Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) has reported former CIA Director Michael Hayden to the Capitol Police following what he perceived as a threat made by Hayden on social media.
- Online Controversy: Hayden, in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), responded to a query about whether Tuberville should be removed from his Senate committee by suggesting he should be removed “from the human race.”
- Response: Tuberville’s office interpreted the remark as a call to violence and reported Hayden to the police.
- Hayden’s History: Michael Hayden served as the director of the National Security Agency from 1999-2005 and as CIA director from 2006-2009.
In a statement, Tuberville expressed his disgust at Hayden’s comment, calling it “repugnant to everything we believe in as Americans.” He emphasized that such a statement could be seen as a serious crime, especially given Hayden’s long career in Washington. Tuberville expects the Capitol Police to take appropriate action and criticized Democrats for not condemning Hayden’s statement.
The Alabama Senator also took the opportunity to criticize Hayden’s record, pointing out his leadership during significant intelligence failures, such as the September 11 attacks and the incorrect assessment of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Tuberville further accused Hayden of participating in the “Russia Hoax” and misleading the public about Hunter Biden’s laptop to aid Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
Despite the controversy, Hayden maintained his stance, doubling down on his earlier post. He expressed surprise at the backlash and reiterated his view, wishing everyone, including Tuberville, a good day.
This incident is not the first time Hayden has faced accusations of promoting violence against conservative figures. In the past, he appeared to imply that former President Donald Trump should face execution for treason.
Original article source: Washington Examiner