Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Video depicting Trump killing media, critics draws backlash Backlash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics Cindy McCain condemns video of fake Trump shooting political opponents, late husband MORE (R-Ariz.) suggested today that John Brennan be ousted as White House homeland security adviser.


McCain said on Fox and Friends that Brennan had "lost any utility he could have for the President of the United States."

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Brennan has been under fire from Republicans ever since he said in a USA Today op-ed that "politically motivated" criticisms of the administration "serve the goals of al-Qaeda." On Sunday, McCain's ally Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham throws support behind Trump's Turkey sanctions Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Fury over Trump Syria decision grows MORE (R-S.C.) also called for Brennan to lose his job.

McCain also criticized Brennan for downplaying the 20% recidivism rate of detainees released from Guantanamo.

Brennan said this weekend that 20% "isn't that bad."

"People sometimes use that figure, 20 percent, say 'Oh my goodness, one out of five detainees returned to some type of extremist activity,'" Brennan said, according to ABC News. "You know, the American penal system, the recidivism rate is up to something about 50 percent or so, as far as return to crime. Twenty percent isn't that bad."



McCain blasted Brennan for the remarks, saying Brennan had "lost touch with reality."


"When you impugn people's patriotism and integrity and make statements that compare people going back into the fight in Afghanistan or Yemen or other places, with criminals who go back to a life of crime in the United States, you've lost touch with reality," McCain said.

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