Brennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’

Brennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanTrump lashes out at former intel officials for criticism of Iran tweet Trailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller MORE issued fresh criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE on Friday night, calling him “drunk on power” after he revoked Brennan's security clearance this week.

“I think right now, this country is in a crisis in terms of what Mr. Trump has done and is liable to do,” Brennan told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

“And so, are the Republicans on the Hill — who have given him a pass — going to wait for a disaster to happen before they actually find their backbones and spines, to speak up against somebody who clearly, clearly is not carrying out his responsibilities with any sense of purpose and common sense from the standpoint of national security,” Brennan added. 

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Brennan also told Maddow that he was considering his legal options after Trump pulled his security clearance, saying he wanted "to prevent this type of abuse by Donald Trump in the future.”

Trump sent shockwaves through the intelligence community on Wednesday when he revoked Brennan’s clearance, with the White House signaling that it is preparing to revoke the clearance of several other former intelligence officials as well.

Numerous former intelligence officials and national security heads have decried Trump's move as retaliation against Brennan, who is a frequent critic of the president.

The White House denied that revoking the clearance was a retaliatory move, saying it was done in response to Brennan’s “lying” and “increasingly frenzied commentary.”