Washington (CNN) – The war of words between the Obama administration and Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, flared up again Thursday over the administration's handling of alleged Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab.
At issue is the decision to inform AbdulMutallab of his Miranda rights, including his right to remain silent, following his arrest and initial interrogation by the FBI and the administration's decision to try him in a civilian criminal court rather than a military tribunal.
Both moves have sparked debate, especially after the White House revealed last week that AbdulMutallab is again talking to investigators after a period of silence.
On Tuesday, Sen. Bond, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for the resignation of Obama homeland security and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, saying Brennan "needs to go," and is no longer "credible."
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs defended Brennan Thursday saying, "I would suggest whether it's to Senator Bond or others on Capitol Hill that these are decisions best left to people that have an understanding of counterterrorism, experience in counterterrorism and law enforcement rather than the politicians on Capitol Hill."
Both the White House and Bond have accused the other of playing politics with battling terrorism.
"John Brennan is supposed to be one of the President's top National Security Advisers – but instead he's acting like a political mouthpiece," Bond said Thursday in a statement to CNN. "My real beef is with this Administration's terror-fighting policies. I'm concerned they have moved us back to a pre-9/11 mentality where we treat terrorism like a law enforcement issue. That failed in the past, and it will fail again."