On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday, host Mark Levin addressed the issue of President Trump pulling the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, stating, “You don’t have a right to a security clearance.”
“You don’t have a right to a security clearance,” stated Mark Levin. “I had to give mine up when I left the Reagan administration. I had a top security clearance. I was Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of the United States.”
Mark Levin’s remarks stem from a statement on CNN from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who suggested Trump’s act of pulling security clearances was an “infringement of First Amendment rights.”
See below for a transcript from Levin’s program Wednesday:
Mark Levin: “Let us continue with cut 6. Go ahead.”
Former CIA Director James Clapper: “The larger issue here, to me, has, throughout, has been infringement on First Amendment rights, and—”
Levin: “So here’s my question: how do you become Director of National Intelligence like James (Jimmy) Clapper and not have any comprehension of what the First Amendment says? Nobody’s interfering with Mr. Clapper’s free speech rights. He’s on CNN. He’s talking right now. Is anybody stopping him? No.
“You don’t have a right to a security clearance. I had to give mine up when I left the Reagan administration. I had a top security clearance. I was Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of the United States. I knew who we were wiretapping in most instances. I knew everything. Well, not everything—everything I was told: some of the FISA warrants, some of the probation, parole requests – that is pardoning requests – some of the ongoing intelligence investigations involving the FBI and so on.
“You don’t get to walk out the door and say, ‘You know what? I want to keep my classification and so forth.’ Nobody stopped me from talking. I don’t have it. Anyone stop you, folks, from talking? No. So, this just shows you how imbecilic this guy is.”