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Republican Sen. Rand Paul sent the media into another meltdown on July 23 when he called on President Trump to revoke the security clearance of former President Obama's CIA Director John Brennan. He charged that Brennan is "monetizing" his privileges by becoming an on-air analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. That doesn't even count Brennan's speaking fees.
Brennan's spouting inanities about treason that make a mockery of his former position is a disgraceful spectacle.
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When John Gizzi of Newsmax asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about Sen. Paul's request, she said yes, and not just about Brennan's clearance but that of other Obama appointees like former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former national security adviser Susan Rice. "The president is exploring the mechanisms to remove security clearance because they politicize and, in some cases, monetize their public service and security clearances," she said.
Not surprisingly, the Trump-hating networks wailed and screamed — especially the ones paying Brennan (NBC and MSNBC) and Clapper (CNN). When these men come on television, they are treated as national treasures, described as nonpartisans and asked softball questions. Clapper's toughest interrogator — the only one reminding viewers he lied to Congress — has been Meghan McCain on ABC's "The View." How is that not pertinent to his credibility?
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Removing their clearances could be painted as petty, but it would also remove some insider glamor and any remaining shred of nonpartisanship — if you're not paying attention to their wild talk on TV and Twitter about Trump's "treasonous" actions and other assorted evils.
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer even desperately claimed, "If you remove security clearances from a James Clapper, for example ... that's a potential national security threat." Because no one upholds national security like ... CNN? The network that falsely accused the U.S. military of gassing Laotians...
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