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 TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE’s 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 “Moscow politics.”

Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellOn The Money: Judge rules banks can give Trump records to House | Mnuchin pegs debt ceiling deadline as 'late summer' | Democrats see momentum in Trump tax return fight | House rebukes Trump changes to consumer agency Pelosi employs committee chairs to tamp down calls for Trump impeachment Democrats sense new momentum in Trump tax return fight 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 ComeyTrump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye MORE, former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperComey: 'The FBI doesn't spy, the FBI investigates' How I learned to love the witch hunt 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era MORE and former national security adviser Susan Rice.

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