Three weeks after we reported that Trump may revoke the security clearance for several former Obama officials over politicized statements, including John Brennan, James Clapper, Susan Rice, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Michael Hayden and Bruce Ohr – White House White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced moments ago that Trump has decided to revoke former CIA Director Brennan’s Security Clearance.

Of note, fired FBI Director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe no longer have clearance.

In justifying the revocation, the White House asserted that Brennan – who has been highly critical of President Trump, including on Twitter and as an NBC News and MSNBC analyst – “has history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility.”

Commenting on the revocation, Sanders said that “such access is particularly inappropriate when former officials have transitioned into highly partisan positions and seek to use real or perceived access to sensitive information to validate political attacks.”

“Historically, former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been allowed to retain access to classified information after their government service so that they can consult with their successors regarding matters about which they may have special insights and as a professional courtesy,” said Sanders, adding “Neither of these justifications supports Mr. Brennan’s continued access to classified information.”

Brennan’s “Stripping”  took place just one day after the former CIA chief tweeted the following:

It’s astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person. So disheartening, so dangerous for our Nation.

Predictably there were immediate comments from both sides of the aisle, with CNN security reporter Jim Sciutto summarizing that there is one thing all those named above share: “they criticized the president.”

Glenn Greenwald took a more sarcastic approach:

Is there a GoFundMe campaign yet for John Brennan? Seeing liberals electronically transfer money to a former CIA Director – someone who advocated torture and rendition durng Bush/Cheney and lied about drone killings for Obama – is the final #Resistance frontier.


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