Rand Paul to ask Trump to revoke security clearance of ex-CIA chief Brennan
Sen. Rand Paul Monday said he is meeting with President Donald Trump to ask for former CIA director John Brennan to have his security clearance revoked.
“Is John Brennan monetizing his security clearance? Is John Brennan making millions of dollars divulging secrets to the mainstream media with his attacks on @realDonaldTrump,” the Kentucky Republican tweeted Monday morning. “Today I will meet with the President and I will ask him to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance.”
Brennan, who was CIA director under former President Barack Obama, now works as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Brennan has been highly critical of Trump.
Most recently, he lambasted Trump‘s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, calling it “nothing short of treasonous” in a tweet.
Paul’s request comes after Fox News host Tucker Carlson said last week that Brennan still had a security clearance despite not working for the federal government anymore.
Carlson, who called Brennan an “out-of-the-closet extremist,“ went on to call for his security clearance removed.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) Sunday called for Brennan to testify on Capitol Hill for his role in the investigation of Russia in the 2016 election.
Goodlatte said it’s “extremely disturbing“ to see Brennan and former FBI Director James Comey “express the kind of extreme bias that they’ve shown now.”
Brennan did not immediately respond to requests for comment.