In an interview with Sean Hannity on Monday night, President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani pointed the finger squarely at former CIA Director John Brennan, accusing the outspoken intelligence chief of being the puppetmaster pulling the strings of the Trump investigation back in 2016.
“I’m going to tell you who was the quarterback for all of this,” Giuliani said. “Strzok, he’s a bit of a puppet. Then there’s Mueller, he’s a puppet. The guy running it is Brennan. And he should be in front of a grand jury.”
Giuliani accused the former CIA director of taking the phony dossier and putting it in front of then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat looking for any way possible to bring Trump’s campaign to a crashing halt.
“That led to the request for the investigation,” Giuliani recalled. “So he takes a false dossier, he gets the senators involved, and they demand an investigation. A totally phony investigation.”
Giuliani said it was outrageous that neither Attorney General Jeff Sessions nor his deputy Rod Rosenstein had appointed a special counsel to look into these matters.
“Now why can’t we get an investigation when there are clear facts showing possible violations of the law?” he asked. “Even in the order appointing Mueller, which is completely illegitimate, they don’t point out any crime. You have to point out a crime under the independent counsel regulations. They don’t point it out.
“We have lots of crimes,” he noted, “and we can’t get Sessions to move and appoint an independent counsel. He’s recused from everything. And Rosenstein is too much involved in it. And they’re possible witnesses.”
To what extent John Brennan was responsible for the origins of this witch hunt remains to be seen, but there’s no question that he has been twisted into a permanent scowl by the presidency of Donald Trump. Brennan’s particular strain of Trump Derangement Syndrome turned badly symptomatic last month when he criticized the president’s meeting with Vladimir Putin.
“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous,” Brennan said on Twitter. “Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”
Brennan wasn’t the only leftist spouting this kind of nonsense, but we didn’t see too many other career intelligence professionals making the absurd claim that Trump, in casting aspersions on the collusion investigation, was guilty of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” And if this is the kind of loose partisanship that Brennan brought to his CIA position, there’s really no telling what he approved during the 2016 election.