President Trump and his slavering lackeys have developed a knack for inventing new ways to undermine America’s democratic institutions and violate its longstanding political norms in service of the would-be authoritarian’s thirst for broader, more unchecked power.
The most recent shady campaign launched by the White House is focused around former CIA Director John Brennan, who had his security clearance revoked by Trump in retaliation for his criticisms of the administration. Brennan has repeatedly defended the men and women of the American intelligence community against Trump’s attempts to smear and discredit them.
Usually, former high-ranking government officials are allowed to retain their clearance in case their consultation is needed in the future. It allows the government to maintain valuable institutional memory regardless of which party holds the executive branch.
Of course, Trump doesn’t care about ensuring that the government runs smoothly, and reacts in a kneejerk reaction to everything, guided solely by his own turgid ego. He’s all too happy to politicize national security if it means he can exact petty revenge on one of his critics, regardless of the cost.
Now, The New Yorker has revealed that advisors close to Trump suggested that he take the unprecedented, inexcusable step of blocking former President Obama from receiving the intelligence briefings that he is still entitled to and which all former presidents have access to. It allows them to consult with agencies as needed and also helps them when they meet with foreign leaders.
While the report doesn’t reveal who suggested launching the vindictive attack on our first black president last year, it was then-National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster who convinced Trump not to follow through on the scheme.
Obviously, it’s a good thing that the plan was aborted, but the fact that it was even floated in the first place demonstrates how radical this current administration is. These people can’t be trusted to serve anything beyond their own power-hungry instincts and must be removed at that ballot box as soon as possible.