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Ex-CIA Officer Goes Rogue, Says Trump Should Get CIA Investigated by Senate

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Former CIA officer John Kiriakou encouraged President Donald Trump on Monday to solicit the Senate to investigate the intelligence agency based on the conduct of the so-called Ukraine whistleblower.

The New York Times reported last week that the whistleblower is a CIA officer who was detailed to the White House, but has since returned to the agency, according to “three people familiar with the matter.”

Lawyers for the whistleblower have refused to confirm that their client works for the CIA.

Their client’s complaint reads in part, “In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

The whistleblower goes on to cite Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky among other matters, alleging that Trump tried to pressure his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate former vice president and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

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Kiriakou told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Monday night that he made a whistleblower complaint in the 1990s while he was working at the CIA.

But unlike the current whistleblower, Kiriakou wrote up a memo and submitted it to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, who then gave it to the relevant agency’s head.

“In this case, this went through layers of editing and coordinating and lawyers were involved and managers were involved,” Kiriakou said. “It looks like a legal document. It doesn’t look like a whistleblower complaint.”

“And that leads me to believe that this whistleblower that we keep talking about is just the face of an entire group that’s at the CIA that’s pushing this thing forward.”



In the complaint, the whistleblower writes about speaking with “multiple U.S. officials” as the source of some of the claims he makes.

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“These people who run the CIA, almost all of them are holdovers from the Obama administration,” Kiriakou said. “They became senior intelligence officials, senior intelligence service officers during the Obama presidency, and they’re holdovers.”

Carlson asked the former CIA officer if he had any advice for Trump in light of these facts.

“If I could give the president advice, I would say to turn to the Senate, turn to the Senate majority leader and ask for an investigation of the CIA,” Kiriakou said.

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“We need hearings on the CIA and reform in the CIA because this is not the way this whistleblower system is supposed to work,” he added.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Trump before he took office in January 2017, “You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”

But “getting back at” the president is not the job of intelligence agencies. They are to serve the American people.

The taxpayers are not funding the CIA so that it can be used as an arm of the Democratic Party and even attempt to undermine the 2016 election by removing a duly elected president.

An investigation is clearly in order to determine if the CIA has in fact gone rogue.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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