WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shortly after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that President Donald Trump is revoking John Brennan's security clearance, the former CIA director replied on Twitter:
"This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent."
Brennan later appeared in an MSNBC interview discussing the announcement.
"I think Mr. Trump is getting more and more concerned, more and more desperate and I would say more and more frightened, as there is closer and closer magnification of some of the things that those around him have been involved in. So I do think it's important that I continue to speak out," Brennan told MSNBC.
The announcement came weeks after Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump was looking into the process required to revoke security clearances from half a dozen former Obama administration officials.
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