Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul alleged on Monday that the United States will be safer now that former CIA chief John Brennan no longer has a security clearance.
Brennan threatened to sue President Donald Trump for revoking his security clearance, a move that Trump says was necessary to protect national security. Sen. Paul defended the president’s actions during a Monday interview on Fox News.
“I think John Brennan’s actually a national security risk to the country and we are safer because his security clearance’s gone,” Paul said. “The reason I say that is in 2012 he actually released information to other CIA agents who went on TV and said, ‘oh, we have a double agent in Yemen.'”
“Their life was put at risk because of John Brennan’s releasing information that he shouldn’t have,” Paul explained.
Paul also brought up the fact that Brennan lied to a committee about investigating Democrats’ computers and asserted that Brennan should have been fired “long ago.”
“He shouldn’t be within a mile of classified information because he’s a national security risk — he doesn’t know how to keep his mouth shut,” Paul concluded.