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 ClapperDomestic security is in disarray: We need a manager, now more than ever Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? 140 national security leaders call for 9/11-style panel to review Jan. 6 attack MORE and John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanUFOs are an intriguing science problem; Congress must act accordingly How transparency on UFOs can unite a deeply divided nation The world's most passionate UFO skeptic versus the government 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