In a desperate effort to distract from the negative light shining on his administration thanks to Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s new book last week, U.S. President Donald Trump announced via press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that he’d revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. The move set off a firestorm of criticism for his administration that the president is continuing to play into this Monday via melting down on Twitter.
‘I hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our country’s history, brings a lawsuit. It will then be very easy to get all of his records, texts, emails and documents to show not only the poor job he did, but how he was involved with the Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt. He won’t sue!’
Trump was responding Monday to Brennan’s assertion that he would be willing to bring the Trump administration to court to stop their politicization of the United States’ national security apparatus. In so doing, he lent significant credibility to their case through admitting yet again that the Russia investigation drove his action against Brennan. Brennan — and large numbers of other former intelligence officials — have expressed alarm at the president’s apparent willingness to use security clearances as a political tool.
Trump addressed them too early Monday, continuing:
‘Everybody wants to keep their Security Clearance, it’s worth great prestige and big dollars, even board seats, and that is why certain people are coming forward to protect Brennan. It certainly isn’t because of the good job he did! He is a political “hack.”’
The irony is that in Sanders’ original announcement, she — using words attributed to Trump himself — attacked Brennan for erratic behavior and wild online outbursts. Her boss is the one known for actual wild online outbursts, though, not Brennan.
Monday morning, he didn’t offer some kind of well substantiated, point by point criticism of Brennan’s performance as CIA director, which ended around the time Trump took office and installed his own director.
Nope; instead, he made sure to call Brennan the worst CIA Director in our country’s history, casting a political opponent of his as some sort of apocalyptic villain because he dares to question the current administration. Going on from there, he dismissed hundreds of former intelligence officials who have served under both Republican and Democratic presidents over a period of decades as concerned with little more than financial gain.
So again, Brennan definitely isn’t the one defined by wild online outbursts. That’s Trump. Brennan, on the other hand, spent decades of his life working in the U.S. national security apparatus. After decades with the CIA, he became deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama and, eventually, became the director of the CIA.
He wants to try and mold the situation he’s now found himself in to the favor of the national security system he worked so long for, telling NBC:
‘I am going to do whatever I can to try and prevent these abuses occurring in the future and if that means going to court I will do that.’
Whether Brennan — or any other possibly still to be targeted official — is able to prove in a court that there was no substantive reason for their clearance being publicly “revoked” remains to be seen.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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