Dem: Trump revoking Brennan's security clearance is 'Moscow politics'

Dem: Trump revoking Brennan's security clearance is 'Moscow politics'
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A Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanThe wisdom of Trump's lawyers, and the accountability that must follow Mueller's report Ex-CIA director blasts Trump over 'temper tantrums' Ex-CIA director: 'I don't have any doubt' Trump will pardon Manafort MORE’s security clearance “Moscow politics.”

Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements On The Money: Liberal groups pressure Dems over Trump's tax returns | Top Trump economist says tax cuts powering economy | Trump Jr. slams Theresa May over Brexit delay | Watchdog warns of 'rosy' assumptions in Trump budget Liberal groups step up pressure on Dems to request Trump's tax returns MORE (D-N.J.) defended Brennan as “a patriot” in a tweet following the announcement.

“Anybody that disagrees with Trump finds themselves on a hit list. John Brennan is a patriot,” Pascrell tweeted. “His faith to America is unwavering. We have a leader now who won't tolerate difference in opinion. This is Moscow politics, in and out.”

Trump announced Wednesday, through a statement read by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, that he was revoking Brennan’s clearance as a matter of national security.

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Trump accused Brennan, a frequent critic of his administration, of using his status to make “unfounded and outrageous” comments about him.

“Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets and facilities, the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos,” Trump said in the statement.

Trump is reviewing the security clearance status of a number of other former officials who have criticized him, including former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyIf Mueller's report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Mueller delivers report, ending investigation | FEMA exposed info of 2.3M disaster survivors | Facebook asks judge to toss DC privacy lawsuit | Trump picks his first CTO | FCC settles lawsuit over net neutrality records MORE, former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe wisdom of Trump's lawyers, and the accountability that must follow Mueller's report Dem rips Clapper: He 'needs to stop making excuses for lying to the American people' Hillicon Valley: Senators urge Trump to bar Huawei products from electric grid | Ex-security officials condemn Trump emergency declaration | New malicious cyber tool found | Facebook faces questions on treatment of moderators MORE and former national security adviser Susan Rice.

Former administration officials typically keep their security clearances in order to provide advice to their successors.