If you missed Rachel’s interview with former CIA Director John Brennan, we’ve published the full transcript:
RACHEL MADDOW: This interview tonight with John Brennan will be his first live TV interview since the president took this action.
Director Brennan, thank you very much for being here tonight. So, I know you have choices about where to be. Thanks for being here.
JOHN BRENNAN, FORMER CIA DIRECTOR: Thanks, Rachel, for having me on.
MADDOW: So, you were CIA director from 2013 to January of 2017.
MADDOW: You were President Obama's counterterrorism and homeland security adviser. You were 25 years as a CIA officer before that. You have been through some stressful situations in your life.
How has it been the past couple days since the president singled you out for attack and punishment in this way?
BRENNAN: It's fine. As far as I’m concerned personally, I’m fine. It's not unexpected. He had signaled something like this would happen.
Nobody, though, got in touch with me from the White House or CIA since it was first noted that my security clearance was under review. I learned about it when somebody called me to say that Sarah Huckabee Sanders was announcing at the podium that these clearances were revoked.
Again, I was not shocked for a couple reasons. One, there’s a heads up. But, secondly, I’m not quite shocked at all the appalling things that Mr. Trump has done.
And so, I think this is an egregious act that it flies in the face of traditional practice, as well as common sense, as well as national security. I think that's why there's been such an outcry from many intelligence professionals. Not to support me, but to support the principle that security clearances are something that’s very, very solemn and sacred and they never, ever should be used for political purposes, either to grant friends those clearances or to revoke clearances of your critics.
MADDOW: With three decades experience at the CIA and all of your other government service, clearly, you're familiar with clearances, with the processes around clearances, including the processes that exist inside the government for revoking them for cause. When the president first signaled that he might go after your security clearance, did you expect that the CIA would then be put through its paces in terms of the normal procedures for how these things go, that they would write a memo and evaluate whether you had behaved in any way that would justify this action? Did you expect that it would go through channels?