Sen. John Kennedy: If Brennan Repeated TV Statements in an Airport, 'They'd Put Him in Cuffs & Straitjacket'
Senator John N. Kennedy said on Fox Business Tuesday that ex-CIA Director John Brennan should live with the fact he made a conscious decision to "become a politician" and "make gobs of money" on television.
Kennedy (R-La.) said it is Brennan's right to do so, but that the North Bergen, N.J. native should not complain about President Trump revoking his security clearance in light of his recent statements.
Brennan said Trump has acted "nothing short of treasonous" and tweeted more than a dozen barbs at the president on Twitter. Kennedy said those statements were intentionally "provocative."
Your kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey. As the greatest Nation history has known, we have the opportunity to emerge from this nightmare stronger & more committed to ensuring a better life for all Americans, including those you have so tragically deceived. https://t.co/eC6LATH2Gd
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) April 13, 2018
"If he repeated, in an airport, some of the things he said on television, they would put him in handcuffs or a straitjacket," Kennedy said.
Kennedy said Brennan made the conscious decision to leave the "group" of federal officials who are by custom "above politics."
Kennedy said Brennan could have remained historically equal to well-regarded intel officials like McGeorge Bundy -- one of President John F. Kennedy's "wise men" on national security and a top aide to the late Gov. Thomas E. Dewey (R-N.Y.) -- or Condi Rice and Colin Powell.
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
We don’t need red banks and blue banks. We need safe banks. Rather than impose their political agenda on law abiding citizens, these Wall Street banks ought to remember how taxpayers, Republicans, and Democrats, spent billions to bail them out after the 2008 financial crisis. pic.twitter.com/ZOagh7j3n6
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) August 21, 2018
This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & 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. https://t.co/TNzOxhP9ux
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) August 15, 2018