After four years of living on the fringes, fearful of indictment over his role in the Russia-collusion conspiracy, habitually dishonest ex-CIA chief John Brennan re-emerged, boasting about the suppression of political dissent in the Biden–Harris era.
Brennan lost his own security clearance after making seditious statements concerning former President Donald Trump, and he complained about it bitterly at the time, on platforms like Twitter and NBC News, which retained him as a political analyst.
This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent. https://t.co/TNzOxhP9ux
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) August 15, 2018
“The members of the Biden team who have been nominated or have been appointed are now moving in laser-light fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about what looks very similar to insurgency movements we’ve seen overseas,” Brennan said Wednesday on MSNBC.
Brennan’s rhetoric comparing American citizens to overseas insurgents may be particularly alarming given his cavalier views on collateral damage.
He first publicly disgraced himself during the Obama presidency by committing perjury to Congress, lying about a series of drone strikes that had killed Iraqi civilians.
Yet, Brennan he seemed to have no qualms with lumping many of Trump’s 75+ million supporters into the same basket of dangerous deplorables.
“Where they germinate in different parts of the country and they gain strength, and it brings together an unholy alliance frequently of religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians,” Brennan said.
“And unfortunately, I think there has been this momentum that has been generated unfortunately I think of the demagogue of rhetoric of people that’s just departed government but also those who continue in the halls of Congress,” he continued. “So I really do think that the law enforcement, Homeland Security, intelligence and even the Defense officials are doing everything possible to root out what seems to be a very, very serious, and insidious threat to our democracy and our republic.”
While unresolved suspicions of massive vote fraud and violent, ongoing leftist riots both played major factors in the conservative backlash and growing partisan rift, the culture of distrust was sown, in large part, by Brennan and his fellow Obama officials during the waning days of that administration.
As one of his last acts as president, Trump recently declassified all of the remaining documents in the Russia hoax, which dominated media coverage and sought—often successfully—to undermine Trump’s agenda in his early days as president.
Although Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation ultimately exonerated Trump after more than two years, Democrats who campaigned heavily on impeachment were able to retake the House of Representatives and continue to press their specious attacks against him.
Brennan’s role in the Russia hoax got the attention of now-Special Counsel John Durham, who interviewed him as part of the ongoing probe into the conspiracy initiated by the Hillary Clinton campaign to deflect from her own FBI investigation.
However, only one low-level attorney, Kevin Clinesmith, was charged as part of Durham’s probe during the Trump administration, and additional charges for key players are unlikely to gain any traction with Biden’s Justice Department.