John Brennan says Republicans 'covering up the corruption' of Trump

John Brennan says Republicans 'covering up the corruption' of Trump
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOnline and frighteningly real: 'A Taste of Armageddon' The biggest example of media malfeasance in 2020 is... Meet Biden's pick to lead the US intelligence community MORE on Wednesday accused Republican lawmakers of "covering up" President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE's corruption by failing to seek the truth during Michael Cohen's congressional testimony. 

"Committee Republicans are making no effort to find truth," Brennan tweeted as Trump's former lawyer testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. "They are failing their Constitutional responsibilities by covering up the corruption of a sitting President."

"What is happening to the soul & integrity of the once storied Republican Party?"


Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison last year after pleading guilty to bank and tax fraud and campaign finance violations, is on Capitol Hill giving testimony to congressional committees this week. 

His testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday included several allegations that the president played a part in crimes. Cohen, among other things, said Trump directed him to break the law and make a hush money payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with the president.

He also alleged that Trump knew Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans DOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo Nearly a quarter of Trump's Facebook posts in 2020 included misinformation: analysis MORE, a former informal advisor to the president, was in contact with WikiLeaks about the release of damaging Democratic emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Several Republican lawmakers dismissed Cohen's credibility, with many pointing to his prior admission that he lied to Congress about plans to construct a Trump Tower in Moscow. 

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJim Jordan calls for House Judiciary hearing on 'cancel culture' CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (R-Ohio), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, called Cohen a “fraudster, cheat, convicted felon and, in two months, a federal inmate.”

Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC Rep. Gosar denounces 'white racism' after controversial appearance Texas attorney general hits links with Trump before CPAC appearance MORE (R-Ariz.), who accused Cohen of being a pathological liar, placed a poster behind his seat featuring the slogan, "“Liar, Liar Pants on Fire.”

Brennan has repeatedly criticized Trump and the GOP over the past two years. He said in December that he hoped the "forthcoming exposure of [Trump's] malfeasance and corruption will convince enough Republicans to abandon you in 2019."