Former CIA Director John Brennan no longer has a security clearance. It’s been revoked. He’s out of the club. Oh, and you bet the liberal news media was all over this, once again going into meltdown mode over something that was perfectly within the president’s authority. But like with anything that Trump does, we're always on the verge of a total constitutional crisis…in CNN-land. Guy also wrote that Brennan’s pervasive partisan antics warranted his clearance being revoked. Oh, but it’s all politically motivated, you see (via Politico):
President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance is a “politically motivated” attempt to silence those who disagree with the president, Brennan said in a New York Times op-ed on Thursday.
“Mr. Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him,” Brennan said. “which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him.”
Brennan's op-ed published Thursday, one day after the White House announced the president had revoked the former CIA director's security clearance and placed the clearances of several current and former officials under review. Brennan, who has often been critical of Trump, helmed the intelligence agency from 2013 to 2017.
Wait, you’re saying there’s a campaign to silence you, yet you can still say whatever you want, right? You just did. And the anti-Trump media are going to give you even more media its and exposure over this security clearance nonsense. Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson also torpedoed this absurd narrative.
All 3 networks leading evening news with what they call unprecedented White House attempt to silence critic @JohnBrennan— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 15, 2018
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. https://t.co/TNzOxhP9ux— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) August 15, 2018
Brennan tweeted, “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. Tweeted. This. He’s obviously not being silenced, folks. It’s just some former top intelligence officials complaining he no longer has access to sensitive information, which he could possibly leak to the press.
Our friends at Twitchy captured the fun:
Remember @JohnBrennan is many things but he's not an ordinary "critic." His greatest hits include misleading Senate intel Democrats about his CIA "spying" on Congress- and "got away with it." He's now a TV news analyst. https://t.co/xWweLZ8W7L https://t.co/M3t3cZEiBr— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) August 16, 2018
"Silencing" @JohnBrennan would mean -- well-- making it where he couldn't be a TV personality or removing him from Twitter and social media or hitting him with an injunction. I don't think that's happened (nor should it). He isn't silenced.— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) August 16, 2018
So, no, we’re not becoming a banana republic. This isn’t Russia, even though Democrats now seem to think they’re the hordes of Mordor now. The president can do this. He did it. And you can all the 25-person deep panels all you want, liberal media. The decision is final—and it’s not yours. Also, Hillary will never be president and Obama is not coming back.
Portraying a former CIA director as some kind of noble dissident being “silenced” is both hilarious and pathetic https://t.co/WxUsIJUQkh— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 15, 2018
An eternal top secret security clearance is a God-given, unalienable right for ex-government employees who lied to Congress under oath. The things you learn from watching CNN! https://t.co/4iocNPslPR— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 15, 2018
Pretty scathing statement against John Brennan here by Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. pic.twitter.com/CrAXy85tly— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 16, 2018