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.”