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 PaulMedia fails spectacularly at smearing Rand Paul for surgery in Canada Rand Paul to have hernia surgery in Canada Ron Paul: Remove incentives for illegal immigrants instead of building border wall 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 BrennanBrennan calls on Congress to end shutdown before negotiating border security: Not 'subservient' to the president Washington’s reflexive opposition to Trump on Syria Brennan hopes GOP abandons Trump in 2019 over 'malfeasance, corruption' MORE, No. 1."


“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 John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ 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 ComeyClapper: 'Americans should be very concerned' about lack of notes from Trump-Putin meetings Could Nancy Pelosi be the next president of the United States? Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing MORE and former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperClapper: 'Americans should be very concerned' about lack of notes from Trump-Putin meetings Senate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation Mueller's findings don't matter 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 ClintonGillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Former PepsiCo CEO being considered for World Bank chief post: report Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing 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.Donald (Don) John TrumpCNN's Gergen: Trump discouraging next generation from civil service The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government Trump shares article blasting federal workers, calling for long shutdown MORE, Jeanine Pirro and Kimberly Guilfoyle.