This afternoon, the White House announced it was revoking the security clearance of former CIA chief John Brennan over his public criticism of President Trump. In a long-winded angry statement, the Trump administration railed against the “erratic behavior” of Chief Brennan and against everyone involved in the Mueller probe into the Trump team’s alleged collusion with Russian agents during the 2016 election.
“More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan’s security clearance raises larger questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our nation’s most sensitive secrets long after their time in government has ended. Such access is particularly inappropriate when former officials have transitioned into highly partisan positions and seek to use real or perceived access to sensitive information to validate their political attacks” said Sanders in her afternoon press briefing.
It’s obvious that the Trump administration is attempting to discredit John Brennan and the rest of the members of the Obama intelligence community that was involved in the events leading up to the start of the Mueller probe — like Sally Yates, who warned the nation that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was compromised and James Comey, who refused to “go easy” on Flynn and pledge loyalty to Trump — and paint them as being ideological enemies who are conspiring against Trump.
Former Vice-President Joe Biden took to Twitter and sent the President a powerful condemnation for his actions today — and a threat he’d do well to take seriously.
In the time I have known him, John Brennan has never been afraid to speak up and give it to you straight. Revoking his security clearance is an act unbecoming of a President. If you think it will silence John, then you just don't know the man.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 15, 2018