Mark Warner: Trump Going After Security Clearances of Critics ‘Smacks of Nixonian-Type Practices’


Senate Intel Committee vice chair Mark Warner blasted President Donald Trump this afternoon over his decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan.

“What we’ve seen today,” he said, “is one more traditional norm being struck down by this President and the White House.”

The top Senate Democrat said it feels obvious that the White House feels “under siege” and is trying to change the subject from things like Paul Manafort and Omarosa:

“This is an attempt to distract the American public from those items that this White House faces on a daily basis. I guess to me this had an eerie memory of an enemies list. These people were being singled out to have either their clearances revoked or in the process of being revoked to me smacks of Nixonian-type practices of trying to silence anyone that is willing to criticize this president. That puts us again in unchartered territory.”

Warner also found it ironic that the White House would criticize Brennan for “erratic behavior,” remarking, “I wonder if this White House has looked itself in the mirror on that very question.”

He added that he worries about this being used to then target Robert Mueller and his team.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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