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Former CIA Director John Brennan, who had his security clearance revoked by President Trump on Wednesday, said there is no doubt Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
“Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash,” Brennan wrote in an opinion piece published Thursday for the New York Times.
The article goes on to state the following:
“The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of ‘Trump Incorporated’ attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets,” the piece continued.
As an example of the alleged collusion, Brennan pointed to Trump publicly calling on Russia in July 2016 to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. Around the same day Trump urged Russia to find the emails that had been deleted from Clinton’s personal accounts, Russian intelligence officers tried to hack email accounts associated with Clinton’s presidential campaign, an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office stated.
DML News offers the following additional information, also published by WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM:
Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, pushed back Thursday on ex-CIA Director John Brennan’s claim that President Trump colluded with the Russians, warning that it could be an “intelligence breach.”
The article goes on to state the following:
“Director Brennan’s recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power,” Burr said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “If Director Brennan’s statement is based on intelligence he received while still leading the CIA, why didn’t he include it in the Intelligence Community Assessment released in 2017? If his statement is based on intelligence he has seen since leaving office, it constitutes an intelligence breach.”
Burr was referring to the January 2017 intelligence community assessment which determined Russia was behind an effort to interfere in the 2016 election which got Trump elected to White House. The North Carolina Republican went on to say Brennan using the media as an outlet to lash out at Trump may not have been a wise choice.
“If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of collusion it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not the New York Times,” Burr continued, alluding to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the federal Russia investigation. “If, however, Director Brennan’s statement is purely political and based on conjecture, the president has full authority to revoke his scurrility clearance as head of the Executive Branch.”
John Brennan struck back at President Trump for revoking his security clearance, calling the president’s claims of “no collusion” with Russia “hogwash” https://t.co/0vKJgGQhyj
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) August 16, 2018
John Brennan: Trump colluded with Russia https://t.co/HJZxlchZgm
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 16, 2018
John Brennan: President Trump revoked my security clearance to try to silence anyone who dares to criticize him https://t.co/UauSvLz2kX
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) August 16, 2018
President holds a Cabinet meeting today; he’ll almost certainly be asked by pool about why he took away the security clearance of ex-CIA chief Brennan. In NYT this morning, Brennan calls Trump’s claim of no collusion with Russia “hogwash” and calls the president “desperate”
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) August 16, 2018
Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr statement on John Brennan pic.twitter.com/In3j8LPbKW
— Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) August 16, 2018
Senate Intel Cmte chair Burr on Brennan: If his statement is based on intelligence he has seen since leaving office, it constitutes an intelligence breach. If he has some other personal knowledge..of collusion, it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not The New York Times
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) August 16, 2018
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