Molly Prince, DCNF
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky praised President Donald Trump on Wednesday after the White House revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.
“I applaud President Trump for his revoking of John Brennan’s security clearance,” Paul said in a press release. “I urged the President to do this.”
Paul met with Trump in July to discuss the nullification of the security clearance, claiming Brennan was financially benefitting himself by exposing secret governmental information to the media.
Today I will meet with the President and I will ask him to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 23, 2018
Brennan was hired by MSNBC as a contributor in February, appearing on the network as a frequent critic of Trump. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders explained that certain government officials retain clearance to “consult with their successors regarding matters about which they may have special insight,” and Brennan has not done that.
“I filibustered Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA in 2013, and his behavior in government and out of it demonstrate why he should not be allowed near classified information,” Paul continued.
Paul doubled down in his previous assertion, ripping Brennan for his inappropriate partisanship and lying.
“He participated in a shredding of constitutional rights, lied to Congress, and has been monetizing and making partisan political use of his clearance since his departure,” Paul said.
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