Trump dares Brennan to sue over clearances

Trump dares Brennan to sue over clearances
© UPI Photo

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE on Monday dared former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanNew book: Putin tried to reinforce Trump’s belief in a ‘deep state’ undermining him Retired admiral resigned from Pentagon advisory committee after writing open letter to Trump Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump MORE to sue him over his decision to revoke his security clearance.  

In a tweet, Trump claimed a lawsuit would reveal reams of documents that "show only the poor job he did, but how he was involved with the Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt."

"I hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our country’s history, brings a lawsuit," Trump wrote.

Because of the damaging information he claims would come out, Trump added of Brennan: "He won’t sue!"


Trump in a separate tweet pushed back against dozens of former U.S. intelligence and national security officials who have come to Brennan's defense after the president's announcement.

"Everybody wants to keep their Security Clearance, it’s worth great prestige and big dollars, even board seats, and that is why certain people are coming forward to protect Brennan," Trump wrote. "It certainly isn’t because of the good job he did! He is a political 'hack.'"

The comments marked the latest volley in the war of words between Trump and Brennan following the president's controversial decision to pull the former spy chief's security clearance. 

Brennan, one of the president's most vocal critics, said Sunday he is considering taking legal action against the Trump administration to block the president from revoking other officials' clearances. 

"If my clearances and my reputation as I’m being pulled through the mud now, if that’s the price we’re going to pay to prevent Donald Trump from doing this against other people, to me it’s a small price to pay," Brennan said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I’m going to do whatever I can personally to try to prevent these abuses in the future and if it means going to court, I will do that," he added.

After revoking Brennan's clearance, Trump said he is considering pulling the clearances of several other former intelligence officials involved in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Legal experts said Trump, and not Brennan, could be at greatest risk if the former CIA director decides to bring a lawsuit against the administration.

"You, or whomever occasionally tweeting for you, have zero clue how this legal process works. First, you have @JohnBrennan govt info already. ... Second, likely discovery, if any, only against you. Third, he'd win on process. I'd rep him in heartbeat," tweeted national security lawyer Mark Zaid.

Updated at 10:40 a.m.