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 JohnsonWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration GOP senator says Republicans didn't control Senate when they held majority GOP senator voices concern about Trump order, hasn't decided whether he'll back it MORE (R-Wis.) said Sunday he doesn't have an issue with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE revoking ex-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, 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.