GOP senator on revoking security clearances: 'I don't want to see this become routine'

GOP senator on revoking security clearances: 'I don't want to see this become routine'
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Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonBarr throws curveball into Senate GOP 'spying' probe Bipartisan group of senators introduce legislation designed to strengthen cybersecurity of voting systems Trump Jr. subpoena spotlights GOP split over Russia probes MORE (R-Wis.) said Sunday he doesn't have an issue with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE revoking ex-CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanDems ask former CIA chief John Brennan for Iran briefing: report Brennan hits Trump for calling Mueller probe a 'coup': These are 'sociopathic ramblings' Brennan: Imagine if we had a president 'who did not have to obstruct justice' MORE's security clearance, but added that the practice shouldn't become "routine."

Johnson said on "Fox News Sunday" that he's not sure there is evidence Brennan improperly shared classified information, but said that he "misused his privilege."

"I don’t want to see this become routine. I don’t want to see this become politicized," Johnson added.

In addition to revoking Brennan's clearance, Trump put out a list of several former intelligence officials from whom he's considering taking clearances away. Nearly all of those individuals have been vocally critical of Trump.

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"The best way of handling this is if you don’t have confidence in former CIA officials or government officials that you’re not going to be consulting with, just don’t gain them access," Johnson said. "You gain access when you have a need to know. If you’re not going to be consulted you don’t have a need to know."

"So again, I don’t want this becoming routine," he continued. "But again John Brennan really did cross the line. He’s one of the leaders of the resistance movement. I understand why President Trump is pretty frustrated."

The White House justified revoking Brennan’s clearance last week by saying the former CIA head has made unfounded allegations against the current administration, and claimed he has lied during congressional testimony in the past.

Skeptics have noted Brennan is among the most outspoken critics of the Trump administration, frequently lashing out at the president on Twitter. He called Trump's performance at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month "treasonous."

Dozens of ex-intelligence officials have expressed support for Brennan in recent days and condemned Trump’s decision to revoke his clearance.