Pelosi: Trump revoking Brennan's clearance a 'pathetic attempt to silence critics'

Pelosi: Trump revoking Brennan's clearance a 'pathetic attempt to silence critics'
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiManchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats can't blame GOP for end of eviction moratorium MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday called President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE's decision to revoke ex-CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance a "pathetic attempt to silence" his critics. 

"Revoking the security clearance of an honorable patriot is a stunning abuse of power & a pathetic attempt to silence critics," Pelosi tweeted shortly after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the announcement. "This is yet another disturbing attempt by @realdonaldtrump to distract & divert attention from his Admin's #cultureofcorruption, cronyism & incompetence."

Sanders's announcement that Brennan would lose his security clearance came almost a month after the White House first said it was considering taking such a step for former intelligence officials. 

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In addition to Brennan, Sanders said the Trump administration is reviewing access to classified information for former Director of National Intelligence 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, former FBI Director James Comey, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, among others.

Many of the officials who were named have frequently criticized the president throughout his time in office. Brennan has been especially critical of Trump. 

On Tuesday, he tweeted that Trump would never understand what it means to be president after Trump called a former White House aide a "lowlife" and a "dog." 

The decision to revoke Brennan's security clearance was quickly met with backlash from former intelligence officials and Democratic lawmakers.

Clapper said on CNN that Trump was infringing on Brennan's First Amendment rights by taking this action.