The president also wants to revoke the security clearances of former FBI Director James B. Comey; former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden; former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice; former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.; former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; Sally Q. Yates, the former acting attorney general; former FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok; and Bruce Ohr, a current Justice Department official.
Trump criticized Ohr on Twitter because he knows Christopher Steele, who compiled an as yet substantiated dossier containing damaging, but accurate information about Trump.
Bruce Ohr of the “Justice” Department (can you believe he is still there) is accused of helping disgraced Christopher Steele “find dirt on Trump.” Ohr’s wife, Nelly, was in on the act big time – worked for Fusion GPS on Fake Dossier. @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
Sanders refused to comment on why the list did not include Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI or any other Trump official under investigation for misconduct or criminal activity.
The Twittersphere certainly had comments on the issue however.
There are no words that would accurately express my utter contempt for you.That you call yourself a Christian and bear false witness daily is the epitome of hypocrisy
— P Baird (@farandwee) August 15, 2018
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.
An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American. I also believe this action to silence a critic is unlawful. https://t.co/bfOhThIWfq
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) August 15, 2018
If you think revoking Brennan’s clearance as part of a political Enemies List is okay because you got two SCOTUS seats, a tax cut, and some regulatory rollback, maybe you should re-think your principles as an American.
You know who thinks this is awesome? Putin and AQ.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) August 15, 2018
And writer Jamil Smith pointed out that Trump’s description of Brennan sounded a lot more like someone else Trump knows really well.
Trump described @JohnBrennan as guilty of “erratic conduct and behavior” and lacking in “objectivity and credibility.” He wrote that Brennan made “unfounded and outrageous allegations,” has been caught “lying,” and has engaged in “frenzied commentary.” OK. https://t.co/luaZPhYZ2p
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 15, 2018
But do not worry. According to Vice President Joe Biden, Brennan will be just fine.
In the time I have known him, John Brennan has never been afraid to speak up and give it to you straight. Revoking his security clearance is an act unbecoming of a President. If you think it will silence John, then you just don’t know the man.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 15, 2018