FBI and CIA historian Tim Weiner blasted the Trump administration’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, telling CNN “[M]onths and years from now, we may look back on the last few days as a turning point in the opposition to Trump. The resistance coming from the establishment, from the national security empire.”
Weiner, who called out the president on the pages of the New York Times this weekend in an editorial titled “Trump Is Not a King” went on to compare the administration’s actions to those Saudi regime, “where to criticize the crown is considered an act of terrorism” and suggested Trump’s actions are antithetical to the American experiment, saying “that’s why we fought a revolution against the mad king.”
Why is Trump pursuing these drastic attacks on the national security establishment? “He is terrified. He is terrified of the Russia investigation,” Weiner said. “He is terrified that the walls are closing in on him. A man like John Brennan who was part of the initial investigation in 2016 and the beginning of 2017, he knows things that we ordinary citizens don’t. This is part what have Trump fears.”
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