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Brennan on Mueller summary: ‘I suspected there was more than there actually was’

Former CIA Director John Brennan said Monday that he “suspected there was more than there actually was” in regard to collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.

“I don’t know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday about the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

“I am relieved that it’s been determined there was not a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government over our election,” Brennan added. “I think that is good news for the country.”

{mosads}Brennan’s remarks came one day after Attorney General William Barr said in a letter to Congress that Mueller, who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election, did not uncover evidence of conspiracy or cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Brennan previously asserted that the Trump campaign did collude with Russia, writing in a New York Times op-ed last year that President Trump’s claims of “no collusion” were “hogwash.”

Brennan also said in a tweet last week that he suspected Trump was panicking “over the likelihood the Special Counsel will soon further complicate your life, putting your political & financial future in jeopardy.”

“I still point to things that were done publicly, or efforts to try to have conversations with the Russians that were inappropriate,” Brennan said Monday, adding, “but I’m not all that surprised that the high bar of criminal conspiracy was not met.”

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