Rudy Giuliani, a lead attorney for President Donald Trump, called former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan “clowns” on Sunday because they have spoken about Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.
During an interview with Giuliani on CNN, host Dana Bash noted that the former federal prosecutor had “worked closely with intelligence agents throughout your decades in public life.”
“You really believe that people like Brennan and Clapper are part of a deep state conspiracy?” Bash asked.
“I don’t know what you want to call it,” Giuliani replied. “But I have no regard for all for Clapper and Brennan. I think they’re two clowns. Clapper is talking about spying, which he doesn’t realize it’s spying on the Trump campaign. He’s [had] an obligation to tell them.”
“Brennan was chief torturer in charge,” he added. “Then he disowned it, then I don’t know what he did for the CIA. He’s the most political CIA director I have ever met.”
Giuliani continued, muttering under his breath: “Clapper, well, yeah. They’re not civil servants as far as I know.”
“Really?” Bash countered. “All those decades of service in the military.”
“Hey, there are a lot of people with decades of service,” Giuliani shrugged. “Some are good, some bad and some men get consumed with power and some begin to lie. And in the case of Brennan, he’s a political guy. He was Obama’s chief defender. I’m not sure about Clapper. I haven’t watch him as well. But watching him, he’s sure not impressive.”
Clapper, who was in the CNN studio, responded to Giuliani calmly.
“In the space of a week, I’ve progressed from being the dumbest foreign intelligence officer on the planet — according to President Trump — and now a clown,” Clapper observed. “It’s just more in the narrative here.”
Watch the video below from CNN.
Legal battles sparked by Trump’s behavior could affect how the US government works for generations — long after his impeachment trial is over
After the last Senate staffer turns out the lights, major questions remain to be decided outside of the Capitol about the limits of presidential power, the willingness of courts to decide political questions and the ability of Congress to exercise effective oversight and hold a president accountable.
Here are three of those questions.What are the limits of presidential power?
First, the aggressive exercise of executive power by Trump has put this power under court scrutiny.
Trump’s vow to “fight all the subpoenas” breaks from the traditional process – negotiation and accommodation – that previous presidents have used to resolve disputes between branches of the government.
Secret recording features Trump falsely claiming that weed makes people ‘lose IQ points’
President Donald Trump falsely claimed that marijuana makes people "lose IQ points" in a secret recording released by indicted former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.
Parnas released the recording, which captured more than one hour of conversation at a private donor dinner with Trump in 2018, to show that the president told him that he would fire then-Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. But the recording, which was apparently captured by Parnas' indicted associate Igor Fruman, also featured Trump discussing Kim Jong Un's golf game, the European Union trying to "screw the United States," the 2016 election . . . and his views on marijuana.
New poll shows Bernie Sanders with more than double the support of Joe Biden in New Hampshire
A new poll out of the key early voting state of New Hampshire on Tuesday showed that Sen. Bernie Sanders now has double the support of his next closest rival, former vice president Joe Biden, less than two week's before the first-in-the-nation primary on February 11.
According to the American Research Group survey, conducted between Jan. 24 and Jan. 27, Sanders has the support of 28% of likely Democratic primary voters, compared to Biden's 13%. Coming in third and fourth place in the poll were former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg with 12% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 11%.