White House: Brennan's Security Clearance Was Revoked To "Protect" Classified Information

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WH press secretary Sarah Sanders responds to a question about why the president revoked former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance.

JEFF MASON, REUTERS, QUESTION: Thank you, Sarah. Following up on John's question, how is this announcement by the president -- how can Americans not interpret that as a getting back against his critics? And isn't it also an -- an attempt to curtail their freedom of speech by penalizing them for -- for being critical on television?

SANDERS: Not at all. The president has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it, and that's what he's doing, is fulfilling that responsibility in this action. This is actually specific to Mr. Brennan and the others are currently under review.



QUESTION: Is this the kind of precedent he wants to set for future presidents when his administration is out of office, and why are there no Republicans on that list?

SANDERS: Once again, if we deemed it necessarily, we would certainly look into that and be happy to review those.

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