Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) blasted President Trump for revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, calling it “the weak, paranoid, authoritarian behavior of a dictator.”
“A flimsy excuse to set a terrible precedent,” Beyer said in a tweet just minutes after White House press secretary Sarach Huckabee Sanders announced the decision. “Trump is clearly punishing John Brennan for criticizing him, cracking down on a dissent and retaliating against a private citizen’s free speech.”
“The President has adopted the weak, paranoid, authoritarian behavior of a dictator,” he added.
A flimsy excuse to set a terrible precedent.
Trump is clearly punishing @JohnBrennan for criticizing him, cracking down on a dissent and retaliating against a private citizen’s free speech.
The President has adopted the weak, paranoid, authoritarian behavior of a dictator. https://t.co/c04RuFjihx
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) August 15, 2018
Sanders announced the move during a press briefing on Wednesday, reading a statement from the president.
“As the head of the executive branch and the commander in chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it,” Trump said in the statement.
The Hill added:
The announcement comes weeks after Sanders first revealed that Trump was considering revoking the security clearance of Brennan and a number of other former top officials who have been critical of Trump.
She said Wednesday that Trump is reviewing access to classified information for former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and others.
Brennan tweeted on Tuesday that the president fails “to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity” and that he “will never understand what it means to be president.”