Rand Paul: The Deep State Is Protecting Their Own, Not Listening To President's Orders


Sen. Rand Paul reacts to reports that former CIA director John Brennan has not had his security clearance revoked as President Trump ordered.

CNN, BRIANNA KEILAR: I want to ask you, because you've been such a -- you've been really a critic of John Brennan, who has been a critic of President Trump. You've not been a big fan of his. You said that. He's the former CIA director under President Obama.

What do you think about this recent "New York Times" story that Brennan still has his security clearance? This was such a big, I guess, promise of the president, demand of the president. He said he was going to pull it, and he still that is.

SEN. RAND PAUL: Well, this is what worries me. People talk about the Deep State. Now, the Deep State is actually protecting their own and not listening to the president's orders.

I was sitting in the White House when President Trump said, I want his security clearance taken, and I saw the order given. I saw the chief of staff was there, not current chief of staff, the previous chief of staff.

And if they are working against the odds of the president, that really does disrupt our country, does disrupt a representative democracy where the president makes a decision, and if someone is countermanding that, I think we need to get to the bottom of that. And I hope President Trump will say, who is countermanding my orders. I said get rid of his clearance.

And I do think Brennan has been a partisan. And I think Brennan also abused his office in developing the Trump investigation. I think it was done under false pretenses and done for political reasons.

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