Brennan: We know Americans colluded with Russia

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanEx-CIA director: 'I don't have any doubt' Trump will pardon Manafort Senate Dems request probe of White House security clearances Brennan calls light Manafort sentence 'extraordinarily lenient' in light of crimes committed MORE said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE’s claims that no one from his campaign team colluded with Russians are “hogwash,” adding that he knows American citizens were affiliated with Russian spies.

Brennan wrote in The New York Times that he is aware of many “highly suspicious dalliances of some American citizens with people affiliated with the Russian intelligence services.”

Brennan's op-ed comes one day after Trump revoked his security clearance.

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“The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of ‘Trump Incorporated’ attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets,” Brennan wrote.

He noted that Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortHill-HarrisX poll: 76 percent oppose Trump pardoning former campaign aides New York prosecutors throw out Constitution to charge Manafort Another prosecutor leaves Mueller investigation in latest sign probe may be winding down MORE, is currently on trial for bank and tax fraud charges. 

Brennan said Manafort had “deep insight” into Russian activities during Trump’s presidential campaign and thanked the reporting of an “open and free press” for bringing more collusion allegations to light.

It is critical for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to be allowed to continue their investigation into Trump’s campaign potentially colluding with Russians and the foreign power’s attempts to influence the election, Brennan wrote.

Trump frequently attacks the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt" and has called on Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump MORE to end the investigation. 

“Mr. Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him,” Brennan wrote in the Times.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday denied that the move was intended to silence a Trump critic.

The White House listed Brennan’s “lying” and “frenzied commentary” on the Russia investigation and the administration in revoking of his security clearance.

Trump, however, told The Wall Street Journal late Wednesday that he drew a direct connection between the Mueller probe and his decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance and is considering pulling the clearances of other former intelligence officials.

The administration has said it is reviewing access to classified information for several former intelligence officials, according to a statement.

They include former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperDem rips Clapper: He 'needs to stop making excuses for lying to the American people' Hillicon Valley: Senators urge Trump to bar Huawei products from electric grid | Ex-security officials condemn Trump emergency declaration | New malicious cyber tool found | Facebook faces questions on treatment of moderators Overnight Defense: White House eyes budget maneuver to boost defense spending | Trump heads to Hanoi for second summit with Kim | Former national security officials rebuke Trump on emergency declaration MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGeorge Conway responds to Trump calling him a loser: 'Perfect example of the point I was making' Trump: 'I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be' Nadler 'encouraged' by response to Trump documents request MORE, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesA question of privilege: How Trump could still gut the Mueller report From border to Mueller, Barr faces challenges as attorney general Hillicon Valley: House Intel panel will release Russia interviews | T-Mobile, Sprint step up merger push | DHS cyber office hosting webinars on China | Nest warns customers to shore up password security MORE, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Graham says he'll probe Rosenstein's 25th Amendment remarks The damning proof of innocence that FBI likely withheld in Russian probe MORE, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.