Burr questions Brennan’s comments after Trump revokes clearance

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina’s senior senator is questioning the comments a former CIA director is making about President Donald Trump.

Today, Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, put out a statement in response to John Brennan’s op-ed in The New York Times that criticized the president and his decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance.

“Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion (with Russia) are, in a word, hogwash,” Brennan wrote.

Burr wants to know on what information Brennan is basing that statement.

“If Director Brennan’s statement is based on intelligence he received while still leading the CIA, why didn’t he include it in the Intelligence Community Assessment released in 2017?” Burr said in his statement. “If his statement is based on intelligence he has seen since leaving office, it constitutes an intelligence breach. If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of collusion, it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not The New York Times.”

Burr continued, “If, however, Director Brennan’s statement is purely political and based on conjecture, the president has full authority to revoke his security clearance as head of the Executive Branch.”

President Trump revoked Brennan’s security clearance yesterday after Brennan made what White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called “a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration.”

Brennan, who served as CIA Director under Barack Obama, has been a frequent and vocal critic of the President Trump.

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