The former CIA director said publicly he hoped for a deep state coup to support special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
Openly recommending a deep state coup shows a level of arrogance that is hard to believe possible. Yet former CIA Director John Brennan did it in a way that suggested it would be saving our Republic! The hypocrisy and arrogance was compounded by the title of the session where he and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper spoke: “Under Assault.” But it was accurate. The two obviously believe that the voters who elected Donald Trump represent an attack of the globalist deep state that has been acquiring power in Washington, DC.
Another name for the session could have been “By Any Means Necessary.” For Brennan and Clapper, it is perfectly natural to suggest treason to defend the deep state. Nothing else in the Republic matters.
Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge posted this morning under the headline: “Former CIA Director Calls For A Coup If Trump Fires Mueller.” He links the transcript (pdf). Here’s the relevant portion:
CLAPPER: Absolutely, that was a inspired choice.
BRENNAN: They don’t come any better.
CLAPPER: And nobody better than Bob Mueller who is a straight shooter and will not be intimidated by any —
BRENNAN: And if he’s any fired by Mr. Trump or attempted to be fired by Mr. Trump, I hope I really hope that our members of Congress, elected representatives are going to stand up and say enough is enough and stop making apologies and excuses for things that are happening that really flout I think our system of laws and government.
I am afraid of how many Republicans in Congress are hoping for an excuse to neutralize President Trump. But what authority does Congress have in the matter? Apparently, Wolf Blitzer (of course, CNN would be involved in this!) wondered the same thing. Emphasis added to Brennan’s answer:
BLITZER: When you say enough is enough what will — if he’s fired and he’s the President of the United States, he could tell Rosenstein to fire him if he wants, but if he’s fired what would you want Congress to do?
BRENNAN: First of all, I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry out some of these orders that again are inconsistent with what this country is all about. But I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue that Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this country is at stake, and there needs to be some things done for the good of the future.
What Congress can do, Brennan says, is pretend a deep state coup in the executive branch is consistent with the Constitution! He tries to make this sound principled (he only wants the President to be disobeyed when his orders are “inconsistent with what this country is all about”) but he is simply claiming that deep state interests are more important than Constitutional law and the will of the voters who elected Trump to rid the government of arrogant tyrants like him.
Tyler Durden also notices that Clapper hints that this is all a personal vendetta:
Clapper was also asked about Trump’s comparison of the intelligence community to Nazi Germany. Clapper said he called the President-elect nine days before he left the Obama administration saying he “couldn’t let that reference pass” and it was an insult to him, CIA Director John Brennan and the workforce. “That was a terrible, insulting affront, not just to me or John, we get paid the big bucks, but I’m talking about the rank and file, men and women, patriots and intelligence community — that was completely inappropriate and over the top – I had to do something about it.”
And so he did: on the call Clapper said Trump asked him to “to put out a statement rebutting the contents of the dossier which I couldn’t and wouldn’t do. It was kind of transactional”
You can see and hear Brennan’s remarks for yourself 43 minutes into the video below:
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