Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanThe CIA's next mission: Strategic competition with China and Russia Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Still in the game: Will Durham's report throw a slow curveball at key political players? MORE said Thursday that President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled 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.”
“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 ManafortYellen should utilize the resources available before pushing new regulations Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying FBI agents swarm Russian oligarch's DC home 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability 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 ClapperBiden holds Trump's line when it comes to China Afghanistan disaster puts intelligence under scrutiny Domestic security is in disarray: We need a manager, now more than ever MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump defends indicted GOP congressman Andrew McCabe's settlement with the Department of Justice is a signal to John Durham Giuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign MORE, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesLawmakers call for investigation into alleged harassment, abuse in women's soccer Sally Yates to investigate sexual abuse in women's soccer league Sally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, 'Yeah, go Liz Cheney' MORE, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeAndrew McCabe's settlement with the Department of Justice is a signal to John Durham Trump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.