“The memo is going to do our institutions serious damage. I really worry about it.”
Former CIA officer Baer
“I had many fights with Congressional Dems over the years on national security matters. But I never witnessed the type of reckless partisan behavior I am now seeing from (Devin) Nunes and House Republicans.”
Former CIA Director John Brennan
On Friday (February 2 2018), former CIA officer Robert Baer slammed the release of the “piece of trash” memo — drafted by staffers for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) — arguing if he “were an FBI agent in the field right now” he would “think twice” about reporting information on Russia and Donald Trump. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
Robert Baer was reacting to House Intelligence Committee’s decision to release a short document purporting to show evidence of surveillance abuses by the FBI.
“Well, I’m worried about the FBI. If I were an FBI agent in the field now and picked up some information on Russia that was damaging to the president, or even helpful, I would not report it.
I would think twice about it. I left the CIA, same thing. I reported stuff on Russian money coming into the campaign, and as the messenger, I became the target and I resigned from the CIA.
It’s as simple as that. So what you’re having is an agency we depend upon to stop terrorism, that FBI agents are putting their lives on the line.
And you look at this — I’m sorry, it’s a piece of trash, this 3 and a half-page memo. There’s nothing classified in it.
There’s nothing — it’s a partisan attack on the FBI. And it’s going to do our institutions serious damage, and I really worry about it.”
Former CIA Robert Baer : “The Republican Memo is a Piece of Trash”