A former Obama staffer just got smacked with a hard dose of reality today.
After continuing to leak information to the media, John Brennan has had his security clearance revoked by the Trump administration.
Brennan has been vocal with this anti-Trump sentiments since the election season in 2016.
After Trump appeared with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Brennan called Trump’s behavior “treasonous.”
While members of previous administrations are often allowed to keep their security clearance to serve as advisers to future administrations, that is obviously not going to happen in Brennan’s case.
While Brennan is blaming his criticism of Trump for his clearance being revoked, this is more than likely about Brennan constantly leaking information to the media.
President Trump himself stated: “As the head of the executive branch and commander in chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it. Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, I’ve decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brenna, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.”
Trump went on to say that since Brennan is not being used as a consultant or adviser, there is simply no need for him to continue to have his clearance.
Brennan was clearly not happy with Trump revoking his clearance.
“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans,” Brennan tweeted. “My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”
Republicans, however, believe President Trump was very much on the right side of this argument.
Among those getting in the president’s ear about revoking his clearance was Sen. Rand Paul.
Paul believed Brennan was monetizing his access by using information gained to attack the president in the media.
Paul tweeted: “Is John Brennan making millions of dollars divulging secrets to the mainstream media with his attacks on @RealDonaldTrump?”
Several pundits have accused Brennan of being an outright traitor, so it is really is no surprise he is getting his clearance revoked.
But it will be interesting to see how much insight Brennan has now — or if one of his cronies will feed him information, just as Brennan had previously done to the press.