Ex-CIA Director Admitted ‘I Voted for the Communist Party,’ but Said Trump ‘Treasonous’

July 17, 2018Jul 17, 2018

President Trump’s joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin drew a wave of harsh criticism from his critics — nothing surprising there. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called it “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory” and liberal protesters outside the White House shouted “traitor!” for hours even though the president wasn’t even in the U.S. to hear them, The Hill reported.

But one critic, ex-CIA Director John Brennan, who served in Obama’s administration, went as far to call Trump’s performance “treasonous” and wholly qualifying as “high crimes and misdemeanors.”


It was an uncomfortable moment of stone-throwing from a man who, less than two years ago, admitted to having voted for a Community Party candidate.

Image: Public domain photo from the Central Intelligence Agency

According to a 2016 CNN story, Brennan spoke openly about his past political ideologies during a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation conference. He recalled the time he had to decide whether to tell the truth or not during a lie detector test for getting into the CIA.

Asked about political activism in his past, Brennan said, “I froze. This was back in 1980, and I thought back to a previous election where I voted, and I voted for the Communist Party candidate."

"I froze, because I was getting so close to coming into CIA and said, 'OK, here's the choice, John. You can deny that, and the machine is probably going to go, you know, wacko, or I can acknowledge it and see what happens,'" he explained.

Brennan decided to tell the polygraph administrator, "I said I was neither Democratic or Republican, but it was my way, as I was going to college, of signaling my unhappiness with the system, and the need for change. I said I'm not a member of the Communist Party.”

He made it into the CIA, later to become its director from 2013 to 2017.

Image: Public domain photo from the Central Intelligence Agency

"We've all had indiscretions in our past,” Brennan shrugged. “I would not be up here if that was disqualifying."

He had words of encouragement for other CIA job-seekers, saying, "So if back in 1980, John Brennan was allowed to say, 'I voted for the Communist Party with Gus Hall' ... and still got through, rest assured that your rights and your expressions and your freedom of speech as Americans is something that's not going to be disqualifying of you as you pursue a career in government."


In calling the president a traitor, Brennan also did not mention the Uranium One scheme with Russia involving then-President Obama and — evidence suggests — former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation during his time as CIA director. Read more about that here.

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