Brennan hits Trump for calling Mueller probe a 'coup': These are 'sociopathic ramblings'

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“I don’t think it’s surprising at all that we continue to hear the sociopathic ramblings of Mr. Trump claiming that there was this effort to try to prevent him from being elected or to unseat him,” Brennan said in an interview with MSNBC on Friday morning.

"I welcome any type of, you know, continued investigation in terms of what we did during that period of time when we were in government," he continued. "And I've testified in front of Congress, and I'd be happy to do it again."

Brennan's comments come after Trump lashed out at him and other intelligence officials in an interview on "Hannity" on Thursday evening, calling the Russia investigation — which concluded it did not have enough evidence to charge the Trump campaign with obstruction or conspiracy — a "coup."

“This was a coup. This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government,” Trump said. “Bigger than Watergate, because it means so much. This was a coup. This wasn’t stealing information from an office in the Watergate apartments, this was an attempted coup."

The full, partially redacted report on Mueller's probe was released earlier this month. While it did not confirm coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, it did confirm the American intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered with the 2016 election in "sweeping and systematic fashion" with the goal of electing Trump.

The conclusion of the probe has prompted conservatives and Trump to call for a follow-up investigation into intelligence officials who ahead of the 2016 presidential election began looking into potential election interference by Russia and surveilling the Trump campaign.

Brennan's comments Friday indicate he welcomes such an investigation and would be willing to cooperate and testify before lawmakers.