CNN analyst Philip Mudd, a former employee of the embattled FBI, threatened a sitting United States president during an unhinged rant on live TV.
“The FBI people are ticked,” Mudd bellowed on CNN. “If you think you can push us off this because you can intimidate the director, you’d better think again! You’ve been around for 13 months. We’ve been around since 1908. I know how this game is going to be played! We’re going to win.”
CNN’s Phil Mudd once worked for Mueller—and comes off as the kind of guy who could’ve been a corrupt FBI official. If he’s right about FBI field agents and lower level FBI workers, he’s proving Trump’s and the GOP’s corruption point. Hope he’s wrong or America’s in huge trouble. pic.twitter.com/VWHkjmC7D9
— nwsltr (@nwsltrMe) February 3, 2018
With his shocking on-air threat, Mudd inadvertently confirmed conspiracy theories about the existence of a Deep State cabal trying to overthrow a duly elected president. It’s unclear how good an FBI employee Mudd once was since he’s obviously terrible at keeping secrets.
President Trump echoed the sentiments of millions of Americans after the damning FISA memo was released. The memo suggested that the Obama FBI and CIA were weaponized against the Trump campaign because top agency officials desperately wanted Hillary Clinton to be president.
“The FBI became a tool of anti-Trump political actors,” President Trump tweeted, quoting a Wall Street Journal article. “This is unacceptable in a democracy and ought to alarm anyone who wants the FBI to be a nonpartisan enforcer of the law.”
“The four page memo released Friday reports the disturbing fact about how the FBI and FISA appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath….The FBI failed to inform the FISA court that the Clinton campaign had funded the dossier….the FBI became….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2018
…a tool of anti-Trump political actors. This is unacceptable in a democracy and ought to alarm anyone who wants the FBI to be a nonpartisan enforcer of the law….The FBI wasn’t straight with Congress, as it hid most of these facts from investigators.” Wall Street Journal
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2018
Philip Mudd became unglued shortly after the House Intelligence Committee released the FISA memo detailing the widespread surveillance abuses allegedly committed by the Obama FBI and CIA to illegally spy on former Trump campaign officials.
It’s not surprising that Mudd is so worked-up about President Trump’s criticism of Robert Mueller’s bogus Russia investigation. In 2005, Mueller (who was FBI director under Obama and George W. Bush) appointed Mudd deputy director of the FBI’s National Security Branch.
Mudd falsely claimed that Trump is impugning the entire FBI when the president has repeatedly said his issue is only with the top-level officials — most of whom are Obama holdovers — who were caught red-handed making anti-Trump statements and trying to influence the 2016 election in Hillary’s favor.
President Trump has repeatedly praised the rank-and-file members of the FBI and CIA, who are not involved in this cloak-and-dagger thuggery.
Twitter reacted to Mudd’s harangue by saying his remarks confirmed widespread speculation that an anti-Trump Deep State is working to thwart the will of the people by sabotaging a duly elected president.
Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, called Mudd’s threats “the most disturbing piece of video you’ll see all day.”
The most disturbing piece of video you’ll see all day. I already knew Phil Mudd to be a police-state supporter but that he so proudly vocalizes it on a national cable network is beyond troubling. #MemoDay https://t.co/mIrPGtcG2h
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) February 3, 2018
Daily Wire writer Ryan Saavedra noted: “Phil Mudd goes on CNN to attack Trump, ends up giving credence to nearly every deep state conspiracy theory in existence.”
Phil Mudd goes on CNN to attack Trump, ends up giving creedence to nearly every deep state conspiracy theory in existence. https://t.co/7Dv0uZ2HgV
— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) February 3, 2018
Other Twitter users had the same reaction: Robert Mueller’s FBI appointee Philip Mudd just confirmed that the Deep State and an anti-Trump “secret society” lives.
"They will destroy you if you allow the public to see political abuse of their powers!" is a fun way to confirm the accusation. https://t.co/gMui5naLHb
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) February 3, 2018
a) This guy has crazy eyes. b) His name is Mudd. c) he's a jerk. d) he confirms every bad stereotype about everything. e) I bet we don't see him no more. https://t.co/LQpcwsIcmG
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) February 3, 2018
Clearly Phil Mudd believes the FBI has an “us” against Trump mentality. Wasn’t that the reason the memo was written in the first place?
— #ReleaseTheMemo (@RWReagan1) February 3, 2018
Mudd has made similar unhinged rants in the past. In August 2017, Mudd vowed that “the government is going to kill” President Trump. Hello, Secret Service?
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