President Donald Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, and retired U.S. Army Brigadier Gen. Anthony Tata gave the decision a thumbs up.
Tata told “Fox & Friends” that “Communist John Brennan” shouldn’t have had security clearance to begin with.
“I think that John Brennan is a clear and present danger and a threat to this nation,” Tata said.
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Trump revokes Brennan’s security clearance.
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) August 16, 2018
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a statement from the president that said Brennan “has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility.”
“The president has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it, and that’s what he’s doing is fulfilling that responsibility in this action,” Sanders said.
Brennan responded in a tweet:
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
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) August 15, 2018
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also responded, calling it an “abuse of power”:
Revoking the security clearance of an honorable patriot is a stunning abuse of power & a pathetic attempt to silence critics. This is yet another disturbing attempt by @realdonaldtrump to distract & divert attention from his Admin’s #cultureofcorruption, cronyism & incompetence.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 15, 2018
However, many agreed with Trump’s decision in revoking Brennan’s security clearance:
.@JudgeJeanine on John Brennan: “Here’s the bottom line: you’re not entitled to a security clearance, you don’t have a right to have it, the president has the arbitrary right to take it away.” #TheFive pic.twitter.com/nC48sYWtU5
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 15, 2018
.@RepPeteKing: “The only purpose of maintaining a security clearance is if a president or the administration may want to consider you for consultation during a crisis. No one would consult John Brennan in a crisis.” pic.twitter.com/WfArCSFdQA
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 16, 2018
In 2016, Brennan recalled taking a lie detector test when he first entered the CIA in which he was asked, “Have you ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the U.S.?”
He admitted that as a college student in 1976, he voted for the Communist Party candidate for president.
“I froze,” Brennan said, CNN reported. “This was back in 1980, and I thought back to a previous election where I voted, and I voted for the Communist Party candidate.”
“Life, Liberty & Levin” host Mark Levin added to the discussion.
“He supports the overthrow of this particular president, and he needed to have his access to information revoked,” Tata said.