Ex-Obama intel bosses snipe at Trump from sidelines amid concern over politicized agencies

Fox News | 2/5/2018 | Staff
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Once upon a time, former intel chiefs employed a restrained and nonpartisan tone in the public eye. Now, they're diving right into the mud of today's rancorous political fights.

And the current battle between law enforcement circles and congressional Republicans over the controversial memo on alleged surveillance abuse has pulled Obama-era spy guys even deeper into the brawl.

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Former CIA Director John Brennan, just before the memo was published, scorched House Republicans for their vote to release it.

“I had many fights with Congressional Dems over the years on national security matters,” he tweeted last week. “But I never witnessed the type of reckless partisan behavior I am now seeing from Nunes and House Republicans. Absence of moral and ethical leadership in WH is fueling this government crisis.”

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This came on the heels of Brennan’s criticism of President Trump reportedly labeling some African nations as “s---hole” countries.

“Lady Liberty, our founding fathers, and generations of right-thinking Americans are all weeping tonight over the atrocious comments attributed to Donald Trump, who continues to demonstrate daily that he is a deeply flawed person,” he tweeted.

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Brennan, recently hired as an NBC News/MSNBC analyst, has also blasted “inane campaign pledges” on illegal immigration, and last week called for legislation to “protect Special Counsel [Robert] Mueller from political interference” as he conducts his investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

These are no ordinary times, to be sure. The officials are speaking up as the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are increasingly critical about what they see as evidence of a bias within the intelligence and law enforcement communities against the president.

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Critics have suggested the administration has tried to hamper the Mueller probe and unfairly maligned the integrity of the intelligence community.

But this climate, in turn, has seen a transformation in the role...
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