by Randy DeSoto
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., sharply rebuked former CIA Director John Brennan on Thursday for his allegation in an Op-Ed this week that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential race.
Burr further contended that if Brennan’s claim is purely political with no facts to support it, President Donald Trump was completely justified in pulling his security clearance.
On Wednesday, the White House announced it was revoking the former Obama administration official’s clearance explaining, “Mr. Brennan’s lying
and recent conduct, characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary,
is wholly inconsistent with access to the Nation’s most closely held
secrets and facilitates the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow
division and chaos.”
The piece is subtitled, “That’s why the president revoked my security
clearance: to try to silence anyone who would dare challenge him.”
“While I had deep insight into Russian activities during the 2016 election, I now am aware — thanks to the reporting of an open and free press — of many more of the highly suspicious dalliances of some American citizens with people affiliated with the Russian intelligence services,” Brennan wrote.
“Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash,” he then proclaimed.
“Now more than ever, it is critically important that the special
counsel, Robert Mueller, and his team of investigators be allowed to
complete their work without interference — from Mr. Trump or anyone
else,” he argued, “so that all Americans can get the answers they so
rightly deserve.” [Or to continue his assault on windmills in the finest tradition of Don Quixote - Ed]
Senate Intel Chairman, Richard Burr is defending President Trump. I believe this is a remarkable turn in the tides of Washington affairs and may well represent the beginning of the end of the Mueller Witch Hunt. @realDonaldTrump #AmericaFirst #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/YP7pYZPACa
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) August 16, 2018
Burr observed that if Brennan’s assertion is based on information he
has received since leaving office, publicizing it constitutes a breach
of intelligence. Further, “If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of
collusion, it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not The New
“If, however, Director Brennan’s statement is purely political and based on conjecture, the president has full authority to revoke his security clearance as head of the Executive Branch.”
Randy DeSoto is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."