Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Israeli defense chiefs discuss Iran US ends combat mission against ISIS in Iraq, but troops remain This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE came to the defense of two senior FBI officials on Saturday after President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE targeted the pair on Twitter.
Brennan tweeted that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and top FBI lawyer James Baker "epitomize integrity, competence, and respect for rule of law."
"Not surprised @realDonaldTrump fears them, along with the rest of FBI," continued Brennan, who served as CIA chief under former President Obama.
"I just donated to @FBIAgentsAssoc as a small way of saying #thanksFBI," Brennan tweeted, along with a link explaining how to donate to the association.
Andy McCabe & Jim Baker epitomize integrity, competence, and respect for rule of law. Not surprised @realDonaldTrump fears them, along with the rest of FBI. I just donated to @FBIAgentsAssoc as a small way of saying #thanksFBI. Here’s how you can too: https://t.co/eSCrfJxxwx https://t.co/QIzsn6EGYY— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) December 23, 2017
Brennan's tweet came after Trump took took aim at the senior FBI officials earlier Saturday, ratcheting up his feud with leadership of the law enforcement agency.
Trump first jabbed at McCabe after it was reported he would be stepping down from his FBI post in March when he is eligible for full pension benefits. Trump wrote that the No. 2 FBI official is "racing the clock to retire with full benefits."
How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHillary 2024? Given the competition, she may be the Dems' best hope Trump draws attention with admission he 'fired Comey' Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE, of the Phony Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' No Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way MORE investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
The president then seized on reports that Baker was being reassigned, remarking "wow."
News of Baker's reassignment had emerged earlier this week.
Wow, “FBI lawyer James Baker reassigned,” according to @FoxNews.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
Brennan, who served in both the Bush and Obama administrations, similarly spoke out against Trump on Thursday, saying the president shows "qualities usually found in narcissistic, vengeful autocrats."
McCabe, meanwhile, spent hours before the House Intelligence Committee earlier this week, testifying on the bureau's handling of the Russia probe.