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 TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE’s 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 “Moscow politics.”

Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellDems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction Cuomo to meet with Trump over SALT deduction cap Dems build case for obtaining 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.


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 ComeyRosenstein: My time at DOJ is 'coming to an end' Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump FBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it MORE, former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe Hill's Morning Report - What to watch for as Mueller’s probe winds down Mueller report may be 'anti-climactic,' says ex-intelligence director Intelligence chiefs should be commended, despite Trump's attacks on them MORE and former national security adviser Susan Rice.

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