It has become abundantly clear that Obama-era officials have been profiting from their lingering security clearances, and Pres. Donald J. Trump did the right thing by revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s.
Brennan has gone on an anti-Trump tirade on any media outlet that would have him. His over-the-top rhetoric looks more like that of a spurned lover than a former intelligence professional. It’s no secret that Pres. Trump did not trust Brennan’s judgement, and abruptly fired him after taking office. He was replaced by Mike Pompeo, who now serves as secretary of state.
Pres. Trump’s revoking of security clearances may be getting a lot of backlash from left-leaning media outlets. But everyday Americans continue to scratch their collective heads about why so many ex-officials retain their credentials in the first place. The answer, and the recent Brennan incident, demonstrates Pres. Trump is right to strip Obama-era cronies of the status, and the move is long overdue.
Brennan Cashed-In on Credentials
While biased media reports try to tarnish the president’s decision-making on the credentials issue, it was actually Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul that asked for Brennan’s clearance to be revoked.
“Today I will meet with the President and I will ask him to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance,” Sen. Paul reportedly said. “The president is exploring the mechanisms to remove security clearance because they politicize and, in some cases, monetize their public service and security clearances.”
The common wisdom behind allowing outgoing officials to retain clearance to see top secret materials is that they could be useful to the current administration. Former officials often enjoy long-standing, even personal relationships with foreign counterparts. Those relationships can be accessed in the interest of national security by a sitting administration. Brennan, by contrast, has been less than helpful in this capacity. In fact, he’s cried like a lover that got dumped on national television, calling the president everything from treasonous to “drunk with power.”
Even while he worked as the head of the CIA, many were concerned his conduct led to the gross bias that ran through the Obama-era intelligence community.
“When he was CIA director I was very troubled by his conduct, by statements he made in public and by what I thought was his politicization of the intelligence community,” National Security Advisor John Bolton reportedly said.
Brennan, unlike most ex-officials, has put his security clearance to work making money on television. This is the exact opposite reason that former officials retain clearances. They are intended to be useful to the government, not a source of personal income. Brennan has taken money for his appearances on anti-Trump networks such as CNN and MSNBC. He gets paid to tout his access to inside information and soil the president.
The ex-spy chief has engaged in highly partisan attacks such as an unfounded claim the president may be being blackmailed by Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin. Brennan continues his accusations with a wink and a nod, all the while pointing to his access to secret information others do not enjoy. His rhetoric sharply contrasts his usefulness to the Trump Administration.
“When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history,” Brennan reportedly tweeted. “You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.”
Talk about a messy break-up…
Brennan has also reportedly been the “unnamed source” behind much of the false Russian collusion stories in the media. Given the animus between Brennan and the Trump Administration, the ex-official is no longer on a “need to know” basis about government affairs. Brennan, like other former officials, may speak their mind as long as they do not jeopardize national security. But when their usefulness ends, so does the clearance. In many cases, this type of status automatically times out.
Trump Welcomes a Brennan Lawsuit
One of the little-known items about security clearances that has surfaced in the wake of the Trump-Brennan dust-up is that they are for sale. Yes, that’s right.
For $20,000, some people can pass muster and get one. That piece of paper opens doors to jobs, corporate boards and other avenues. Former intelligence official James Clapper recently confirmed this in an interview.
“Everybody wants to keep their Security Clearance, it’s worth great prestige and big dollars, even board seats, and that is why certain people are coming forward to protect Brennan. It certainly isn’t because of the good job he did! He is a political ‘hack,’” Pres. Trump tweeted.
Clapper recently turned on his like-minded anti-Trump colleague after Brennan threatened to sue. Bringing this sub-industry into light would effectively give away the secret income that runs against the point of holding a clearance. Pres. Trump, always willing to stand his ground, pushed back on Brennan’s legal threat.
“I hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our country’s history, brings a lawsuit. It will then be very easy to get all of his records, texts, emails and documents to show not only the poor job he did, but how he was involved with the Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt. He won’t sue,” Pres. Trump reportedly tweeted.
Many left-wing Obama-era cronies have gone toe-to-toe with Pres. Trump. They’ve all lost, and the D.C. swamp slowly drains.
~ Patriotic Freedom Fighter