The former CIA Director has certainly put himself front-and-center in all things Intelligence Community related in the multiple investigations by the FBI, DOJ, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the last year. He just “spanked” the President in the latest Intelligence Community bombshell dropped on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe who was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Here’s the Twitter bomb Brennan dropped on the President today:
“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 obvious response to “Brennan’s Venom” revealed in his tweet is that President Trump did NOT fire McCabe. His firing was initiated by evidence uncovered during the ongoing massive Justice Department investigation underway conducted by the Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, assigned to the Justice Department. That IG position was created at the insistence of Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and other Congressional Democrats to “ferret out wrongdoing in the Justice Department.” Both the Justice Department inspector general and the FBI office that handles discipline had found “that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.” “Candor” in this case is the “soft” term for “lying under oath.” McCabe lied during testimony which is not only grounds for immediate termination of an FBI operative, but is criminal. Remember General Michael Flynn’s wrongdoing for which he plead guilty to a criminal charge? Lying to an FBI agent when he was not even sworn. McCabe lied under oath.
The “Woes” of John Brennan
Brennan confirmed he unmasked the identities of Americans in his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. Upon questioning from Rep. Trey Gowdy, (R- SC) Brennan acknowledged he requested for U.S. citizen’s name to be unmasked and said that he did not unmask anyone on his last day at work, January 20. When asked if ambassadors requested names to be unmasked Brennan said that it may have “rang a vague bell,” but that he “could not answer with any confidence.” There is growing evidence the agency he oversaw has become one of the largest consumers of unmasked intelligence about Americans even though its charter prohibits it from spying on U.S. citizens.
Unmasking is the process used for the release of the names of American citizens who are caught-up in communications with foreigners captured by the NSA. There must be evidence to support the necessity of the unmasking of those Americans. Government Intelligence offices (under Obama) in 2016 alone asked the NSA to unmask Americans’ names in intelligence reports more than 1,900 times and asked the NSA to do more than 35,000 searches of intercepted data for information on U.S. persons or their actual intercepted conversations, according to data released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Almost all of those unmasking requests came from……John Brennan’s CIA. That was 3 times the number of requests from just 3 years earlier.
In March of 2014, at the Council on Foreign Relations, CIA Director John Brennan was asked by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell whether the CIA had illegally accessed Senate Intelligence Committee staff computers “to thwart an investigation by the committee into” the agency’s past interrogation techniques. The accusation had been made earlier that day by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who said the CIA had “violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution.”
Brennan answered: “As far as the allegations of, you know, CIA hacking into, you know, Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. I mean, we wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s — that’s just beyond the — you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we would do. And, you know, when the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.” When he said that, Brennan lied KNOWINGLY.
Brennan later apologized to leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee after an agency investigation determined that its employees improperly searched computers used by committee staff to review classified files on interrogations of prisoners. A statement released by the CIA acknowledged that agency employees had searched areas of that computer network that were supposed to be accessible only to committee investigators. Agency employees were attempting to discover how congressional aides had obtained a secret CIA internal report on the interrogation program.
An apology and an internal review board might suffice if this were Brennan or intelligence leaders’ first offense, but the track record is far from spotless. In 2011, Brennan claimed that dozens of U.S. drone strikes on overseas targets had not killed a single civilian. This remarkable success rate was not only disputed at the time by news reports — even supporters of the drone program called it “absurd” — but as the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the New York Times both reported later, President Obama received reports from the very beginning of his presidency about drone strikes killing numerous civilians.
But wait: after issuing an apology for lying, Brennan actually withdrew his apology and doubled down on his lie! Facing questions at an industry trade conference, Brennan carefully parsed his earlier statement, insisting that he had only been denying the parts of NBC’s Andrea Mitchell’s question that involved accusations of hacking with the intent to thwart the investigation. “Thwart the investigation? Hacking in? We did not,” Brennan said. Brennan had also publicly called the charges “spurious allegations that are wholly unsupported by facts.”
In his May 2017 testimony before the House intelligence panel, Brennan emphatically denied that the Steel Dossier factored into the intelligence community’s publicly released conclusion last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 election “to help Trump’s chances of victory.” Brennan also swore that he did not know who commissioned the anti-Trump research document, even though senior national security and counterintelligence officials at the Justice Department and FBI knew the previous year that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Last week, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) released a declassified memo exposing surveillance “abuses” by the Obama DOJ and FBI in their investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia. It said the agencies relied heavily on the uncorroborated dossier to take out a warrant to secretly surveil a Trump adviser in the heat of the 2016 presidential election, even though they were aware the underlying “intelligence” supporting the wiretap order was political opposition research funded by Clinton allies — a material fact they concealed from FISA court judges in four separate applications.
Is it even slightly plausible that the Director of the CIA did not know the sourcing of the Steele Dossier? Highly unlikely that Brennan did not lie again.
Why would such a formerly powerful political figure from the U.S. Intelligence community say the things he said about President Trump today? In my opinion it can be for only one of two possible reasons: the first option is that he is just a plain bully. Brennan may be a bully. If he is not a bully he is certainly showing tendencies to bully. He had on numerous occasions lashed out at the President even though he never served in the Trump Administration. Many bullies because of personal emotional and/or psychological disadvantages use bullying as a crutch to deflect the attention of others from their inadequacies. However, bullying this President is probably not the smart thing for Brennan to try. Trump has proven that even though he is not a bully, he is quick to flip his bullying switch very quickly whenever needed. I don’t think Brennan wants to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump.
The second option is that Brennan needs to distract attention from some thing or things that has done wrong. So he makes a bunch of noise about the President to distract Americans away from things he has done wrong.
I honestly think the latter is the case. I have absolutely no doubt that Brennan’s hands are dirty and that Inspector General Horowitz has unearthed some evidence that proves that point. I think Brennan’s tweet blasting the President is the precursor to the initiation of a smear campaign designed by Brennan and probably others with dirty hands to discredit the results of the IG’s investigation as it pertains to them. Brennan knows he’s been found out. And I am pretty sure what Brennan has been guilty of is serious enough to cause him great panic — and his actions may cost him his freedom.
Whichever it is, Horowitz will be releasing his report in the next few weeks. He has carefully protected its contents. Get ready for the “tell-all of the decade.” It certainly is going to be worthy to be a best-selling spy novel.