President Donald Trump on Wednesday yanked the security clearance of former CIA chief John Brennan — one of the president’s loudest critics on national security.
In a statement from the president read by administration spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the White House, the president accused Brennan of using his access to the nation’s secrets for personal benefit.
“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,” Trump’s statement read.
“Today in fulfilling that responsibility, I’ve decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.”
The president also said he was reviewing the security clearances of other former national security and law enforcement officials — all of whom have been critical of him.
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