

Trump Revokes Former CIA Director John Brennan's Security Clearance

Trump Revokes Former CIA Director John Brennan's Security Clearance

In light of the news that President Trump is revoking John Brennan's security clearance, former DNI chief James Clapper is calling this a White House ploy to suppress the First Amendment rights of their critics.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the decision at a White House briefing Wednesday, following through on the president's recent threat.

The statement cited Mr Brennan's "erratic conduct and behaviour".

Brennan has been a major critic of the president's since leaving public service.

"It's astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity".

Brennan has always been a vocal critic of the president and on Tuesday tweeted that Trump will "never understand what it means to be president". But, he added "politicizing the way we guard our nation's secrets just to punish the President's critics is a unsafe precedent". Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, I have chose to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

"Clearly nothing that John Brennan has said, or that the other intelligence people on this list have said, has anything to do with classified information", he noted.

Trump is also reviewing security clearances of other former officials including former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, Sanders said during a regular White House news briefing.

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"Not at all", she said. MORE's security clearance was made weeks ago, causing confusion among reporters and generating speculation that Trump had planned the move for weeks.

"It's unprecedented. I don't know of a case where this has ever been done in the past", Clapper said in a CNN interview after the announcement, adding that typically the Central Intelligence Agency would handle decisions to revoke security clearances, rather than the White House or the President directly.

Revocations have no "immediate, substantive" impact, he said.

"If we're saying the only way I can speak is to be in adulation mode of this president, I'm sorry", he said. But Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, has been an outspoken advocate for yanking Brennan's clearance.

Brennan has also been targeted by Trump's allies in conservative media.

Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility.

Information from Reuters and Bloomberg News was used in this report.

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