The left continues to lose its collective mind over President Trump’s decision to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance. Yesterday, we noted Andrea Mitchell suggesting that Trump’s action could constitute “obstruction of justice.”
Today, Washington Post editor/columnist Eugene Robinson, on Morning Joe, took things an absurd step further, saying Trump’s move was grounds for impeachment:
“This is just a blatant abuse of power. I mean, I don’t know what else you can call it. And really should be one of the eventual articles of impeachment.”
What makes these claims so cockamamie is the fact that the right of the President of the United States to revoke security clearances has not been seriously challenged. Even Andrea Mitchell acknowledged that yesterday, stating that Trump “has the right” to do what he did.
The President’s authority over security clearances springs from Article II of the Constitution, which establishes the President as Commander-in-Chief.
As national security attorney Sean Bigley has written [emphasis added]:
“Per longstanding Supreme Court precedent, the president’s authority over security clearance matters is both constitutional and plenary. Although there is no known precedent for the action proposed by the White House, nothing legally prevents the president from unilaterally granting, denying, or revoking a security clearance.”
The ravings of Robinson and Mitchell, casting Trump’s actions as criminal or grounds for impeachment, must be seen for what they are: partisan attacks having no basis in reality.