Brennan: Haven't heard from White House since they threatened to revoke security clearance
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Still in the game: Will Durham's report throw a slow curveball at key political players? UFOs are an intriguing science problem; Congress must act accordingly MORE said Tuesday that he has not heard from the White House in the week since it threatened to revoke security clearances from him and other former intelligence officials who have been critical of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE.

"I have heard nothing other than what has come out from the White House spokesperson," Brennan said on MSNBC.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters last week that Trump is considering taking away security clearances for Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperAfghanistan disaster puts intelligence under scrutiny Domestic security is in disarray: We need a manager, now more than ever Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? MORE, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump MORE.


Sanders explained that Trump is bothered that the former officials are "politicizing agencies and departments that are specifically meant to not be political."

Each individual has at one time or another been critical of the president since leaving their government jobs.

Brennan said Tuesday that the White House's threat illustrates a "flawed understanding about what security clearances mean."

He noted that he has returned to the CIA to review his personal files "a number of times" to prepare for congressional hearings, but has not requested a briefing on "any issue" since leaving government work. 

Brennan, who headed the intelligence agency from 2013 to 2017, also slammed Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDemocrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Journalist Dave Levinthal discusses 'uptick' in congressional stock trade violations McConnell vows GOP won't help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer 'tantrum' MORE (R-Ky.) for bringing the idea of revoking clearances to Trump's attention.

"I don't know anybody in the intelligence national security realms who takes what Rand Paul says seriously. But he continues to spout off on these issues," Brennan said.

"This is Sen. Paul and Mr. Trump trying to make some public, you know, hay by saying these things," he added.

Sanders first broached the subject of revoking clearances of former officials following a meeting between Paul and Trump. Paul had questioned on Twitter whether Brennan was "monetizing his security clearance."

The White House last Tuesday reiterated that Trump is looking into the process for revoking security clearances, but offered no specifics on the timeline or how it would work. It has not provided an update since.  

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.) downplayed the threat last week, telling reporters he believes Trump is "just trolling people."

Brennan joins Clapper as the only two officials to respond publicly to the White House's plan. Clapper previously called it a "very petty thing to do."