The topic of the show was about security clearances, and Denard was completely correct to call out some government officials who use their clearances to make money with the TV studios and networks. But it didn’t have to go down like this.
CNN’s guest CIA’s Counterterrorist Center and cable news commentator Phil Mudd had to know this was happening but he wanted to act as if it didn’t. Mudd has a real had time controlling his emotions.
It all started to get heated when Dennard suggested having security clearances was “profitable” in Washington.
“Profitable, Paris? When I’m required to sit on an advisory board, let me ask you one question, how much do you think I’m paid to do that at the request of the U.S. Government? Give me one answer, and you’ve got ten seconds? How much,” Mudd demanded.
“I’ll ask you a question. How much are you paid for your contracting gig,” Dennard said.
“Answer the question,” a heated Mudd shouted back.
Then after a bit of shouting back and forth, Dennard insisted, “I’m not talking about your role with the federal government.”
“Zero. I get zero dollars from consulting companies that deal with the U.S. Government. Are we clear?” Mudd shouted.
“Well, I will be clear in saying that everybody in Washington, D.C. knows — if you don’t want to be honest about it, that’s on you, — but if you have a security clearance and you keep it, you get more money to have it,” Paris opined.
“We’re done, Jim. We’re done. Get out!” Mudd shouted. “Twenty-five years in the service and this is the shit I get.”
“It’s not your show. I’m staying right here,” Dennard said, before suggesting Mudd should not be “so defensive about this.”
This guy shouldn’t ever be allowed back on television after this “off the rails” performance. I can’t believe he was allowed to continue the interview.
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