'This is how a whiny tyrant acts': Democrats and intel veterans slam Trump for revoking Brennan's security clearance
Democratic politicians and national security experts were up in arms over the news that President Donald Trump was revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.
The highly unprecedented move was perceived by many to be a thinly-veiled attempt to intimidate a prominent critic of Trump.
Here is a sampling of some of the reactions from top Democrats, lawyers, and national security experts.
Wednesday's announcement that President Donald Trump was revoking the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan caused an outpouring of shocked, confused, and dismayed reactions from Democratic members of congress, as well as several prominent national security and intelligence experts.
Citing "erratic conduct and behavior" as the reason for Brennan's clearance being revoked, the White House statement also accused Brennan, who has frequently criticized Trump since leaving the CIA in 2017, of using his clearance to "make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and television, about this administration."
While making the announcement in the Wednesday afternoon press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House was also reviewing the statuses of security clearances for several other former national security officials for potential revocation. Those officials have also publicly criticized Trump.
Democratic politicians and national security experts immediately began expressing their confusion and disappointment for what they view as a politically motivated and even despotic use of political power to punish a dissenter.
Here are the reactions of some of the powerful people who spoke out: SEE ALSO: Trump revokes former CIA director and frequent Trump critic John Brennan's security clearance
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Brennan first responded to the revocation of his clearance in a tweet, in which he referred to the action as "part of a broader effort to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics."
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1029830514230865920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent. https://t.co/TNzOxhP9ux
Brennan then discussed the matter further with MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace.
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1029833101164339200?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw BREAKING: Fmr CIA Dir Brennan responds to President Trump revoking his security clearance w/ @NicolleDWallace now on #DeadlineWH pic.twitter.com/iJx6Cr7rJZ
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, Vice Chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said the move sets "a dangerous precedent."
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1029809988695470082?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw This might be a convenient way to distract attention, say from a damaging news story or two. But politicizing the way we guard our nation’s secrets just to punish the President’s critics is a dangerous precedent. https://t.co/cXzgrLIwa3
Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii slammed Trump as "vindictive" and "petty".
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1029804279211716608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw How vindictive and petty can he get? https://t.co/9t1zzS3Fnj
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