by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 15, 2018) — At Wednesday’s 2:00 p.m. press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read from a prepared statement from President Trump stating that in the interest of national security, he was revoking the security clearance of Obama CIA Director John O. Brennan.
Brennan has been particularly vociferous in his criticism of the administration and Trump personally, accusing him of treason after his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16.
In his statement, Trump said it is his responsibility “to protect the Nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it.”
In further justification of his decision, Trump’s statement reads, in part:
Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility. In 2014, for example, he denied to Congress that CIA officials under his supervision had improperly accessed the computer files of congressional staffers. He told the Council of Foreign Relations that the CIA would never do such a thing. The CIA’s Inspector General, however, contradicted Mr. Brennan directly, concluding unequivocally that agency officials had indeed improperly accessed congressional staffers’ files. More recently, Mr. Brennan told Congress that the intelligence community did not make use of the so-called Steele Dossier in an assessment regarding the 2016 election, an assertion contradicted by at least two other senior officials in the intelligence community and all of the facts.
Brennan was quick to react to the news in a telephone interview with his new employer, MSNBC, stating, “I do believe that Mr. Trump decided to take this action, as he’s done with others, to try to intimidate and suppress any criticism of him or his administration…If Mr. Trump believes this going to lead me to just go away and be quiet, he is very badly mistaken.”
On Twitter, Brennan wrote, “My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”
As might be expected, former Vice President Joe Biden defended Brennan with, “If you think it will silence John, then you just don’t know the man.”
But what would Brennan say if he were asked about the “long-form” birth certificate image posted in 2011 at whitehouse.gov which a five-year criminal investigation found to be a “computer-generated forgery?”
Despite Zullo’s very public discoveries announced at three press conferences over the life of the investigation, the U.S. intelligence community, of which Brennan was an integral part, never launched a probe into how a fraudulent government document was uploaded to the White House website on April 27, 2011 “with the intent to deceive,” according to Zullo.
In a radio broadcast earlier this summer, Zullo said that he has personal knowledge that although he no longer publicly discusses it, Trump, the first public figure to raise Americans’ awareness of the questions surrounding Barack Obama’s presidential eligibility in 2011, has not forgotten about the issue.
Brennan has been accused by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani of having led a vigorous effort on the part of “a coalition of government officials” to circulate the Russia “dossier” in an attempt to prevent Trump from becoming president.
The contents of the dossier, commissioned by Democrat operatives through Fusion GPS and former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, have never been verified but were used to procure four surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The dossier was also reportedly used as the basis of the ongoing investigation led by former FBI Director and now Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a probe Trump has decried repeatedly as a “rigged witch hunt.”
But what if Trump were to ask Brennan what he knew, when he knew it, and whether or not the CIA played a role in uploading the forgery? Would Brennan maintain his bold, “relentless” stance or suddenly find himself at a loss for words?
And while he’s at it, perhaps Trump should ask Brennan about the 2008 “breach” of Obama’s passport records. After all, at the time, Brennan was CEO of The Analysis Corporation, whose employee reportedly accessed the file within the State Department.
“Why?” Trump could ask Brennan.
According to The Washington Post on Wednesday, a presidential historian and unnamed “security experts” called Trump’s revocation of the security clearance “unprecedented.” But then again, so is a forgery presented as an official government document on behalf of a sitting president to an unsuspecting and duped American electorate.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.