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Richard Helms, the godfather of modern CIA directors, prided himself on keeping his mouth shut in public.So does James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.Trump has driven this politicization of intelligence with reckless comments likening intelligence officers to Nazis and mocking an FBI supposedly "in tatters". A low point came last Veterans Day when, after meeting genially with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump derided Clapper, Brennan and former FBI Director James Comey as "political hacks". Brennan spent 25 years at the CIA before becoming President Obama's counterterrorism chief and CIA director. Comey served 20 years at the Justice Department, including his final four years as FBI director.Hayden, a regular CNN analyst, says he wants to be a "fact witness" and challenge Trump, when appropriate.Here's the frightening part: As the CIA and FBI investigated a conspiracy by Russia to help Trump, his supporters have countered that the real conspiracy was inside the intelligence community.
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