Trevor Noah: Trump and Brennan both guilty of 'lying' and 'internet outbursts'

Friday, 17 Aug, 2018

The President explained his decision in a statement read in the White House briefing room by Sanders on Wednesday: "Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his make a series of unfounded allegations and series of wild outbursts on the internet and television".

In a subsequent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump made that crystal clear, saying he had to move against Brennan and others he holds responsible for the Russian Federation probe.

It was a swift departure from the official explanation given by the White House on Wednesday, which cited "the risks" posed by what Trump labeled Brennan's "erratic conduct and behavior". It accuses Brennan of "increasingly frenzied commentary" and says his behavior is "wholly inconsistent with access to the nation's most closely held secrets".

"If we're saying the only way I can speak is to be in adulation mode of this president, I'm sorry", he said.

Trump fired Comey from his post as FBI director in May 2017 over the bureau's Russian Federation investigation.

Mr Brennan, who was director of the Central Intelligence Agency under Mr Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, has been a sharp critic of Mr Trump, frequently appearing on cable television news shows to attack his foreign policy positions.

Susan Rice, the former national security adviser.

"My principles are worth far more than clearances", he added".

Brennan, now s a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC and MSNBC, has made no secret of his disdain for Trump.

That may not necessarily be a legal problem for Trump, given that it's not directly tied to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's obstruction-of-justice investigation and that Brennan has no role in the probe today. He said by stripping Brennan's clearance and threatening others with the same fate, "the President has taken us down one more step on the path toward authoritarianism".

Brennan spread the claims from the dossier to the Gang of Eight, the Congress members privy to classified information.

Sanders brought into question why former government officials should maintain their security clearances, although these clearances are typically valid for five years. "If any of these folks still have a clearance, they should lose it too".

Former intelligence officials typically retain their security clearances so they can continue to be consulted by subsequent administrations on matters of national security.

Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Wednesday that his decision - and threat to revoke other clearances - stemmed from his frustrations with the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling and potential collusion with his campaign.

Biden's words were echoed by former ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who said that clearance or not, Brennan "will now be just as vigorous & vigilant in defending American values".

Epoch Times contributor Marc Ruskin, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, took issue with the free speech argument.