Brennan: Exec. Branch Officials Should Refuse to Carry Out Trump's Orders if He Fires Mueller
During a recent appearance at a forum in Aspen, Colorado, former CIA Director John Brennan said that if President Trump moves to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, executive branch officials should refuse to follow the president's orders, effectively calling for mutiny against the president should the occasion arise.
"I think it's the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry out" such orders, Brennan told CNN's Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum on Friday.
Brennan was joined by fellow swamper James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, who called the appointment of Mueller as special counsel "an inspired choice."
Both men said they had full confidence in Mueller's investigation of Russian election interference and possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.
"They don't come any better," said Brennan.
"Nobody better than Bob Mueller, who is a straight shooter and will not be intimidated by anything," Clapper added.
Mueller has hired at least seven Democratic donors to work on his legal team, including one attorney who has reportedly donated $34,000 to Democrats.
"If he is fired by Mr. Trump or attempted to be fired by Mr. Trump," Brennan continued, "I really hope our members of Congress — our elected representatives — are going to stand up and say 'enough is enough' and stop making apologies and excuses for things that are happening that really flout, I think, our system of laws and government."
Blitzer reminded Brennan that, as president of the United States, Trump can tell Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller if he wants.
"If he's fired, what would you want Congress to do?" Blitzer asked.
"First of all, I think it is the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry out some of these orders that — again — are inconsistent with what this country is all about," Brennan answered.
He added, "I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue. That Republicans and Democrats are going to see that the future of this country is at stake and there need to be some things done for the good of the future."
Former intelligence officer Tony Shaffer spoke for many on Twitter:
In his latest post at Townhall, Kurt Schlichter explains how and why Trump must fire Mueller. First, the president needs to draft a letter to the special counsel demanding answers to several pertinent questions and make the letter public.
Mueller has to go, sooner or later, but the President must first set the stage and make sure the American people understand exactly how much of an utter scam this whole thing is before he acts. Impeachment – the ultimate goal of Mueller/Comey and their liberal establishment string-pullers – is a political act. To pull off their unbelievably dangerous and destructive coup, the establishment needs to get a bunch of Republicans and the House and Senate to go along. Some of the RINOs are itching to, but they are cowards and they can be controlled by fear of voter backlash. By appealing to the people and making his case to them, the President will ensure that the people will tell their elected representatives, “Oh, hell no.” And the coup will sputter then peter out in pathetic failure, much like a Fredocon watching Cinemax at midnight without his Viagra.
If Trump is able to make a compelling case to the American people before he pulls the trigger, we can be spared the establishment's appalling attempted coup.