The latest in former CIA Director John Brennnan….
But the list is growing….
Donald Trump has shown he is increasingly thin skinned….
President Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan due to “erratic conduct and behavior,” according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders at today’s press briefing.
Why it matters: Sanders said that Trump was using his “constitutional authority” as president to revoke Brennan’s clearance — something that has never been done before, according to Lawfare. Trump is also “evaluating action” regarding the current and former clearances of several other former intelligence and law enforcement officials like James Comey, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr…..
Last night current Director of National Security clarified the idea that the security clearance actions came from his side of things , saying that he knew nothing about the action….
Then we have this….
The Washington Post notes that President Trump “confessed that his true motivation” for revoking former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance was the Russia investigation.
Said Trump, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal: “I call it the rigged witch hunt; it is a sham. And these people led it! So I think it’s something that had to be done.”
“You could be forgiven for having flashbacks to Trump’s interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt in the aftermath of his firing last year of James B. Comey as FBI director. Then, as now, the White House offered a series of motivations for the crackdown on a person who was a liability in the Russia probe. Then, as now, it seemed clear what the actual motivation was. And then, as now, Trump appeared to go out and just admit the actual motivation.”