Former CIA Director Leon Panetta is concerned that releasing the FISA memo will cause “some very serious damage,” telling CBS News Saturday that in more than 50 years of public life, this is a first for him.
“I have never in my lifetime seen anything like this happen,” Panetta said.
Of course, this is the same Obama intel complex that leaked info to the New York Times, such as the Stuxnet attack on Iran, just to make President Barack Obama look good. The same complex that told the Senate Intelligence Committee the NSA did not spy on Americans via bulk phone data collection, that denied spying on the Associated Press and Fox News reporter James Rosen.
Panetta said that the release of the controversial House Intelligence Committee memo that exposed potential corruption at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI will have far-reaching implications — but not for reasons one may expect.
“I think the release of this memo is going to do some very serious damage, damage to the intelligence committee and the bipartisanship that is necessary in order to do oversight of classified information,” he explained.
“Damage because the president and the Congress now have a position of distrust with the Justice Department and the FBI,” he continued. “Damage to the FISA process which has been important to our national security, and all of this sends a terrible message to our allies who are going to worry about sharing classified information that is so easily released as part of this political effort, and it’s also frankly going to encourage our enemies who will see this as a breakdown in our national security process.”
The comment follows along the lines of the narrative put out by the Democratic Party, which was debunked by Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who said that in 50 years of doing these cases, the claims “are almost always overblown.”
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Rolling out yet another Democratic talking point, Panetta pointed to President Donald Trump to suggest that concerns about the DOJ and FBI being politicized “creates a constitutional crisis.”
“I believe it creates a constitutional crisis when the president distrusts the Justice Department and the FBI,” he said.
“They are a primary law enforcement institutions in this country,” Panetta added. “They’re the primary law enforcement agencies under our Constitution, and when the president distrusts the FBI and the Justice Department as he did in this matter, I think it does create a crisis in our system of government.”
Panetta did not comment on concerns expressed by former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Joe diGenova, who believes the agencies conspired with the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to exonerate the candidate and frame Trump for collusion.
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