John Brennan, former Obama administration CIA director and a convert to Islam, deserves, said Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel “a belated bit of scrutiny.”

In a joint press conference last Monday in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump was asked whose version of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election did he believe — Mr. Putin’s or that of Mr. Brennan and James Clapper, former Obama administration director of National Intelligence, and former FBI Director James Comey? Each of them have a very, very, very deep attachment to the Deep State machine, euphemistically the United States intelligence community.

Mr. Trump quickly moved to the subject of the missing servers of Hillary Clinton, his 2016 opponent, and the 33,000 erased Clinton emails under congressional subpoena.

This caused a litany of predictable responses, some from his supporters, and then of course, the Never Trumpers and Democrats.

“They all missed the point,” said Conrad Black, one of Canada’s most prominent financiers for 40 years and a former leading world newspaper publisher. “The real issue surged to the surface in a blinding flash about five minutes after the joint press conference ended in the form of a tweet from Mr. Brennan,” said Mr. Black in which he said:

Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you?

Calling Mr. Brennan’s words “defamatory lunacy,” Mr. Black said Mr. Brennan is perhaps “the most virulent (and fearful) Trump hater of all.”

Mentioning what Mr. Trump could have said, Mr. Black said he could have made the point former U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock made last week that the intelligence community had “in fact only tentatively concluded that there was official Russian meddling of a very insignificant and ineffectual kind in the election. … That all that has really been unearthed is about $10 million of rather vague advertisements on Facebook decrying the general condition of the country, compared to an unprecedented $250 million of Clinton attack ads against Mr. Trump.”

He could have also remarked that since both since Messrs. Brennan and Clapper had both accused him of colluding with the Russians, but he hadn’t as Mr. Putin affirmed, “and since there was not a shred of evidence to corroborate that allegation or Clapper’s claim that the Russians had tipped the election to Trump, and as both Clapper and Brennan, as well as Comey, had lied to Congress under oath in related matters,” he put more faith in Mr. Putin’s account of the absence of collusion than in the defamatory allegations of the former leaders of the American intelligence community. And “he might have added that the United States had interfered countless times in the internal electoral processes, even primitive ones, of dozens of countries (including Russia) over many decades, and cautioned against excessive righteousness.”

But said Mr. Black, he said none of these things. Instead, he raised the ante:

The Russian meddling is nonsense. It was trivial and though it is almost inconceivable Putin wasn’t aware of it, that could never be proved. The president stated before the world that the U.S. intelligence community was so profoundly corrupted under his predecessor that it is less plausible than the chief occupant of the Kremlin on the subject of the late American election, which the directors of the intelligence agencies cooperated in trying to rig and then to undo, in stark and criminal violation of the Constitution. The incumbent president on one side and the former heads of the CIA, ODNI, and FBI on the other are accusing one another of heinous crimes of unconstitutional betrayal of the greatest offices of the republic.

Clearly, if to some extent implicitly, Donald Trump is saying that the latest Mueller accusations against this gang of Russian intelligence officials are a stunt to try to prop up the fraud that there was something suspect in Trump’s pre-election relations with the Russians. …

Strategically, Trump is correct: Russia is a paper tiger apart from its nuclear weapons, has a GDP smaller than Canada’s, and Putin is conducting a clumsy imitation of Charles de Gaulle’s elegant restoration of France as a serious power …

The danger with Putin is to drive Russia into the arms of China and Iran, and the goodwill of the Kremlin can be had by the United States for less than continuing the present NATO pocket-picking. NATO can be reformed and Russia can be made a semi-cooperative state of convenience. These are reasonable goals and they are attainable.

Mr. Black’s point is the operatives of the Deep State have been trying to cover up the greatest illicit meddling in an American election in history: by American intelligence agencies. “In their desperation since the defeat of the candidate they covertly supported, who would have covered it up for them, they have been trying to maintain the fraud of collusion and conflate it with the trivial and routine interventions of some Russian operatives in the 2016 election.”

Defining Mr. Brennan as a political partisan solidly for Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Strassel said “the record shows he used his position as head of the most powerful spy agency in the world to assist Hillary Clinton’s campaign (and keep his job). … Remember that when reading his next ‘treason’ tweet.”

(36) comments

dc

In a nutshell.

dc

Don't know about y'all but when I think of communism/communists two of the first of their "great" leaders that come to mind are Stalin and Mao. Wonder what Brennan thought he was voting for?

dc

Better yet wonder what BO was thinking when he appointed him?

gw

The editor of this paper is completely delusional. Keep swallowing and regurgitating the fox news garbage. Amazing!!!

gw

any news organization that does not repeat Trump's lies is the "Deep State"?

(Edited by staff.)

DeadBolt

True enough.

NC-Native-Son

In August 2004, George W. Bush appointed John O. Brennan as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. His career moved on through service to to his country through the Bush and Obama administrations. According to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on July 21, 2018, "I have a very high regard for Mr. Brennan as most of my colleagues do. He is a true patriot and has served his country well."

Then there is the FAKE NEWS of Brennan converting to Islam. Unfortunately, there is no way to prove a negative, that is that something did not happen or does not exist. I do believe it would be very easy to prove our editor as an atheist though.

NC-Native-Son

Didn't mean to hit a Nerve. Hope this flies.
In August 2004, George W. Bush appointed John O. Brennan as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. His career moved on through service to to his country through the Bush and Obama administrations. According to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on July 21, 2018, "I have a very high regard for Mr. Brennan as most of my colleagues do. He is a true patriot and has served his country well."

Then there is the FAKE NEWS of Brennan converting to Islam. Unfortunately, there is no way to prove a negative, that is that something did not happen or does not exist. I do believe it would be easy to prove other things though.

dc

Giving it to congress straight? Telling successor to forget politics in the job. Right! LOL. Bush is a genius when it fits but otherwise?

dc

Rand Paul makes a little more sense don't you think?

dc

Voted for communist as act of rebellion in college days? Hard time leaving those days behind? Side kick says vote D but not for socialists? How does that work?

DeadBolt

I don't understand you folks, says here in wikipedia, the go to source for the entire google / left wing party , that he voted for a commie in 1976, as does every other source, in fact its in history books, so, who's blowing smoke up my @rse here???????????

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_O._Brennan


The left needs to keep going, its really getting deep round here. [beam]

dc

All these "patriotic" leftists evidently change their minds on very serious stuff. Go back and see what they said about immigration once upon a time.

dc

"Losing America" by John Scotto. If you want to know what they said in their own words it's in a linked video in his article.

DeadBolt

This is MIND BLOWING, what a joke this woman was during a tragedy!!!!!!!!!


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/puerto-rico-mayor-two-others-arrested-on-corruption-charges/


Yea, screaming like a banshee about 'relief' from a hurricane, when 2 other US area's were going through the same fallout, in 2 other locations, and she's ripping off the TAXPAYERS?

ps. and suffering from TDS , yup, this is FACTUAL NEWS, sorry DEM'S time's up.

Real humanitarian here .

Livin in Paradise

DB - Did you read the article ?? The mayor arrested was not from San Juan but rather another city.

DeadBolt

Yes, i read the FACTS, and you should know every 'official' on that Island is / was connected in some way shape or form.

Convince me the one with TDS did not know, on an island smaller then 2-3 of our coastal counties never had a whiff of this.

David Collins

The criminal mayor not being of the Capitol city just goes to show how wide spread the corruption is on that island. Steals in the face of destruction and misery while claiming all the time desiring to help the people. Yeah, helping them out of their aid money. Gosh, does sound like the goings on after the Hati disaster. A woman profiting from aid money. Perhaps the Gals are somehow related. Is there a foundation in the mix?

00rolf

I have seen some conspiracy theories of deep state doing something. I have seen movies of deep state doing something. I have seen J.E. Hoover in the 60‘s in conspiracies doing something. OK. Hoover was against Democrats so Hoover was ok. All the directors of the CIA must be corrupt. Maybe not Bush sr, or Pompeo. Pompeo is Secretary of State, but can’t be trusted. Who can we trust? Jeff Flynn, the dude with Flynn facts. Perfect…

David Collins

Trust, but verify!

00rolf

“… on an island smaller then 2-3 of our coastal counties.”
Facts are easy to find. Puerto Rico is about 7 times the size of Carteret County. The population in Carteret County is about 0.2% of Puerto Rico.

Facts are a liberal conspiracy….

DeadBolt

Always a diversion from reality, or even the article.

Hence why i said 2-3 of our 'coastal counties' not just 1.

Puerto Rico is almost rectangular in shape, approximately 100 miles long by 35 miles wide and is the smallest and the most eastern island of the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico).

Do not let this detract from the main article of 'collusion' though.

My thoughts are from an 'islander's prospective', being raised quite close to one, or several if you stand in Carteret County, and island folk tend to know their own. (however , recently, there is alot of folks from other places buying it all up, as in the land, ).

Now, lets get back to the FRAUD . [beam]

David Collins

Facts are your liberal conspiracy OO. Do not know about the population of PR, nor do I or most anyone else care. But!, now that you shared that nugget a recheck of the population of PR might be in order. It appears that for the most part, the only folks left are the dirt poor, elderly and or in firmed and the crooks busy dividing up the aid money. The rest are in Miami, New York or Jersey. The Barrios there are enjoying a population surge and relief payments are showing a strong surge as well. Gotta love that “special relationship they enjoy”. Life is good! Not so much for those with the financial burden. Those rich gringos need to be punished. Don’t they?

00rolf

My calculus was wrong. A slight miscalculation: 2 percent and not 0.2.
I am sorry for that.
It won't make any difference to conclusions though.
A few counties instead of one won’t make any difference.
Puerto Rico has about one third of the population as of North Carolina.

Assigning collective guilt because someone on an island has done something criminal is not a sign of intelligence. You have no 'islander's prospective' for comparison to Puerto Rico, unless you live on an island with 3.5 million inhabitants, which I doubt.

00rolf

First sentence in this editorial:
“…and a convert to Islam…”

This makes me wonder; is it bad to convert to Islam, who has Jesus as a prophet mentioned more than any in the Quran, or is it bad to convert; period. Let’s say to a religion who doesn’t accept Jesus; period.

dc

What makes me wonder if he did convert is what made such a person to convert to that religion and vote communist. What makes wonder more is how he got where he is. Do you believe you could have gotten a security clearance if it was revealed that you voted communist?

DeadBolt

Lets get back to the fraud charges, and recent times.

Not divert to endless babble about something not mentioned in the article.

David Collins

Actually, I have lived on an island for months at a time since 1996. Have learned about the laws and also how the reality of things is around there. Money trumps the law in most cases. Yup, one can like it or leave, just the way it is. Sort of a world wide phenomenon, wouldn’t you say? Dark side of paradise.

“ a convert to Islam” reminds me of a rap sheet for a multi time convicted felon. Looser. Gotta be pretty weak minded or looking for an excuse to do that. This whole religious thing is lost on me. Good for a few “secret societies” in prep school but in the end pretty lame. Not the Norman Rockwell stuff I was taught as a young chap. Probably never was. I’ll leave it for my next life.

David Collins

Brennen converting to Islam reminded me of a cardinal rule of climbing the business ladder to success. Always join and attend the same church as the business owner.

dc

Same apply to his voting communist?

David Collins

Yup. Vote the way the wind in blowing at the time.

David Collins

Far be it for me to change the topic BUT all this nonsensical blather about Russia is diverting our thoughts and resources from the real issue here. CHINA and just what is their long term game plan. We know that they are investing in any country that has ocean access. Sometimes with the host countries blessing, sometimes not so much. The contracts are quite vague but always in favor of China. This should speak volumes of the abilities of these host countries.This world wide expansionism just might need to be monitored because was this not what japan did just before they decided to jump on us? Think long term LOGISTICS. Divide and conquer and all that stuff. Am absolutely not trying to be an alarmist. Heck, I went out for Chineese Food just the other night so I am good with them. Just an international kind of guy. Mexican for lunch, won tons for dinner. Seriously, Russia has been all consuming lately along with NOKO. Who is watching the back gate?

00rolf

Rewrite your comment with USA instead of China.
Is that better for the world?
If yes: Why?

And, Japan did no such thing; read your history.

David Collins

You bet. We are better than them.

Just because your history book is defective does not mean mine is. Liberals! Be the death of us all !

David Collins

You know darn well that Japan was actively attempting expansion in the pacific rim. To be a great power and reach the majestic goals of it’s govt. it needed resources. Badly and by hook or by crook. To be a player in this international game of thrones you gotta have all the right stuff so one day they woke up and said, “ today is the day we go get the right stuff”. So, off they went. They had a problem. We had forged various alliances hither, thither and yon about in the same neighborhood. So after some creative skulduggery Pearl Harbour was trashed badly but not too badly. Enough was left and melded with what was on patrol and off we went on another game of thrones adventure.

Nothing new about all this. The whole world is just one big round of game of thrones complete with a myriad of colorful casts of characters . Would be great entertainment if one had a true catbird seat well out of the fray but sadly no such thing exists in today’s throne games. All we have is the belief that our cause is a good and just cause so it is off to the games. Willy Nilly !

00rolf

To say that China of today is similar to pre-war Japan is not just wrong, it is re-writing history. Your history book is truly defective.

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