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Rand Paul celebrates revocation of John Brennan's clearance


Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., praised President Trump Wednesday for revoking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, saying he had encouraged the president to pull Brennan's access to the country's secrets.

"I applaud President Trump for his revoking of John Brennan's security clearance," he wrote in a statement. "He participated in a shredding of constitutional rights, lied to Congress, and has been monetizing and making partisan political use of his clearance since his departure."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Wednesday that Trump had revoked Brennan's clearance due to his "erratic behavior." The development follows the administration naming a number of former intelligence and law enforcement officials whose access was under review.

In July, Paul charged that Brennan was "monetizing his security clearance" and met with Trump to ask him to revoke Brennan's, as well as those belonging to other "partisans."

"Public officials should not use their security clearances to leverage speaking fees or network talking head fees," he tweeted at the time.

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