On Friday at the Aspen Security Forum former CIA director John Brennan said senior officials in the executive branch should refuse the order if President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller
(VERO BEACH, FL) Speaking on a panel to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer with former DNI chief James Clapper, John Brennan effectively called for a coup against the president if he should give the order to fire the DOJ appointed investigator.
“I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry that out,” Mr. Brennan said. “I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue. That Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake and something needs to be done for the good of the future.
“If he’s fired by Mr. Trump, or is attempted to be fired by Mr. Trump, I hope, I really hope that our members of congress, our elected representatives, will stand up and say enough is enough, and stop making apologies and excuses for things that are happening that really flaunt, I think, our system of laws and government here,” Mr. Brennan said.
The editorial staff of ZeroHedge, an influential global blog which covers politics, economics, and war from a libertarian perspective, also concluded that Mr. Brennan’s statement was “effectively calling for a coup” should President Trump give the order to fire Mr. Mueller.
Both Mr. Brennan and Mr. Clapper told Wolf Blitzer they have “total confidence” in the appointment of Mr. Mueller to head the Russian-election hacking probe, even going as far to call the pick “an inspired choice”.
“Absolutely,” Mr. Brennan told Mr. Blitzer when asked if he had confidence in Mr. Mueller. “They don’t come any better.”
“Absolutely, that was an inspired choice” Mr. Clapper told Mr. Blitzer, in sync with his former colleague. “Nobody better than Bob Mueller [sic], who’s a straight shooter and will not be intimidated by anyone.”
Both Mr. Brennan and Mr. Clapper tendered their resignations to the Trump administration prior to the January 20th inauguration.
On President Trump’s first day in office Mr. Brennan criticized the newly minted commander in chief’s visit to the CIA headquarters in Langley as a “self-aggrandizement” and said he should be ashamed of himself.
“Former CIA Director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency heroes,” former CIA deputy chief of staff Nick Shapiro said. “Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself.”
Mr. Clapper has been much less vocal than his former peer, but has criticized the Trump administration over their statements toward the intelligence community, specifically the President’s previous characterization in a tweet comparing the nations spies to Nazi Germany.
“That was a terrible, insulting affront, not just to me or John, we get paid the big bucks, but I’m talking about the rank and file, men and women, patriots and intelligence community — that was completely inappropriate and over the top – I had to do something about it,” Mr. Clapper told Mr. Blitzer on Friday.