CBS News’s Margaret Brennan asked an incisive question about the impeachment inquiry…
“Now the impeachment inquiry is underway, sparked by a complaint from someone within the intelligence community. It feeds the president’s concern — and often-used term — about a ‘deep state’ being there to take him out,” Brennan suggested.
To this, [former acting CIA Director John E. McLaughlin] somewhat ironically responded, “Thank God for the ‘deep state.'”
While the audience laughed, it does not seem McLaughlin was merely telling a joke. He may reject Trump’s language about the deep state, but he seemed to express genuine appreciation for members of the intelligence community who really did aim to take down the president.
Responding to the question about taking Trump out, McLaughlin insisted that the people in the intelligence community “are doing their duty or responding to a higher call.” He noted that many of the Trump administration staff knew about the July 25 call between Trump and the president of Ukraine, but only a former and current CIA analyst went to Democrats in Congress with the story. …
With all due respect, the intelligence community’s record is not something to brag about at the current time, with John Durham’s investigation into the roots of the Trump-Russia investigation and after the release of Andrew McCarthy’s important book Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.
That book reveals how the Obama administration used the power of the state to prosecute its political opponents — including many arms of the intelligence community. The oft-shifting story about the origins of the Russia probe — was it focused on Carter Page or George Papadopoulos? — along with the Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier and the scandalous tale of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page give the lie to McLaughlin’s naive trust in the intelligence community.
As for the whistleblower — McLaughlin’s paragon of virtue and truth-telling — he has connections to the Joe Biden campaign.
Odd. The intelligence community did nothing when Joe Biden bragged publicly about having successfully forced on the Ukrainians a similar quid pro quo to what is being alleged. Or the corruption of Hillary Clinton and Biden. Selective enforcement of laws for political gain by the left.