Good Monday morning.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:
- The president has lunch with the vice president
- President Trump participates in the Salute to the Heroes of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection
Non-partisan former civil servant remains in the headlines
John Brennan, former CIA director and cable news sweetheart, dominated the Sunday spin show chatter after President Trump yanked his security clearance last week. Just to recap, Brennan most likely orchestrated the entire fake RUSSIA collusion operation which publicly kicked off when he told Twitter personality James Comey to brief Trump on the salacious and unverified dossier and then leaked the briefing to his media pals.
Following the loss of
big defense contracting deals his security clearance, Brennan is considering legal action against Trump for taking his cash cow clearance away and to stop the president from doing the same to other co-conspirators. On Sunday’s “Meet the Press” Brennan quacked: “If my clearances and my reputation as I’m being pulled through the mud now, if that’s the price we’re going to pay to prevent Donald Trump from doing this against other people, to me it’s a small price to pay.”
“I’m going to do whatever I can personally to try to prevent these abuses in the future and if it means going to court, I will do that,” he added.
National Security Advisor John Bolton also weighed in on the Brennan controversy. “My opinion is that he was politicizing intelligence,” Bolton said, adding that Brennan had failed to keep intact the “wall of separation between intelligence and policy.”
“I think a number of people have commented that [Brennan] couldn’t be in the position he’s in of criticizing President Trump and his so-called collusion with Russia unless he did use classified information. But I don’t know the specifics.”
Another garbage person in the intelligence community, Leon Panetta, popped up on the Sunday shows to question whether the president has the authority to take away Brennan’s clearance. “I think there are questions raised as to whether or not this president has followed the executive order, and whether or not he’s provided due process to those that are going to have their security clearances revoked,” Panetta said.
This is nonsense — the president is the ultimate authority. If it’s not the president who can remove clearances, who can? The president controls the executive branch, and guess what? The CIA, FBI, and DOJ are part of the executive branch. Panetta was also concerned Trump might remove other clearances if there’s a bad news day. Well, let me tell you: Trump should remove all the clearances from people who have left the employ of the government. All of them. Every day is a “bad news day” for Trump in the media’s view. He’s never going to get a fair shake, so stop trying to appease them and do what has to be done.
James Clapper, sponsored by CNN, appeared yesterday on his patron network to concede Brennan’s mania has become an “issue.” When appearing with his comrade Jake Tapper, Clapper said: “John is sort of like a freight train and he’s gonna say what’s on his mind. John and his rhetoric have become an issue in and of itself.”
Crazy stuff going on in the Mueller witch hunt. CNN was trying to identify the jurors on the Manfort jury, strictly for journalistic purposes, I’m sure. Not to intimidate them or frighten them or anything. White House counsel Don McGahn was the subject of a story revealing his generous cooperation with Mueller. Apparently, McCahn spoke with Mueller’s coven for more than 30 hours.
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And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!