In August 2018, President Donald Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.
.@POTUS revokes security clearance for former CIA director John Brennan https://t.co/QZrKVuD4LY pic.twitter.com/847QEo2pW5
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 15, 2018
On Tuesday Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said that the Deep State ignored President Trump’s order last summer to revoke former CIA Chief John Brennan’s security clearance.
According to a report out by the New York Times, John Brennan, a rabid Trump hater, still has his security clearance because the White House never followed through with the complex bureaucratic work it would have taken to strip the clearance.
Attempts to revoked Brennan’s security clearance were “hampered by aides who slow-rolled the President and by Justice Department officials who fought Trump, warning he was jeopardizing national security,” reported the Times.
“What do you think about this recent New York Times story that Brennan still has his security clearance?” CNN host Brianna Keilar asked Senator Paul.
“People talk about the Deep State, now the Deep State’s actually protecting their own and not listening to the President’s orders,” Senator Paul said.
“I was sitting in the White House when President Trump said ‘I want his security clearance taken’ and I saw the order given. I saw the Chief of Staff was there, not the current Chief of Staff, the previous Chief of Staff.”
"People talk about the deep state, now the deep state's actually protecting their own," says Sen. @RandPaul on ex-CIA Dir. John Brennan keeping his security clearance.
"I was sitting in the White House when President Trump said I want his security clearance taken." pic.twitter.com/YcKRG26L1c
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) June 4, 2019
Last July White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced at a press briefing that President Trump was reviewing the process to revoke the security clearances of several Deep State critics for abusing their post-government retention of security clearances by lying about Trump and Russia, as well as politicizing and monetizing their security clearances.
A month later Sarah Sanders announced at a presser that John Brennan’s security clearance had been revoked.
But the Deep State is protecting their own and blatantly defying orders given by the President of the United States.