NBC’s Chuck Todd fawned over former CIA Director John Brennan Wednesday while discussing the release of thousands of pages of interviews related to the 2016 Trump Tower meeting where Donald Trump Jr. was promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
Todd told Brennan, now a paid analyst for the network, that he has one of his quotes “plastered on one our walls.”
“One quote that I have always highlighted, circled — you can talk to my staff, we’ve had it cut out, we have it plastered on one of our walls of timelines as we try to keep track of this.”
“It’s something you said to Congress in May of ’17, when you said, ‘Frequently, people who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late,'” Todd added.
The NBC host prompted Brennan to liken the quote to the Trump Tower meeting.
“Is it an episode like that you were describing?” Todd asked “Is it episodes similar to that when you use that specific quote about a treasonous path?”
“Well, I was basing that on my experience and the intelligence world and the trade craft that goes along with intelligence collection espionage,” Brennan replied.
“Frequently intelligence officers will try to cultivate a relationship with individuals without revealing their intelligence affiliation,” he said. “Individuals are frequently led down a path because of either friendship or some type of business interest or collaboration and they start to do things that are unethical, a bit abnormal in terms of what their responsibilities are, as well as illegal.”
The former spied chief then tied it to Russia, saying their intelligence officers try to get people into compromising positions so they can blackmail them.
“But frequently individuals are already deep into the pool and then they recognize that they are guilty and they might as well keep going, believing sometimes they can outsmart the law enforcement and intelligence professionals and they are not going to get caught,” Brennan said. “So they just keep going down that path.”
Brennan finds himself the focal point this week after former National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper contradicted a claim Brennan made to Congress that the unverified Trump dossier paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign had no influence on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
But then, Mollie Hemingway, the senior editor for The Federalist, suggested Brennan has “a history” of not being honest.
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