Ex-CIA director to Trump: Accusation against Obama admin shows your 'paranoia'

Ex-CIA director to Trump: Accusation against Obama admin shows your 'paranoia'
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report White House drafts docs for Trump to revoke more security clearances: report MORE hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE for accusing the Obama administration of investigating his campaign in an effort to help Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison Poll: Dem opponent leads Scott Walker by 5 points Cuomo fires back at Trump: 'America is great because it rejects your hate-filled agenda' MORE, saying it reveals Trump’s “paranoia” about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation.

“This tweet is a great example of your paranoia, constant misrepresentation of the facts, and increased anxiety and panic (rightly so) about the Mueller investigation,” Brennan tweeted Monday. 

“When will those in Congress and the 30 percent of Americans who still support you realize you are a charlatan?” he continued.

Trump had tweeted the claim earlier Monday, declaring the accusation “bigger than Watergate.”

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“Why did the Obama Administration start an investigation into the Trump Campaign (with zero proof of wrongdoing) long before the Election in November? Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win,” Trump wrote. 

Brennan, a frequent critic of Trump, led the CIA when a declassified report from the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies was released that said Russia created an influence campaign aimed at interfering in the 2016 election.

Trump in November called Brennan and other intelligence leaders “political hacks” and the investigation into Russia's election interference “a pure hit job.”

Trump has similarly attacked Mueller's probe into Russia's election interference, repeatedly labeling it a "witch hunt."

Mueller charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups last month with interfering in the U.S. election.

He also filed new charges against former Trump campaign staffers Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortMueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison Hillicon Valley: Trump escalates feud with intel critics | Tesla shares fall after troubling Musk interview | House panel considers subpoena for Twitter's Jack Dorsey | Why Turkish citizens are breaking their iPhones Manafort jury adjourns for the weekend with no verdict MORE and Richard Gates.

A federal court in Virginia in February returned a 32-count superseding indictment charging Manafort and Gates with committing tax fraud, failing to file reports on foreign bank and financial accounts, and bank fraud conspiracy.