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 JohnsonTrump urged DOJ officials to call election corrupt 'and leave the rest to me' Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism Grassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa MORE (R-Wis.) said Sunday he doesn't have an issue 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 revoking ex-CIA Director 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'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.