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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE on Wednesday for his decision to revoke former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan shreds 'misleading & highly politicized' Barr memo Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice Iranian president: 'Situation is not suitable for talks' with US 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 ComeyFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice MORE, former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesTrump: 'Impossible for me to know' extent of Flynn investigation Mueller didn't want Comey memos released out of fear Trump, others would change stories Sally Yates: Trump would be indicted on obstruction of justice if he were not president MORE, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of 'destroying the lives' of his campaign staffers The Mueller report concludes it was not needed 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.”