Democratic Senator calls for CIA director’s resignation for spying on Congress

posted at 7:21 pm on July 31, 2014 by Noah Rothman

In March, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) accused CIA Director John Brennan of spying on the Senate while the agency was facing an investigation over their tactics during the Bush-era. Brennan called Feinstein’s accusations “spurious” and insisted that “nothing could be further from the truth.” On Thursday, he took it all back.

A statement from Brennan’s office released on Thursday confessed that CIA operatives “acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding” between Congress and the spy agency. The statement offered congressional investigators an apology for the offense, but that was not good enough for Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO).

“From the unprecedented hacking of congressional staff computers and continued leaks undermining the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program to his abject failure to acknowledge any wrongdoing by the agency, I have lost confidence in John Brennan,” Udall said in a statement released on Thursday.

Later, Udall called for Brennan to resign his post. “CIA needs to acknowledge wrongdoing,” the Centennial State senator said, “that simply hasn’t occurred under Brennan’s leadership”

Udall is not the only individual on the left demanding Brennan resign.

“The National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency have been allowed to lie brazenly to Congress, the courts and the public for far too long,” The Guardian’s Trevor Timm wrote. “It’s far past time the Obama administration to bring a little accountability to the intelligence community. It’s time for Barack Obama to fire John Brennan.”

“Brennan’s initial public statements about this scandal severely undermine his credibility. He owes the public a full accounting,” Mother Jones reporter David Corn agreed. “If he remains in the job, President Barack Obama will owe the public an explanation for why he retained an intelligence chief who misled the public about CIA misconduct.”

If this snowballs, the president’s hand may be forced. After all, for how long can Obama afford to frustrate and dispirit his base of support in a tough election cycle?


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More top CIA guys don’t like the Bergdahl trade I take it?

faraway on July 31, 2014 at 7:26 PM

“RESIGNATION”??? HOW ABOUT PRISON!!!!!!!!!!

ARIZONAVETERAN on July 31, 2014 at 7:26 PM

He mistakenly thought the Obama anything-goes rule applied to him.

RBMN on July 31, 2014 at 7:27 PM

After all, for how long can Obama afford to frustrate and dispirit his base of support in a tough election cycle?

*sigh*

When are you going to learn that there is literally nothing he can do wrong that would keeps his minions from groveling at his feet? They don’t care.

HotAirian on July 31, 2014 at 7:27 PM

But remember, spying on you, not a problem.

ronsfi on July 31, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Spying on citizens peons, on problemo … just don’t spy on Congress critters!

ShainS on July 31, 2014 at 7:28 PM

But remember, spying on you, not a problem.

ronsfi on July 31, 2014 at 7:28 PM

You beat me by two nanoseconds … :-)

ShainS on July 31, 2014 at 7:29 PM

He mistakenly thought the Obama anything-goes rule applied to him.

RBMN on July 31, 2014 at 7:27 PM

So far, it has. Don’t forget, this guy has already lied under oath before Congress and nothing happened to him.

Resist We Much on July 31, 2014 at 7:30 PM

John Brennan is a muslim foreign agent, loyal to Saudi Arabia, not the United States.

Pork-Chop on July 31, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Sounds like an impeachable offense.

rob verdi on July 31, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Are we sure it wasn’t a bunch of guys in Cincinnati?

rob verdi on July 31, 2014 at 7:41 PM

BooFackingHoo.

underpants on July 31, 2014 at 7:44 PM

We desperately need a Republican president again just so the media and the left half of Congress will resume taking some kind of interest toward the actions of the executive branch and the bureaucracy.

HitNRun on July 31, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Its okay for the CIA to spy on its citizens, but not its Senators…

albill on July 31, 2014 at 7:47 PM

So what do the Senators have to hide? They never seem to care about these things until it happens to them.

Jackson on July 31, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Brennan has too much on bo to go.

tim c on July 31, 2014 at 7:50 PM

And I’ll just bet a lot of that stuff would turn the Demos into dust if it got out.

formwiz on July 31, 2014 at 7:51 PM

We need an investigation to get to the bottom of this.

Jackson on July 31, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Aw….The Senate was spied upon. Surely they have heard of the NSA…

ladyingray on July 31, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Apparently it’s ok to spy on the American people, just not their self-proclaimed rulers.

sadatoni on July 31, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Change the face of the damaged brand…..but keep the same big government.

I love how political appointees get changed out, but the Ruling class keep on hatin on the serfs.

PappyD61 on July 31, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Obama doesn’t give a sh*t.

jbspry on July 31, 2014 at 8:33 PM

We need an investigation to get to the bottom of this.

Jackson on July 31, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Good one Dad!

jbspry on July 31, 2014 at 8:34 PM

“RESIGNATION”??? HOW ABOUT PRISON!!!!!!!!!!

ARIZONAVETERAN on July 31, 2014 at 7:26 PM

That would require, let’s see, Holder to do something. But keeping Congress, both parties, under their thumb seems very useful to this administration.

J.B. Say on July 31, 2014 at 8:36 PM

The NSA and CIA have become like something birthed by Stalin.

VorDaj on July 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM

More top CIA guys don’t like the Bergdahl trade I take it?

faraway on July 31, 2014 at 7:26 PM

This predates that, so no, that’s not it.

VorDaj on July 31, 2014 at 8:43 PM

He was only doing it for the Muslim Brohood, relax.

Akzed on July 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

The NSA and CIA have become like something birthed by Stalin. VorDaj on July 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Now wait a hold it young feller, we all know that Snowdon is the villain, not the criminals he squealed on.

Akzed on July 31, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Isn’t this the shady crapweasel whose security consulting contractors at State mucked around with O’s passport files in ’07?

One32ndHekawi on July 31, 2014 at 9:04 PM

“If he remains in the job, President Barack Obama will owe the public an explanation for why he retained an intelligence chief who misled the public about CIA misconduct.”

LMAO … ROTFL

Public Explanation #1: He only did what I’ve been doing for all my life 6 odd years.

Public Explanation #2: Why all the hatin’?

Public Explanation #3: My Attorney General will have a public response for all you cowards this afternoon.

Dusty on July 31, 2014 at 9:23 PM

If anyone is to be spied on American Senators and Congressmen should be at the top of the list, assuming the CIA is after the really big criminals.

lel2007 on July 31, 2014 at 9:40 PM

I don’t care if it’s a ‘rat or a repub asking, but Brennen’s absolutely gotta go. And firing his ass should be seen as a gift. He belongs in prison.

Rational Thought on July 31, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Guys, the IG report is a fig leaf. The security staff is very tough in SCIF regardless of who has access to the system. There is no question that the intelligence committee staffers violated the rules, they were caught red handed. This is all about the Dem’s looking for a squirrel, and having this blow up in their faces. Politics to cover for madam chairman’s stupidity. Show’s over folks.

flackcatcher on July 31, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Feinstein’s view of the world…

Spying on Americans…no big deal.
Spying on Congress…OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

Kingfisher on August 1, 2014 at 3:11 AM

“The National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency have been allowed to lie brazenly to Congress, the courts and the public for far too long,” The Guardian’s Trevor Timm wrote. “It’s far past time the Obama administration to bring a little accountability to the intelligence community. It’s time for Barack Obama to fire John Brennan.”

“Brennan’s initial public statements about this scandal severely undermine his credibility. He owes the public a full accounting,” Mother Jones reporter David Corn agreed. “If he remains in the job, President Barack Obama will owe the public an explanation for why he retained an intelligence chief who misled the public about CIA misconduct.”

These exact statements could be repeated about the IRS, EPA, Eric Holder, many others in the DOJ, the DoL, and DHS. Probably a number of others that I can’t remember. Where have the Guardian & Mother Jones been on calling for resignations & prosecutions? Why only when they spy on the Senate vs. all the other illegalities & overreach that has been exposed over the last few years?

GlobalTrvlr on August 1, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Readers of “The Obama Timeline” are well aware of John Brennan’s history of corruption, lying, absurd statements, and career advancement via “kissing behinds.” He should not be allowed anywhere a government office, let alone the CIA.

It is worth noting, however, that Brennan headed the security firm that was involved in the March 2008 breach of Obama’s passport file. A Brennan employee reportedly accessed Obama’s file to cleanse it of incriminating or damaging information. (Coincidental attempts to access the passport files of Hillary Clinton and John McCain were intended solely to confuse any investigation.)

Passport files not only contain information about the travels of the document-holder, they may also include copies of birth certificates or naturalization documents that Obama would not want made public if they show he is not a natural born citizen. A 104-page report of the investigation of the security breach, marked “Sensitive but Unclassified,” is heavily redacted and includes multiple pages blacked out to hide all information.

Brennan may very well have gotten the CIA post because he “knew where Obama’s bodies were buried.”

Colony14 on August 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM