Former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Tuesday called former acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell “an a–hole” for promoting a release of documents concerning a claim that Hillary Clinton strategically smeared President Trump as a Russian colluder in 2016.
Grenell, who led the intelligence community for three months this year, wrote on Twitter, “Proof. @BarackObama @JoeBiden directed their administration to use the powers of government to attack @realDonaldTrump campaign and then transition.”
He added, “The Susan Rice email to herself after the Oval Office meeting was part of a coverup,” referring to the former White House national security adviser emailing herself to say then-President Obama wanted Russian investigations done “by the book.”
“You’re an a–hole. Really,” wrote Hayden.
Hayden is a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. He led the CIA during Republican President George W. Bush’s second term.
Current Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday released heavily redacted notes from former CIA Director John Brennan that indicate he briefed Obama on the allegation against the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.
The notes indicate that Brennan briefed Obama on “alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 28 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.”
Ratcliffe also released a heavily redacted investigative referral from the CIA to the FBI that said Clinton’s alleged plan was “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server.”
Ratcliffe publicly disclosed the allegation last week but said the claim against Clinton was unproven and could be an “exaggeration or fabrication.” Clinton allies say it’s potential Russian disinformation.