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 PelosiTrip that led to acting Navy secretary's resignation cost 3K: reports Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos 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 ClapperFormer intelligence chiefs slam Trump for removing officials Think this coronavirus crisis is bad? The next could be worse — if we don't act now Was President Trump spied on as part of Carter Page wiretapping? 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.