Former CIA chief questions US stability under Trump

WASHINGTON Former CIA director John Brennan raised

questions Sunday about the stability of the United States under President

Donald Trump, accusing him of corrupting the country's laws and institutions.

Brennan, who served under former president Barack Obama and has been one of

Trump's fiercest critics, warned in an interview on NBC's Meet the Press

that the democratic principles on which this country are founded are eroding

right now.

Asked how the CIA might assess the stability of the United States, Brennan

said, We would look at it as a very corrupt government that is under the

sway, right now, of this powerful individual who has been able to just

corrupt the institutions and the laws of that country.

I think it's no longer, you know, a democracy if an autocrat is has it

in his hands, he said. Criticizing Republican lawmakers as putty to Trump,

Brennan said, Given the polarization of the country, as well, there's just

tremendous political instability here, and which is consuming the government

now.

So yes, I think there's a real question about the stability, he said.

Brennan's comments come amid an intensifying impeachment investigation of

Trump for alleged abuse of power that has sharply divided the Congress.

Trump stripped Brennan of his security clearance last year after he emerged

as a vocal critic of the president for questioning the US intelligence

agencies' conclusion that Russia mounted a covert effort to sway the 2016

election in the Republican's favor.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)