‘Unethical, unprincipled, dishonest’: Former CIA director slams Attorney General Barr’s response to Mueller report and denounces Trump

‘Unethical, unprincipled, dishonest’: Former CIA director slams Attorney General Barr’s response to Mueller report and denounces Trump
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After Attorney General William Barr publicly released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report for the Russia investigation on Thursday, former CIA Director John O. Brennan was among those who MSNBC went to for reactions—and Brennan was highly critical of Barr, who vigorously defended the president during a morning press conference.


“I quite frankly was shocked at the performance of Attorney General Barr this morning,” the former CIA director told Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC. “Like many others, I had very high hopes that Attorney General Barr would really rise to the occasion when he was confirmed and fulfill the responsibilities of an attorney general to act as this country’s chief law enforcement officer and do it in manner that was not going to take into account the politics of the person who nominated and appointed him. But I think that the political nature of his comments this morning were blatant, politically gratuitous.”

The 63-year-old Brennan added that Barr “cast this almost as an exoneration of Donald Trump” and went on to say that the U.S. attorney general “really did give a pass to this administration, to Donald Trump in a manner that I think was unbefitting of somebody who holds that very, very important office of attorney general. I think that, like many others, I’m just disappointed that Attorney General Barr decided to go down this path.”

The former CIA director, however, spoke highly of Mueller’s investigation, saying that the special counsel’s team “really fulfilled their professional responsibilities.” Brennan told Williams and Wallace that although Mueller’s investigation has concluded, “there is still a lot of related activity going on” that could “lead to criminal charges” for individuals who “were involved in criminal activity.”

“The amount of information that relates to obstruction and collusion activity is really quite extensive in this report,” Brennan explained. “I think that by anyone’s account, you can identify all the things that were going on between individuals that were associated with the Trump campaign and interactions and meetings with Russians.”

Brennan asserted that Mueller’s report illustrated “the very egregious conduct of Donald Trump, especially on the obstruction side.” The former CIA director stressed that during the Russia investigation, Trump’s “conduct was unethical, unprincipled, dishonest” and “really does smack of political corruption in terms of trying to get people to mislead and not tell the truth for a very legitimate, ongoing law enforcement investigation…. Bob Mueller could not determine that these actions by a sitting president were legal; he could not make that determination.”

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