On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders revealed that President Donald Trump had chosen to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. Former Vice President Joe Biden has now joined the chorus of voices calling out the current administration for dragging government down to the level of exacting revenge on Trump’s political opponents.
Wednesday afternoon, he wrote on Twitter:
‘In the time I have known him, John Brennan has never been afraid to speak up and give it to you straight. Revoking his security clearance is an act unbecoming of a President. If you think it will silence John, then you just don’t know the man.’
Sanders actually specifically cited silencing Brennan as an aim of the president’s move in reading a statement from Trump explaining his action.
Sanders (Trump) said:
‘Any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risk posed by his erratic conduct and behavior… Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations [and] wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration.’
To be clear, Sanders was reading words attributed to Donald Trump himself there. Donald Trump — the same man who has made a name for himself via his incessant name-calling on the internet that he’s carried on with while the president of the United States of America — is irritated at John Brennan’s supposed wild outbursts on the internet and wants to shut him up.
Sanders (Trump) went on to attack Brennan’s “increasingly frenzied commentary” — although he’s not the one who spends his mornings ranting on the internet about a supposed “witch hunt” that has produced a number of guilty pleas from and criminal cases against the president’s own associates.
Sanders had indicated in the past that the administration was exploring the clearances of Brennan and others like former FBI Director James Comey. They don’t actually need the clearances, no longer working in government and all — the revocation is simply a punitive measure.
Brennan himself responded by saying:
‘I am concerned that if security clearances are now going to become a political tool in the hands of individuals such as Mr. Trump, that, I think, will send a very chilling message to individuals in the government currently… I am very concerned about the principle here.’
Brennan on @DeadlineWH: Security clearances are a privilege, not a right, but revoking clearance for political reasons will have “a chilling message,” and the press needs to shine a bright light on “this abuse of power” by the president. pic.twitter.com/ggjPozdFWH
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 15, 2018
Other targeted individuals Sanders specifically cited as under consideration for clearance revocation include Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, among others — all of whom have found themselves opposite the Trump administration on one issue or another.
None of them work for government anymore, but those still in government are still faced with the president and his cronies seeking to bend the legal system and intelligence community to their will. Trump’s sought to do it over and over again, most often through rhetorical attacks. Recently, for instance, he made sure to put the word justice in scare quotes when referring to the Department of Justice during an attack on a particular official’s credibility.
In other words, Donald Trump, as president of the United States, refuses to respect basically the entirety of the nation’s justice system.
As Biden made clear, though, concerned citizens won’t stop countering him.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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