Hannity: "About Time" Brennan Lost Security Clearance, He's A Communist


SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS: All right. So, after years of serious misconduct, former CIA chief and Obama sycophant John Brennan can kiss his security clearance bye- bye. Today, President Trump stripped Brennan's special government access.

Now, Sarah Sanders announced this decision earlier today. Take a look.


SARAH SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I have decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. At this point in my administration, any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are not outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior. Second, that conduct and behavior tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him. Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility.

I'm evaluating action with respect to the following individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr. Security clearances for those who still have them may be revoked and those who have already lost their security clearance may not be able to have it reinstated.


HANNITY: It is about time. For months right here on this program, we have been calling out Brennan over his serious and blatant abuse of power.

For example, during his time as Obama's CIA director, John Brennan was responsible for the proliferation of Christopher Steele's dirty dossier in an effort to take down then-candidate Donald Trump and legitimized salacious, unverified claims, Russian lies found in that dossier. Brennan actually leaked its contents to then-Senator Harry Reid who then subsequently alerted the public in a open letter to James Comey. He pushed Hillary Clinton's Russian lies to purposefully deceive and lie to you, the American people. Why? So he could sway an election.

And despite all of this, remember, Brennan told Congress, well, the CIA did not make use of the dirty dossier. That was a flat out lie. And that, my friends, is a gross abuse of power.

Brennan literally tried to use your federal government to weaponize the Clinton campaign's phony Russian opposition research against Donald Trump. It's beyond disgusting. By the way, he is a walking, talking representative of why the American people do not have faith and trust in their government.

By the way, speaking of talking, after stepping down as CIA director, John Brennan -- well, he's done a lot of it. In fact, he took all of his hatred of Donald Trump from the highest levels of the CIA, abusing his power, to his new job. He's now paid by a so-called news agency, conspiracy TV MSNBC, so-called news channel. He continues to peddle all this propaganda and misinformation and disinformation. How fitting.

Take a look at the conduct of a former so-called nonpartisan CIA director who once had his fingers on every American secret we have. Watch this.


JOHN BRENNAN, FORMER CIA DIRECTOR: Donald Trump has badly sullied the reputation of the office of the presidency. With his invective, with his constant disregard, I think, for human decency. He is, I think, the most divisive president we've ever had in the Oval Office. He is feeding and fueling hatred and animosity and misunderstandings among Americans.

I think the big question, first of all, for those of those who are on Mr. Trump's national security team, whether they can continue to serve in good conscience an individual who basically betrayed his nation.

What Mr. Trump did yesterday was to betray to the women and men of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and others, and to betray the American public. And that's why I use the term that this is nothing short of treasonous.

I think he's afraid of the president of Russia.


BRENNAN: Well, I think one can speculate to as to why. That the Russians have something on him personally, that he can roll out and make his life more difficult.

Mr. Trump continues to have his ignorance of facts, the willful disregard of them. Again, just follow through on these campaign promises that really were very flawed.

I and so many other national security officials are speaking out because of the abnormal and aberrant behavior of Mr. Trump.

This is a very large and painful national kidney stone. The relief we feel afterward is going to be just exhilarating.


HANNITY: Now, for anyone who thinks that that man, that Trump-hating partisan, MSNBC hack, should have a security clearance -- let me make this very simple and easy to understand. And, by the way, I will read to you to the official CIA rules.

And, by the way, all you hacks in the media, you need to do your jobs, you need to tell your audiences the truth what the rules of the CIA are.

Quote: In the case of former directors, the agency holds their security clearance and renews it every five years for the rest of their life. However, that requires former CIA directors to behave like the current CIA employees.

So, is what you saw, is that, you know, a man demeaning a sitting president of the United States on a daily basis on national TV, is that acceptable behavior for a sitting member of the CIA? Of course not.

But the always indignant John Brennan, he's lashing out yet again yet today, writing on Twitter, quote: This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech and punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.

Mr. Brennan then followed that up with a more vitriolic appearance on, yes, conspiracy TV NBC. Take a look.


BRENNAN: I do believe that Mr. Trump decided to take this action as he has done with others to try to intimidate and suppress any criticism of him or his administration. And revoking my security clearances is his way of 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.

And so, I do believe that all Americans really need to take stock of what is happening right now in our governments.


HANNITY: I love getting lectured from former communists.

This country is a better place tonight without that man having his fingers on America's most sensitive secrets. How a former communist ever became Barack Obama's CIA director is another insane part of all of this.

Now, meanwhile, Sarah Sanders announced nine other current or former official security clearances are also under review, including the liar, the leaker that is known as James Clapper, that would include James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Susan Rice, Peter Strzok, Bruce Ohr, and others.

My advice? Clean it up now. Get rid of all these clearances. We can easily make the case all night tonight, each of these disgraced or fired officials should lose their clearances permanently. But we would have to take all night.

But we do, once again, have other breaking news to talk about. One of the people on that list, according to an exclusive report from Sara Carter, we now have a smoking gun evidence of the very special relationship between demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr and ex-foreign spy Christopher Steele who put the phony dossier together. Carter has uncovered yet another series of texts tonight between Ohr and Steele.

In one text, look at this, Christopher Steele expressing concern about James Comey's 2017 congressional testimony, writing two days before the testimony: Hi, just wondering if you had any news. Obviously, we are a bit apprehensive given the special appearance Congress on Monday. Hoping that important firewalls will hold. Many thanks.

Ohr writes back: Sorry, no new news. I believe my early information is still accurate. I'll let you know immediately if there's any change.

Sounds like the firewall is in place. What are these firewalls? What did Christopher Steele have to hide? And what was Bruce Ohr trying to cover up? And why was Monday so important, as we said? Well, that's the day that James Comey was set to testify before Congress, and Steele was afraid.

Let's see -- we know of the Senate Intel Committee and their scrutiny. He was afraid of media scrutiny. He wanted a firewall to hold, firewalls plural?

Bruce Ohr, Steele, had at least, we now know, 70 contexts. And meanwhile, Steele was just desperate to get his dossier to the hands of Robert Mueller. And under oath in Great Britain, we know that he couldn't even stand by his own claims in his Clinton bought and paid for dossier. He said it's just raw intelligence, I don't know if it's true.

Now, why is Ohr still working at the DOJ? Why his wife worked for Fusion GPS, what was her role? Remember, we just discovered that they had another client beside Clinton. We just learned a Kremlin, a Thai lawyer, a Russian oligarch, so Fusion GPS is being paid by them and the Clintons?

Now, what about Glen Simpson from Fusion GPS meeting with that Kremlin lawyer both before and after the now infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting? That doesn't sound fishy to you? Mark it down on your calendar. These questions must be posed to Bruce Ohr when he testifies before Congress on August 28th.

By the way, why aren't those hearings public? We reached out to Ohr for comment. Shockingly didn't receive a reply. Sara Carter will have more details in her report. She will join us in a few minutes.

But first, we do have an update on the media's trial of the century. After just 12 days, closing arguments on both sides have come to an end. Paul Manafort's defense is clearly relying on the terrible credibility of the prosecution's star witness. And that's Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates.

Despite him admitting to have numerous felonies, team Mueller provided Gates with a get out a free card in exchange for his testimony. It's like the case of -- remember Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, the gangster, who killed up to 19 people. And, by the way, so many other seedy individuals that our justice system frequently offers up sentencing, get out of jail free cards, prosecutorial bribes, if you will, in exchange for testimony.

It's a serious problem, frequently resulting in less than trustworthy testimony. But in the case of Paul Manafort -- well, we should all be prepared, frankly, for a guilty verdict. And I'll tell you why -- 95 percent of federal cases end up that way.

And while the media, they'll cheer in unison of Paul Manafort is found guilty, you must remember this: this case of Mueller had nothing -- zero -- to do with Russia. Zero to do with collusion. Nothing to do with Manafort's work on the campaign. And zero to do with Donald Trump. Why are we even here?

We'll have more through this throughout the show, but now we turn to the midterm elections which are only 83 days away. And as we predicted, well, the language of the left is getting downright disgusting as it does every two to four years.

In Tennessee, Democrat Steve Cohen urged Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who is running for the Senate, to jump off a bridge. By the way, they go high, we go -- something like that. Take a look.


REP. STEVE COHEN, D-TENN.: The big orange president, that's not somebody from Knoxville, he's going to come down here, he's going to endorse Marsha Blackburn. Because Marsha Blackburn, if he says jump off the Harahan Bridge, she'll jump off the Harahan Bridge. I wish he'd say that.



HANNITY: And if you really want to know how pathetic the Democratic Party is, well, just look at New York. Its governor, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, announcing his brand-new campaign slogan -- I'm not making it up. You have to see it to believe it. Take a look.


GOV. ANDREW CUOMO, D-N.Y.: We are not going to make America great again. It was never that great. We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.


HANNITY: America has never been great?

OK. Test at home. Name me one country in the history of mankind that has accumulated more power and abuse it less than the United States, that has accumulated more power and used it to advance the human condition around the world more than the United States of America? It doesn't exist. No, we're not perfect. This is the same America that beat back fascism and communism and Nazism and Imperial Japan and has stood for human rights and dignity all around the world at great cost to this country.

Now, of course, segments on America's left would be complete without an overt threat to the president of the United States. Take a look at this poster from the band Pearl Jam showing what appears to be the skeletal remains of a dead President Trump outside a burning White House.

And while Pearl Jam apparently wants the president to go down in flames, most Democrats, they'll just settle for impeachment. It is a cornerstone of what is their political strategy for 83 days, should they win in November.

And no one has been more upfront about this plan than the de facto leader of the Democratic Party, Maxine Waters. Let's take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Your birthday is on Wednesday.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, pre-happy birthday.

WATERS: Thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But on Wednesday, if you could be granted one birthday wish, what would that be?

WATERS: I guess now, my biggest birthday wish would be that we're able to get a leader of this country who represents us. I would wish that we could remove him from office and go about getting the kind of president that we could all be proud of.

And if he's not impeached, if he cannot be impeached, 2020 is coming up and I believe that American people are going to do the right thing for our country, stand up for what is right, and get rid of this man who is embarrassing us all.


HANNITY: Well, today, Maxine Waters' birthday wish, it didn't come true. But President did honor her 80th birthday on Twitter. He wrote, quote: Happy birthday for the leader of the Democratic Party, Maxine Waters.

On this program, we'd also like to wish Congresswoman Waters a very happy birthday, and to celebrate -- well, we put together a montage of the very best of the leader of the Democratic Party that would like to take back power in 83 days. Take a look.


STEVE MNUCHIN, TREASURY SECRETARY: The Senate Intel Committee with the House Intel Committee --

WATERS: Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Secretary, the time belongs to the gentle lady from California.

MNUCHIN: Perhaps, Mr. Chairman, I don't understand the rules because I thought I was allowed to answer questions.

WATERS: Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Would you please explain the rules? And do not take away from my time.

With this kind of inspiration, I will go and take Trump out tonight!

And I will fight every day until he is impeached! Impeach 45!

This is a bunch of scumbags. That's what they are.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Those are very strong words, Congresswoman.

WATERS: They are all organized around making money. The fact he's wrapping his arms around Putin while Putin is continuing to advance into Crimea.


HANNITY: Now, from all of us who support the president and his agenda, keep it up, Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

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