Former CIA Director John Brennan declared that the United States is “no longer a democracy” under the leadership of President Trump.
Brennan, who has been sharply critical of Trump since leaving office in January of 2017, appeared Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd to give analysis on the current state of intelligence affairs as the House of Representatives launches an impeachment inquiry into the president.
Asked to assess the U.S. as he would a foreign government from the perspective of the CIA, Brennan said, “We would look at it as a very corrupt government that is under the sway right now of this powerful individual, who has been able to just corrupt the institutions and the laws of that country.”
“I think it’s no longer a democracy if an autocrat has it in his hands,” Brennan said. “The democratic principles upon which this country are founded are eroding right now.”
Brennan has also been the target of ongoing broadsides from Trump, particularly during the Mueller investigation and amid allegations of collusion with the Russian government. Trump attempted to revoke the former CIA head’s security clearance in August 2018.
Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova referred to Brennan as the “father of all leaks” in regard to CIA information close to the Kremlin.
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