There have been many people who have spoken out against President Trump during the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. Now however, many of them are having to eat their words as the report clears Trump of any collusion and few have been more outspoken than former CIA Director John Brennan.
It’s quite stunning that a former leading intelligence official could be so ignorant of the truth while being so vocal about it.
While on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Brennan tried to explain himself to Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Here’s how it went:
Scarborough: I’m just curious, Mr. Director, how surprised were you by the findings yesterday, by the conclusions that were drawn, and I’m just curious, did you receive bad information throughout this process like so many of us did, that there was more there than ended up in the report regarding collusion?
Brennan: Well, I don’t know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was. I am relieved that it’s been determined there was not a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government over our election. I think that is good news for the country. And so I still point to things that were done publicly, or efforts to try to have conversations with the Russians that were inappropriate. But, I’m not all that surprised that the high bar of criminal conspiracy was not met.
I am surprised at that second part, obstruction of justice, in terms of how it came out. I don’t know whether or not Bob Mueller wanted the attorney general to pronounce on that issue. Or whether or not Bob Mueller felt that was for Congress and the American people to determine whether the weight of the information indicates that Donald Trump did try to obstruct justice. So, there are some surprises there, and that’s why I think getting to the full Mueller report is the best way to get some of these, if not all of these, questions answered.
Of note is that Brennan claims to be unsurprised that no criminal charges were brought against Trump. This coming from the guy who tweeted both that “Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash” and that Trump is “treasonous,” “imbecilic,” and “wholly in the pocket of Putin.” If Brennan is hoping people will just let slide how overwhelmingly wrong he has been, he has another thing coming.