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Ex-CIA director blasts Trump and Barr for ‘inappropriate and dangerous’ attack on CIA in scorching op-ed

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In a column written for the Washington Post, former acting CIA Director Michael Morell called out both President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr, saying they were crossing a very dangerous line by proceeding with an investigation into the CIA related to Trump’s own legal difficulties.

According to Morell “From his very first day in office, President Trump has had a strange and, at times, strained relationship with the U.S. intelligence community. The president and his political aides have often challenged the honesty and integrity of the community, damaging morale, undercutting its mission and making the already difficult challenge of uncovering threats to our nation even harder.”

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“But, by putting the CIA’s analytic judgment (that one of Russia’s objectives in interfering in the 2016 election was to help then-candidate Trump) into the crosshairs of the Justice Department, as reported by several news organizations , the president and Attorney General William P. Barr are crossing another line,” he added.

According to the former CIA official, he has no problem with if the CIA is investigated for “legal and regulatory responsibilities,” but that Barr — presumably at Trump’s direction — is going too far.

“What I am arguing is that the Justice Department has no standing to review the CIA’s analytic judgment. The whole idea is inappropriate and dangerous. It is certainly unprecedented, and there are good reasons it has never been done before,” he wrote before cautioning, “If the shoe were on the other foot — if a senior intelligence community official were asked to review decisions made by the FBI and career prosecutors — how do we think the attorney general, or career prosecutors, would react? With loud protests, no doubt.”

Stating, “There seems to be an erroneous belief among some that if the analysts had not come to the conclusion that Putin was trying to help Trump, there would not have been an FBI counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign,” Morell shot that notion down before isuing a stern warning.

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“A Justice-led review of the quality of intelligence analysis represents yet another weakening of the intelligence community as an institution. The country could be paying for these kinds of decisions for years to come,” he concluded.

You can read the whole piece here.

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Trump smears Kurdish allies as ‘more of a terrorist threat’ than ISIS during unhinged White House rant

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President Donald Trump attacked America's Kurdish allies during a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Trump repeatedly said the Kurds were "no angels" in his comments.

"The PKK, which is a part of the Kurds, as you know, is probably, worse at terror and more of a terrorist threat in my ways than ISIS.

"So it's a very, semi-complicated -- not too complicated if you're smart -- but it's a semi-complicated problem," Trump said. "I think it is a problem that we have very nicely under control."

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Trump goes on insane conspiratorial rant accusing Obama of being behind the ‘corrupt’ 2016 election

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday went on a crazed conspiratorial rant in which he accused former President Barack Obama of being behind the purportedly "corrupt" election in 2016 that Trump himself actually won.

During a joint press conference with Sergio Mattarella, the president uncorked a rambling tirade in which he claimed without any evidence that Obama had tried to rig the 2016 election against him.

"It was a corrupt election," Trump said, before saying that Attorney General Bill Barr was looking into whether that corruption "goes right up to President Obama." The president then predicted that the investigation would implicate Obama.

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EU ambassador Sondland described as ‘potential national security risk’ by ex-Trump official: report

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Gordon Sondland, the man whom President Donald Trump appointed to be ambassador to the European Union, was described this week as a "potential national security risk" by a former top White House adviser, according to the New York Times.

According to the Times, former National Security Counsel official Fiona Hill said that Sondland posed a risk to American security because he was shockingly unqualified for the job he was given.

"[Hill] described Mr. Sondland, a hotelier and Trump donor-turned-ambassador, as metaphorically driving in an unfamiliar place with no guardrails and no GPS," the Times reports.

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