Ex-CIA director: GOP needs ‘heroes’ to put country above Trump

Ex-CIA director: GOP needs ‘heroes’ to put country above Trump
© Greg Nash

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanEx-CIA director blasts Trump over 'temper tantrums' Ex-CIA director: 'I don't have any doubt' Trump will pardon Manafort Senate Dems request probe of White House security clearances MORE on Tuesday said Republicans would have to come forward after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation ends in order to put the country and the law "above any one person" — President TrumpDonald John TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say MORE included.

In a tweet, Brennan alluded to “Watergate heroes” and said the GOP must follow suit with the special counsel probe by prioritizing “country, fellow citizens & the law.”

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"When the Special Counsel’s work is done, the Republican Party must have its modern-day equivalents of Watergate heroes—Howard Baker, Elliot Richardson, Bill Ruckleshaus, John Dean—who will put country, fellow citizens, & the law above any one person, including @realDonaldTrump," Brennan tweeted. 

Mueller's team is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. 

The president himself has repeatedly decried the probe as a "witch hunt" and a "hoax" intended to undermine his presidency and cast doubt on the legitimacy of his leadership. 

Brennan, who served as CIA director throughout former President Obama's second term in office, has been highly critical of Trump, particularly over his attacks on the U.S. intelligence community and Mueller's investigation. 

Brennan's tweet came hours after Bloomberg News reported that Mueller's investigation will focus more intensely in the coming months on allegations of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.