John Brennan: “Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash.”

By | 2018-08-17T04:44:19+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |27 Comments

This is from an op-ed that former CIA chief John Brennan wrote for the New York Times

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.

Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash.

The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of “Trump Incorporated” attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets. A jury is about to deliberate bank and tax fraud charges against one of those people, Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman. And the campaign’s former deputy chairman, Rick Gates, has pleaded guilty to financial fraud and lying to investigators.

Mr. Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him. 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 — so that all Americans can get the answers they so rightly deserve.

Boy that revoking of Brennan’s security clearance sure worked out well, didn’t it?

By the way, it should come as no real surprise that Trump’s Director of National Security, Dan Coates, was completely unaware that Trump wat taking Brennan’s security clearance away. 

Courtesy of CNN:

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was not consulted on revoking the clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, an official with knowledge said.

Trump also admitted, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, that he revoked Brennan’s security clearance due to the Russian investigation.

There is now talk that if Trump does not get any pushback on this, that he might decide to revoke Robert Mueller’s security clearance next. 

And why would Trump decide to do something to blatantly obstructionist? 

Because, like John Brennan says, Trump’s claims of no collusion are hogwash. 

And he knows that is about to be proven. 

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27 Comments

  1. anon August 16, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Hog-white-wa$h

    BUNKkk>
    1. Worthless, false, or ridiculous speech or writing; nonsense.
    2. Garbage fed to hogs; swill.

    aka PIG fOOd…

  2. Anonymous August 16, 2018 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Trump also admitted, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, that he revoked Brennan’s security clearance due to the Russian investigation.
    ======================
    oh boy, rudy is going to be running to all the cable networks to talk his way out of this one. Little donnie is SO GUILTY he keeps forgetting the russian investigation is about them meddling in our election, NOT HIM, but of course it is about him because he is guilty of collusion and treason.

    trump didn’t follow procedure, let’s see if they do anything about it.

    I imagine Brennan is going to be doing an interview everyday from now on.

  3. Anonymous August 16, 2018 at 9:55 am - Reply

    O/T RIP Areatha Franklin Queen of Soul

    • Anonymous August 16, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      https://slate.com/culture/2018/08/aretha-franklin-dead-the-singer-was-the-defining-voice-of-the-20th-century.html

      ” In the late 1960s—a period that we can generally agree was pretty great for music—Aretha Franklin was probably the most famous solo artist on earth.” “Even at the height of her stardom, a lot of people got Aretha Franklin wrong. She was often held up as both singular emblem and apotheosis of an entire black musical tradition, and (usually white) writers tried to force her into the mold of stereotypical beliefs of what that tradition was, often through a romantic exoticism rife with racist fantasies of social and emotional pathology. This type of writing stung and deeply angered Franklin—not only because it was condescending and presumptuous, but also because it was simply incorrect.”

    • Anon August 16, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fox-news-aretha-franklin_us_5b75ea60e4b05906b411b58e

      Fox>”The segment featured a composite image that shows Franklin in the foreground and a faded, smaller image of LaBelle in the upper right corner.”

  4. anon August 16, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

    ““The question is, does it meet the elements of a criminal conspiracy that can be charged or written up as a charge either in a court of law or for impeachment proceedings, not that that’s the only standard for impeachment, of course,” Rocah said.”
    ““Usually the hardest part of an obstruction charge is not the act but showing someone’s intent, that they’re trying to influence the outcome of an investigation,” “Trump wears that intent on his sleeve.””
    ““I mean, this statement about taking away Director Brennan’s security clearance because of his involvement in the Russia investigation seems to me to be very clear intent,”
    ” he said that he was going to retaliate against a witness because that witness was involved in an investigation against him, that would be really good evidence of obstruction — and that’s EXACTLY what Mr. Trump is doing here.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/trump-wears-intent-sleeve-ex-prosecutor-says-president-obviously-guilty-obstruction/

  5. Anonymous August 16, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

    LOL, who is trump going to fire, punish or exact his revenge on today?
    ===========================
    ‘Trump has met his match’: Omarosa hints she handed over incriminating evidence to Mueller

    “That’s the most explosive allegation that you’ve made, and it’s not even in the book,” Melvin said.

    Manigault, who said she has been interviewed in the special counsel probe, said that omitted allegation was related to the Mueller investigation.

    “There’s some things that are involved in this investigation, the Mueller investigation, that I was very careful not to put in the book,” she said.

    Melvin asked if she had proof that Trump knew about the hacked emails before they were posted online, and she declined to answer — but hinted she might have given that evidence to Mueller.

    “I can’t even talk about the things that I talked with them,” Manigault said. “I can’t talk about the things I’ve submitted to them, but I want you to know that I fully continue to cooperate with this investigation.”

    She stood by her claims, and stated that she could prove them.

    “I have been able to verify every single thing that I put in the book,” Manigault said. “I’ve verified everything I’ve stated, and every single time the Trump people challenge me, I bring the receipts.”

    The former “Apprentice” star said she was ready to fight any legal challenge posed by the president and his administration.

    “I’m now faced with this legal action from the president, an attempt to silence me,” she said. “You’d have to ask the question, what is he afraid of? Why is he being so aggressive to shut me down? And why is he trying to stop the publishing of the book? What does Donald Trump have to hide?”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/trump-met-match-omarosa-hints-handed-incriminating-evidence-mueller/

  6. anon August 16, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

    OT – FYI. “As Trump was classlessly remembering Aretha Franklin as a former employee, Barack and Michelle Obama released a beautiful statement reflecting on the impact that the Queen of Soul had on our world.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/16/barack-michelle-obama-aretha-franklin.html

    “It is hard to believe, but it was less than two years that we had a president and first lady who didn’t ghost tweet generic statements but offered dignity, grace, unity, and beauty in moments of national sadness.

    Trump may hold the same office, but he will never be able to match the class of Barack and Michelle Obama.”

    • Beaglemom August 16, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Don the Con also sent her family his “best wishes.” Usually you express your “condolences.” He simply has no clue about appropriate human behavior.

      • Anonymous August 16, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

        His usual lack of R E S P E C T !!!!

      • Anonymous August 16, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

        Condolences is a big person word, someone needs to sent his crassness an etiquette book ,preferably with short,simple sentences.

        Chain,chain,chain of fools: trump family!

    • ANONYMOUS August 16, 2018 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW7n8hklwsk

      ‘retha Franklin sings My Country, ‘Tis of Thee at President Barack Obama’s 2009 Inauguration. RIP. ‘

  7. Anonymous August 16, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Yep, she must know more than what is in the book, so far I haven’t heard anything that would “harm” trump with his supporters, they rest of us already know THE TRUTH about traitor trump.
    ===============================================================

    Furious Trump told advisers that he wants Jeff Sessions to arrest Omarosa over her book: report

    …..According to one of Sherman’s sources, “Trump told advisers that he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to have Manigault Newman arrested” despite the fact that “it’s unclear what law Trump believes she broke.”……

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/furious-trump-told-advisers-wants-jeff-sessions-arrest-omarosa-book-report/

  8. anon August 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    FACT>”President Barack Obama trusted Brennan deeply on counterterrorism issues and Brennan played an important role in the decision to carry out the operation that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.”
    “A fluent Arabic speaker who was CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia before 9/11, Brennan was tapped in 2003 by George W. Bush to run the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC), which was the first post-9/11 effort to “connect the dots” of all American intelligence flows. TTIC was set up to avoid what happened on 9/11 when information about two of the hijackers that was known to the CIA was not shared with the FBI in a timely fashion.” OP>” Trump just picked on the wrong guy.”

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/16/opinions/trump-picked-on-the-wrong-guy-brennan-bergen/index.html

    • Anon August 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/bill-mcraven-pounds-trump-as-sadly-mistaken-and-says-he-would-consider-it-an-honor-if-his-security-clearance-was-revoked/

      ““I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency,” “Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.”

      He added, “Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.”

      “If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken,” “The criticism will continue until you become the leader WE PRAYED you would be.”

      • anon August 16, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

        https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/16/admiral-trump-humiliated-america.html

        “Ultimately, no criticism carries more weight than the kind that McRaven dished out on Thursday. This is not a man who shoots from the hip or doesn’t carefully choose his words or actions, particularly when wading into a public feud with the president of the United States.

        When people like William McRaven speak out, the American people should listen.”

    • anon August 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emilytamkin/action-on-iran-is-the-focus-of-a-new-state-department-task

      “The Trump administration sent another signal on Thursday that it is stepping up its efforts against Iran, announcing the creation of an Iran Action Group at the State Department to coordinate US government actions against the Islamic Republic.

      “We must see major changes in Iran’s behavior,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, describing the new group’s responsibility as driving “daily progress on these objectives” and working to “change the Iranian regime’s behavior.”

  9. Anon August 16, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    “Trump once again gave away the ballgame when it comes to his efforts to affect the probe and tear down its leaders (both current and former). He confessed that his true motivation for revoking former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance was the “rigged witch hunt” that Brennan once “led.”

    “I call it the rigged witch hunt; [it] is a sham,” Trump told the Journal’s Peter Nicholas and Michael C. Bender. “And these people led it!”” “So I think it’s something that had to be done.””

    https://crooksandliars.com/2018/08/trump-tells-wsj-he-revoked-brennans

    • JT August 16, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/cnns-jake-tapper-explains-donald-trumps-latest-interview-connecting-dots-mueller/

      ““It’s almost as if the president is connecting the dots for Robert Mueller,” “President Trump again admitting a move against the former CIA director is directly tied to his disdain for the Russia investigation. Did he just open yet another door for the special counsel?””

    • Anon August 16, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      This is not good. Trump is using his revoking security clearance as proof the Mueller Russia investigation
      is a hoax supporting these people conspired to get rid of him with this phony witch hunt.

      • Anonymous August 16, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

        Depends on what you mean this is not good, certainly not good for little donnie.

        As for Mueller, just helped his case

  10. Anon August 16, 2018 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    ““I can’t tell if your head is up your ass or his.” “I guess I’m just focused on the war.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/top-conservative-intellectuals-get-profane-cat-fight-trumps-character/

  11. JB$ August 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/08/the-petty-dangerous-removal-of-john-brennans-security-clearance.html

    ” the politicization of clearances is a danger sign of creeping authoritarianism: It’s another line between proper procedures and lawlessness that Trump has crossed.” “In July, when Sanders first warned that Trump might revoke some critics’ classified privileges, she said that they’d “politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances.” First, this was a laughable accusation from the spokeswoman for a man who has monetized every moment of his presidency, promoting his hotels and golf courses, even charging the Secret Service for rooms and golf-cart rentals when agents accompany him to his many weekend escapes.”
    “In Johnson’s recollection, the only senior official who has lost his clearance over a political dispute is J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the project that built the atom bomb during World War II. The Atomic Energy Commission stripped Oppenheimer of his clearances, in 1954, for opposing development of the much more powerful hydrogen bomb—though he also had communist relatives, a fact that the AEC invoked as cover for its real motive.”
    “It was Sen. Rand Paul who first advised Trump to punish critics like Brennan, Hayden, and Clapper by revoking their clearances.”

  12. Beaglemom August 16, 2018 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I really hope that the US military shows some guts this fall and decides to opt out of Don the Con’s creepy military parade thing as a commemoration of Armistice Day. I doubt very much if Don the Con could understand that a commemoration is not the same as a celebration. Both words begin with the letter “c” and end with the syllable “tion” but mean very different things. It has been clear from the start that Don the Con has absolutely no respect for the military or for their traditions.

  13. anon August 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/al-franken-breaks-trumps-collusion-not-crime-defense-insult-everyones-intelligence/

    “Specifically, he targeted the absurdity of Trump’s pivot from “NO COLLUSION!” to “collusion isn’t a crime.”

    Collusion is a crime, he said: It’s usually called “conspiracy to commit…”

    “The thing is, collusion IS a crime, if you collude with somebody to break a law,” Franken wrote. “That’s called ‘conspiracy.’ You can’t get out of a crime by finding a synonym. ”

    “It wasn’t that long ago that nearly every Trump tweet included a NO COLLUSION! But those have become few and far between since Giuliani came up with “collusion isn’t a crime.” The thing is, collusion IS a crime, if you collude with somebody to break a law. That’s called “conspiracy.” You can’t get out of a crime by finding a synonym. “I am not guilty of murdering the victim. I merely killed her! And there’s no such thing as first degree killing!!!” If that were the case, all any criminal defense lawyer would need is a thesaurus.
    “My client didn’t steal the iPhone. He pilfered it. I demand that he be released forthwith!” This is the kind of insult to everyone’s intelligence that Trump specializes in.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/al-franken-breaks-trumps-collusion-not-crime-defense-insult-everyones-intelligence/

  14. anonymous August 16, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/16/nixon-era-prosecutor-trump-brennan.html

    ““~IT~ is something that he didn’t get away with during the Watergate era.””When Nixon used the enemies list, he used the IRS to go after his reported enemies which included mainly a lot of journalists and that seems to be one of the big targets of Donald Trump. But now he’s actually going against civil servants and the intelligence community, which puts at risk our national security. Not just the freedom of the press, but the freedom of our whole country is at risk with this. So it’s probably even more serious than Watergate.”
    “As Donald Trump’s behavior continues to deteriorate, the threat he poses to the rule of law and the national security of the United States continues to increase.
    His presidency should share the same fate as Richard Nixon’s and be tossed into the scrap heap of history.”
    aka $WamP piT

  15. Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    And Cohen just confirmed it. He struck a deal. Says there was collusion and Trump was in on it. No pardon for him. This is state of New York, not Federal. Manafort also found guilty. Wonder if Trump can feel that noose yet.

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