These days heroes are as rare as gelded unicorns...but last week we had one step up and tell the truth to a cowed and sadly confused nation. Yep, John Brennan, former director of he CIA, got his Irish up and told us all that our Colluder-in-Chief is an existential danger to our republic.
For his act of courage he got his security clearance yanked by Dear Leader and reprimands from those spineless eunuchs who dress up like Republican senators.
Fortunately, Brennan got quick backup from retired Admiral William H. McRaven, former Navy Seal and architect of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden; the retired admiral wrote to Trump asking that his own clearance be withdrawn and telling the president his action had “humiliated” Americans before the world and “divided us as a nation.”
A wave of additional support came in a letter to Trump from 13 former senior intelligence officials of various political persuasions who chastised him for politicizing intelligence work and punishing those who exercised their First Amendment rights of free speech.
Apparently Mr. Trump was not moved, revealing that he maintains an “enemy’s list” (the spirit of Richard Nixon lives!) of others who can expect to lose their clearances soon. Their offenses? All were either critical him or his policies, or were involved somehow in the Mueller Investigation into whether Trump and his cronies colluded with the Russians in fixing the 2016 election. Lifting their clearances! What a clever way of barring witnesses from classified materials they might need to defend themselves in court.
The reason given for Brennan’s punishment? Depends on who you listen to. Spokeswomen Sarah Huckabee Sanders read the official line to the press that it was because Brennan had behaved ”erratically” and made a series of “unfounded and outrageous allegations.” But our elected president and sometime soothsayer, Donald J. Trump himself, leveled with the Wall Street Journal in an interview: “I call it [the Russian investigation] a rigged witch hunt...And these people led it.”
Isn’t he being investigated for obstruction of justice? Isn’t that an admission of the same?
The noose tightens.