Former CIA Director John Brennan has aired his most vocal opposition to president Donald Trump as he urged government officials to disobey Trump’s orders should the White House fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
Brennan said at the Aspen Security forum: “I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to carry that out. I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue. The Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake and something needs to be done for the good of the future.”
Brennan, of course, served in the Obama administration. He has expressed confidence in Mueller describing him as an “inspired choice” and said that he hopes even the elected reps will “ stand up and say enough is enough” should Mueller be fired.
Siding with Brennan at the forum was co-panelist Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who had always waged a vendetta with Trump. Clapper warned about Russian interference in U.S. affairs. He said about the supposed June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort with a Russian lawyer, and others: “I’m an old school, Cold War warrior and all that- so I have, there’s truth in advertising, great suspicions about the Russians and what they do. A lot of this to me had kind of the standard textbook tradecraft long deployed by Russians. It would have been a really good idea maybe to have vetted whoever they were meeting with.”
Clapper also mentioned how he felt insulted about Trump’s previous comparison of the intelligence community to Nazi Germany after winning the presidential election last year. He shared that he supposedly called then President-elect Trump nine days before he left the Obama administration because he “couldn’t just let the reference pass”, and the insult to them.
During the call, Clapper claimed that Trump asked him to “put out a statement rebutting the contents of the dossier which I couldn’t and wouldn’t do. It was kind of transactional.” The dossier alleged that there were ties between the Trump campaign team and Russia. Clapper even said that it was a “favor” to Trump that he didn’t issue a statement.
Clapper said: “The whole point of the dossier by the way was we felt an obligation to warn him to alert him to the fact that it was out there. That was the whole point.”
The pair took the forum as an opportunity to practically gang up on the President.