Privately, senior Intel officials back President Trump revoking security clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan and former Intel Chief James Clapper.
Last month, the White House announced President Trump was considering pulling security clearances of several Obama-era Deep State operatives including Brennan, Clapper, Rice, McCabe and Comey.
Senior Intel officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Real Clear Investigations that Obama’s Intel Chiefs used intelligence as a political weapon and must be rooted out.
The Intel officials also said the reason why Brennan, Clapper and Comey are so vociferous in their attacks against the President is because they know the details of who unmasked General Flynn and leaked his intercepted phone call to the Washington Post in January of 2017, a felony.
President Trump has been criticized for politicizing the intelligence community by threatening to strip the security clearances of former top officials including John Brennan and James Clapper. But numerous past and present senior intelligence officials say the Obama administration started that politicization – and revoking the clearances of those who abuse the privilege for partisan purposes may help right the ship.
“As is often the case with the Trump administration, the rollout of the policy is bad, but the idea driving the policy is sound,” said one senior intelligence official who, like others interviewed for this article, spoke to RealClearInvestigations only on condition of anonymity. “Under some Obama-era intelligence chiefs, intelligence was used as a political weapon. We need to root that out, not reward it.”
Some sources say former CIA director Brennan, ex-director of national intelligence Clapper and others with security clearances were emboldened to pursue political agendas through the anti-Trump media in a climate of impunity created by the Justice Department’s failure to prosecute leaks attending Donald Trump’s election. Notable among the leaks, they said, was a top unnamed official’s “unmasking” of Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn in a January 2017 Washington Post column by David Ignatius, sourced to classified intercepts of Flynn’s contacts with the Russian ambassador. Leaking such classified information is a felony.
“The very people who are now talking the most know the details of how the Flynn intercept was leaked,” a senior U.S. official told RealClearInvestigations. “They wouldn’t be out talking like that if they’d been interviewed by the FBI.” The Department of Justice declined to comment.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in February the DOJ is aggressively investigating many leaks, including the General Flynn leak to WaPo.
Both Brennan and Clapper now have gigs with MSNBC and CNN which prompted Senator Rand Paul to ask them if they are monetizing their security clearances.
The House Intel report released in April revealed former DNI Chief, James Clapper leaked the dossier briefing to CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Brennan routinely attacks President Trump from his Twitter account, which further proves he has a partisan agenda and may use his security clearance and contract with anti-Trump media to harm the Trump administration.
Both Brennan and Clapper are caught in perjury traps over their denial in promoting Hillary’s phony dossier; they are both corrupt liars and should be stripped of their clearances.
The Flynn leak is the hot button for Brennan, Clapper and Comey, a senior Intel source reiterated to Real Clear Investigations.
It appears that’s what happened with the Flynn leak. As a veteran reporter on the national security beat told RCI: “After the Washington Post broke the Flynn story, a colleague called an Obama administration source and got an explosive story like that confirmed in 15 minutes. Even reporters at second-tier publications got the story confirmed, and quickly, because so many people in the administration knew about it.”
But where that leak started is a different issue. “There are only a few people the leak could have come from,” one senior U.S. official told RCI. “The Flynn intercept doesn’t go to rank-and-file FBI agents. It goes through the top rungs up to Comey, and from there it can only go across. To top DOJ personnel, and the White House. It could also go to John Brennan and James Clapper.”
As investigative reporter, Paul Sperry points out, Brennan’s fingerprints are all over Spygate:
Brennan’s fingerprints all over #SpyGate scandal:
Brennan + GCHQ
Brennan + “fusion cell” + Obama briefs
Brennan + Strzok + ICA
Brennan + congressional briefings on dossier
Brennan + Harry Reid + pressuring Comey
Brennan + Nellie Ohr
And on & on … https://t.co/Jy2LKL62Q3
– Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 1, 2018