(CNSNews.com) - Conservative talk show host and constitutional lawyer Mark Levin said President Trump was right to revoke the security clearance of former CIA director and perpetual Trump critic John Brennan.
Brennan, who has called Trump "treasonous" among other harsh criticism, said Trump is just "trying to get back at me. I've seen this type of behavior and actions on the part of foreign tyrants and despots and autocrats for many, many years during my CIA and national security career. I never, ever thought I would see it here in the United States," Brennan said on Wednesday.
Levin told Fox News's Sean Hannity on Wednesday that having a security clearance is a "privilege."
The fact of the matter is, nobody's stopping Brennan from speaking. In fact, nobody could stop him. He has a big mouth, he will never shut up, he'll go on TV and be the kook that he is. The idea that he has a right to access to information because he served in the Obama administration at the CIA is a preposterous argument, but of course the ACLU will take up the case because they take up a lot of stupid cases. That's number one.
Number two, who else is the president looking at? Comey -- and people who are keeping score -- Comey is a Republican. How many times have the media told us, Mueller's a Republican, Comey's a Republican, and even they question the president! OK, you got a Republican. And by the way -- for the media -- most of these people the president is looking at are white. I know that's very important to you.
Now Comey was fired at the recommendation of Rosenstein. Comey was a leaker and he absconded with government documents when he left. His security clearance should be pulled. (Andrew) McCabe is under criminal investigation. The number two from the FBI. Never before in history, media -- his security clearance should be pulled!
Peter Strzok was just fired, the guy in charge of counterintelligence investigations, for misconduct. His security should be pulled! James Clapper committed perjury. He lied to the American people and Senator Wyden and that committee a long time ago, his security clearance should have been pulled.
Bruce Ohr, another one. Pulled! (Sally) Yates -- another one, not because the president has a problem with Democrats or liberals, he has a problem with these people. And we haven't even gotten to the unmasking issue yet. So this is not a First Amendment issue.
Meanwhile -- meanwhile! When these people had security clearances, what the hell did they do with them? Well, let's take a look. The Russians interfered in our election, right? Well, who was president, who was head of the CIA, who was national security adviser, who was the head of the FBI?
All these people with their security clearances in positions of power did nothing effective to stop the Russians from interfering in our election. They did nothing to stop China from stealing our technology. They did nothing to stop North Korea's nuclear program. And even worse, they awarded the Islamo -- hold it, Mark! -- the terrorist regime in Tehran with $150 billion, right? With $150 billion and provided them with a pathway to nuclear.
Good job, boys and girl in the Obama administration, with your security clearances. The fact that Obama appointed these people and gave them security clearances, it's not the obligation of this president to let them retain their security clearances. There is no constitutional issue. That's just nonsense. And again, one of them's a Republican. So that makes this all okay.
Levin also mocked the liberal media's outrage over the revocation of Brennan's clearance:
“All these blabbermouths who know nothing, you are going to see Clapper on TV until you throw up on your loafers. You're going to see Comey, he had his book thing; you are going to see Brennan all over the place, all these phony victims and so forth and so on.
“Meanwhile when they were in office, when they had their security clearances, when they had power, they didn't stop the Russians, they didn't stop the Red Chinese, they didn't stop the North Koreans, they funded the Iranians, and, in fact, they are responsible for the greatest scandal in American history by interfering with our election and trying to undermine the Trump campaign.”
President Trump later quoted Levin and Hannity in two tweets, as follows.