Whoa: Former Acting CIA Director Calls On Intel Officers to Resign

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Posted: Jul 17, 2018 9:15 AM
Whoa: Former Acting CIA Director Calls On Intel Officers to Resign

The intelligence community feels a bit betrayed today after President Trump seemingly took President Vladimir Putin's side over theirs in the question of whether the Kremlin interfered in our elections. The FBI and CIA have insisted that yes, the evidence shows Russia jeopardized our democratic process. But, during a press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Trump said he asked the Russian president if he had interfered, and it was a very strong no. That was that.

Former CIA deputy director and acting director Michael Morell, who now serves as a senior security contributor for CBS News, interrupted his vacation to join the network Tuesday for an important call to action. Things had improved between Trump and the intelligence community, in part because the latter had finally gained access to the White House, Morell noted. Yesterday's spectacle in Helsinki, however, was a "blow" to the morale and a blow to their relationship, Morell regretted.

If the men and women working in today's intelligence called him, he'd tell them to pack up.

Other former leaders in the intelligence community like John Brennan were shocked by what they heard in Helsinki yesterday.

Not everyone believes heading for the exit is the right move. Stay and do your duty, pleaded Dr. Kori Schake, deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

"I passionately am appealing to all of my friends in the Trump administration not to resign, because especially given the President’s performance yesterday, it matters to have people who have taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, keeping their shoulder to the wheel doing that hard work," she told radio host Hugh Hewitt Tuesday.