Kirsters Baish| Government Accountability Institute researcher and the author of “Compromised: How Money and Politics Drive FBI Corruption,” Seamus Bruner, delved into how disgraced former FBI Director James Comey and Special Counsel Robert Mueller maneuvered their personal contacts in the government to improve the situation for themselves. Bruner and GAI President/senior editor-at-large of Breitbart News Peter Schweizer sat down for an interview on Breitbart News Tonight this past Monday with hosts Joel Pollak and Rebecca Mansour.
Both Bruner and Schweizer spoke about the “revolving door” of “cronyism” in our nation’s federal government, specifically within the intelligence community. They mentioned the revocation of the security clearances of former Intelligence officials such as John Brennan and James Clapper.
Bruner spoke about Comey’s sudden growth in net worth between 2003 and 2009. This was during the time that he had departed from the DOJ to take a job as senior vice president and lead counsel at Lockheed Martin.
Bruner explained, “It doesn’t really make much sense why [Lockheed Martin] would pay [James Comey] upwards of six million dollars in a single year. But one reason — aside from his security clearance — is that his buddy Robert Mueller is running the FBI. They begin passing 100-million-dollar-plus contracts to Lockheed Martin.”
Bruner went on, “One of these contracts was actually worth a billion dollars, and it was protested formally by the other bidder: IBM. … The contracts flowed from Robert Mueller’s FBI to James Comey’s private sector employer, Lockheed Martin, and James Comey made many millions over a short period of time.”
Bruner called Comey “one of the prime examples of this kind of cashing in on government contacts.”
Bruner stated, “We followed the money and realized that James Comey made well over ten million dollars from when he left the public sector in 2005 and by the time he returned to serve as FBI director [in 2009]. He even made over six million dollars in a single year at the top government contracting corporation, Lockheed Martin; they get over $50 billion a year in government contracts.”
He confirmed that Paris Dennard’s comments that security clearances are on a “need-to-know basis” were true.
Bruner explained, “[Paris Dennard] was absolutely right, and everybody knows that top-level intelligence folks leave the public sector and go cash in on their knowledge, experience, [and] security clearances. That’s one of the main reasons Brennan is crying so loudly–because he can’t work at a lot of these contractors without a security clearance.”
Schweizer spoke about how valuable security clearances are among former government officials. He explained, “In the exchange [between Paris Dennard and Phil Mudd], Mr. Mudd is being wholly disingenuous–because what he essentially said was, ‘I, personally, don’t have contracts.’ He may or may not. He may be entirely honest about that, but he knows darn well that his colleagues are neck-deep in these kinds of consulting arrangements.”
Schweizer went on, “Consulting firms … all have large amounts of projects in management positions and subcontracting that they engage in, and if you want any of those … you have to have a security clearance.”
Breitbart News reports:
Governmental domains of national security and intelligence are vulnerable to “cronyism,” said Schweizer: “[They are] not immune to the exact same forces of cronyism and self-enrichment that we see anywhere else in government. It’s like the executive at Health and Human Services who does favors for the pharmaceutical industry and then goes and works for big pharma. The same thing happens in this space.”
Schweizer continued, “What makes [a top-level security clearance] so valuable for a guy like Brennan is he can be read into all of it, and he has access to all of it. Mark my words … if he was not doing contracting right now, he would be looking to do contracting. That’s no longer available to him [because] he has had his security clearance lost [and] cannot have access to any of that material now.”
Schweizer expanded, “John Brennan can now not get a call from, let’s say, a senior FBI official who wants to ask him a question on counterterrorism. They cannot now call and have a conversation involving anything that includes classified material. It’s going to be a big change in John Brennan’s life, and it also affects him commercially because … he cannot get consulting arrangements with these big intelligence contractors.”
Schweizer went on, “‘Compromised’ follows the money and rips the veil off of the sorts of things that go on at the highest levels of the FBI and the intelligence community.”
To read more about the money trail linking Comey to Mueller’s team, take a look at Breitbart News.