Sarah Sanders at Wednesday’s press briefing read an Announcement by the President where he revokes the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.
President Trump accused Brennan of leveraging his status as a former government official to make “unfounded and outrageous” charges about his administration.
President Trump said in the statement read by Sanders:
“Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets and facilities, the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos.”
But Sanders denied that Trump was punishing Brennan for his criticism of the president. “Not at all,” she said in response to a reporter’s question. Brennan has been a visceral critic of Trump’s presidency, regularly eviscerating him on Twitter, and Trump previously had floated the idea of taking away his clearance.
“As the head of the executive branch and the commander in chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it,” Trump’s statement said.
President Trump is also reviewing access to classified information for several former intelligence officials — all of whom have used their security clearance as a weapon to undermine and delegitimize a sitting President.
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