If there is one thing that is for certain in the United States it is that the Deep State, no matter who is president, sticks together.
Last week it was reported by The New York Times that the investigation of U.S. Attorney John Durham is looking into the activity of former CIA Chief John Brennan.
This has apparently ruffled the feathers of those currently in the CIA, including CIA Director Gina Haspel,, whop was appointed by President Donald Trump, Politico reported.
Intelligence community veterans say the Durham probe could force Haspel to choose between protecting her agency from Trump’s wrath and bowing to Barr’s wishes; they point to FBI chief Chris Wray, who has found himself at odds with the president in recent weeks over a watchdog report about the bureau’s conduct in the Russia probe.
And they say the Barr-Durham probe represents overreach by an attorney general who seems to have already made up his mind and is bent on imposing his own skeptical view of the Russia investigation on the intelligence community.
Haspel, a veteran intelligence officer known for her fierce loyalty to the CIA and acute political antennae, has rarely made headlines during her 19-month tenure atop the nation’s top spy agency, turning her focus inward on building morale and boosting recruitment. That strategy has kept her out of Trump’s sights and largely protected the CIA’s more than 20,000 employees from the kinds of political attacks that have hobbled the FBI.
When it comes to Durham, Haspel is likely “confident there has been no serious wrongdoing, and will therefore find a means to cooperate” with the investigation, said John Sipher, a 28-year CIA veteran.
“It is unprecedented and inappropriate to do this via Justice department prosecutors who will tend to apply the standards of a courtroom to the more nuanced, and often more challenging world of intelligence analysis,” former CIA acting director and deputy director John McLaughlin said.
“I find this troubling and I suspect many inside the intelligence community do as well,” Sipher said, insisting that the review of Brennan’s records “was initiated and sold in a partisan manner and this news only highlights that concern.”
You may know McLaughlin from his famous speech in which he thanked God for the existence of the Deep State.