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 ClapperMueller report may be 'anti-climactic,' says ex-intelligence director Intelligence chiefs should be commended, despite Trump's attacks on them Hillicon Valley: House Intel panel will release Russia interviews | T-Mobile, Sprint step up merger push | DHS cyber office hosting webinars on China | Nest warns customers to shore up password security MORE and John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea Intel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump 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