“CIA Director John Brennan seems to have concluded that with his patron/president gone, he (Brennan) will be “thrown under the bus,” as smart people say – and do – in Washington. If the Trump administration folks are as vindictive as Brennan fears (and he has given them lot to be vindictive about), there is much to blame Brennan for, including serious crimes.”
Ray McGovern — Former CIA Analyst (January 12 2017)
Former CIA Director John Brennan says President Trump criticized him — as well as former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey — because the President was trying to delegitimize the intelligence community’s assessment of Russia. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan fired back at President Trump calling them and former FBI director James Comey “political hacks” and addressed President Trump’s comments on Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
“First of all, he was referring to us as political hacks because he was trying to delegitimize the intelligence assessment that was done,” Brennan told CNN’s State of the Union.
“By not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging to Putin: ‘We know that you’re responsible for this,’ I think he’s giving Putin a pass.”
“And I think it demonstrates to Mr Putin that Donald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going to be appeal to his ego and try to play upon his insecurities, which is very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint.”
“Considering the source of the criticism, I consider that criticism a badge of honour.”
“To impugn the character of somebody like Jim Clapper on Veteran’s Day, who has dedicated so much of his life to this country, I just find that outrageous. I think it’s something Mr Trump should be ashamed of, but it doesn’t seem that anything that he does he feels any shame of whatsoever.”
On January 3 2017, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that President-elect Donald Trump was “being really dumb” by taking on the US intelligence community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.
“Let me tell you, you take on the [US] intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
“So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”
And here we are… Between Trump and the US IC, “Rien ne va plus.”
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