Trump has opened the doors to investigating the intelligence gathering process during the 2016 election.
He has declassified the the investigation in order for AG Barr to get to the bottom of the spying that went on. Dems and previous intelligence official are more than a little upset about this. Former CIA Director John Brennan is especially worried and has lashed out against the president.
During an interview on “All In” with Chris Hayes Brennan berated Trump and claimed that lives could be in danger if the investigation went public.
“How big a deal do you read the portion of the executive order last night that appear to give Barr the unilateral authority to declassify?” Hayes asked Brennan.
“Well I see it as a very, very, serious and outrageous move on the part of Mr. Trump. Once again trampling upon the statutory authorities of the director of national intelligence and the heads of the independent Intelligence agencies. And it’s unclear what Mr. Barr is actually going to do, is he investigating a crime? What’s the predication of that crime? Or Is he just going to be looking for information that as you rightly pointed out at the top, Mr. Trump can just give to some of his defenders on the right and cherry-pick information that could be taken out of context?”
“But I think more fundamentally, the concern is that very, very precious and sensitive sources and methods of the United States intelligence community as well as our partners and allies abroad. Those who share this sensitive information with us, is Mr. Barr, who doesn’t have the understanding, is he going to release information that he deems appropriate for Mr. Trump’s defense? So, this is very serious and know that my former colleagues in the intelligence agencies are looking upon this with great concern and worry.”
“Are you worried about the exposure of sources that are giving us intel on Russia? Hayes asked Brennan.
“Well, I’m not going to get into any of specifics as you can imagine,” Brennan started. “But I am deeply, deeply concerned about what is going on right now and how Mr. Trump is authorizing what appears to be his personal attorney, to pursue these efforts inside of the intelligence agencies and uncover and to potentially release this information that could, in fact, put people’s lives in great jeopardy as well as put very sensitive and very exquisite U.S. intelligence capabilities at risk.
This is something I think the intelligence committees of jurisdiction, Senate intelligence and House intelligence, really need to exert their appropriate authorities and to stop any reckless and irresponsible release of information that could harm this country for years to come.”
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This is ridiculous no one is concerned about the invasive probes during this witch hunt, but making sure our intelligence agencies follow the law is a step too far. If they were above board they would not be so concerned about this. Brennan’s stance on this just goes to show you that there is likely a lot of shady behavior going on in our intelligence agencies that borderline criminal.
This feels very Watergate. That’s probably why Brennan is stressing about it so much.