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Brennan Is Threatening To Sue Over His Clearance. Giuliani’s Response Will Make Him Think Twice

Kevin Daley on August 19, 2018

Former CIA Director John Brennan seemed to promise a lawsuit Sunday after President Donald Trump revoked his security clearance for “erratic conduct and behavior.”

Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, welcomed Brennan’s threat.

“I have been contacted by a number of lawyers, and they have already given me their thoughts about the basis for a complaint, an injunction to try to prevent him from doing this in the future,” Brennan told Chuck Todd Sunday on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“I am going to do whatever I can personally to try to prevent these abuses in the future,” he added. “And if it means going to court, I will do that.”

Brennan has previously indicated that he is considering legal action.

Speaking to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo shortly after Brennan’s interview, Giuliani said he relished the opportunity to question the former CIA director under oath.

“We’ll take his deposition right away,” Giuliani said. “As the plaintiff he’d have to go first. I’d volunteer to do that case for the president. I’d love to have Brennan under oath for I don’t know how many days — two, three days? We’ll find out about Brennan.”

Giuliani went on to suggest that he would question Brennan about alleged intelligence failures that took place under his leadership, including the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, a terror attack which killed 19 U.S. servicemen while he was CIA station chief in Riyadh. He also alluded to Brennan’s 1976 vote for the Communist Party USA’s presidential candidate, Gus Hall.

In a 1988 case called Department of the Navy v. Egan, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts do not have jurisdiction to hear substantive challenges to the revocation of a security clearance. However, national security commentators have noted that federal courts occasionally use an exception to Egan — which permits challenges to procedures respecting personnel decisions — to review clearance determinations.

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  • Brennan is a Communist sympathizer and has a security clearance as a civilian ??? WTF made this dumb policy ? Brennan is not employed by the CIA any more so revoking his clearance should be SOP !
    As a matter of fact I would be seriously interested in who the hell made him a CIA employee and also what the hell did his background investigation prior to receiving any position with the CIA indicate ?
    My NSA background investigation covered everything including my elementary school teachers interviews on my character. I held a high security clearance for many years. That was revoked the day I left my job with the government. Brennan should be treated the same. He has no need for access any further.

  • Why does Brennan even need a clearance? What is the usual time a clearance at his level would be held they routinelt end the validity of clearances at given levels. Given the animus hatred and even mild threats against this President's life by racists and union democrats why should he be privy to secrets?

  • Brennan is one of the worst swamp dwellers in DC-hopefully Trump will flush him out of said swamp!

  • I was surprised that these individuals were allowed to keep their clearances when they left government service since they had no longer had a "need to know". I was an Army officer with a Top Secret clearance. However, when I no longer had a need for the Top Secret clearance when my duties changed, my clearance was downgraded. I later was the Top Secret custodian for a major command and my clearance was re-instated after another abbreviated background check. When I left the military, I lost my clearance. If I had gone to work for a government contractor that required a clearance, I would have had to re-apply and I assume go through another background check. Just because these individuals are VIPs that should not allow them to be treated any differently and all of them should lose their security clearances when they leave government service. Another example of how our government treats citizens differently.

  • First of all, Brennan should take of his mask. Let's see him for what he really is. Secondly, a security clearance is not a right, it is granted out of trust and need for specific job performance. Third, Brennan calling out the President on "abuses," is like poop saying it doesn't stink.

  • Of all the people this is the last guy to pull something like this off. Trump is in charge of government clearances as have been all presidents. Brennan wouldn't have a clearance if the FBI did their job right.

  • What language are these people speaking? Starts off with the Journalist? saying, " That's The President ESSENTIALLY confirming , he wanted to elevate you." which is not at all, what he was ESSENTIALLY Saying. Goes on to have some guy from a failed company wanting to take home his tools, that he wasn't very adept at using which was ESSENTIALLY not doing his job competently. Damn! as an old spin doctor, I believe this is a prime example of the Dazzle them with BS method. Creating cognitive dissonance to say the least. It must be true because I saw it on TV and they both had ties.

  • I say go ahead, let him do it. Maybe we'll find out if he used his knowledge of classified materials for personal gain? If he did, then they will throw him in jail for it. Make a lesson for everyone that is thinking of doing the exact same thing.

  • Brennan should be lucky he's not being charged with perjury and being sent to federal prison. Of course, I can still hope for that.

  • Why did Rudi warn him? If he was stupid enough to stick his head into the bear trap, then WE might ALL have gotten answers to questions that have been asked for the last 10 years (or more)!! He is already guilty (allegedly) of numerous security leaks, prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law!!

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