Former CIA Director Admits “Thoughtful” Intelligence Operation Against Candidate Trump, Now Regrets…

In an otherwise well-buried interview between former interim CIA Director Mike Morell, (the temp director following Petraeus ouster used during initial Benghazi cover), there’s an admission by Morell about the politicized Deep State Intelligence leadership targeting candidate Donald Trump.

What this interview tells CTH is that the Intelligence Community, writ large, is on the precipice of massive institutional change -perhaps high level firings of remaining mid level operators and management- and those who participated in the historic politicization are now attempting to shape an explanation.

[Via Politico] QUESTION: Was that a mistake?

Mike  Morell: So, I don’t think it was a mistake. I think there were downsides to it that I didn’t think about at the time. I was concerned about what is the impact it would have on the agency, right? Very concerned about that, thought that through. But I don’t think I fully thought through the implications.

And one of the ways I’ve thought about that, Susan, is—okay, how did Donald Trump see this? Right? And from—it’s very important—one of the things we do as intelligence analysts is make sure that our guy—the president—understands the other guy. Right?

So, let’s put ourselves here in Donald Trump’s shoes. So, what does he see? Right? He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden, who I have the greatest respect for, criticizing him and his policies. Right? And he could rightfully have said, “Huh, what’s going on with these intelligence guys?” Right?

Beyond all else what Morell is doing here is an admission. Mike Morell is admitting to the politicization of the intelligence community.

Morell is also admitting that every concern expressed by candidate, president-elect and President Trump was -and is- correct.   However, Morell is simultaneously trying to explain, justify and excuse it; as well as cover his ass.

[…] And then he sees a former acting director and deputy director of CIA criticizing him and endorsing his opponent. And then he gets his first intelligence briefing, after becoming the Republican nominee, and within 24 to 48 hours, there are leaks out of that that are critical of him and his then-national security advisor, Mike Flynn.

And so, this stuff starts to build, right? And he must have said to himself, “What is it with these intelligence guys? Are they political?” The current director at the time, John Brennan, during the campaign occasionally would push back on things that Donald Trump had said.

So, when Trump talked about the Iran nuclear deal being the worst deal in the history of American diplomacy, and he was going to tear it up on the first day—John Brennan came out publicly and said, “That would be an act of folly.” So, he sees current sitting director pushing back on him. Right?

Then he becomes president, and he’s supposed to be getting a daily brief from the moment he becomes the president-elect. Right? And he doesn’t. And within a few days, there’s leaks about how he’s not taking his briefing. So, he must have thought—right?—that, “Who are these guys? Are these guys out to get me? Is this a political organization? Can I think about them as a political organization when I become president?”

So, I think there was a significant downside to those of us who became political in that moment. So, if I could have thought of that, would I have ended up in a different place? I don’t know. But it’s something I didn’t think about.  (read more)

The entire interview with Mike Morell is an exercise in ass-covering as the larger institutional Intelligence Community (IC) begins to see what’s coming into focus on the horizon.   James Clapper and John Brennan previously tried this approach.

It is not coincidental the origin of all ‘vast-Russian-conspiracy‘ stories seem to start with a discussion of intelligence gathering beginning in July of 2016.   The GOP convention to nominate Donald Trump was July 18-21st of 2016.

Surrounding the nomination that stunned the geo-political world almost every foreign government was trying to figure out who and what Donald J Trump was all about; and more specifically: how would his run for the presidency impact their specific interests.

WASHINGTON NYT — American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald J. Trump through his advisers, according to three current and former American officials familiar with the intelligence.

[Paragraph #5] The information collected last summer was considered credible enough for intelligence agencies to pass to the F.B.I., which during that period opened a counterintelligence investigation that is continuing. It is unclear, however, whether Russian officials actually tried to directly influence Mr. Manafort and Mr. Flynn. Both have denied any collusion with the Russian government on the campaign to disrupt the election. (link)

The New York Times should win a Pulitzer for undermining their own ‘Russian Conspiracy’ headline narrative within the fifth paragraph.  [It’s a current trend] I digress.

Obviously Russia would be asking these questions along with China, France, England, the larger EU and every nation in every continent.  It would be silly to claim otherwise.

Ergo a diplomatic mission by Russian governmental officials surrounding the GOP convention to understand the Trump orbit is no different than a Chinese, European or Arab-Asian effort for the same reason.

However, what the international interest did necessarily initiate was a bunch of foreign officials making contact with anyone and everyone who would be associated with Trump-world regardless of concentric circle distance from the epicenter.

That intellectually honest understanding highlights how the origin of the July 2016 raw intelligence gathering began so easily.  The CIA monitoring chatter amid foreign diplomats, their customary job, turns into raw data provided to the FBI which in turn becomes FISA warrants to explore the U.S. contacts on the other side of that chatter.

The FISA warrants turn into intelligence reports and that begins the entire process now known as “unmasking” etc.  Nothing within this process so far is even in question.  This is  the accurate backdrop for the origin of intelligence reports used as political weapons.  CIA Director John Brennan testified to this exact process before congress.

However, what is not reported by any media outline is John Brennan, understanding the potential legal risk looming on the horizon, also completely backed toward the exit and threw FBI Director James Comey in front of the rapidly approaching sunlight.

Former CIA Director John Brennan gave very specific testimony to congress where he noted he provided the raw intelligence to FBI Director Comey – FULLSTOP.

Where “fullstop” directly and immediately indicates Brennan’s throwing the responsibility for all that came next upon FBI Director James Comey.  John Brennan did the ‘outta-here-like-a-fat-kid-playing-dodge-ball routine‘ with great specificity:

“Again, in consultation with the White House, I PERSONALLY briefed the full details of our understanding of Russian attempts to interfere in the election to congressional leadership; specifically: Senators Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr; and to representatives Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff between 11th August and 6th September [2016], I provided the same briefing to each of the gang of eight members.”

“Given the highly sensitive nature of what was an active counter-intelligence case [that means the FBI], involving an ongoing Russian effort, to interfere in our presidential election, the full details of what we knew at the time were shared only with those members of congress; each of whom was accompanied by one senior staff member.”… (link)

Shorter version: don’t try pinning this Russian investigation, FISA warrants and the illegal leaks, on me; I just provided the raw intelligence.

It is important to emphasize here the possibly illegal “unmasking“, and the certainly illegal “leaking“, were all based on intelligence reports generated from raw intelligence, and not the raw intelligence itself.  It was the FBI (Comey) and ODNI (Clapper) generating the intel reports, including the Presidents’ Daily Briefing (PDB).

The CIA provided raw intel, and the NSA generated the raw monitoring intelligence from the characters identified by the CIA and approved by FBI FISA warrant submissions.

It would be EXPLOSIVE if it turned out the October 2016 FISA warrant was gained by deception, misleading/manipulated information, or fraud as a result of the Russian Dossier; and exponentially more explosive if the dossier was -in part- organized by the wife of an investigative member of the DOJ who was applying for the FISA warrant; the same warrant that led to the wiretapping and surveillance of the Trump campaign and General Flynn, and was authorized by FISA Court Judge Contreras – who was, until recently, the judge in Flynn’s case.

The FBI were running the counter-intelligence operation and generating the actual reports that were eventually shared with the White House, Susan Rice and the Dept of Justice.  Those reports, and interpretations of the report content, were eventually leaked to the media.

During the time James Comey’s FBI was generating the intelligence reports, Comey admitted he intentionally never informed congressional oversight: “because of the sensitivity of the matter“.

John Brennan effectively (and intentionally) took himself out of the picture from the perspective of the illegal acts within the entire process.  James Clapper while rubbing his face and scratching his head had taken the same route earlier.

That leaves James Comey.

How will Über-political James Comey play his hand?

The answer to that question explains why Comey changed his mind on testifying to congress before talking to newly appointed special counsel Robert Mueller.

Former FBI Director James Comey is not stupid and is intensely political.  Comey understands the legal risks he is facing within the faux “Russian conspiracy story” and the “subsequent leaking” of his political FBI reports.

James Clapper (DNI) and John Brennan (CIA) have essentially left Comey holding the bag of nothing-burgers while standing on the hot coals of possibly: A) illegal leaking; and B.) unethical unmasking; and C.) illegal use of investigative resources for political objectives – All three stemming from activity within his FBI counter-intelligence investigation.

If the entire fiasco blows up, does Comey anticipate the Trump DOJ taking legal action against him?  If yes, can Comey leverage/mold the nothing-burgers into plausible claims of investigative interference by President Trump in order to generate a get-out-of-jail card for himself?….  Now we understand the current narrative status.

Beside the media, who will help Comey in that regard?

Decisions… decisions….


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344 Responses to Former CIA Director Admits “Thoughtful” Intelligence Operation Against Candidate Trump, Now Regrets…

  1. dawndoe says:

    Whatever happened to the informant for the Uranium One scandal? Has he been deposed, or is that a secret?

    Liked by 3 people

  2. scott467 says:

    “I was concerned about what is the impact it would have on the agency, right?”

    “And one of the ways I’ve thought about that, Susan, is—okay, how did Donald Trump see this? Right?

    “the president—understands the other guy. Right?”

    “So, let’s put ourselves here in Donald Trump’s shoes. So, what does he see? Right?”

    “He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden, who I have the greatest respect for, criticizing him and his policies. Right?”

    “And he could rightfully have said, “Huh, what’s going on with these intelligence guys?” Right?”


    Make it stop!

    What kind of gamma male requires positive affirmation, so desperately, from the woman interviewing him, that he keeps saying ‘right?’ after every sentence?

    I might have killed one of us (either me or him) before that interview was over… lol!

    How do these people get into positions of power or authority ANYWHERE?!?

    Liked by 14 people

    • Truthfilter says:

      I was going to say the same thing, RIGHT?

      This gets on my nerves as much as people who saying “like” every time they speak. Also, beginning a rebuttal or response with “So…”

      Liked by 5 people

      • elleb77 says:

        I hate it when people ask themselves a question. I.e. “Could I have done a better job? Of course I could have.”

        They should just say, “I could have done a better job.”

        Just irritates me.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Lucille says:

      This is the definition of…in·tel·li·gence…(I mean, you expect that intelligent personnel run Intelligence operations, RIGHT?)…
      1. the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
      “an eminent man of great intelligence”
      synonyms: intellectual capacity, mental capacity, intellect, mind, brain(s), IQ, brainpower, judgment, reasoning, understanding, comprehension…

      Morell fits in where in this definition? Amazing! RIGHT?

      Liked by 4 people

    • wvcoalman says:

      I hear ya…..Ya know what I’m saying? 😉

      Liked by 2 people

    • wheatietoo says:

      It wasn’t just in this interview, Scott…Merrill said ‘right’ at the end of sentences in his interview with Charlie Rose, too.

      And yeah, it is annoying.

      I have noticed that Steve Bannon does this too.
      So it’s not just leftists who do this.

      Maybe it’s a regional thing…did Steve Bannon and Mike Merrill grow up in the same part of the country?


    • filia.aurea says:

      Morrell is UP TO HIS EYEBALLS in crime. Start watching 3 min 48 sec. mark

      Liked by 1 person

    • hillbilly4 says:

      It is a nervous verbal ‘twitch’…he is unsure of what he is saying..’how far can I go?’ ‘what can I say without saying anything’? Sort of a like a little boy who stammers before his Mother on who broke the cookie jar. But these men are not mere lads – they are co-conspirators like the gang who conspired to assassinate Lincoln. More accurately a cabal of the worst sort – working to undermine an American election. The USA will never again be able to take the moral high-ground when questioning another countrie’s election process. They have tarnished their Agencies and the American flag AND insulted the entire Citizenry of this Country. Prosecute AND jail these doers of evil, these doers of sabotage and dark intrigue.

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  3. Donna in Oregon says:

    Benghazi Smoking Gun.

    Who gave the terrorists the inside information on Christopher Stevens and the CIA operators in Libya? Why Hillary Clinton of course. How do we know this? We have one example from the 40 emails Charles McCullough inspected.

    The email was written by State Department official Tim Davis on April 10, 2011, and forwarded to Clinton. It contained very time-sensitive information on evacuation plans by Special Envoy Christopher Stevens in Libya, as well as the latest US military intelligence on the Libyan civil war violence threatening Stevens.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      We should be looking for a link from the Awan bros (Pakistan) to the Benghazi attack in Libya with Hillary Clinton’s compromised server as the basis for the connection. The Intel for the attack was provided. We just need to confirm who provided it.

      I say Hillary and her sloppy computer…..

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  4. ALEX says:

    Nice four minute video that shows this creep for who he is in his own words

    Liked by 12 people

  5. JM Covfefe says:

    Wait a minute. Still trying to absorb this. So ya mean Comedy is not a white hat?


  6. Maquis says:

    James “Muh Rectum” Comey has some ‘splaining to do.

    Or Hari Kari, I could settle for that. But no Second to finish the job neatly…

    Liked by 2 people

  7. iwasthere says:

    As a former spook, Morrell and Brennan are just a total embarrassment. Total hacks. Not that I could ever sympathize with the FBI, but you guys and gals must be feeling the same. In the full interview, just dumb founding. True believer in man made global warming (and that created ISIS, you know food insecurity), Romney!! was right all along !! The 80’s are calling!!! I could go on. This man needs to take his own life.

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    • mike says:

      This country’s Deep Staters need a mass hanging like it has not had since the The San Patricios (1847, Mexican War for a whole battalion going over to the other side…)


  8. wheatietoo says:

    Mike Morrell is one of the creepiest guys I have ever beheld.
    He is like a charicature of a ‘creepy guy’.

    The fact that he was in the powerful position of Director of our CIA is a scary thing.
    How did this happen?

    If you look around at the people who made up the Obama Administration, the common thread is…creepy people.
    This includes Obama, too.
    Because for all of his feigned charm, he is really rather creepy.

    These are people who likely had some hostility towards ‘normal people’, because growing up, they were probably shunned or rejected because of their creepiness.
    So these are people that should never have been in positions of power.

    Being socially impaired made these creepy people more susceptible to being corrupted.
    When asked to do things that are wrong…they complied.
    Because, where are they going to go?
    Out into the world of normal people? …No way!

    Puppet Masters tend to recruit creepy people for this reason.
    They welcome them in, cultivate them and gain their loyalty…because social misfits want to ‘belong’ to a group that gives them some power over the normal people.

    I think this is why we had 8 long years of the O-ministration’s war on everything that was wholesome and good…everything that normal people love and cherish.
    Just take a step back and look at what they did.
    It was an abuse of power on a scale that is mind-numbing.

    And it was all cloaked under Political Correctness.
    We were even expected to accept Men-going-into-Women’s-bathrooms!
    Even trannies in the military!

    They hate the idea of Donald Trump being President mainly because…he is normal.
    He is normal and he is returning us to normal things.
    He is making it ‘okay’ to be normal, again.
    And they cannot stand it.

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    • Colle Bay says:

      I agree 100%. Creepy, all of them.

      And they all have a foreign feel to them. Not in any remotest way American.

      It’s like those old spy movies where the foreign spy speaks English perfectly but doesn’t have a clue about the culture or cultural references. They stand out because they are off.

      Liked by 7 people

    • Sylvia Avery says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more. A bigger collection of creeps and weirdos would be difficult to assemble. Mike Morrell is just that guy that in any group would be shunned because he’s just “off”, you know? And then there is that obnoxious John Brennan. He makes me want to take my shovel to his head. And James Clapper. That man comes across as a complete dolt.

      And it made me think of this:

      They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
      Mysterious and spooky,
      They’re altogether ooky,
      The Obama Family.

      Liked by 8 people

    • louche9 says:

      Wheatietoo, your points are well-taken and, IMO, key. We’ve been in a Revenge if the Nerds situation for decades. PT’s election was an utter refutation of everything they believed they had accomplished.

      Liked by 1 person

    • bsdetector4u says:

      Mike Morrell reminds me of Arnold Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Both are creepy men.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Marygrace Powers says:

    DAY 65 – Where is Eric Braverman? Part 1, The Crime

    George Webb – almost one year ago
    Published on Dec 27, 2016

    At 7:32 George says he has enough evidence to state that
    Petraeus/Morell killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens

    – comment
    11 months ago
    George, I’ve followed William Engdahl for a couple of years… one of the clues that I knew that your detective work was spot on. Petraeus/Morrell had great incentive to shut up Chris Stevens.


    • Natasha says:

      George Webb spreads dis-info constantly. Why people still find him credible is bizarre. He recycles information already public to make himself seem like he knows what he is talking about or discovered said info through ”intelligence agencies”. He’s a con man

      Remember the whole Seth Rich harvested organ donors, or MS-I15 gang killing him or Israel intel told him a whole bunch of stories? One of them was from a fake website ( cant remember the full details but it involved New Zealand and the fact hacker dude and how Brennan flipped him)

      People need to be careful. Vet some of these people and properly analyze their claims with LOGIC and REASONING.Not the constant nonsense of 4d chess or white/black hat fairy stales on here sometimes. Get real and be realistic guys.


  10. ledygrey says:

    So, … right?


  11. deplorabledaveinsocal says:

    Looks like he has become the director of CYA – his own.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Ditch Mitch says:

      Became Director of Coverup in general. Notice the CIA Director resigns after every major event and Morell becomes Acting Director.
      Panetta 2/09-6/11
      OBL Killed 5/11
      Aleppo Gas x/11
      Morell 6/11-9/11
      Petaeus 9/11-11/12
      Benghazi 9/12
      Morell 11/12-3/13


  12. Colle Bay says:

    These are high crimes and misdemeanors that they’ve engaged in. Coups and treason.

    All this “ass covering” is more manipulation. See it’s just politics not coups and treason. See, it’s just because we just wanted to see a woman/black president because we are such good people not because we’ve committed so many crimes we are afraid if you know the truth we will all hang.

    Blech! Save all your excuses and manipulations.

    They are trying to test out their latest psy op.

    Liked by 3 people

  13. nimrodman says:

    Sundance, I appreciate your insight in interpreting Morrel’s interview, but is he really admitting an “intelligence operation” against the President?

    Maybe he’s alluding to it obliquely, but the literalcontext of his interview says to me that he’s only admitting, and referring back literally, to his public endorsement of Hillary Clinton, which he describes as “became political”.

    From the couple paragraphs of the interview before the passage you cited:

    Glasser: … it’s very rare that you have somebody who’s emerging … from a three-decade-long career inside the intelligence community, to play such vocal and public role. Was there any particular sort of tipping point for you that made you think, “Well, I’m going to go public with this”?

    Morell: So, there were really two moments here, right, for me. One was when I first left government, I did a 60 Minutes interview about my life inside CIA …

    The second was in August of 2016, when I became political, when I endorsed Hillary Clinton with an op-ed in The New York Times, and that was a very difficult decision for me, because I had never been political before. I worked at this nonpolitical agency, bright red line between intelligence and policy, and intelligence and politics. So, I had never played that role before.

    But I was so deeply concerned about what a Trump presidency might look like from a national security perspective, and believed that there was such a gap between Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump with regard to how well they would protect the country, that I thought it extremely important to come out and say that.

    Glasser: Okay, so, flash-forward a year. Was that a mistake?

    Morell: So, I don’t think it was a mistake. I think there were downsides to it that I didn’t think about at the time. I was concerned about what is the impact it would have on the agency, right? Very concerned about that, thought that through. But I don’t think I fully thought through the implications.

    And one of the ways I’ve thought about that, Susan, is—okay, how did Donald Trump see this? Right? And from—it’s very important—one of the things we do as intelligence analysts is make sure that our guy—the president—understands the other guy. Right?

    So, let’s put ourselves here in Donald Trump’s shoes. So, what does he see? Right? He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden, who I have the greatest respect for, criticizing him and his policies. Right? And he could rightfully have said, “Huh, what’s going on with these intelligence guys?” Right?

    So – not to be pedantic – but all the its he mentions appear to be – in context – referring back to the public Clinton endorsement he made in an NYT editorial.

    Then he goes on to portray PresTrump’s likely view of various acts by various intelligence figures. But many of those fall into a category of disagreement or pushback, things like that – annoyances. An exception is their failure to give the President the PDB and then looking like they were setting up a false accusation that it was the President’s doing – that he carelessly “didn’t take” his briefings. That’s at least one willful subterfuge that rises to coup level.

    But I don’t see Morrell admitting to the more egregious acts that amount to attempted coup, and the acts by other intel principals he cites aren’t the egregious coup acts, he paints with only the small brush strokes. He does render a picture of why Trump would distrust Intel, but only in a very superficial way, as a reaction to the “annoyances”, steering clear of the larger betrayals and coup attempts.

    Now I don’t doubt that he’s setting up his personal excuse or get-out-of-jail-card, as you surmise.

    But at a literal level, I don’t see him admitting to the coup and betrayals, only musing that maybe it was unwise to “become political” with his public Hillary endorsement.

    Finally, I’m unclear about “thoughtful intelligence operation”. I couldn’t find another occurrence of “thoughtful” in your post, nor could I find one in the interview. Are you alluding to something outside these sources that I’m not getting?



    • nimrodman says:

      … ah, as I re-read, I see I slipped into use of “coup” more than I should have.

      So more accurately, I don’t see that Morrell is admitting to “an intelligence operation against the President”, I only see him musing about his Hillary endorsement and that it’s understandable PresTrump is suspicious of Intel after various criticisms and pushbacks.

      If it’s a “gotta read between the lines” thing to arrive at the narrative you did, that’s fine. I’m simply stuck at the literal stage, as you can tell.


      • Donna in Oregon says:

        I’m with you nimrodman. But I am still troubled about the FBI investigation of Benghazi. Can’t get the picture out of my head of the FBI investigator and all the embassy paperwork strewn everywhere, not even crime scene tape was up.

        That’s literally an unexplainable phenomenon…..

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  14. Colle Bay says:

    Apparently, the only person who had even a glimmer of doubt of Hillary winning was the guy who cancelled the already paid for election night fireworks.

    In hindsight, that’s an action that really seems bizarre now since every one of these coup participants were sure they had done enough to steal the election and ‘install’ Hillary.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Sylvia Avery says:

      I know, right? This has bothered me ever since it happened. As soon as I heard that they had cancelled the fireworks (and that was at least two days in advance of the election that the news was out there IIRC) I thought, “Ha! The only reason they would do that is if their polling showed they weren’t going to win.”

      And yet, all the stories about her election night tizzy fit throwing her bottle of expensive champagne through her really expensive super big screen TV, and the crying and screaming and taking to her bed and refusing to tell her adoring public that she was conceding, and all the long faces and wobbling chins and tearful eyes on the news channels….

      It all kept me wondering if none of them knew, who cancelled the fireworks and how come he was so much better informed????? Maybe it was Bill Clinton that did it. He probably had it figured out. He is a perv, and a liar, but nobody’s fool.

      Liked by 1 person

    • elleb77 says:

      The minute I heard about canceling the fireworks, I looked at my hubby and said, “she’s worried.”

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Charlotte says:

    BREAKING: Nellie Ohr, Wife of Demoted Justice Official in Trump Dossier Case Who Worked for Fusion GPS, Also Worked for CIA

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Charlotte says:

    Is Melissa Schiff related to Adam Schiff?
    She married Robert D Soros

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Former lurker says:

    So the CIA, having done regime change ops in foreign lands for years, decided to do one here at home.

    My, oh, my. The Secret Police were used against US. AT HOME. We are too deplorable to be allowed to choose our President according to the new made in the USA Stasi.

    But hey, these women say Trump touched them years ago, so all is forgiven, right?

    Liked by 4 people

    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Clearly, you do not understand the SERIOUSNESS of these charges!

      One woman actually claims that Trump was a bad boyfriend who was not emotionally supportive and wanted to spend his time watching TV. And she should know how awful he was because she dated him in 1992 and then again in 1998.

      Sorry, that still just has me in hysterics. And I need the laughs because when I think about the CIA/DOJ/FBI I can feel this vein in my temple pulsing and I have to start taking deep, cleansing breaths…

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  18. yakmaster2 says:

    “…I was concerned about what is the impact it would have on the agency, right? Very concerned about that, thought that through.”

    THAT statement by Morrell shows what’s WRONG with our CIA, FBI and other Intelligence agencies as well as our State Dept, etc, etc, etc. These behemoths consider themselves (both leadership and their thousands of bureaucrats) to be self-justified—no matter who is President or who is appointed agency titular head! Theirs is the politics of accumulation of power and self-preservation, at all costs— even our country.
    Morrell boldly admitted it!!

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  19. Publius2016 says:

    Please don’t forget that Manafort was wired! The question is was he knowingly wired or only being surveilled surreptitiously.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. & when you overlay all of this with Charles Ortel’s Sunday with Charles on YouTube.

    I’ve attached his presentation – & one of his final points is given the trouble that Mr Comey is in – why does he have the persona of someone who is holier than thou?


  21. jeans2nd says:


    And right there you have the diff b/t a survivor and a cadaver.

    30-some yrs in the CIA and this is the best they have?
    We’ve no worries. lolol
    Back to the Land of Misfits Toys

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  22. SSI01 says:

    “I don’t think it was a mistake. I think there were downsides to it we didn’t plan for very well.”

    In other words, “we” jumped the gun, had no in-depth thought and analytical process applied to this situation to determine possible outcomes should things go awry, and apparently never sat down and had a long, serious “think” on this whole enterprise, whether “we” should be involved in it at all, and forgot that any time you get more than one person involved in anything like this “dossier” and “smear Trump” campaign, you are guaranteed to have your cover blown because someone applied their own little artistic “spin” to a strategy already agreed upon. And, because a review of conspiracies and cabal operations like this will show over and over again a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so the first weak-willed person who is grilled by investigators will cave and implicate everyone else.

    “We” must have forgotten “we” shouldn’t have gotten involved in this in the first place, and, more than that, because of our intelligence level, position of trust, and life’s experiences, should have counseled everyone else involved or contemplating involvement against even planning something like this.

    Any time you get more than one person involved in something you guarantee its compromise. Happens over and over again. I thought these people from those Ivy League schools who are supposed to be such Einsteins about EVERYTHING (just ask Jonathan Gruber) would have considered this absolute certainty before even getting involved.

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  23. saywhat64 says:

    Collusion in of itself is not a crime. However taking money from a foreign source during an election is. The Obama campaign back in 2008 was taking in mega dollars from foreigners by the way of small donations and covering their tracks by disabling their credit card software from asking and reporting the country of origin of millions of donations. Of course after the election nothing was ever heard about this again, by either the feckless republicans or any executive branch controlled law enforcement.

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  24. RJ says:

    Take a really close look at Morrell…for me I am reminded of a snake, a slithering person who will lie at any opportunity…which just may be why this guy went on Hillary’s team.

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  25. Air Crew says:

    Morrell belongs in prison.


  26. nm says:

    They are all so guilty and having been found out are now scurrying about trying to save their backsides…….don’t be fooled, they are so sorry now only because they have been exposed.

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  27. C R Lord says:

    I just had an interesting thought! Has the media forgotten that President Trump has his own group of investigators and lawyers who are far more proficient than the liberal kind and who work within the law with precision that should scare all democrats and liberal or socialist leaning government con artists?

    I wonder if they forget to take into consideration where all the information the President is throwing at them comes from and are so blind with hatred for him they can’t get past that point to consider his employees in the intelligence community who, like him, are not bound to party and government controls. Seems probable that the President is getting a lot of information leaked to him from liberal sources to attack the liberals and humiliate them with their own foolishness. Turning the tables on these “useful idiots” seems to be relatively easy for him and very timely. I have to laugh just at the possibilities I could imagine under that kind of setting.


  28. czarowniczy says:

    It isn’t called The Company for nothing. The CIA isn’t two buildings at Langley, it’s spread out far and wide and its roots go deep. There are strip malls and office buildings peppered around the Beltway that house innocuous offices connected to the Agency and the Defense Logistics Agency’s thick list of approved vendors has, it is alleged, more than a few vendors owned or controlled by the Agency, and that’s not even bringing in sources owned/controlled by other 15 or so intel entities in the government.. There’s really no telling how many of these agencies or their cutouts may have been surveilling Trump and his campaign or even commercially dealing with Trump.
    To me the telling term Morell used was: “…our guy, the president, understands the other guy”. Now he could have meant a lot of things and that’s the problem. They were providing ‘understanding’ why? Their job is to protect the US against its enemies, nothing in any of their charters says anything about providing ‘understanding’ of anyone to anyone in any political race. This meddling is what these agencies do in foreign political arenas when the US need the effect a certain outcome.
    Morell’s use of ‘understanding’ hints broadly at a subtext, as if he wants the listener to understand but is wary of openly stating what he really knows…wink, wink;nudge nudge. One wonders if the greater DC Beltway Intel Mart didn’t have multiple vested interests in helping Obama ‘understand’ Trump and, by extension, Hillary. After all, if Obama were such a liberal, populist bleeding heart than why did the information gathering capabilities arrayed against the American public public mushroom during his reign? And given alleged past history with the Clintons and US intel agencies wouldn’t Obama and especially those agencies help Hillary ‘understand’ Trump? If the ‘understanding’ facilitators didn’t trust Hillary’s campaign staff than why not use Obama as a cutout?
    Too many connections, too many possibilities…among those possibilities is the possibility that some principals might suddenly contract something fatal. In any event the smoking guns that might be enough to do any good are being shredded, buried or transferred to a new assignment while the analysts work on helping Trump’s 2020 opponent ‘understand’ him.


  29. jeans2nd says:

    Noticed in the full Politico article Morell voicing the premise that Mueller would find nothing on Pres Trump but merely take out a few minor Swamp Creatures such as Manafort.
    That has been my belief all along. Thus, stacking Mueller’s team with Clinton/Obama ppl.

    If Mueller’s team cannot find anything on Pres Trump, no one can.
    Wonder how many Good Guys are finally emerging from their hidey-hole, hidey-holes necessitated for survival during the Obama yrs?


  30. marywilbur says:

    Exactly when were they not political? If they hadn’t always been political, and therefore PRONE TO PUT THEMSELVES ABOVE THE LAW in order to ACHIEVE POLITICAL ENDS, they never would have conspired to commit crimes against the United States.


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