Sen. John Kennedy: John Brennan Is ‘a Butthead’ Who Gave Intel Community ‘a Bad Name’

Melanie Arter | August 16, 2018 | 4:23pm EDT
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( - Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told CNN's Manu Raju on Wednesday that former CIA Director John Brennan is “a butthead” and has given the intelligence community “a bad name.”

As previously reported, the White House announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump revoked Brennan’s security clearance, citing his conduct and behavior that the president said “has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him.”


Kennedy also questioned why Brennan even needs a security clearance.

“I think most Americans look at our national intelligence experts as being above politics. Mr. Brennan has demonstrated that that’s not the case. He’s been totally political. I think I called him a butthead, and I meant it. I think he’s given the national intelligence community a bad name. I don’t see why he would need a security clearance. I really don’t,” Kennedy said.

Meanwhile, retired U.S. Army Brigadier Gen. Anthony Tata told “Fox & Friends” that “Communist John Brennan” never should have had a security clearance and Trump was justified in revoking it.

Tata noted that Brennan admitted to voting for the Communist presidential candidate while in college in 1976. Brennan also has called for Trump to be removed from office. Tata pointed out that question 29 of the security clearance form asks, “Have you ever supported overthrowing the U.S. government?”

"I think that John Brennan is a clear and present danger and a threat to this nation," Tata said. "He supports the overthrow of this particular president, and he needed to have his access to information revoked."

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