All the wags were shocked on Wednesday when President Trump followed through with his threat to revoke the security clearances of one Mr. John Brennan, the former director of the CIA under Barack Obama. The move comes after more than a year of Brennan’s tomfoolery in the press, a war of words with the White House that culminated in an outrageous tweet after the president met with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. At that time, Brennan claimed that Trump – based wholly on a joint press conference with Putin – was guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a silly and absurd accusation that was, at the very least, unbefitting of a man still privy to the nation’s highest secrets.
This was the right call.
“The president has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it, and that’s what he’s doing – fulfilling that responsibility in this action,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. She said that Brennan “has a history that calls his credibility into question” and that he had been using his security clearance to get himself on television. Trump decided he’d seen enough of Brennan’s “wild outbursts” and took the appropriate action in the interests of national security.
Democrats immediately rushed to condemn the move. Rep. Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee continued to prove how small his understanding of the law is by suggesting that it might be illegal for the president to revoke Brennan’s clearance.
“In adding John Brennan to his enemies list, Trump demonstrates again how deeply insecure and vindictive he is – two character flaws dangerous in any President,” wrote Schiff on Twitter. “An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American. I also believe this action to silence a critic is unlawful”
The only problem with that, of course, is that Brennan will not be silenced in any way. He will continue to tweet to his heart’s content and he will continue to appear on MSNBC any time the station’s hosts need another leftist gasbag to bash the president for a few minutes or so. The only difference is that he will not be able to fool the public into believing that he has some special knowledge of Trump’s collusion with the Russians. He’ll be a layman just like anyone else, and his opinions about Trump will be seen for what they are: The partisan squawking of an embittered old man.