GOP senator: Ex-intel chiefs acting like ‘buttheads’ toward Trump

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) on Tuesday said he thinks that former intelligence officials James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe new marshmallow media in the Biden era Will China get the foreign policy president it wants? Is America ready to return to the Obama-Biden foreign policy? MORE and John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed Former CIA head, Cruz trade jabs over killing of Iranian nuclear scientist: 'You are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas' MORE have acted like “buttheads,” but he won’t say if he thinks they should have their security clearances revoked.

“I haven't determined yet whether you can or should revoke somebody's security clearance for being a butthead. But that's what they've acted like,” Kennedy said to Hill.TV on Tuesday.

“It's not a crime, it's only in bad taste. But Mr. Clapper and Mr. Brennan have both acted like political hacks,” Kennedy added, noting that based on his “cursory research,” the president has the authority to revoke their security clearance, “if he wants to do it, it’s up to him, he can do it.”

Kennedy says he would like to ask the former Obama-era officials, “Why didn’t they do more to stop Russia meddling in our elections?”

Asked if Congress should call them to testify on that matter, Kennedy said yes but noted, “I’d swear them in first.”

—Molly K. Hooper