Why Obama Is Backing His CIA Chief

By Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg - August 4, 2014

The Central Intelligence Agency spied on the Senate, and CIA Director John Brennan lied about it. When the news broke, several senators, including Democrats, called for the director's resignation.

It seems unlikely Brennan can survive, but on Friday. President Barack Obama gave him a vote of confidence at his brief news conference. In fact, Obama answered a shouted-out question after having already taken the “last” question, suggesting that the Brennan situation was one of the reasons he held the briefing.1 So why would Obama want to go out of his way to publicly support a CIA director he may have to get rid of?

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