Former CIA Director John Brennan vented his frustration on Twitter Saturday at President Trump after the Department of Justice dropped its case against Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, and after long-delayed declassified 57 transcript interviews from 2017-2018 were released by the House Intelligence Committee this week.
The Justice Department on Thursday dropped its case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, in a stunning development that comes after internal memos were released raising serious questions about the nature of the investigation that led to Flynn’s late 2017 guilty plea of lying to the FBI, Fox News reported.
Documents unsealed a week ago by the Justice Department revealed FBI agents discussed their motivations for interviewing Flynn in the Russia probe– questioning whether they wanted to“get him to lie” so he’d be fired or prosecuted, or get him to admit wrongdoing. “What is our goal?” one of the notes read. “Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”
On Thursday, the top prosecutor on the case, Brandon Van Grack, abruptly withdrew from the case, without explanation, in a brief filing with the court.
In addition, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell told House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) that transcripts from the panel’s Russia probe are cleared for public release. “All of the transcripts, with our required redactions, can be released to the public without any concerns of disclosing classified material,” Grenell wrote to Schiff in a letter on Monday.
“In the interests of transparency and accountability, I urge you to honor your previous public statements, and your Committee’s unanimous vote on this matter, to release all 53 cleared transcripts to all Members of Congress and the American public as soon as possible,” Grenell wrote, while adding that he was “willing” to release the transcripts directly from ODNI “as to ensure we comply with the unanimous and bipartisan vote to release the transcripts.” Continued Below
On Thursday, Schiff released the long-delayed declassified 57 transcript interviews from 2017-2018 that reveal what was said behind closed doors when lawmakers sought to determine whether members of the Trump campaign and Russia colluded. The transcripts reveal that more than a year into the probe, senior FBI and intelligence officials could offer no specific proof of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.
The transcripts detail interviews with current and former Trump administration officials along with top law enforcement and intelligence officials from the Obama administration, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper former Attorney General Loretta Lynch; former Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power; former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; former National Security Adviser Susan Rice; former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; former Obama adviser Benjamin Rhodes; and former Obama counselor and Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in the transcripts, discussed how the Russians believed Trump would be “easier to deal with” than Hillary Clinton as president. Continued Below
“I do think, though, they thought that…President Trump would be easier to deal with,” Clapper said. “He is a businessman. He’d be more willing to negotiate and make deals. And I don’t think it was anything more sophisticated than that sort of guided their objectives.”
Clapper also testified: “I never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election. That’s not to say that there weren’t concerns about the evidence we were seeing, anecdotal evidence. … But I do not recall any instance where I had direct evidence.”
In an interview Friday on “Fox & Friends,” the Commander in Chief tore into what he termed “dirty politicians” behind the Russia probe a day after transcripts were released showing that top Obama officials said they knew of no “direct” evidence of collusion involving the Trump campaign.
“It was a very dangerous situation what they did,” he said. “These are dirty politicians and dirty cops and some horrible people and hopefully they’re going to pay a big price in the not too distant future.” Continued Below
President Trump said on “Fox & Friends” that there’s still “more to come,” hinting that more files may be related both to former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden’s role.
“Yesterday was a BIG day for Justice in the USA. Congratulations to General Flynn, and many others. I do believe there is MUCH more to come! Dirty Cops and Crooked Politicians do not go well together!” President Trump also tweeted Friday morning, adding: “DRAIN THE SWAMP!:
Meanwhile, former CIA Director John Brennan vented his frustration Saturday on Twitter writing: “It is unsurprising @realDonaldTrump enjoys wallowing in his fetid self-indulgence, but I find it surreal that so many other government officials encourage his ignorance, incompetence, & destructive behavior. BTW, history will be written by the righteous, not by his lickspittle.”
It is unsurprising @realDonaldTrump enjoys wallowing in his fetid self-indulgence, but I find it surreal that so many other government officials encourage his ignorance, incompetence, & destructive behavior.
BTW, history will be written by the righteous, not by his lickspittle.
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) May 9, 2020
Twitterverse reacted to Brennan’s rant on Twitter. We leave you with a few highly engaged reactions:
This latest unhinged tweet by Obama’s CIA director explains how Obama was able to so easily use Mr. Brennan, the CIA, and virtually every other intel agency to abuse the rule of law in ways never seen before in American history. @RealDonaldTrump. https://t.co/PGWNkT9uWN
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) May 9, 2020
Is this perjury? pic.twitter.com/F4TuHjICHg
— Rep. Steven Smith (R-GA) ?? (@RepStevenSmith) May 9, 2020
You’re going to prison
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) May 9, 2020
I read all tweets by this guy as though he’s a comic book supervillain called BRENNAN https://t.co/IWI3GZsX7C
— Undercover Huber (@JohnWHuber) May 9, 2020