President Donald J. Trump took decisive action and revoked the security clearance of a former high level intelligence official on Wednesday.
“[John] 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,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
John Brennan was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2013 to 2017, and was the United States Homeland Security Advisor from 2009 to 2013.
“The President has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it,” Sanders said.
Additionally, the White House is reviewing the security clearances of the following bad actors in the intelligence and law enforcement communities: former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Hayden, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, disgraced former FBI attorney Lisa Page, former Obama Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, disgraced former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strozk, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose security clearance has been deactivated but not terminated, and Bruce Ohr, who still works for the Justice Department.
“More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan’s security clearance raises larger questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our nation’s most sensitive secrets long after their time in government has ended,” Sanders said.
When asked the purpose for keeping the security clearances after intelligence officials leave their positions, Johnson told Big League Politics that there was no particular reason, simply that there is no process in place for their removal.
Brennan, now an MSNBC contributor, should absolutely not have access to classified information, given the conflict of interest. Imagine how easy it is for him to leak classified intel – a major crime – to his current colleagues?
NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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