Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday blasted former CIA Director John Brennan for suggesting that President Trump will be remembered as a “ disgraced demagogue, ” saying that Brennan spying on Americans while running the agency was disgraceful.
“ This man had the power to search every American’ s records without a warrant, ” Paul tweeted Sunday. “ What’ s disgraceful is attacking the Bill of Rights and the freedom of every American. ”
Paul’ s professional dislike for Brennan is epic and goes back years.
In 2013, he staged a historic, 13-hour filibuster on the Senate floor to block President Barack Obama’ s nomination of Brennan to lead the CIA, demanding answers to such concerns as whether the administration would execute a drone strike on an American on U. S. soil.
Then, 18 months later, Paul joined in a bipartisan call to have Brennan removed as the CIA chief, following revelations that the agency had spied on Senate Intelligence Committee staffers.
The most recent criticism follows Brennan’ s response to Trump on Friday night after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI official Andrew McCabe two days before his retirement and eligibility for a full pension.
Sessions said he fired McCabe, the FBI’ s onetime deputy director, following an FBI report and an inspector general’ s report on McCabe’ s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’ s use of private email servers while she was secretary of state.
“ When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history, ” tweeted Brennan, who on his Twitter page declares himself non-partisan. “ You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America… America will triumph over you. ”
Conservatives on social media also criticized Brennan’s attack.
“ A year ago, media narrative was that intel chiefs were a bunch of apolitical boy scouts, ” tweeted Mollie Hemingway, an editor for the online magazine The Federalist and a Fox News contributor. “ As Brennan’s increasingly unhinged tweets show, a year later, that narrative (and push by compliant media) looks patently absurd. ”
Samantha Power, a U. N. ambassador for Obama, this weekend defended the ex-CIA director, tweeting, “ Not a good idea to piss off John Brennan, ” then had to send a follow-up tweet in an attempt to quell the backlash.
“ Whoa! Just home & see much misinterp. of earlier tweet. It’ s testament to polarized times that it cd be misread as referring to something other than Brennan’ s indignation, ” Power tweeted. “ So will translate: not a good idea to upset @JohnBrennan bc/ he will raise an angry (& eloquent) voice. ”