Brennan’s Op-Ed Shows Exactly Why He Had His Security Clearance Revoked
On Wednesday, President Trump took the extraordinary measure of stripping former CIA Director John Brennan of his security clearance – a move that, considering Brennan’s unhinged commentary and his as-yet undetermined role in creating the Russian witch hunt in the first place, was long overdue.
Brennan must have known this day was coming, because he had an op-ed for The New York Times locked and loaded. It was published on Thursday and, far from making Trump look bad, actually showed exactly why Brennan had his security clearance revoked.
Make no mistake, Brennan has as much right to free speech as anyone else in the United States. If he wants to fill up his Twitter account and his frequent CNN appearances with innuendo and criticism directed at the president, he’s fully within his rights to do so.
The problem arises when Brennan uses his ongoing security clearance and his status as the former head of the CIA to insinuate that he has special, behind-the-scenes knowledge about the Trump/Russia investigation that isn’t available to the American people. He uses this insinuation to convince viewers and Twitter followers that when HE says Trump colluded with Putin, you can take it to the bank.
In reality, there’s nothing to indicate that Brennan has any such special knowledge. And while he is careful not to come right out and say that he does, his op-ed from Thursday is filled with this kind of “wink-wink, trust me” deception.
The most embarrassing part of Brennan’s op-ed comes when he makes the astonishing mistake of accusing Trump of publicly colluding with the Russians during the campaign.
“The already challenging work of the American intelligence and law enforcement communities was made more difficult in late July 2016, however, when Mr. Trump, then a presidential candidate, publicly called upon Russia to find the missing emails of Mrs. Clinton,” he writes. “By issuing such a statement, Mr. Trump was not only encouraging a foreign nation to collect intelligence against a United States citizen, but also openly authorizing his followers to work with our primary global adversary against his political opponent.”
It’s just amazing that we are sitting here, two years after the fact, and Trump’s critics haven’t yet caught on the fact that the president WAS JOKING! That he was MOCKING the media! They are still pushing the theory that he was seriously calling on Russia to hack into Clinton’s server, in defiance of common sense, logic, and the eyes and ears of anyone who actually watched that press conference.
For this comment alone, Brennan needs to be quarantined from the secrets of the state. He has demonstrated time and again that he cannot conduct himself in a manner befitting someone who once ran the CIA and is in possession of some of America’s most well-guarded secrets. If he wants to live out the rest of his years as a partisan hack, he’s free to do so. But there’s no reason why this administration should continue to give him access to classified information.