President Trump has revoked former Obama administration CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance after Brennan’s harsh criticisms of Trump.
During a Wednesday press briefing, secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility.” She went on to say:
Historically, former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been allowed to retain access to classified information after their government service so that they can consult with their successors regarding matters about which they may have special insights and as a professional courtesy. Neither of these justifications supports Mr. Brennan’s continued access classified information.
Trump listed his reasons for stripping Brennan of security clearance:
Yes, those are really his accusations. Despite how ridiculous a projection that list is, Brennan does have a history of harshly criticizing Trump, which is extremely rare for a former CIA director. Here are a few of his recent jabs at Trump:
In an April interview with NPR, Brennan defended his criticisms of Trump:
Mr. Trump is a very different person from anybody in my memory that was elected president of the United States. And the things that I said, I stand behind them. I think he is dishonest. He lacks integrity. He has very questionable ethics and morality. And he views the world through a prism of how it's going to help Donald Trump. And I just think that he has not fulfilled the responsibilities of the president of the United States office.
Ultimately, his criticisms of Trump led to the revoking of his security clearance. Paul Ryan's recently claimed that Trump was simply “trolling” people with threats of stripping their security clearance …
... aaand he was wrong. Again.
However, Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's security clearance doesn't come as a surprise after the White House announced plans to strip his clearance last month. At Wednesday's press briefing, Sanders also released the names of other Trump critics from whom the White House plans to revoke security clearance:
.@PressSec says Trump is expanding list of critics he's reviewing for security clearance revocations: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 15, 2018UPDATE: Brennan has responded.