Former CIA director John Brennan tears into President Trump in a new op-ed for the Washington Post, vowing to continue speaking out against the president “until integrity returns to the White House.”
Brennan, who served as director of the agency under former President Obama, is a frequent Trump critic. Most recently, he referred to Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement as “madness.”
“The esteem with which I held the presidency was dealt a serious blow when Donald Trump took office…”
“The esteem with which I held the presidency was dealt a serious blow when Donald Trump took office,” Brennan writes. “Almost immediately, I began to see a startling aberration from the remarkable, though human, presidents I had served.”
Brennan rips Trump for bringing a “lifelong preoccupation with aggrandizing himself” to the White House and expresses concern that “his mean-spirited and malicious behavior” will be copied by future generations.
“[He] has shown highly abnormal behavior by lying routinely to the American people without compunction, intentionally fueling divisions in our country and actively working to degrade the imperfect but critical institutions that serve us,” Brennan writes of Trump.
DEEP STATE TANGO: Dems Accused Brennan of Lying
In what might be called a Deep State tango, Obama CIA Director John Brennan has rushed to defend fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in a classic illustration of how the Deep State works. The Washington Times headlined it this way:
The story quoted Brennan as follows:
“When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.”
The paper also noted Brennan had earlier accused President Trump of being “small, petty, and banal with your tweets.”
“What is telling here is the accusation that Brennan has a penchant for lying came from Democrats – not Republicans…”
Got all that? Now, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to this story in The Guardian – in 2014. Columnist Trevor Timm headlined this in the leftist UK paper:
Calling Brennan “a talented liar” this column came on the heels of the realization that the CIA, under Brennan’s leadership, had been spying on….the United States Senate. And in the day, Democrats were fit to be tied.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, a senior Democrat, tweeted this:
.@CIA broke into Senate computer files. Then tried to have Senate staff prosecuted. Absolutely unacceptable in a democracy.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) July 31, 2014
The Guardian also headlined this about another Senate Democrat:
The paper reported on Feinstein’s unhappiness with Brennan this way:
“The chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, Dianne Feinstein, on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency of a catalog of cover-ups, intimidation and smears aimed at investigators probing its role in a “un-American and brutal” programme of post-9/11 detention and interrogation.
In a bombshell statement on the floor of the US Senate, Feinstein, normally an administration loyalist, accused the CIA of potentially violating the US constitution and of criminal activity in its attempts to obstruct her committee’s investigations into the agency’s use of torture. She described the crisis as a ‘defining moment’ for political oversight of the US intelligence service.
Her unprecedented public assault on the CIA represented an intensification of the row between the committee and the agency over a still-secret report on the torture of terrorist suspects after 9/11.”
Feinstein was supported after her speech by Democrats Patrick Leahy (VT) and Mark Udall (CO). Udall issued a statement saying that he had “directly pushed CIA director Brennan” to tell the truth about “misrepresentations about the CIA’s brutal and ineffective detention and interrogation program.”
What is telling here is the accusation that Brennan has a penchant for lying came from Democrats – not Republicans. Whether it was Feinstein’s floor speech or the comments of her fellow Senate Democrats or the assessment of The Guardian’s left-leaning columnist, the accusation could not have been clearer. In the words of columnist Trimm: “The nation’s top spy is, in fact, a proficient and skilled liar.”
And now? Now there is Brennan coming to Andrew McCabe’s defense. And what is McCabe accused of? Lying. As noted here at Fox by the former assistant secretary of state for President George W. Bush:
“Reportedly, McCabe lied to the inspector general, or in the euphemistic and delicately modern parlance, he “had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor – including under oath – on multiple occasions.”
There can be no better or clearer illustration of exactly how the players of the Deep State play the game. While Democrats of this moment are ignoring it, only four years ago they themselves were up and arms over Brennan’s conduct at the CIA and quite specifically accused him of lying. Now comes the McCabe episode, with McCabe being fired for, yes, lying to the FBI. And Brennan? He jumps in to stick up for McCabe.
Right there, in miniature, the Brennan-McCabe tango gives an idea of just how arrogant these people of the Deep State can be. The Deputy Director of the FBI is fired for lying to the FBI, and the guy who defends him is an ex-CIA Director labeled a “skilled liar” himself for
what Senator Feinstein, a Democrat, said was breaking the law and violating the Constitution. And what does John Brennan say in response?It is President Trump – not even in office in 2014 – who is guilty of “venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption.”
You can’t make it up.
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Jeffrey Lord is a frequent contributor to Hannity.com. You can follow him on Twitter @realJeffreyLord
COLLUSION COLLAPSE: New Documents Show OBAMA Officials, FBI COORDINATED in Anti-Trump Probe
In a new bombshell report by Sara Carter, recently obtained documents show high-levels of coordination between senior Obama officials, the CIA, and the FBI while investigating President Trump’s campaign throughout the 2016 race for the White House.
“Documents obtained by congressional investigators suggest possible coordination by Obama White House officials, the CIA and the FBI into the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign,” writes Carter. “Those senior Obama officials used unsubstantiated evidence to launch allegations in the media that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.”
“The documents also reveal that former Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, sent a letter on Aug. 29, 2016, asking then FBI Director James Comey to investigate the allegations, which were presented to him by then CIA Director John Brennan,” she adds.
“Brennan had briefed Reid privately days earlier on the counterintelligence investigation and documents suggest Reid was also staying in close touch with Comey over the issues. The Gang of Eight is a group of eight lawmakers who have access to the most highly classified information and often meet on Capitol Hill to be briefed on classified material,” writes Carter.
Read the full story here.