Trump thinks they’re very duplicitous

Well golly gee. Trump artlessly told the Wall Street Journal that he went after Brennan in order to obstruct justice in the Mueller inquiry.

President Trump drew a direct connection between the special counsel investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and his decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan and review the clearances of several other former officials.

In an interview Wednesday, Mr. Trump cited Mr. Brennan as among those he held responsible for the investigation, which also is looking into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Mr. Trump has denied collusion, and Russia has denied interfering.

Much as a mob bus might tell a lieutenant that Jones has to be silenced because he knows where the bodies are buried.

“I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham,” Mr. Trump said in an interview. “And these people led it!”

See what I mean by “artlessly”? He seems to think that we will take his calling it the rigged witch hunt as a decisive reason to agree that it is a rigged witch hunt. “Ohhhh, that’s what you call it, well that changes everything.”

He seems to think we’ll believe him. That’s an enormous gap between belief and reality.

Earlier in the day, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration was also reviewing the clearances of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, and former National Security Agency and CIA chief Michael Hayden.

“I don’t trust many of those people on that list,” Mr. Trump said in the interview. “I think that they’re very duplicitous. I think they’re not good people.”

Says the most duplicitous and evil person on the planet.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Brennan have sparred publicly for months, with Mr. Trump frequently tweeting quotes by others critical of Mr. Brennan.

After Mr. Trump’s news conference last month with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Mr. Brennan wrote in a tweet that Mr. Trump’s conduct “rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors’ ” and called it “nothing short of treasonous.”

Last month, he likened Mr. Trump to Bernie Madoff, the investor who executed a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, tweeting that the two shared “a remarkably unethical ability to deceive & manipulate others, building Ponzi schemes to aggrandize yourselves.”

Cool. I’ve compared Trump to Madoff myself. Mind you it’s a pretty obvious comparison. Famous Psychopaths We Have Seen.

Millions of U.S. citizens hold security clearances, needed for many government and private-sector jobs. The practice of having senior national security officials retain clearance after leaving the government is longstanding and serves various functions, national security officials and analysts said.

When the White House first threatened to revoke the former officials’ security clearances last month, national security analysts described the move as unprecedented.

“I cannot remember a time when the president of the United States got personally involved in the status of individual security clearances within the country,” said Larry Pfeiffer, a former chief of staff at the CIA. “This is an administration shooting itself in the foot by depriving itself of experience and knowledge that could be used for its benefit.”

That’s because it’s an administration that has no important goal other than the promotion and protection of Donald Trump.

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