Intel vets slam Brennan as Trump dares ex-spymaster to sue more than safety clearance
A increasing quantity of best intelligence neighborhood veterans from the Obama era are calling out ex-CIA director John Brennan for his attacks on President Trump, even as some take problem with the president&rsquos decision to revoke Brennan&rsquos safety clearance.
Meanwhile, Trump on Monday derided Brennan as a &ldquopolitical hack&rdquo and dared him to adhere to via on his threat to file a lawsuit in response.
Brennan has been relentless in publicly attacking Trump. He famously accused the president of &ldquotreasonous&rdquo behavior and recommended, with out proof, on cable television that the Russians could have compromising details on him.
Some former intelligence veterans &ndash including these who worked with Brennan &ndash are expressing discomfort with Brennan&rsquos comments, saying they are improperly political and speculative.
&ldquoIntelligence officers speculate truly at our own danger, at their own peril,&rdquo Daniel Hoffman, who served as CIA station chief in Moscow during the Obama administration, stated in a Monday phone interview with Fox News. &ldquoWe shouldn&rsquot be performing that. We deal in facts. We read the facts, the intelligence. And then we make the judgments.&rdquo
&ldquoAnd John Brennan &ndash with an emotional outburst &ndash is speculating and is not dealing in the details,&rdquo mentioned Hoffman, a Fox News contributor.
Other people are taking issue with how openly anti-Trump Brennan has turn out to be, suggesting he inflamed tensions among the White Home and the intelligence neighborhood.
"I think John’s an extraordinary servant of the country, but I consider he has been extremely crucial of the president, and I believe that has put him in a political spot which truly does much more damage for the intelligence community — which is apolitical," retired Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on "Fox News Sunday."
Asked on CNN&rsquos "State of the Union" if he thinks Brennan&rsquos attacks on Trump are an problem, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper replied, &ldquoI think it is.&rdquo
"I believe John is subtle like a freight train and he&rsquos gonna say what&rsquos on his thoughts," Clapper mentioned Sunday.
Added Clapper: &ldquoJohn and his rhetoric have turn out to be, I think, an issue in and of itself.&rdquo
Trump final week revoked Brennan&rsquos safety, suggesting it could be the 1st in a series of revocations for best Obama-era intelligence and law enforcement officials. Brennan has responded to the revocation by calling it &ldquopart of a broader work by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics.&rdquo
Each Mullen and Clapper — whose clearance the president is taking into consideration stripping also — have criticized Trump for revoking Brennan&rsquos safety clearance.
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Hoffman, who spent nearly 30 years in the intelligence community, told Fox News he would have preferred if Trump went by means of the established norms and talked to the CIA 1st prior to revoking Brennan&rsquos clearance. But, Hoffman stated of the president, &ldquothat&rsquos his choice&rdquo and predicted Trump would win the fight.
&ldquoRight now, this is about Donald Trump versus John Brennan in a mud bath slugging it out,&rdquo Hoffman mentioned. &ldquoAnd I can tell you correct now, we all know who’s going to win. Donald Trump is a smart guy. He&rsquos no political neophyte. He picked the right guy to deal with on this.&rdquo
Meanwhile, Trump on Monday dared Brennan to sue more than the revocation.
&ldquoI hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our nation&rsquos history, brings a lawsuit,&rdquo Trump tweeted Monday. &ldquoIt will then be extremely effortless to get all of his records, texts, emails and documents to show not only the poor job he did, but how he was involved with the Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt.&rdquo
Brennan stated in an interview on NBC&rsquos "Meet the Press" on Sunday that he is willing to do whatever he can to avert others from possessing their safety clearances revoked, including taking the president to court.
The president, even though, predicted Brennan won&rsquot pull the trigger on a suit: &ldquoHe won&rsquot sue!&rdquo
&ldquoEverybody wants to maintain their Security Clearance, it&rsquos worth excellent prestige and big dollars, even board seats, and that is why certain men and women are coming forward to safeguard Brennan,&rdquo Trump tweeted. &ldquoIt definitely isn&rsquot since of the very good job he did! He is a political &lsquohack.&rsquo&rdquo
Brennan on Sunday said lawyers have approached him on the problem and spoke about getting an injunction to stop more security clearances becoming revoked.
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"If my clearances and my reputation as I’m becoming pulled via the mud now, if that is the cost we’re going to spend to avert Donald Trump from undertaking this against other folks, to me it is a small price to spend," Brennan stated. "So I am going to do whatever I can personally to attempt to prevent these abuses in the future. And if it means going to court, I will do that."
Last month, the White Residence said they had been looking into the clearances for other former officials and Trump critics, such as former FBI director James Comey former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe Clapper former national safety adviser Susan Rice and former CIA director Michael Hayden (who also worked below President George W. Bush).
Final Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders added to the list Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, former FBI agent Peter Strzok (who was recently fired from the bureau) and former FBI common counsel Lisa Page.
Fox News&rsquo Edmund DeMarche and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
Published at Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:53:00 +0000