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The Morning Briefing: Brennan Security Clearance Yanked and Much, Much More

The Morning Briefing: Brennan Security Clearance Yanked and Much, Much More
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Good Thursday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president hosts a cabinet meeting
  • President Trump has lunch with the vice president
  • The president meets with the Secretary of Homeland Security

John Brennan’s security clearance is yanked

Here is your feel-good story of the day. Yesterday, the administration revoked political celebrity, cable news contributor/anonymous source, Twitter personality and former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.

“I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it. Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, I have decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency,” Trump said in a statement dictated in the White House briefing room by his press secretary Sarah Sanders. “Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets.”

Farewell, cushy consulting jobs that require a security clearance…

Now, Brennan isn’t just a former CIA director. Brennan is a violent partisan who (most likely) used the American intelligence apparatus to sabotage the Trump campaign and frame it for “RUSSIA-collusion.” He has used his former job’s cache to criticize the administration and make accusations that have some weight behind them on account of his former position. Can anyone listen to this clown or read his tweets and think he was a nonpartisan civil servant in the CIA? FNC has a collection of Brennan’s tweets ripping President Trump.

This has nothing to do with free speech. No one is entitled to a security clearance.

Almost as fantastic as the clearance revocation was the media reaction. CNN suggests Trump did it to get Omarosa off the headlines. The tabloid network also reported that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was not consulted about the WH decision, but PJ Media’s Pat Poole shows, that’s not true.

CNN has not removed the false claim from the story. Trump said in a statement yesterday that he is still considering revoking the clearances of other deep state operatives.


Rand Paul takes victory lap after Brennan’s security clearance revoked

Tucker Carlson attacks press as ‘state media’ after Trump strips ex-CIA chief’s clearance

RUSSIA roundup

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Your daily WTFs:

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Historical picture of the day:

About 400,000 people attend the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in Bethel, N.Y., August 16, 1969. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Colorado baker who refused to make cake for gays sues again

Judge orders Keystone XL pipeline review in setback for Trump

Suspect who allegedly smashed Trump’s Hollywood star says consequences were ‘only positive’

Strange, isn’t it? #MeToo Activists Are Awfully Quiet About The Abuse Allegations Against Keith Ellison

I love Social D, this is too bad. Come on, man. Social Distortion frontman accused of punching Trump supporter

Refugee accused of killing cop in Iraq was part of ISIS: US officials

Young girl, reprimanded for taking a knee during pledge, gets endorsement from Hillary Clinton

Seems important. Popular breakfast cereals, oatmeal may contain cancer-linked pesticide

Oklahoma school closes for 2 days after threats to transgender student

Nearly $100,000 worth of ramen noodles stolen in tractor trailer heist

US concerned by Russian satellite’s ‘very abnormal behavior’

White House cannot shield information on transgender military ban: judge

What a clown. Leftist NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says America ‘was never that great’ — then walks it back.

Enviros Bemoan Cash-Strapped DNC’s Acceptance Of Fossil Fuel Cash

Only 14 Percent Of US Adults Say Social Media Posts Changed Their Mind On An Issue: Pew

Missouri Man Arrested For Allegedly Pointing Gun At Pro-Life Protester

Please, please run on this issue. ‘Abolish Prisons’ Is the New ‘Abolish ICE’

I was one of more than 1,000 victims in Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

Child drownings linked to phone-distracted parents who fail to look up

Pearl Jam skewered by Republicans over poster of burning White House

More than 70 people overdose in New Haven as park visitors watch in horror

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!