Rand Paul takes victory lap after Brennan’s security clearance revoked

Greg Nash

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday praised President Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’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.


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.

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