(NationalSentinel) In a recent interview on fake news network CNN, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., doubled down on earlier statements that whoever leaked a phony ‘intelligence dossier’ alleging President-elect Donald J. Trump has longstanding ties to Russia and that Moscow has incriminating information on him should be punished.
“I think it’s unseemly that people in our intelligence community, the CIA director, is out there giving press conferences, criticizing the incoming president — I think that’s inexcusable and I would not have anybody in the CIA that’s publicly criticizing the president.” Paul told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who has continued to defend CNN’s coverage of the Trump/Russia blackmail fake news story.
“Look, the intelligence community has had a great loss of credibility in the last couple of years. James Clapper came to the Senate and lied under oath. Now we have the head of the CIA publicly criticizing the incoming president. I think that’s not the role of the CIA.” the Kentucky Senator noted further.
“The CIA should be in the background trying to protect our country and not out there trying to score political points. I think it’s a terrible and tragic day, and it hurts all of our intelligence gathering and their credibility to have the head of the CIA out there doing this.” Paul, who is a member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
At that point Blitzer tried to do what CNN hosts always do when it comes to trashing Republicans: Muddy the waters. He actually suggested that CIA Director John Brennan has “the right to defend the men and women in the intelligence community,” then suggested that Trump called them all Nazis [he didn’t; he suggested the phony intelligence leaks were emblematic of Nazi Germany propaganda operations, and he was right].
First, Paul didn’t take the bait:
I think it’s very important that private information that’s discussed in private intelligence briefings be private,” Paul said, adding “Classified information should not be leaked to the press. I don’t know who did this, but I can tell you in all likelihood, it wasn’t a Republican. It wasn’t Donald Trump. It wasn’t his people. So you have a couple of choices. This was either leaked to networks and other organizations by intelligence officials or by Democrats that are part of the elite eight that get these briefings.
Second, Blitzer is completely wrong in suggesting that anyone in the intelligence community has a public political role. To suggest otherwise goes against the very real notion that the IC is supposed to be apolitical (you know, like CNN as a news network is supposed to be fair and balanced).
Trump correctly noted that the leak appeared to have come from the intelligence community, and Paul supported that.
“There’s only a few people who could have leaked this information.” Paul said. “The reason why this is important is that you don’t want public officials who are being blackmailed to be afraid to go to the FBI and say here’s this information. If a public official takes private information that you are being blackmailed with to the FBI and then it leaks into the public domain, that is inexcusable, and really somebody should go to jail and we have not talked about this enough.”
“A leak like that is so significant if it came from the intelligence community, they should go to jail. If it came from the Obama administration, they should go to jail. You cannot allow the leaking of classified documents, particularly whens it goes to someone’s character So I think this is a tragedy and Donald Trump is right to be mad,” he added.