Brennan responds to Trump: My principles are worth more than your clearance

Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan

Last month he called the United States president's performance at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland "nothing short of treasonous".

This behavior is not just endemic to Brennan but former senior Obama appointees like National Security Advisor James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Eric Holder and others have gone to social media and cable news outlets to express their displeasure with Trump, as well as instigating unproven allegations that the president could be blackmailed by Russian Federation. "I will not relent", wrote Brennan.

"Well I don't know if I'd use that word", he said. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent and honest person.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing", Mr. Trump said in a campaign speech.

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. Usually when security clearances are revoked, it is by the agencies that issued them, not the president personally, he said.

"Brennan has become a political figure, clearly, but ... in some ways his motives may be purer than anybody's, in the sense that he is terrified of the country and thinks that the president is a unsafe figure", Heilemann said.

"Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin".

"Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration", Sanders read from Trump's statement.

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Now former Central Intelligence Agency directors and other national security officials are allowed to keep their clearances for a period of time so they can advise their successors.

"I don't go back for classified briefings", Hayden, who served under President George W. Bush, told CBS News in July.

"I don't plan to stop speaking when I'm asked my views on this administration", said Clapper on CNN.

The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald-who has been similarly unsparing in his assessment of Brennan's record and dismissive of those who reflexively "revere anyone who occupies high positions in the USA national security state"-echoed the ACLU in a series of tweets on Wednesday, noting that while Brennan is a "war criminal" and a "pathological liar", it is nonetheless "dangerous to allow a president to impose punishments for criticisms".

The threat to pull his security clearance, Clapper added, will not silence him. But Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, has been an outspoken advocate for yanking Brennan's clearance.

Brennan is a frequent Trump critic.

Brennan will fight hard to avoid being put on trial but will need united support from from his Deep State co-conspirators - a dubious proposition.

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