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John Brennan: I’m ‘Thinking About’ Taking Legal Action over Having My Clearance Revoked



The Rachel Maddow Show

Name: The Rachel Maddow Show


Rachel Maddow

Name: Rachel Maddow

Employment: MSNBC

Position: Host

, John Brennan

Name: John Brennan

Employment: Central Intelligence Agency

Position: Director

Event location
New York, N.Y.

Name: New York, N.Y.


Not online media
08/17/2018 09:29 pm
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This interview tonight with ░░░░░░░░ Brennan will be his ░░░░░░░░ live TV interview since ░░░░░░░░ president took this action ░░░░░░░░ Brennan thank you very ░░░░░░░░ for being here tonight ░░░░░░░░ know you have choices ░░░░░░░░ where to be Thanks ░░░░░░░░ being here Thanks Rachel ░░░░░░░░ having me on So ░░░░░░░░ were CIA director from ░░░░░░░░ to January of 2017 ░░░░░░░░ You were President Obama ░░░░░░░░ counterterrorism and homeland security ░░░░░░░░ You were 25 years ░░░░░░░░ a CIA officer before ░░░░░░░░ You have been through ░░░░░░░░ stressful situations in your ░░░░░░░░ How has it been ░░░░░░░░ past couple days since ░░░░░░░░ president singled you out ░░░░░░░░ attack and punishment in ░░░░░░░░ way It s fine ░░░░░░░░ far as I m ░░░░░░░░ personally I m fine ░░░░░░░░ s not unexpected He ░░░░░░░░ signaled something like this ░░░░░░░░ happen No one got ░░░░░░░░ touch with me from ░░░░░░░░ CIA since it was ░░░░░░░░ noted that my security ░░░░░░░░ was under review Sarah ░░░░░░░░ Sanders was announcing that ░░░░░░░░ clearances were revoked I ░░░░░░░░ not shocked for a ░░░░░░░░ reasons One a heads ░░░░░░░░ and secondly I m ░░░░░░░░ quite shocked at all ░░░░░░░░ appalling things Mr Trump ░░░░░░░░ done So I think ░░░░░░░░ is an egregious act ░░░░░░░░ it flies in the ░░░░░░░░ of traditional practice as ░░░░░░░░ as common sense as ░░░░░░░░ as national security I ░░░░░░░░ that s why there ░░░░░░░░ been such an outcry ░░░░░░░░ many intelligence professionals Not ░░░░░░░░ support me but to ░░░░░░░░ the principal that security ░░░░░░░░ are something that are ░░░░░░░░ solemn and sacred and ░░░░░░░░ never ever should be ░░░░░░░░ for political purposes Eether ░░░░░░░░ grant friends those clearances ░░░░░░░░ to revoke clearances With ░░░░░░░░ decades experience and all ░░░░░░░░ other service clearly you ░░░░░░░░ familiar with clearances and ░░░░░░░░ processes around clearances and ░░░░░░░░ processes for revoking them ░░░░░░░░ cause When the president ░░░░░░░░ signaled that he might ░░░░░░░░ after your security clearance ░░░░░░░░ you expect that the ░░░░░░░░ would then be put ░░░░░░░░ its paces in terms ░░░░░░░░ the normal procedures for ░░░░░░░░ these things go That ░░░░░░░░ would write a memo ░░░░░░░░ evaluate whether you had ░░░░░░░░ in any way that ░░░░░░░░ justify this action Did ░░░░░░░░ expect it to go ░░░░░░░░ channels If these were ░░░░░░░░ times I would have ░░░░░░░░ it These are quite ░░░░░░░░ frightening times I did ░░░░░░░░ expect any adherence to ░░░░░░░░ and any adherence to ░░░░░░░░ steps and measures and ░░░░░░░░ that exist by order ░░░░░░░░ because he has the ░░░░░░░░ to do these things ░░░░░░░░ he has in fact ░░░░░░░░ do it irrespective of ░░░░░░░░ is truly the appropriate ░░░░░░░░ to do And appropriate ░░░░░░░░ a general wordcummings suggested ░░░░░░░░ even though the president ░░░░░░░░ the right to handle ░░░░░░░░ clearances as commander in ░░░░░░░░ there are executive orders ░░░░░░░░ supposedly guide the way ░░░░░░░░ things are handled Suggested ░░░░░░░░ that it may be ░░░░░░░░ what the president has ░░░░░░░░ Congressman shift who is ░░░░░░░░ top Democrat on Intel ░░░░░░░░ the same thing Are ░░░░░░░░ considering legal action or ░░░░░░░░ you think you have ░░░░░░░░ legal right to exert ░░░░░░░░ the president s actions ░░░░░░░░ As you can imagine ░░░░░░░░ number of lawyers reached ░░░░░░░░ to say there is ░░░░░░░░ very strong case here ░░░░░░░░ so much to reclaim ░░░░░░░░ but to prevent this ░░░░░░░░ happening in the future ░░░░░░░░ I am thinking about ░░░░░░░░ it is that I ░░░░░░░░ want to do At ░░░░░░░░ time I m trying ░░░░░░░░ make sure that the ░░░░░░░░ is defended and supported ░░░░░░░░ this is something that ░░░░░░░░ not be repeated The ░░░░░░░░ people on the so ░░░░░░░░ enemy s list now ░░░░░░░░ think this is just ░░░░░░░░ example of Mr Trump ░░░░░░░░ to frighten and intimidate ░░░░░░░░ But I can tell ░░░░░░░░ having worked in the ░░░░░░░░ security and intelligence these ░░░░░░░░ not the type of ░░░░░░░░ who are bullied or ░░░░░░░░ by the likes of ░░░░░░░░ of Mr. Trump.
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