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Former CIA Director: ‘Government officials should refuse President’s orders’ if Mueller is fired

Former CIA Director John Brennan (Pete Souza/The White House)
July 25, 2017

Former CIA Director John Brennan recently said that if President Donald Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director, that executive branch officials should “refuse to carry out some of these orders.”

Mueller is investing Russia’s alleged hacking of the 2016 Presidential Election. Trump recently hinted that he might want to fire Mueller.

Brennan told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a recent interview that if Mueller is fired by Trump, “I hope our elected representatives will stand up and say ‘enough is enough,’ and stop making apologies and excuses for things happening that really flout [mock] our system of laws and government here.”

His response was met with applause.

“I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry out some of these orders that […] are inconsistent with what this country is all about,” he added.

As far as any U.S. officials or members of the Trump Administration having been involved with alleged Russian hacking, the ongoing investigation should proceed to wrap up, and do so with “transparency,” Brennan said.

“If there’s nothing to hide, they should cooperate fully in an accelerated fashion,” he told Blitzer. “I think time after time after time, there is a resistance to having more information come out.”

The issue should be “addressed sooner rather than later,” Brennan said, as it otherwise “feeds suspicions.”

Brennan said he has absolute confidence in Mueller, and that his work is critical.

“They don’t come any better,” Brennan said.

“I would hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue,” he said. “Republicans and Democrats are going to see that the future of the country is at stake.”