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John Brennan Threatens Lawsuit To Prevent Trump Revoking More Security Clearances

Former CIA Director John Brennan said that he is willing to get his name dragged through the mud and go to court if it means preventing Trump from revoking more security clearances.

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Transcript via Meet The Press:

CHUCK TODD:

I’m curious, on Friday night with Rachel Maddow, you indicated that you have had lawyers contact you about possible legal action, it’s 48 hours later, what would that look like, is that something you’re serious about?

JOHN BRENNAN:

Well, I have been contacted by a number of lawyers and they have already given me their thoughts about the basis for a complaint, an injunction to try and prevent him from doing this in the future. If my clearances and my reputation, as I’m being pulled through the mud now, if that’s the price we’re going to pay to prevent Donald Trump from doing this against other people, to me it’s a small price to pay, so I am going to do whatever I can personally to try to prevent these abuses in the future, and if it means going to court, I will, I will do that.

Trump is going to get sued over how he revoked the security clearances

When some Democrats like Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) suggested that Trump violated the law when he revoked Brennan’s security clearance what he was referring to is the legal process that is put in place that involves hearings and appeals before a security clearance can be revoked. Trump ignored the law and unilaterally revoked the security clearances. The president may have the power to take action, but he still needs to follow the law.

Trump is going to get sued over his process for revoking clearances, and it won’t be a surprise when a federal judge issues an injunction blocking him from revoking the security clearances of others who are on his enemies list.

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