In an unprecedented move, President Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of Former CIA Director John Brennan, pointing to what he called “erratic behavior.”
In a statement read by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Mr. Trump said Brennan had “leveraged” his national security access by making “a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations” about the administration.
Sanders then read off a long list of other former law enforcement, national security and intelligence officials, warning them that their clearances could be yanked as well. All of those officials have served in Democratic administrations and have been critical of President Trump.
On Twitter and on NBC, Brennan fired back, suggesting this is an effort by the president to supress free speech, and that Americans should be worried.
“I’ve seen this type of behavior and actions on the part of foreign tyrants and despots and autocrats for many, many years during my CIA and national security career. I never, ever thought that I would see it here in the United States,” said Brennan during a phone interview with MSNBC.
The president provided no evidence Brennan improperly used his security clearance, and the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, was not informed of the decision.
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