On Thursday, Democrat Senators Mark Udall (D-CO) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) called for the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan following revelations from the Inspector General that the CIA was spying on Senate computers. Apparently it wasn’t just Democrats who were upset either.
McClatchy reports, “The rare display of bipartisan fury followed a three-hour private briefing by Inspector General David Buckley. His investigation revealed that five CIA employees, two lawyers and three information technology specialists improperly accessed or “caused access” to a database that only committee staff were permitted to use.”
Administration officials briefed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s membership on Thursday afternoon about an inspector general report that revealed CIA officials improperly accessed computers used by Senate staffers to research a 6,700-page report on the agency’s Bush-era interrogation and detention practices.
And while Brennan called Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to apologize for the CIA’s actions, that mea culpa wasn’t enough for Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a civil libertarian locked in a difficult reelection campaign against GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, and freshman Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).
“At this point it would probably be better for the agency, frankly, if he did step aside. I think that the level of trust between the committee and the director has hit a new low,” Heinrich told reporters. He said he had not spoken to Brennan recently.
As we reported back in March, Feinstein’s hypocrisy was laid bare as she complained that her rights, which are supposed to be protected by the Fourth Amendment, were violated by Brannan’s CIA, even though she defended government surveillance for all other Americans, claiming that government snooping on them shouldn’t raise such a concern because, after all, they are trying to stop a terrorist attack and all the people snooping have been vetted.
Senator Udall said that the CIA demonstrated a “tremendous failure of leadership.”
“I have no choice but to call for the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan. The CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress by hacking into Senate Intelligence Committee computers. This grave misconduct not only is illegal, but it violates the U.S. Constitution‘s requirement of separation of powers,” Udall said. “There must be consequences.”
I’m doubting Udall will get a resignation. After all, it has been alleged, based on eyewitnesses and former FBI Agent John Guandolo that Brennan converted to Islam in the 1990’s while in Saudi Arabia, that he is a “bully of epic dimensions,” and that he got his position via blackmail, possibly having the records that prove Obama is ineligible to hold office. In other words, Brennan is one that will not just be pushed around easily with words. It will take a lot more than that.
Keep in mind that this was Obama’s assassination czar and that he and his agency stand accused using of tactics to keep agents silent regarding what took place in Benghazi. If these Democrat jersey wearing Senators believe he’s just going to issue a resignation letter, they have another thing coming. However, I do agree they are right to call for it, they just need to do it with something that has a little more teeth in it than mere words.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost.