Brennan: We know Americans colluded with Russia

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanTrump lashes out at former intel officials for criticism of Iran tweet Trailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller MORE said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 ManafortLewandowski refuses to say whether Trump has offered him a pardon Democrats return to a battered Trump Manafort's legal team argues NY prosecution constitutes double jeopardy 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation 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 SessionsTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' 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 ClapperTrump lashes out at former intel officials for criticism of Iran tweet Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Conservatives lash out at CNN for hiring Andrew McCabe MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyNadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime We've lost sight of the real scandal Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report MORE, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesMerriam-Webster: A 200-year-old dictionary offers hot political takes on Twitter Sally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' Trump: 'Impossible for me to know' extent of Flynn investigation MORE, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe says he would 'absolutely not' cut a deal with prosecutors We've lost sight of the real scandal Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report MORE, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.