Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper threw colleague ex-CIA Director John Brennan under the bus in a CNN segment, saying his inflammatory anti-Trump rhetoric has “become an issue.”
When asked by host Jake Tapper if Brennan’s language towards President Trump has become a problem, Clapper answered in the affirmative.
“I think it is,” Clapper said Sunday. “I think John is sort of like a freight train, and he’s going to say what’s on his mind. I think, though, that the common denominator among all of us that have been speaking up, though, is genuine concern about the jeopardy or threats to our institutions and values, although we may all express that in different ways, and I think this is what this is really about.”
“But I think John and his rhetoric have become an issue in and of itself.”
Brennan has always used strong political rhetoric against Trump since he came in Office, but him calling the president “treasonous” after the Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit last month had many on both sides of the aisle raising their eyebrows.
It was this line of rhetoric which eventually prompted Trump to revoke Brennan’s security clearance, which unleashed a firestorm of criticism from the Deep State swamp.
Brennan himself walked back the “treasonous” remarks during an MSNBC interview with Rachel Maddow, who was puzzled by Brennan’s logic of using such alarming language if he didn’t mean it.
“I didn’t mean that he committed treason, but it was a term that I used, nothing short of treasonous.”
So calling the president treasonous doesn’t mean he committed treason. Makes perfect sense.
Clapper, like Brennan, also risks losing his security clearance given his own anti-Trump rhetoric, and his position as a CNN contributor.