Ex-CIA Director Brennan’s anti-Trump comments have ‘damage’ to the intel community, Mullen says

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The former Director of the CIA, John Brennan, risking damage to the intelligence community with his anti-Trump comments, pensioners allowed Michael Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told “Fox News Sunday.”

“I think John is an exceptional servant of the country, but I think he was incredibly critical of the President, and I think that has him in a political place, what is actually said is more damaging to the intelligence services-this is apolitical,” Mullen.

Brennan had publicly President the trump card of “treason, accused of meeting” after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin this summer in Helsinki, Finland, and he has repeatedly lambasted Trump’s Twitter posts, critics have charged, wrong to suggest, classified insider information about the current Russia-probe.

However, Mullen added, Trump the decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance last week raised significant concerns.

“For someone my age, it’s the whole concept of the” opponents list, brings back ” under President Nixon,” Mullen. “And even before that, in the early 1950s, the McCarthy era — where the administration begins with the compilation of lists of persons who do not not agree with you.”

The White house announced Wednesday that President Trump had revoked Brennan’s security clearance, the in the first decision of a review of access to several top Obama-era intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders read a statement on behalf of the President during the start of the press conference, said Brennan “has a history that calls his credibility into question.”

In particular, the statement of the President is not criticized Brennan for wrong to say, of the Congress that the CIA had infiltrated Senate computers, and for the claim that the unexamined Steele was not a dossier to be a factor in 2016, and intelligence assessments.


The statement also claimed that Brennan was “using” the distance “wild outbursts” and claims against the Trump administration in the media.

Also speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Brennan criticized political comments, but suggested that an alternative to crack his space.

“John Brennan has really cross the finish line. He is one of the leaders of the resistance movement. … I understand President Trump frustration,” Johnson said, noting that Brennan began hard to criticize the President, as soon as he took office.

He added that former officials with security clearances to sensitive information.

“I do not agree that the President is Trump stifling free speech; I don’t want to see an enemies list,” Johnson said. “I will only repeat that the best way of dealing with this is in every management: If you don’t want to consult with someone who does not have them, tearing their security clearance. Just don’t give them access to the classified information.”

Trump on Saturday took aim again at Brennan, calling him a “political hack”, the “not nits to be trustworthy” with national intelligence.

“It has looked at someone, the error that John Brennan made during his time as Director of the CIA? He will go down as easily the WORST in the history & get out of there, he has nothing less than a big-mouth, partisan, political hack, not familiar with the secrets of our country!”, he tweeted.

Has looked at someone, the error that John Brennan made during his time as Director of the CIA? He will go down as easily the WORST in the history & get out of there, he has nothing less than a big-mouth, partisan, political hack, not familiar with the secrets of our country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018

For his part, Brennan said, to take the movement game “part of a broader effort by Mr. trump to punish the freedom of speech to the press & critics.”

On Sunday, Brennan denied that he has acted wrongly, his access to classified information in the trash Trump says NBC ‘ s “Meet the Press” that “I believe that I am politically at all.”

He added: “I’m not a Republican, I’m not a Democrat, and many members of Congress over the years that have spoken to security checks, was pretty fiercely against each, in the Oval Office, if you are not from the same political party. … So, now as a private person, you tell me I shouldn’t do this? I’m sorry, I just speak basic.”

Several former intelligence officers have also Brennan’s defense, the President said the targeted action against a vocal critic gave the appearance of petty political retribution.

A critic of Trump’s decision, the former Director of the CIA, Michael Hayden, told CNN on Sunday that the relationship between Trump and the intelligence community was “dangerously close to definitively broken, and it is hard to hurt.”

But “speaking on CNN’s’ state of the Union,” the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, another critic of the Trump the decision, acknowledged that Brennan’s full comments had a “Problem.”

“John and his rhetoric have become a Problem in and of itself,” Clapper said on Sunday. “John is a bit of a freight train, and he is going to say what was on his mind.”

The parade of ex-CIA officials on the Sunday morning shows on CBS’ “Face the Nation”, where the former Director of the CIA, Leon Panetta claimed Trump may not have the legal capacity Brennan had to terminate ‘ s clearance is one-sided.

“I think there are questions, such as whether or not this President has followed the executive order, and whether or not it is provided by the process to those that are going to give their security clearances revoked,” said Panetta, referring to the Executive Order 12968. The order establishes the procedure for the withdrawal of security checks.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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