Former Central Intelligence Agency Deputy Director John McLaughlin slammed the “ridiculous” move by the White House to strip security clearance from former CIA Director John Brennan.
“The thing about John Brennan and others that are named here that gets under the president’s skin is criticism of this administration, none of which is affected by whether or not John McLaughlin and others like you have clearances,” anchor Ali Velshi noted.
“Not at all, Ali,” McLaughlin agreed. “This is ridiculous.”
“I can think of few things the president has done that more directly indicate a kind of authoritarian attitude in his governing style,” he added.
“Clearly nothing that John Brennan has said, or that the other intelligence people on this list have said, has anything to do with classified information,” he noted. “The reason you pull someone’s clearances, the unique reason really, is if they have abused or in some ways released in an unauthorized way classified information.”
“These people haven’t done that,” McLaughlin noted. “They have only spoken out using their first amendment rights to state their personal opinions.”
“So I think it’s just across the board a foolish thing to do and I believe Katy Tur was probably correct in saying this is nothing more than a distraction at this point,” he concluded.
“So this really has the feel of someone simply trying to do two things, silence critics and also distract from another damaging political event that’s going on with Omarosa,” he observed.
‘It’s treachery if not treason’: Harvard’s Laurence Tribe destroys Trump’s claim he’s above the law
Legendary constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe explained the legality of President Donald Trump's claim to be above the law during a Thursday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
The host played a notorious clip of Trump.
"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters. Okay? It’s like incredible," Trump argued.
"And now he has gone beyond that," O'Donnell noted. "Now the president is sayin, 'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I cannot be prosecuted for that crime. Or any crime.'"
Marine Corps unit busted planning to hold a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort: report
President Donald Trump is facing yet another corruption scandal after a Marine Corps unit was caught planning to hold a party at the commander-in-chief's Mar-a-Lago resort.
"At a time when taxpayer and foreign-government spending at Trump Organization properties is fueling political battles, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold an annual ball at a venue that could profit the commander-in-chief," the Miami Herald reported Thursday.
Internet blown away by Giuliani’s ‘pants-sh*tting panic’ freak out on CNN’s Cuomo
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received harsh reviews of his Thursday evening appearance on CNN with anchor Chris Cuomo.
Many people worried about Giuliani's mental health after watching the interview.
Here is some of what people were saying about Trump's defense attorney.