Dem: Trump acting like a 'dictator' by revoking Brennan's security clearance

Dem: Trump acting like a 'dictator' by revoking Brennan's security clearance
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A Democratic lawmaker tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE on Wednesday for his decision to revoke former CIA Director 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’s security clearance.

In a tweet that came minutes after the White House announced the move, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) accused Trump of “punishing” Brennan for his harsh criticism of the president and said Trump is acting like a “dictator.”

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“A flimsy excuse to set a terrible precedent,” Beyer tweeted. “Trump is clearly punishing John Brennan for criticizing him, cracking down on a dissent and retaliating against a private citizen’s free speech.”

“The President has adopted the weak, paranoid, authoritarian behavior of a dictator,” he added.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the announcement about revoking Brennan's clearance during a press briefing on Wednesday, reading a statement from the president.

"As the head of the executive branch and the commander in chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation's classified information, including by controlling access to it," Trump said in the statement.

The announcement comes weeks after Sanders first revealed that Trump was considering revoking the security clearance of Brennan and a number of other former top officials — mostly from the Obama administration — who have been critical of Trump.

Sanders said Wednesday that Trump is also reviewing access to classified information for former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ Trump has publicly criticized Russia probe more than 1,100 times: NY Times MORE, former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesFrom border to Mueller, Barr faces challenges as attorney general 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 House Intel panel votes to release Russia interview transcripts to Mueller MORE, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE and others.

Brennan, a frequent critic of Trump, tweeted Tuesday that the president fails “to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity” and that he “will never understand what it means to be president.”