Rand Paul rails against 'bad apples' Comey, Clapper, Brennan

Rand Paul rails against 'bad apples' Comey, Clapper, Brennan
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators Only two people cited by TSA for mask violations have agreed to pay fine Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday railed against former top intelligence officials who have been critical of the Trump administration during an event for mostly high school conservatives.

"We've got some bad apples that need to be dismissed from the swamp of Washington, sent on their way,” Paul said during a dinner hosted by Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit. “I'm thinking maybe, how about John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanUFOs are an intriguing science problem; Congress must act accordingly How transparency on UFOs can unite a deeply divided nation The world's most passionate UFO skeptic versus the government MORE, No. 1."

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“Does anybody in their right mind think that John Brennan, who said that the president is treasonous, should have a security clearance?” the senator added, referring to an ex-CIA director under former President Obama.

Paul had sparked controversy earlier this week when he tweeted that he was meeting with President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE to discuss revoking Brennan's clearance. 

The White House later confirmed during a press briefing that it was considering stripping several top intelligence officials of their clearances, including Brennan, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden sister has book deal, set to publish in April Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom MORE and former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperDomestic security is in disarray: We need a manager, now more than ever Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? 140 national security leaders call for 9/11-style panel to review Jan. 6 attack MORE.

Paul also targeted the latter two during his comments on Tuesday night, which he delivered to a room of over 600 high school conservatives at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“James Clapper came to the U.S. Senate in 2013, looked us in the eye, and lied under oath,” Paul said. “This is a felony. James Clapper should be in jail for lying to the government.”

Paul also went after Comey and his decision to approve wiretapping of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

“This has been spin and innuendo and politically driven witch hunt,” Paul said. He also said someone has to stand up and defend Trump.

Paul’s comments on Comey led to chants of “Lock her up!," referring to Trump's former Democratic opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE.

"So, when the people say 'Oh, what about the Republicans and Russians,' the only person we know who paid the Russians was Hillary Clinton," Paul said.

He added that too much energy has been consolidated within intelligence agencies and that he has urged Trump to look at systematic reform that instills checks and balances.

“This is a real problem,” Paul said. “So this isn’t about the president being unhappy with his detractors, it’s about people falsely accusing the president of treason and about people who lied to Congress.”

Other speakers of the night included Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE, Jeanine Pirro and Kimberly Guilfoyle.