Obama’s CIA Director Loses His Clearance 🛑

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Vindictive or justified?

President Trump revoked the security clearance of John Brennan, former Director of the CIA. The White House claimed the action was taken due to the potential fallout from Brennan’s unpredictable conduct. Brennan has been a vocal critic of Trump – recently condemning his comments on his former aide Omarosa Manigault


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Brennan might not be the only one to have his clearance withdrawn. Trump has previously stated that he intends to the review the clearances of other critics, including Susan Rice, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, James Comey, Peter Strzok and others. 

The right supports the notion that Trump revoked Brennan’s clearance due to his erratic behavior. They suggest that Trump has a constitutional responsibility to protect sensitive intel. In addition, they emphasize that Brennan leveraged his former high-ranking position to propagate false claims against the administration and further his personal interests.

The left insinuates that Trump is hypocritical for accusing Brennan of making false claims when Trump himself has made more than 4,000 false or misleading statements. Furthermore, they state that there has been no evidence of Brennan mishandling classified information. The left believes the move is meant to deliver a political blow to the Mueller probe, which Brennan has vocally supported. They argue that Brennan’s clearance was revoked to undermine his legitimacy.

Security clearance for old timers

Trump is well within his rights to revoke security clearances as he sees fit. However, former intelligence officials typically retain basic security clearances so that they may advise the new administration on relevant national security issues. Some argue that the retention of clearance by ex-employees is to benefit the current administration. Brennan likely came under attack because he signed on as an MSBC/NBC contributor while being a vocal critic of Trump.

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