One of the people most in favor of President Donald Trump being impeached is the rabid anti-Trump former CIA Director John Brennan.
He was at the ready, attacking Trump again on Twitter, not coincidentally on the same day as the drop of the IG report from Michael Horowitz. He had been silent since November 15.
The damage being inflicted by @realDonaldTrump on our national conscience & our government is tragic.
Members of Congress & staffers who defend & misrepresent his indefensible actions are telling Americans it’s ok to be dishonest, unethical, & corrupt.
How far we have fallen.
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) December 9, 2019
He appeared to be referencing the impeachment hearing.
Of course he wasn’t talking about the IG report which highlighted multiple “screw-ups” and failures by the FBI in their review of the surveillance and FISA abuse against the Trump team.
But former CIA operations officer Mark Augustine wasn’t letting that go and let Brennan have it.
Now that’s a burn.
Augustine said a little more about why he was speaking out.
I was under cover my entire career, never sought or wanted publicity — quite the opposite. Then came Benghazi, the Iran cash scandal, Hillary emails and now the Russia and Ukraine hoaxes. Now I speak up and speak out.
— Mark Augustine (@MarkAugustine60) December 9, 2019
Listening to U.S. Attorney John Durham and Attorney General Bill Barr, it is clear that more is coming.
Here’s Durham’s statement:
“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”
Durham has greater investigatory powers with broader reach than the IG who is only looking at internal issues within the Justice Department. Durham is looking at crimes, can impanel a grand jury and has subpoena power.
As we reported last month:
Prior reports have indicated that the nature of the investigation changed when Attorney General Bill Barr and Durham went to Rome and spoke to Italian intelligence. The Italian Prime Minister confirmed the event. It was after that, reports indicated Durham was “very interested” in questioning both former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan.
Durham’s statements make it clear he doesn’t think that the investigation started as the IG claimed in July 2016.
So stock up on the popcorn, because it sure sounds like he’s got something or he wouldn’t be making the definitive statement he did.