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Ex-CIA chief calls on Congress to denounce Trump's 'blatant effort to obstruct justice'

Ex-CIA chief calls on Congress to denounce Trump's 'blatant effort to obstruct justice'
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanThe biggest example of media malfeasance in 2020 is... Meet Biden's pick to lead the US intelligence community Sunday shows: Health officials anticipate vaccine distribution, warn of worsening pandemic MORE on Wednesday urged members of Congress to denounce what he called President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE’s “blatant effort to obstruct justice.”

Brennan’s comment, made via tweet, came in response to Trump’s tweet saying that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ rescinds 'zero tolerance' border policy behind family separations With another caravan heading North, a closer look at our asylum law Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE should shut down special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s investigation into Russian election interference.

“Individuals of conscience who believe in rule of law should denounce this blatant effort to obstruct justice,” Brennan tweeted. “As Mr. Trump’s desperation to protect himself grows, he could turn words into actions, prompting a Constitutional crisis. Congress must warn Trump of dire consequences.”

The former CIA chief is a frequent and harsh critic of Trump, and has repeatedly attacked the president for his comments disparaging Mueller's Russia probe.

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Trump’s Wednesday morning tweet marked a significant escalation in his critiques of the Mueller investigation. Though he has repeatedly criticized the probe, calling it a “witch hunt,” and lambasted Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the matter, the president has stopped short of saying publicly that Sessions should end the probe.

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further,” Trump tweeted. “Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”

Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the president’s comment, saying that it was an “opinion,” not an order.

After Sessions decided  to recuse himself, Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members MORE was charged with overseeing the investigation. Rosenstein later appointed Mueller as special counsel.

Trump’s tweet comes one day after the trial for his former campaign chair, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortWould Trump have gotten away with a self-pardon? History will never know Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts Presidential pardons need to go MORE, began. Manafort is facing a series of charges for alleged financial crimes, for which he has denied any wrongdoing.