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 BrennanFormer intelligence chiefs slam Trump for removing officials Ex-CIA chief calls Trump intel shakeup a 'virtual decapitation' of the intelligence community DOJ attorney looking into whether CIA withheld info during start of Russia probe: NYT MORE on Wednesday urged members of Congress to denounce what he called President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says 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 SessionsAlabama postpones March 31 GOP Senate runoff Biden has broken all the 'rules' of presidential primaries The Hill's Campaign Report: Defiant Sanders vows to stay in race MORE should shut down special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 RosensteinFull appeals court to rehear case over McGahn subpoena Graham starts closed-door depositions in FISA probe Attorney General Barr is in a mess — and has no one to blame but himself 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 ManafortJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on Juan Williams: Will the GOP ever curb Trump? Nadler seeks interviews with DOJ prosecutors that left Stone case MORE, began. Manafort is facing a series of charges for alleged financial crimes, for which he has denied any wrongdoing.