Remember Mike Morell? He’s a former acting CIA director during the Obama years who famously said in a New York Times op-ed from August 2016 that Putin recruited Trump as an “unwitting agent of the Russian federation”:
Mr. Putin is a great leader, Mr. Trump says, ignoring that he has killed and jailed journalists and political opponents, has invaded two of his neighbors and is driving his economy to ruin. Mr. Trump has also taken policy positions consistent with Russian, not American, interests — endorsing Russian espionage against the United States, supporting Russia’s annexation of Crimea and giving a green light to a possible Russian invasion of the Baltic States.
In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.
Clinton Ally Mike Morell says no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion https://t.co/qw4zR2wSFZ
— NBC News World News (@NBCNewsWorld) March 16, 2017
From NBC News:
Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell, who endorsed Hillary Clinton and called Donald Trump a dupe of Russia, cast doubt Wednesday night on allegations that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
Morell, who was in line to become CIA director if Clinton won, said he had seen no evidence that Trump associates cooperated with Russians. He also raised questions about the dossier written by a former British intelligence officer, which alleged a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Back in August, Morell’s op-ed was a big deal because of his alleged impartialness to both parties. From the NYT:
I am neither a registered Democrat nor a registered Republican. In my 40 years of voting, I have pulled the lever for candidates of both parties. As a government official, I have always been silent about my preference for president.
Whatever. More from Morell in 2016:
— Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) August 9, 2016
Fmr. CIA Director Mike Morell: "I have no doubt" Putin sees Trump as "unwitting agent of the Russian Federation" https://t.co/LYxpygPMch
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 7, 2016
And maybe Trump was right?
Michael Morell, the lightweight former Acting Director of C.I.A., and a man who has made serious bad calls, is a total Clinton flunky!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2016
Exit question: Will Hillary Clinton share this new revelation with her fans like she did Morell’s old op-ed?
"She will deliver on the most important duty of a president—keeping our nation safe." —Michael Morell on Hillary https://t.co/zmI3BOCH9Y
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 7, 2016