In a pre-recorded interview aired on This Week this morning, National Security Advisor John Bolton said he wasn’t saying for sure that former CIA Director John Brennan used and politicized classified intel to bash Donald Trump, he was not not saying that either.
ABC’s Martha Raddatz said to Bolton that the president “cited his authority to protect the nation’s classified information as a reason, and also refereed to Brennan’s — what he called erratic behavior, wilder outbursts on the Internet and television,” in offering a reason for revoking Brennan’s clearance.
“Brennan has been a strong critic of the administration,” said Raddat. “But what does this have to do with protecting classified information?”
Bolton cited Senator Richard Burr’s remarks, also referenced by Brennan himself earlier on Meet the Press, and agreed that Brennan’s behavior both while at the CIA and after showed someone who was politicizing intelligence.
“I think especially for senior intelligence officials, career intelligence officials who come out of the government to keep that wall of separation between intelligence policy,” said Bolton. “And I don’t think Brennan has follow that and… you know, whether he actually used classified information, I think people will be able to determine. But I think that’s a serious problem.”
Raddatz followed up, asking “are there any specific examples that you think he used classified intelligence? To politicize?”
“No,” said Bolton. “But I think there is a line and somebody can cross it.”
But that no wasn’t definitive, only that he had no specific example, and he dissembled right after.
“Let me be clear here,” Raddatz pressed. “You’re not sure whether John Brennan used classified information? You have no specific examples.”
“In terms of what he said, since he left, I think a number of people have commented that he couldn’t be in the position he’s in of criticizing President Trump and his so-called collusion with Russia unless he did use classified information,” Bolton said. “But I don’t know the specifics.”
Nothing specific, but clearly suggesting that Brennan used classified information for political purposes.
Watch the clip above, courtesy of ABC.
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