Former CIA Chief John Brennan Responds to President Trump
There is no doubt that John Brennan has been a thorn in President Trump’s side, and when Trump revoked his security clearance, that really came as no surprise. It should also come as no surprise that Brennan will not be silenced, and the same will be said about Trump’s other outspoken critics that have made the “Blacklist.”
Brennan did not hold back with his op ed piece with the New York Times. Not only did he call President Putin’s denial of election meddling “hogwash,” but he said “President Vladimir Putin of Russia reiterated those denials numerous times over the past two years, often to Donald Trump’s seeming approval.”
Brennan also said Trump’s claim of no collusion with Russia is also “hogwash.”
“Having worked closely with the F.B.I. over many years on counterintelligence investigations, I was well aware of Russia’s ability to work surreptitiously within the United States, cultivating relationships with individuals who wield actual or potential power. Like Mr. Bortnikov, these Russian operatives and agents are well trained in the art of deception. They troll political, business and cultural waters in search of gullible or unprincipled individuals who become pliant in the hands of their Russian puppet masters. Too often, those puppets are found.”
“The already challenging work of the American intelligence and law enforcement communities was made more difficult in late July 2016, however, when Mr. Trump, then a presidential candidate, publicly called upon Russia to find the missing emails of Mrs. Clinton. By issuing such a statement, Mr. Trump was not only encouraging a foreign nation to collect intelligence against a United States citizen, but also openly authorizing his followers to work with our primary global adversary against his political opponent.”
Now, think about this statement by Brennan. He’s right. This isn’t fake news or the media is the enemy of the people rhetoric.
President Trump clearly said publicly at one of his campaign rallies for Wiki-Leaks to release the emails of Hillary Clinton, and Julian Assange did just that. A year later? A month later? No, the very next day. Why? Maybe it was a coincidence, maybe it was Trump’s sign directly or indirectly that he approved.
“Such a public clarion call certainly makes one wonder what Mr. Trump privately encouraged his advisers to do — and what they actually did — to win the election. While I had deep insight into Russian activities during the 2016 election, I now am aware — thanks to the reporting of an open and free press — of many more of the highly suspicious dalliances of some American citizens with people affiliated with the Russian intelligence services.”
“Mr. Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him. Now more than ever, it is critically important that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his team of investigators be allowed to complete their work without interference — from Mr. Trump or anyone else — so that all Americans can get the answers they so rightly deserve.”
Once the President’s last chapter is written, I guarantee you he will be alone on his island of Russian collusion. And as I have said before, this won’t end well no matter the results, but we have to accept the results because a fair and free democracy requires it.
The Full article written by John Brennan for the New York Times titled “President Trump’s Claims of No Collusion are Hogwash,”could be seen via this link.
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