Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan calls on Congress to end shutdown before negotiating border security: Not 'subservient' to the president Washington’s reflexive opposition to Trump on Syria Brennan hopes GOP abandons Trump in 2019 over 'malfeasance, corruption' MORE blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE after he downplayed allegations of campaign finance violations by calling them a “private transaction.”

Responding to the president's Monday morning tweets, the harsh Trump critic said he is “relieved” that Trump "will never have the opportunity to run for public office again."

“Whenever you send out such inane tweets, I take great solace in knowing that you realize how much trouble you are in & how impossible it will be for you to escape American justice,” Brennan tweeted. “Mostly, I am relieved that you will never have the opportunity to run for public office again.”

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Trump, quoting Fox News, tweeted Monday that Democrats couldn’t find a “smocking gun” because “there was NO COLLUSION” between his campaign and Russia.

“So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution … which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama’s — but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine. Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me),” he tweeted. “Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!”

Last week, new court filings from federal prosecutors indicated that Trump directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to make payments during the campaign to two women who claimed to have affairs with Trump.

The sentencing recommendation called for “substantial” prison time for Cohen for federal crimes, despite his cooperation with ongoing law enforcement investigations.