“Quite worrisome”: John Brennan voices concern as Trump is called to “declassify everything”

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former CIA Director John Brennan admitted he is “very concerned” about what President Donald Trump may do in the months following the presidential election.

In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo earlier this week, Brennan urged Vice President Mike Pence to “seriously consider” invoking the 25th Amendment and removing Trump from office. That statement came in response to President Trump’s decision to fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday.

Trump’s latest actions following the election—and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s predicted victory—seem to have Democrats concerned as to what he may do before he leaves office.

Many of the president’s supporters, including his son, Donald Trump, Jr., have called on him to “declassify everything.” Reportedly, senior intelligence officials combated the Trump administration’s efforts to release specific documents related to Russia’s alleged interference with the 2016 election, according to an article from BPR.

An intelligence report declassified in September by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe indicated that during the 2016 election, John Brennan had informed Obama about a plot by Hillary Clinton to create a Russian collusion narrative against Trump, whom she was running against at the time.

This information came to light earlier this year when then-acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified documents that evidenced Brennan had intentionally concealed information showing Russia was supportive of Clinton winning the election.

This concealment allowed him to further spread the false information that they were preferable to Trump.

Now, Brennan has expressed concern that Trump could “do a lot of damage in 70 days,” and that he could “carry out these vendettas against other individuals.” This appears to be the sentiment of certain Democratic officials in the intelligence community who seem concerned over plans to declassify documents.

Brennan stated:

“It is clear that Donald Trump is trying to exercise the power because he can. And he is going to settle scores. But I’m very concerned what he might do in his remaining 70 days in office.

“Is he going to take some type of military action? Is he going to release some type of information that could, in fact, threaten our national security interests?”

Regarding the removal of Mark Esper, Brennan had this to say:

“It’s clear that Mark Esper was removed as Secretary of Defense because he rebuffed Donald Trump’s efforts to politicize the U.S. Military. And I think it’s quite apparent from reporting that Mark Esper has stood up to Donald Trump repeatedly. Who knows what else he has refused to do?

“And the Secretary of Defense position is, I think, the most consequential position in the U.S. government, aside from the President of the United States, because it is the Secretary of Defense who carries out the orders given by a president for military operations.

“And if Mark Esper has been pushed aside because he is not listening to Donald Trump… who knows what his successor, this Acting Secretary, Chris Miller, is going to do if Donald Trump does give some type of order that really is counter to, I think, what our national security interests need to be.”

The former Obama administration official concluded his interview with Cuomo by calling on Vice President Pence and other members of the administration to “seriously consider invoking the 25th Amendment and pushing Donald Trump out” if they “had an ounce of fortitude and spine and patriotism.”

Brennan said:

“…Because he is just very unpredictable now. He’s like a cornered cat… And he is going to lash out. And the fact that again that he has the powers of the presidency in his hands is quite worrisome.”

Brennan’s interview engendered a flurry of reactions on social media, many of them pointing the finger back at the former CIA Director.

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AG Barr says that Mueller “ignored” aspects of Steele dossier that damaged its credibility

 

In an interview that aired May 8, Attorney General Bill Barr stated that special counsel Robert Mueller had ignored evidence that showcased potential mistruths with regard to the Russia/Steele dossier investigation.

By now, most are well-aware of the controversy that surrounded the 2016 election in terms of alleged Russian collusion between the country’s government and President Donald Trump’s campaign.

The Steele dossier was touted as the smoking gun that led to the likes of the FBI wiretapping Trump campaign aide Carter Page during the fiasco.

Back in May of 2017, Robert Mueller was put at the forefront to head the investigation as to whether Trump conspired with Russia in an effort to sway the 2016 election.

Yet, multiple facets of the infamous dossier have been proven either false or flimsy over the past year. Furthermore, the Mueller report unveiled in April of 2019 that there was no evidence of the alleged conspiring between Russia’s government and the Trump campaign.

In turn, the revelation of the investigation’s findings dispelled the clamoring that transpired the years prior by a myriad of the president’s most staunch critics.

 

AG Barr commented on his concerns over the possibility that the Kremlin was intentionally feeding the former British spy, Christopher Steele, disinformation while he was looking into the Trump campaign:

“I think that’s one of the most troubling aspects of this whole thing.”

During the course of the Russian collusion investigation, the FBI had apparently gotten their hands on information as early as 2017 that suggested Steele was being fed false information by Russian operatives.

 

From AG Barr’s perspective, he feels as though Mueller didn’t apply enough due diligence while looking into the Steele dossier as a credible source of information.

While the dossier was initially thought to be proof-positive that Trump was being influenced by Russia, more evidence was mounting that it was a disinformation plot to smear the sitting president:

“I think that is something that Robert Mueller was responsible for looking at under his charter, which is the potential of Russian influence…but I think it was ignored and there was mounting indications that this could very well have been happening and no one really stopped to look at it.”

Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson released a statement after further footnotes were revealed from the Mueller report.

The duo noted the mockery that the Russia probe made of those who felt as though the Steele dossier was the undeniable gospel:

“It’s ironic that the Russian collusion narrative was fatally flawed because of Russian disinformation.

“These footnotes confirm that there was a direct Russian disinformation campaign in 2016, and there were ties between Russian intelligence and a presidential campaign – the Clinton campaign, not Trump’s.”

What’s odd in all this, is evidence showing that the Russia probe was a fool’s errand is that Democrats are still clutching to the notion that there was collusion between President Trump and Russia.

 

Adam Schiff took to Twitter on May 8 to claim that the Trump/Russia conspiracy is “all too true”:

“Trump said it was a hoax that Russia helped get him elected. It was all too true.”

Even Newsweek columnist Seth Abramson clings to the idea that the Russia probe is still an ever-evolving case, and that nothing has been disproven:

“Not a *scintilla* of the Trump-Russia investigation has “fallen apart.” Not a shred. Not an iota. Not a scrap. Not a speck. Not a jot.”

 

This, despite more instances that are cropping up that damage the narrative against Trump that was so heavily circulated.

There was the revelation of a former Obama official that admittedly lied on national television with regard to having “evidence” against President Trump that showcased his collusion with Russia during the election.

 

Former Obama administration defense official Evelyn Farkas admitted under oath that despite her claims during a March 2017 interview on MSNBC that there was evidence against Trump that pointed to Russian collusion, she in fact did not have nor know of any such evidence.

Sworn testimony that was delivered by Farkas during the House Permanent Select Committee on June 26, 2017, showed then-chairman of the committee Trey Gowdy ask the following of Farkas:

“Did you have information connecting the Trump campaign to the hack of the DNC?”

Farkas responded: “No.”

Gowdy then later clarified, and referenced her own words from the 2017 MSNBC interview, with this follow up:

“So, when you say, ‘We knew,’ the reality is you knew nothing?”

To which Farkas responded with: “Correct.”

Why the Russia probe is still a concept being tightly held by Democrats at this point is rather confusing.

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