Brennan: We know Americans colluded with Russia

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanRetired admiral resigned from Pentagon advisory committee after writing open letter to Trump Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law MORE said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' 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 ManafortEric Holder: Trump releasing docs on Russia probe is 'dangerous abuse of power' Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Legal expert says Manafort deal could help Trump in short term 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 SessionsSessions: DOJ concerned about suppression of free speech on college campuses Faith communities are mobilizing against Trump’s family separation policy Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lands book deal 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 ClapperRetired admiral resigned from Pentagon advisory committee after writing open letter to Trump Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law Former NSA chief breaks with other ex-intel officials over Brennan letter MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyEXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency Russia docs order sets Trump on collision with intel community Dem lawmaker jabs Trump call for transparency by asking for his tax returns MORE, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesTime for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation New Yorker disinvites Bannon from festival following backlash White House confirms Brennan's security clearance has been revoked MORE, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeEXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lands book deal The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly MORE, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.