Senate Intel chairman slams former Central Intelligence Agency director for Trump-Russia claims

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Brennan, who was the Central Intelligence Agency director during the second White House term of former President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017, said that Trump's claims that "no collusion" occurred between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation "are, in a word, hogwash".

In his article on Thursday, Brennan claimed that the question was not if collusion took place, but whether it "constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of "Trump Incorporated" had "attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets".

Trump on Wednesday announced that he was revoking Brennan's security clearance as a result of national security concerns, though the move was widely viewed as an effort by the president to silence one of his most fervent critics.

"There needs to be an official determination made about this, and that, I think, can only be done by the Mueller investigation", Clapper told CNN on Thursday. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump again called the probe a "rigged witch hunt" and said "these people led it!"

Mr Brennan further said that he would not let up in his criticism of Mr Trump.

Trump pulled Brennan's security clearance on Wednesday because of his "lying", "frenzied commentary" and "wild outbursts on the Internet and television", according to a statement read during Wednesday's White House news briefing by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

But, he said the move would be a "powerful piece of evidence" for prosecutors as part of a pattern to demonstrate an intent to use presidential power in connection with the probe.

"Mr. Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash", Brennan wrote.

Sanders also listed nine other national security figures whose security clearances were under review.

"I don't trust many of those people on that list", Trump told the Journal. Trump said in the interview, a full transcript of which was not immediately published by the newspaper. "I really don't. And I don't think he's qualified to have one", Kennedy said, calling Brennan a "butthead".

Former CIA director John Brennan arrives at a May 2018 Senate hearing. The White House later issued a revised statement with that date removed. "I don't know why they give them security clearances anyway other than maybe a transition period", Shelby added. After Trump's attack this week on former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, Brennan tweeted that the president failed "to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, and probity".



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