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Rand Paul Calls on Trump to Revoke John Brennan’s Security Clearance

Sen. Rand Paul at a press conference on Capitol Hill, September 25, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said he will meet with President Trump Monday to discuss the revocation of John Brennan’s security clearance, alleging the former CIA director has “monetized” his access to classified information through his frequent media appearances.

“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 ?. . .Today I will meet with the President and I will ask him to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance,” Paul tweeted Monday morning.

Brennan, who last week described Trump’s conduct during his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin as “treasonous,” joined NBC and MSNBC as a contributor in February.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte said Sunday that Brennan will be called before the panel to answer questions about his role in the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“We have lots of questions for John Brennan and he will definitely be sought by the committees for an interview,” Goodlatte told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo. Goodlatte was referring to a Wall Street Journal op-ed that suggested Brennan was chiefly responsible for advancing the notion of the Trump campaign’s complicity in Russia’s interference campaign.

“This is an extremely disturbing thing to see both he and [former FBI Director] James Comey, supposedly impartial government officials carrying out their jobs in very important areas in intelligence gathering and law enforcement, express the kind of extreme bias that they’ve shown now — which I think reflects quite accurately what they were doing back in 2016,” the Virginia lawmaker added.

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