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Warner: Revoking Brennan's clearance 'a dangerous precedent'

Warner: Revoking Brennan's clearance 'a dangerous precedent'

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHarris shares Thanksgiving recipe: 'During difficult times I have always turned to cooking' Biden leans on foreign policy establishment to build team Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin MORE (Va.), the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE for setting “a dangerous precedent” by revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanFormer CIA head, Cruz trade jabs over killing of Iranian nuclear scientist: 'You are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas' Brennan takes final shot at Trump: 'I leave his fate to our judicial system, his infamy to history, & his legacy to a trash heap' The new marshmallow media in the Biden era MORE, who is a frequent critic.

Warner suggested that Trump was trying to distract attention from other issues by targeting former President Obama’s former intelligence chief.

“This might be a convenient way to distract attention, say a damaging story or two. But politicizing the way we guard our nation’s secrets just to punish the president’s critics is a dangerous precedent,” Warner said in a tweet.

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Trump, in a statement released earlier in the day, asserted that 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 president said he has a “unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information.”

Trump is reviewing the access of other former officials who served in the Obama administration, such as former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe new marshmallow media in the Biden era Will China get the foreign policy president it wants? Is America ready to return to the Obama-Biden foreign policy? MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyCarter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon The new marshmallow media in the Biden era MORE, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesThe case against Sally Yates Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks MORE and former national security adviser Susan Rice.

These former officials have also criticized the president or administration policy.

Former Obama Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBiden to nominate Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse to economic team: WSJ Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Biden's climate plans can cut emissions and also be good politics MORE, who once served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also blasted Trump’s decision. 

“This is putting personal petty politics ahead of patriotism and national security, end of story,” he said in a tweet.

“You expect this banana republic behavior in the kind of countries that the State Department warns Americans not to travel to, but not at home in the USA,” he added.