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CNN’s Philip Mudd Blows Up at Paris Dennard for Telling Truth About ‘Profitable’ Security Clearances

Posted by M. C. Fox on August 20, 2018

When Dennard persisted, saying, “If you have a security clearance and you keep it, you get more money to have it,” Mudd lost his temper: “We’re done. We’re done. Get out!”

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/08/19/cnns-philip-mudd-tells-paris-dennard-to-get-out-for-telling-the-truth/

by Joel B. Pollok

CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd exploded at conservative CNN contributor Paris Dennard on Friday evening when Dennard made the completely factual claim that former government officials with security clearance can land top D.C. jobs…

Dennard pushed back against the claim that revoking Brennan’s clearance was an attempt to stifle freedom of speech, and added:

A lot of these people that have these security clearances, and this is the secret in the swampy Washington, D.C., they have them and they keep them because it’s profitable for them after they leave government, because if you a security clearance, especially high level security clearance, your contracts and consulting gig pay you a lot more money because of the access that you have. I hope the president continues to do this, and I hope he adds Omarosa to the list, because if she has a clearance, she too because of her actions should have it revoked.

Mudd was furious: “Profitable, Paris? When I am required to sit on an advisory board, let me ask you one question, how much do you think I’m paid to do that at the request of the U.S. government? Give me one answer, and you’ve got 10 seconds? How much?”

But Dennard had never said anything about serving on government advisory boards. When he clarified that he was talking about the private sector, Mudd retorted: “I have zero relationships with the private sector that involve my security clearance.”

When Dennard persisted, saying, “If you have a security clearance and you keep it, you get more money to have it,” Mudd lost his temper: “We’re done. We’re done. Get out!” he screamed. Dennard replied: “It’s not your show. I’m staying right here.”

The facts are plainly on Dennard’s side. It is common knowledge in Washington, DC, that having a security clearance is a prerequisite for lucrative jobs with private companies that consult with, or compete with contracts from, the federal government.

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