Former CIA Director Calls For A Coup If Trump Fires Mueller

Tyler Durden's picture

In the most vocal opposition to president Donald Trump yet, former CIA Director John Brennan said that if the White House tries to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, government officials should refuse to follow the president orders, as they would be - in his view - “inconsistent” with the duties of the executive branch.

"I think it's the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry that out. I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue. That Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake and something needs to be done for the good of the future," Brennan told CNN's Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum, effectively calling for a coup against the president should Trump give the order to fire Mueller.

The exchange is 43 minutes into the clip below:

(Full transcript here)

Brennan appeared alongside his former colleague, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and both men who served in the Obama administration, told Blitzer they have total confidence in Mueller. "Absolutely. It was an inspired choice- they don't come any better, " Brennan said adding that "If Mueller is fired, I hope our elected reps will stand up and say enough is enough." Some have responded with questions where Brennan's devotion to the Constitution was in the aftermath of the events in Benghazi.

Falling back on his neocon roots, James Clapper, who has waged a long-running vendetta with Trump, once again warned about Russian interference in US affairs. When asked about the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort with a Russian lawyer and others, he responded: "I'm an old school, Cold War warrior and all that - so I have, there's truth in advertising, great suspicions about the Russians and what they do. A lot of this to me had kind of the standard textbook tradecraft long deployed by Russians. It would have been a really good idea maybe to have vetted whoever they were meeting with."

Clapper was also asked about Trump's comparison of the intelligence community to Nazi Germany. Clapper said he called the President-elect nine days before he left the Obama administration saying he "couldn't let that reference pass" and it was an insult to him, CIA Director John Brennan and the workforce. "That was a terrible, insulting affront, not just to me or John, we get paid the big bucks, but I'm talking about the rank and file, men and women, patriots and intelligence community -- that was completely inappropriate and over the top - I had to do something about it."

And so he did: on the call Clapper said Trump asked him to "to put out a statement rebutting the contents of the dossier which I couldn't and wouldn't do. It was kind of transactional" referring to a dossier that alleged ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. It was not clear if he wouldn't and couldn't do it because the contents were legitimate, in his view, or because the dossier is what started the whole "Russian collusion" narrative in the first place. Curiously, Clapper saw it as a favor to Trump not to issue a statement: Clapper was asked by Blitzer why he didn't put out a statement replying: "The whole point of the dossier by the way was we felt an obligation to warn him to alert him to the fact it was out there. That was the whole point."

It was not clear if James Comey, whose subsequent leak to the NYT led to the appointment of Mueller, would have applied the same reasoning when asked by Trump to rebut the dossier's contents.

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HRClinton's picture

If... IF swish Sessions had a spine and balls, he'd decide that the whole Russia meme is a big fat Nothing Burger.

 He'd announce that he's stepping in to "supervise the process for use of assets and funds for DOJ priorities - priorities aimed at Big Fish of certain organized crime families, who've had an easy or free ride so far.  The time for 'Same Justice for All' is here and now."

Then watch liberal heads explode. With or without grassy knolls.


overbet's picture

Lets please stop referring to it as an investigation and lets call it what it is, Mueller's recon for 2020. 

chubbar's picture

Looks like Mueller has some legal issues to overcome before he gets to snag Trump on anything.

"A top national attorney in consultation with U.S. attorneys confirmed to Big League Politics that special counsel Robert Mueller and members of his team can be formally disbarred for waging the “Russia” case against President Donald Trump. Mueller and his associates have glaring conflicts of interest in the case concerning Trump.

Mueller’s team is tainted not only by partisan political donations and activities, but by direct relationships with former clients like Hillary Clinton, who is integrally involved in most of the possible evidence in this case. These conflicts clearly violate American Bar Association guidelines."

StarGate's picture

Or fire Rosenstein, which nullifies the Special Counsel since only Ast AG or AG can oversee a Special Counsel operation and AG Sessions recused himself.

Rosenstein appears to have violated the Special Counsel (SC) law
28 CFR 600.1
by appointing Mueller to conduct an unlawful ENTRAPMENT of the US Prez and his campaign members, in that Rosenstein had NO crime as GROUNDS to appoint the Special Counsel. You can't have a Criminal Investigation without a Crime.

Rosenstein stated the "crime" jurisdiction for the SC was LINKS and COMMUNICATION with Russian govt. "Links" are not a crime, like sitting next to a Russian at dinner and a picture taken. "Communication" is not a crime, like receiving an email from a Russian.

NO crime.
No jurisdiction for a Special Counsel.
Thus the only reason for appointing the SC was to ENTRAP a campaign member and/ or the Prez. And former CIA Brennan's pronouncements are further evidence that Rosenstein's and Mueller's intent in the SC operation is entrapment thru the Prez dismissing 911-WTC Mueller.

Entrapment IS a Crime.

White Oak's picture

StarGate, I absolutely agree that Rosenstein needs to be (at the very least) fired.

OverTheHedge's picture

Hmm... haven't I already seen an article about Trump appointing Giuliani? Oh, yes I did, right here. Shall we change your name to Phoenix Capital, which is somewhere else I can go to reread zerohedge articles, a day late and a dollar short?

Feel free to.stop breathing, any time you like.

[Edit: this post is SO far away from the one it is answering, it has rather lost the point. Never mind]

The Wizard's picture

Ted Cruz's name has popped up as a possible AG. Now wouldn't that be a hoot.

The coup should be against these a-holes to run them out of the country or charge them with treason. These are true enemy combatants.

Surprise, surprise, Brennan and Clapper thinks he shouldn't get rid of Mueller. Telling it to Wolf Blitzer. What a joke. These guys are all out of the same cloth. The only way to fix DC is to get rid of the swine.

White Oak's picture

The Wizard, Yes, whatever they say that Trump must not allowed to do, is exactly what Trump should do.

RioSam1's picture

Guiliani will never clear confirmation hearings.....has to be someone else

White Oak's picture

You might be correct, but in my opinion, and I might be wrong, but I honestly think that Giuliani is a part of that same establishment that is doing everything that it can to stop President Trump. If that is who Trump chooses, I pray that I am wrong about Rudy Giuliani.

Banana Republican's picture

It's like ripping off a band-aid. We may as well get on with it.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Move this fucker to the top of the list.

I suggest we go with a new "modern guillotine", we use Space X rockets and shoot them on a one way trip into deep space. Sell the rights to the networks, pay off the debt.


SgtShaftoe's picture

I was hoping they'd use that laser slicer from resident evil.

Snout the First's picture

Or the laser from Goldfinger?

trailer park boys's picture

"Do you expect me to talk?" "NO, Mr. Brennan - I expect you to DIE!"

stormsailor's picture

i'm an old fashioned sort,  lets try the judas chair on them.

iamerican4's picture

Public mass hangings on gang gallows at Ft. McNair where we hanged their fellow papists for assassinating President Lincoln - for Old Times sake and to bring us together as One People under the One God - Followed by the removal and destruction of The Fasces on the front wall of the U.S. House.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Fuck yourself, Mr. Disinfo Agent!

iamerican4's picture

Get out while you can, Muzzie traitor Brennan. It's pitchforks and better, the Hue and Cry is soon upon you.

White Oak's picture

TahoeBilly2012, I have a similar idea concerning illegal aliens who have been deported and then they return to the U.S. and commit a terrible crime. They should be deported via a catapult.

Freddie's picture

I hope he fires them.  Let's have a war with the vile CIA

NoDecaf's picture

Boldness more boldness forever boldness and the fatherland is saved!

redmudhooch's picture

No civil war needed, we know who the enemy is this time.

This will be an Economic Cleansing.

tom stamps's picture

Brennen is a communist muslim hired by BHO!

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Ja, but those Fokkers are more like Chekists.

KansasCrude's picture

Brennan is a traitor whom deserves to be hung...sooner the better

Clashfan's picture

I'm sorry, butI have to. Again, sorry.

With who/whom, think of he/him. Would you say "him deserves to be hung?" or "he deserves to be hung?

Whom is like him; who is like he.

Just tryin' ta help.


Anti-kleptocrat's picture

... so speaks imam brennan ...

you_are_cleared_hot's picture

I think it is time for Jeff Sessions to be fired and for Rudy Gulliani to be appointed. I thought Hillary and co. would have been indicted by now. Kinda proves my point that you need complete outsiders (outside of the beltway) to clean house. I think this will happen soon.

Clashfan's picture

Sessions fired? Absolutely.

But let's not appoint Jew-liani the 911 insider to anything, mmkay? Thanks. That'd be grreatt.


CreatioExNihilo's picture

WOW, so Brennan really did convert to Islam? Unbelievable.

grannysue's picture

The military needs to do its job and arrest these people who are enemies of this country. They took a vow to protect us from enemies both foreign and domestic. These politicians and agency heads are guilty of treason with their actions. Their lawless acts are one right after another. Trump is a duly elected president beloved by the people. The deep state is using corrupt tools like Mueller and Brennnon to take down a duly elected president. They need to tread very carefully. The majority of this country, the vets, the military and a slew of others are on Trumps side. Just who is on their side? The deep state? They are the few, we are the many. And, we love this nation and will not stand idly by and watch a witch hunt paid for with taxpayer dollars to attempt to do a coupe d' etat against a president. Start the arrests President Trump; the public stands with you.

grannysue's picture

Start the arrests President Trump; the public stands with you. The vets, military and American people stand with you. We will dance in the streets when you arrest these criminals who are trying to pull a coupe d' etat. They are traitors and have no business walking the street with the crimes they have committed. . The Russia narrative is being put out by the deep state and noone buys it. They are desparately trying to hold onto power and refuse to give up their evil hold on the nation. Trump in the name of heaven start the arrests or you will never be safe from the deed state puppets.

hardmedicine's picture

bring it! I'm ready for civil war


Joebloinvestor's picture

2 cocksuckers that should have been taken out and shot.

Brennan & Clapper

Chupacabra-322's picture

Hillary, Obama, Brennan, Clapper, Lynch, Wasserman-Schultz, Comey.

Tyrannical Lawless

Criminals at Large.

allamerican's picture

looks like coup already in the making, sieze financial assets all.


curly's picture

where do they find these stone-hearted bitches like Rice, Powers, Lynch, Hillary, Gorelick, Lizzie Fowler, etc., etc.

and can we find Max Baucus somewhere on K street and smash his balls?




TheLastTrump's picture

These are the FUCKS that arranged Syria, Libya, Egypt, ISIS.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Global Research had this on 1 July:

From the article:
“…The corporate media consistently hammers home RussiaGate, despite the lack of evidence to support it. Unlike the Watergate or Iran-Contra scandals, there is no evidence that Trump colluded with Russia to get elected. And, the security state – the FBI and the agencies that conduct regime change operations around the world – is working to undermine Trump in a still unfolding domestic coup…

TheLastTrump's picture

Actually, they're correct.


Our elected officials need to step up to the plate & arrest these fuckers & shut down the fools that are attempting a soft coup right now.


That means these 2 fools, first. Or else.

trailer park boys's picture

'Our elected officials need to step up to the plate & arrest these fuckers...' 

Our bought and paid for shills of the Deep State? Good Luck with that.

swmnguy's picture

Those lefties have been on this from before the start of the current festivities.  The plan for "Color Revolution" in the US has been in the cards for a couple decades, before the term was even invented.  The subtle changes to legislation allowing for seizure of bank deposits, the fact that the USA PATRIOT Act was sitting right there on the shelf (written by Janet Reno, no less) for the passing after 9/11/01, the changes to military command structure; all very telling signs.  

Naomi Klein didn't shock anybody who had been paying attention in 2007, when she published "The Shock Doctrine."  It's been apparent for quite a while that the immense wealth of the US is the ultimate target of the "Economic Hitmen."

Current events show that all the Oligarchs are in on this one.  While the seemingly unfathomable Trump victory is providing the catalyst for the Deep State and the corporate Democrats, Trump himself has named Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce, and all that guy has ever done is loot bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings.  And the rest of the Cabinet is overwhelmingly military, Goldman Sachs, or raving corporate looters.  You only put those people into your Administration when you're planning the biggest bankruptcy and liquidation heist in history.  All the pieces are in place, on all sides.  The fight over the main course is only warming up.  The fight over the scraps is taking shape as well, where the truly destitute are pitted against the nearly-destitute for the amusement of the Elites.

RussiaGate my ass.  Trump himself is only an accidental player in this.  The particulars of the catalyst aren't that important.  It's the reaction, and the plan for that is of long standing.

Jim in MN's picture

Hmmm, that almost made sense.  Your problem is that Trump wasn't on any Oligarch list of pet rocks for Prez.

Even though he is of their ilk, the chaos that's been unleashed shows that there isn't a fully set plan.  At least not one that didn't include the next eight years of HillMcCain creeping death warmongering socialism.

So, once more with feeling--this is STILL our last peaceful chance.

Even though the sands are falling through the hourglass at an alarming rate.......

Jim in MN's picture

I would wager that the REAL coup was when they intercepted Obama, placed a small pad of plastic explosive in his shorts, and proceeded to do whatever the fuck they wanted.