Former CIA Director John Brennan stated that he didn’t mean President Trump committed treason when he referred to the president’s performance at the Helsinki summit as “nothing short of treasonous.” During an interview at MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show, he decided to speak about his current situation and about his security clearance which was revoked this week!
Below is a short transcription of the conversation!
Maddow: “After Helsinki, you were stark, and even a little bit scary in your criticism of his behavior. You said it rose to treason.”
Brennan responded, “I said it was nothing short of treasonous.”
Maddow: “In this current controversy, that specific comment has been singled out by a number of people as a comment that maybe, by you, crossed the line, that was maybe –.”
Brennan: “Crossed what line?” He continued that he has a right to free speech
Maddow: “But do you stand by that consideration, and can you explain, can you elaborate what you mean by treasonous? It’s a very serious allegation.”
Brennan: “I know what the Russians did in interfering in the election. I have 100% confidence in what they did. And for Mr. Trump to stand on that stage in Helsinki, with all the world’s eyes upon him, and to basically [say] he wouldn’t — he doesn’t understand why would the Russians interfere in the election. He’s given Mr. Putin and the Russians a pass time after time after time, and he keeps referring to this whole investigation as a witch hunt, as bogus, as — and to me, this was an attack against the foundational principle of our great republic, which is, the right of all Americans to choose their elected leaders. And for Mr. Trump to so cavalierly just dismiss that, yes, sometimes my Irish comes out, and — in my tweets, and I did say that it rises to and exceeds the level of high crimes and misdemeanors and is nothing short of treasonous. … I didn’t mean that he committed treason, but it was a term that I used, nothing short of treasonous.”
You can watch the full interview below:
This has absolutely nothing to do with free speech. No one is telling John Brennan he can’t speak. A security clearance is a privilege not a right and is based solely on one’s need to know information at the level of the clearance. Just because you have a clearance, does not mean you have access to all information classified at the level of your clearance. Stop saying this is a free speech violation!
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