It comes as no surprise to see Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on CNN, blasting President Trump for his decision to strip John Brennan of his security clearance. Clapper, after all, may be the next one in line to find himself locked out of the state’s secrets. Certainly, Clapper wouldn’t be on CNN every other week if he had anything positive to say about this president or this administration. And he is, like his pal Brennan, a firm believer in the Russian conspiracy theory and all of its constituent parts.
However, if there is anything that sets Clapper apart from Brennan, it is that he possesses just a thumbnail’s worth of class. He knows how to conduct himself like a professional. And that is, in these days of incivility, maybe all the difference you need to put yourself in another class.
In an interview with Jake Tapper this weekend, Clapper said that while he disapproved of Trump’s decision to take Brennan’s security clearance, the former CIA director was not above some criticism.
Tapper asked: “Do you think that John Brennan’s hyperbole is an issue here – is one of the reasons we’re having this crisis?”
“I think it is,” admitted Clapper. “John is sort of like a freight train and he’s gonna say what’s on his mind. John and his rhetoric have become an issue in and of itself.”
Well, the problem isn’t that Brennan is outspoken or that he’s “like a freight train” or that he thinks one questionable press conference puts Trump in the category of having committed treason. These are his opinions and this is his attitude, and that’s fine. We would question why any news network would want to air those views, but hey, we’re not the ones in charge of MSNBC.
The problem is that he’s out there doing those things while also insinuating that he has some knowledge about the whole situation that isn’t available to the rest of the public. He doesn’t come right out and say that he believes in the collusion theory because he has access to classified information, but that colors every interview he gives and every tweet he writes. He wants his followers to believe that he knows the inside scoop that only a former director of the CIA would know. This is the deception that President Trump wanted to put an end to.
Brennan is free to go out there and spout any kind of nonsense he wants in any way that he wants; he’ll just have to do it without that little extra bit of legitimacy his security clearance afforded.