Intel Chief Dan Coats Reportedly Not Consulted on Decision to Revoke Brennan Clearance


The current U.S. Director of National Intelligence was apparently not consulted on President Donald Trump‘s decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.

After mulling it over weeks ago––which House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) dismissed as “trolling” at the time––Trump finally made the decision today, announced by Sarah Sanders. Revoking the clearances of others like James Clapper, Michael Hayden, etc. are also still on the table, apparently.

And as CNN’s Jim Sciutto reported this afternoon, “The director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, the nation’s most senior intelligence official––and I should remind people, an official appointed by President Trump––that Dan Coats, the DNI, was not consulted by the White House or the President on this decision to revoke the former CIA director John Brennan’s clearance. Remarkable, considering this is presumably an intelligence decision.”

Sciutto noted that one thing all the people on this list has in common is “public criticism of this president,” which suggests it was more a political decision than an intelligence one.

“And perhaps backing that up is our reporting that the nation’s senior most intelligence official, Dan Coats, was not consulted on this decision by the President,” he added.

David Chalian noted during the segment that Coats was also out of the loop on the announcement that the White House had invited Vladimir Putin to D.C. (before it had been called off).

Former DNI James Clapper said on CNN after the press briefing that not consulting Coats is “unprecedented.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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