More Calls For Lying Spy Chief Brennan To Go
August 4, 2014 • 10:07AM

While Obama has voiced “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan after the CIA revealed that an internal investigation found--contrary to Brennan's earlier denials--that agency personnel had broken into a protected database that was supposed to be for the exclusive use of Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Diane Feinstein's staff, both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill seem less excited about continuing to have the Saudi favorite running the CIA.

“Clearly he has to prove himself,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was quoted by McClatchy News Service Friday. ”I don't know how he does that.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said that the report of the CIA monitoring “renews the need for the Department of Justice to consider a criminal investigation.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called it “the last in a string of events” justifying the need for “a new CIA director.”

And Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee: “If he misled Congress that is one thing. If he was misled, that's something else. If he misled Congress, that destroys the trust that's necessary between us.”

Establishment media outlets are picking up the theme.”Spies Run Wild” is the editorial in Saturday's New York Daily News. “There must be accountability for the CIA's snooping on senators,” the paper writes, concluding, “President Obama is standing by Brennan, crediting him with calling for the investigation that found his agency's spying. Brennan either knew about the snooping and tried to cover it up or denied the accusation without knowing what was going on around him. Americans must know which it was--and consequences must be severe.

And Conor Friedersdorf in Atlantic magazine asks, “Does John Brennan Know Too Much for Obama to Fire Him?” He writes, “It's difficult to cross a man with details on every secret drone strike you've authorized--especially the legally dubious ones.”