Rand Paul takes victory lap after Brennan's security clearance revoked
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanNew book: Putin tried to reinforce Trump’s belief in a ‘deep state’ undermining him Retired admiral resigned from Pentagon advisory committee after writing open letter to Trump Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump MORE’s security clearance, an action Paul had lobbied Trump to take.

“I filibustered Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA in 2013, and his behavior in government and out of it demonstrate why he should not be allowed near classified information,” Paul said in a statement after Trump announced the move.

“He participated in a shredding of constitutional rights, lied to Congress, and has been monetizing and making partisan political use of his clearance since his departure," Paul added.

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Trump said earlier Wednesday that he would revoke Brennan’s security clearance, an action widely seen as retaliation against a vocal critic of the president.

Paul, a libertarian-leaning lawmaker who himself has long criticized Brennan, said last month that he would meet with Trump and urge the president to revoke the former Obama administration official's security clearance.

"Is John Brennan monetizing his security clearance?" Paul asked on Twitter at the time. "Is John Brennan making millions of dollars divulging secrets to the mainstream media with his attacks on [Trump]?"

Brennan had responded by slamming Paul during an interview on MSNBC.

"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 remarked.