President Donald Trump has not ruled out invoking the death penalty for the people who spied on his campaign in 2016.
Speaking to reporters on Friday he directly accused FBI directors James Comey and Andrew McCabe and agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page of treason.
“Sir, the constitution says treason is punishable by death. You’ve accused your adversaries of treason. Who specifically are you accusing of treason?” NBC reporter Peter Alexander said.
“Well I think a number of people, and I think what (sic) you look is that they have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person.
“If you look at Comey, if you look at McCabe, if you look at probably people higher than that. If you look at Strzok, if you look at his lover Lisa Page, his wonderful lover.
“The two lovers they talked openly. You know they didn’t use their private server because they didn’t want to get caught, so they used the government server. That was not a good move,” he said.
Alexander talked about the exchange on Twitter where he explained that the president did not flinch at the prospect of the death penalty.
“The president names names when I asked him who, specifically, he’s accusing of treason, which can be punishable by death,” he said.
The president names names when I asked him who, specifically, he’s accusing of treason, which can be punishable by death. https://t.co/FuDMcFZvH7
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) May 23, 2019
It was not the first time that President Trump had accused them of treason, but not directly by name, though many are running scared of his decision to declassify documents.
Former CIA and intelligence officials are getting frightened now that President Donald Trump has decided to declassify documents related to 2016 campaign spying.
They have bed led by John Brennan, the former head of the CIA and a CNN and MSNBC contributor, who is not thrilled with his decision.
“The concern is that very, very precious source and methods of the United States intelligence community as well as our partners and allies abroad — those who share this sensitive information with us,” he said on MSNBC on Friday, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
But Brennan’s concern, which was echoed by other intelligence community veterans and TV pundits on Friday, may be misplaced.
Government officials who appear to not be allies of Trump have been behind countless leaks of classified information regarding sources, methods and investigative targets in the Trump-Russia probe. Some of the leaks have disclosed the existence of surveillance warrants and FBI informants used against the Trump campaign.
In one case, the FBI official who led the investigation into Russian interference, Peter Strzok, believed that the CIA was leaking highly classified assessments about Russia’s election-related activities to the press.
“I’m beginning to think the agency got info a lot earlier than we thought and hasn’t shared it completely with us. Might explain all these weird/seemingly incorrect leads all these media folks have. Would also highlight agency as source of some of the leaks,” Strzok wrote in a text message on April 13, 2017…
In addition to Brennan’s interview on MSNBC, former CIA and FBI officials, many of them who have been critical of Trump, laid out their concerns about declassification to Politico and The Washington Post.
The Times article which revealed new details of the CIA’s Kremlin source echoed those fears.
According to the Times, the source, who the CIA has cultivated for years, provided the information that Putin was behind the cyber attacks and social media disinformation activities during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Despite those concerns, neither Trump nor Republicans have pushed for declassification of information about CIA sources.
They scared😂 https://t.co/NLTWOsZZFF
— Barry Hoskin (@BHoskin76) May 26, 2019
— rwadyko (@rwadyko) May 26, 2019