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Brennan: Biden Intel Agencies Have ‘Laser-Like’ Focus on Pro-Trump ‘Insurgency’ — ‘Even Libertarians’

‘Religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians’


WALLACE: “Have you been a part of a security endeavor — as fraught as what today must have been, 13 days ago Trump directed his supporters to attack the Capitol. And the Justice Department is pursuing charges of criminal sedition, possibly even conspiracy. What must the days going forward look like in terms of securing the homeland? We’ve seen some reporting in The New York Times that the military — because six of the individuals who have been charged had ties to the military — the military is going to extra lengths to vet their ranks. QAnon is going to be the target of analysis from incoming DNI. What does the security picture look like for this incoming national security team?”

BRENNAN: “Nicolle, I was thinking today that this is the most relaxed I’ve been in the course of many inaugurations I’ve watched, because I’m not responsible for it, but I can tell you that when I was in the government, I had white knuckles because of the nature of the threats.”

WALLACE: “Yeah.”

BRENNAN: “But it’s so much more difficult today because of what we have seen, not just over the last two weeks, but that certainly has riveted our attention, but because of this growth in polarization in the United States and domestic violence and white supremacist groups. I know looking forward that the members of the Biden team who have been nominated or have been appointed, are now moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about what looks very similar to insurgency movements that we’ve seen overseas, where they germinate in different parts of a country, and they gain strength, and it brings together an unholy alliance, frequently, of religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians. And unfortunately, I think there has been this momentum that has been generated as a result of, unfortunately, the demagogic rhetoric of people that just departed government, but also those who continue in the halls of Congress. And so, I really do think that the law enforcement, Homeland Security, intelligence, and even defense officials are doing everything possible to root out what seems to be a very, very serious and insidious threat to our democracy and our republic.”

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