The security clearance of a former Central Intelligence Agency director has been revoked by U.S. President Donald Trump, who said in a statement that John Brennan has been sowing “division and chaos” about his administration, VOA reported
Brennan lashed out almost immediately on Twitter and on the anti-Trump opinion-laced pseudo news network MSNBC.
The clearances of other former officials also are under review, including those of former U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
“Security clearances for those who still have them may be revoked, and those who have already their lost their security clearance may not be able to have it reinstated,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said to reporters on Wednesday, reading out the statement in the president’s name.
Sanders, responding to reporters’ questions, denied that Brennan and others are being singled out because they are critics of Trump, VOA reported.
The president’s statement accuses Brennan of “erratic conduct and behavior” that “has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him.” It also accuses Brennan of “a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility.”
Brennan has been extremely critical and outspoken about the president’s conduct, for example, calling Trump’s performance at a joint press conference last month with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland “nothing short of treasonous.”
Brennan immediately lashed out on Twitter writing: “This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”
He soon appeared on a “safe space” for him to vent, far left wing opinion channel MSNBC ,declaring Trump to be a “tyrant”. He also said during the MSNBC interview ““I do believe that Mr. Trump decided to take this action, as he’s done with others, to suppress any criticism of him or his administration … it’s his way of trying to get back at me.”