As former Obama CIA director John Brennan continues to whine over losing his coveted security clearance, a U.S. Army general is praising Trump’s move and calling Brennan a “clear and present danger” to this country.
On Fox News, Thursday, Army Brigadier General (Ret,) Anthony Tata attacked Brennan as a danger to the United States and said Brennan wants to “overthrow” President Donald Trump.
According to his comments on Fox & Friends, Tata said “John Brennan is a danger and a threat to this nation – he supports the overthrow of this president and he needed to have his access to information revoked.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 16, 2018
As Daily Caller News Foundation notes:
He spied on American citizens and lied in front of Congress about that spying,” Tata said on “Fox & Friends.” “Question 29 on the security clearance form says, you know, ‘have you ever supported overthrowing the U.S. Government?’ All of you got to look at Brennan’s tweets and he supports the removal of this president, and right there — that’s enough evidence to get rid of his clearance.”
Host Brian Kilmeade then played a clip of GOP Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana calling Brennan an embarrassment to the intelligence community and accusing him of being politically biased in his professional dealings.
“I’ve made my feelings known about Mr. Brennan. I think most Americans look at our national intelligence experts as being above politics,” Kennedy said. “Mr. Brennan has demonstrated that that’s not the case. He’s been totally political. I think I called him a butthead and I meant it. I think he’s given the national intelligence community a bad name.”
“John Brennan is a clear and present danger and a threat to this nation,” Tata concluded. “He supports the overthrow of this particular president. And he needed to have his access to information revoked.”
This is exactly right. No former intelligence officer in U.S. history has so loudly attacked the administration following his own boss’s (in Brennan’s case, his old boss was Obama). This is no less than an obvious effort to hurt Trump as much as possible.
And because Brennan’s goal is to destroy the president and his administration, how stupid would Trump have to be to allow Brennan access to the sort of important inside information that he could get with a security clearance!?
It is the right move to take Brennan’s clearances away. He will only use it to hurt this country. Now Trump should do the same to a list of other past government officials. There is no legitimate reason for one to keep a top security clearance after leaving the job anyway.
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