Panetta: Trump’s Pulling Brennan Clearance a ‘Misuse’ of the Presidency Panetta: Trump’s Pulling Brennan Clearance a ‘Misuse’ of the Presidency – NTK Network

Panetta: Trump’s Pulling Brennan Clearance a ‘Misuse’ of the Presidency

The former secretary of defense criticized the Trump administration for appearing to use the security clearance issue to distract from negative press coverage.

By NTK Staff | 08.19.2018 @11:24am

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta slammed President Trump for pulling former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance in an appearance on CBS on Sunday.

“[Trump’s] power is very limited by an executive order that makes very clear that, when it comes to the revocation of a security clearance, that it has to be based on national security,” Panetta argued. “Not the politics of somebody, not what that person has said.”

Panetta, also a former CIA director, told CBS’s Margaret Brennan that Trump was simply using the security clearance revocation to cover bad press.

“I think that’s a real misuse of not only security clearances, I think it’s a misuse of the office of the presidency,” he added.

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