James Comey on Wednesday responded to President Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.
The former FBI Director issued a statement via Twitter accusing President Trump of using security clearances “as pawns in a petty political game.”
“Once again this president is sending a message that he will punish people who disagree with him and reward those who praise him,” the statement read. “In a democracy, security clearances should not be used as pawns in a petty political game to distract voters from even bigger problems.”
Comey then launched into several attacks on the president.
“This president befriends and praises despots and dictators like Putin and Kim Jong-un,” he continued. “Those friends provide stark contrast to the patriotic Americans and public servants he disrespects, threatens, and calls enemies: a war hero like John McCain, members of our country’s free press, and devoted public servants like John Brennan. American voters must not shrug off or be distracted from the terrible behaviors of this president, who lies to the American people every day, encourages racism, is a misogynist, and always puts his own interests above those of the United States of America. Politicians enabling this president should be held accountable in future elections. We are each responsible for what we say as well as for our silence.” (RELATED: Judge Jeanine Sounds Off On Brennan Security Clearance: ‘You Don’t Have A Right To Have It’)
— James Comey (@Comey) August 16, 2018
Although only the security clearance the White House revoked on Wednesday was Brennan’s, press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that Comey himself was among several other individuals under review for their own clearances.