What You Need to Know: John Brennan

Former CIA Director John Brennan: ‘I will not relent’

“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

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Brennan later appeared in an MSNBC interview discussing the announcement.

"I think Mr. Trump is getting more and more concerned, more and more desperate and I would say more and more frightened, as there is closer and closer magnification of some of the things that those around him have been involved in. So I do think it's important that I continue to speak out," Brennan told MSNBC.

The announcement came weeks after Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump was looking into the process required to revoke security clearances from half a dozen former Obama administration officials. 

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