A CNN panel made up of contributors Phil Mudd and Paris Dennard got heated when discussing the president’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance on Friday night.
“A lot of these people that have these security clearances, and this is the secret in swampy Washington, D.C., they have them and they keep them because it’s profitable for them after they leave government,” Dennard stated. “Because if you have a security clearance, especially high level security clearances, your contracts and your consulting gig pay you a lot more money because of the access that you have.”
Mudd responded, “When I am requested to sit on an advisory board, let me ask you one question, how much do you think I’m paid to do that at the request of the U.S. Government? Give me one answer, and you’ve got ten seconds? How much?”
“Well, I will be clear in saying that everybody in Washington, D.C. knows if you don’t want to be honest about it, that’s on you, but if you have a security clearance and you keep it, you get more money to have it,” Dennard fired back.
“We’re done. We’re done. Get out!” Mudd yelled.
“It’s not your show. I’m staying right here. Do be so defensive about this. Don’t be so defensive about this. Your voice is still here. You can still do whatever you want. But the politicalization [sic] of the intelligence community under this administration with the people coming on here every day,” Dennard concluded.
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