“can be played,” as Brennan put it, by Vladimir Putin. President Trump fired back that Brennan, Clapper and former FBI director James Comey were “political hacks” and that the investigation into Russian interference was a “Democratic hit job.”
Political hacks are powerful government officials who deploy their influence for partisan purposes. That practice reached new depths during the administrations of President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Samuel “Sandy” Berger met the Clintons on the McGovern campaign in 1972 and during the Carter administration he served as deputy director of the State Department. The Clintons picked Berger as their top foreign policy adviser during the 1992 campaign and once in power named him deputy national security advisor.