Biden to Trump: If you think revoking Brennan's clearance will silence him, 'you just don't know the man'

Biden to Trump: If you think revoking Brennan's clearance will silence him, 'you just don't know the man'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden to campaign for Stacey Abrams next week Dems with political experience could have edge in 2020 primary, says pollster Ford taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing MORE on Wednesday hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE for revoking former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanNew book: Putin tried to reinforce Trump’s belief in a ‘deep state’ undermining him Retired admiral resigned from Pentagon advisory committee after writing open letter to Trump Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump MORE’s security clearance.

In a tweet, Biden warned the president that revoking Brennan’s clearance won’t “silence” the frequent Trump critic.

“In the time I have known him, John Brennan has never been afraid to speak up and give it to you straight,” Biden tweeted. “Revoking his security clearance is an act unbecoming of a President. If you think it will silence John, then you just don't know the man.”

Trump announced Wednesday that he was revoking Brennan’s clearance, following through on what he said last month was under consideration.


In a statement read by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a briefing, Trump painted the move as necessary to protect national security interests.

Brennan, who served under former President Obama, is one of several former top officials who have become harsh critics of the administration. Trump is also considering revoking security clearance for a number of others.

The former CIA chief wrote in a tweet that the president’s decision is part of an effort to “suppress freedom of speech and punish critics.”

He said on MSNBC that he found out about his clearance being revoked when he saw it on television, and has not heard from any White House officials.