‘TREASONOUS’: President slams collusion accusors for their ‘evil’ acts

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump came out swinging Monday against those who had for more than two years accused him of colluding with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

“There are a lot of people out there that have done some very, very evil things, very bad things, I would say treasonous things against our country,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “And hopefully people that have done such harm to our country — we’ve gone through a period of really bad things happening — those people will certainly be looked at. I have been looking at them for a long time. And I’m saying, “Why haven’t they been looked at?” They lied to Congress. Many of them — you know who they are — they’ve done so many evil things.”

“I will tell you, I love this country. I love this country as much as I can love anything: my family, my country, my God. But what they did, it was a false narrative. It was — it was a terrible thing,” Trump continued. “We can never let this happen to another President again. I can tell you that. I say it very strongly. Very few people I know could have handled it. We can never, ever let this happen to another President again.”

The president’s comments come just one day after an official report released by Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to tie the president to any unethical activities relating to the 2016 presidential campaign.

Mueller’s investigation, which had gone on for nearly two and one-half years had encompassed the entire first half of Trump’s first term in office.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Monday called for congressional hearings to investigate many of the president’s most prominent critics including former CIA Director John Brennan, Former FBI Director James Comey and former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

“The media and Democrats have called the president an agent of a foreign government,” Sanders said during an appearance on NBC’s “Today”. “That is an action equal to treason, which is punishable by death in this country.”

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REPORT: Brennan predicting indictments Friday of Trump’s Family

WASHINGTON (Newsmax) — Former CIA Director John Brennan is predicting special counsel Robert Mueller could announce more indictments in the Russia probe Friday — and the list could include members of President Donald Trump’s family.

Speaking with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Tuesday night, Brennan — a frequent Trump critic — said he has no inside knowledge but thinks Friday would make sense for Mueller to reveal another round of indictments.

“I think Robert Mueller wants to be able to conclude his work and turn over the investigative threads to the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of Virginia, and other jurisdictions as appropriate, as we’re coming up to two years,” Brennan said. “So, I think he does want to conclude that.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if, for example, this week on Friday, not knowing anything about it, but Friday is the day the grand jury indictments come down. And also, this Friday is better than next Friday because next Friday is the 15th of March, which is the Ides of March. And I don’t think Robert Mueller will want to have that dramatic flair of the Ides of March when he is going to be delivering what I think are going to be . . . the final indictments, as well as the report he gives to the attorney general.”

Brennan added if Mueller were to indict a member of the Trump family, the president will likely shut down the investigation soon after.

“It would be the final act of Mueller’s investigation because Bob Muller and his team knows if he were to do something, indicting a Trump family member or if he were to go forward with indictment on criminal conspiracy involving U.S. persons, that would basically be the death knell of the special counsel’s office because I don’t believe Donald Trump would allow Bob Mueller to continue in the aftermath of those types of actions,” he said.

Mueller’s Department of Justice probe began in May 2017 over claims the Trump campaign might have worked with the Russians to win the 2016 election. Several indictments of both American citizens, Russian nationals, ​and Russian businesses have been handed down, but none of those cases pointed to collusion.

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RAND PAUL: Brennan the ‘most biased, bigoted, unhinged CIA director ever’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Rand Paul on Wednesday came out swinging in defense of President Donald Trump, calling former CIA director John Brennan the most “unhinged” CIA director of all time.

Brennan, who has been vocal in his criticism of Trump, made headlines this week when he referred to the president’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin “an act of treason”.

“John Brennan started out his adulthood by voting for the Communist Party presidential candidate,” Paul said during a Wednesday interview with Fox News. “He is now ending his career by showing himself to be the most biased, bigoted, over the top, hyperbolic, sort of unhinged director of the CIA we have ever had.”

“And really it is an insult to everything about our government to have a former head of the CIA calling the President treasonous just because he doesn’t like him,” Paul continued. “But realize that Brennan — you know, I filibustered Brennan, I tried to keep Brennan from ever being the leader of the CIA. But realize that Brennan and Clapper are known for wanting to expand the authority of the intelligence agencies to grab up everyone’s information, including Americans. So I don’t have a lot of respect for these people. Even before they decided to go on hating the president, I disliked these people because they wanted to grab up so much power and use it against the American people.”

“What should worry every American is John Brennan was in charge of the CIA, the most powerful intelligence gathering group on the planet,” Paul went on. “They can absorb every bit of information you can imagine, your phone calls, your metadata, your bank records, your visa records. They can destroy any person’s life. The person at the head of that turns out to be a very much partisan, a Trump hater and very much just someone who is a, you know, Trump hater, I guess that’s the best way to put it.”

When asked to address allegations by Democrats that Trump colluded with Russia to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, Paul said the only person responsible for negatively impacting the election outcome for Democrats in 2016 was their party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton.

“The president sees the Mueller investigation. He sees all these accusations from partisan Democrats, Hillary Clinton, saying ‘Oh, he colluded with the Russians,” Paul said. “The only people who we actually know colluded with the Russians were Hillary Clinton who paid a British agent who paid Russians for information for the dossier.”

Paul, who at one time fiercely challenged Trump as the Republican nominee during the 2016 presidential election, serves as a Senator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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BRENNAN: Trump presser with Putin a ‘treasonous’, ‘impeachable’ offense

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Obama Administration’s CIA director John Brennan came out swinging against President Donald Trump on Monday, calling the president’s high profile press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin an “impeachable offense”.

“Donald Trump’s press performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,'” Brennan tweeted. “It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

Moments after issuing the scathing tweet, Brennan appeared on MSNBC and demanded Trump cabinet officials resign in protest.

“I thought that there was nothing Donald Trump could say that would shock me, but I was wrong,” Brennan told MSNBC’s Brian Williams.

“I was just totally shocked at the performance of Donald Trump in Helsinki at a press conference with Vladimir Putin,” Brennan continued. “I just found that it was outrageous. And even when the press — and thank goodness the press asked the right questions — even when the press gave him an opportunity to hold Russia accountable for anything, he chose to talk about Hillary Clinton, about his election, about servers.”

“He criticized American citizens, Secretary Clinton and others as opposed to really taking advantage of a world stage, with all the world’s eyes upon them, to point out how unacceptable Russia’s behavior and interference in our election and the elections of other democratic countries around the globe is. But he just shirked those responsibilities,” Brennan went on.

“I cannot understand how the national security team can continue to abide by this and how Pompeo and Bolton and Kelly can continue in their jobs,” Brennan added. “This, I think, rises to the point of good American patriots resigning in objection to that performance by Donald Trump. I’m at a loss of words to describe just how outrageous his words, his statements, his behavior has been. And one can only conclude that he fears Vladimir Putin. And that one-on-one discussion, who knows what was discussed there. And how Mr. Putin now is the master puppeteer of Donald Trump, the person who is in our Oval Office. Outrageous.”

Brennan has been a vocal critic of President Trump and his administration, claiming that his former position with the Obama administration gives him an obligation to “speak out” against the president’s “treasonous behavior”.

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‘HE’S A DISGRACE!’: Trump attacks former CIA director John Brennan as new director, Gina Haspel, is sworn in

Washington, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Monday attacked former CIA director John Brennan, saying the former intelligence head had disgraced himself and the entire intelligence agency.

Quoting a tweet by former Secret Service agent and current Florida congressional candidate Dan Bongino in which Bongino slammed Brennan for supporting a “hit job” against the president, Trump issued a barrage of lengthy criticisms against his former director of intelligence.

“John Brennan is panicking. He has disgraced himself, he has disgraced the Country, he has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community,” Trump paraphrased Bongino in a series of tweets. “He is the one man who is largely responsible for the destruction of American’s faith in the Intelligence Community and in some people at the top of the FBI. Brennan started this entire debacle about President Trump.”

“We now know that Brennan had detailed knowledge of the (phony) Dossier…he knows about the Dossier, he denies knowledge of the Dossier, he briefs the Gang of 8 on the Hill about the Dossier, which they then used to start an investigation about Trump. It is that simple,” Trump continued, paraphrasing Bongino. “This guy is the genesis of this whole Debacle. This was a Political hit job, this was not an Intelligence Investigation. Brennan has disgraced himself, he’s worried about staying out of Jail.”

Meanwhile, Brennan’s replacement, Gina Haspel, was confirmed Monday as the first female CIA director in U.S. history.

“She has earned the universal respect, admiration and trust of her colleagues here at the CIA, throughout the government and all over the world, Gina is truly respected,” the president said as he attended Haspel’s swearing in at Langley. “And today we also mark another proud milestone as Gina becomes the first woman ever to lead the CIA.”

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RUSSIAGATE: GOWDY PUSHES BRENNAN FOR EVIDENCE OF TRUMP COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R), S.C., grilled former CIA director John Brennan on proof of collusion between president Donald Trump and Russian agencies to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

During a period of often heated exchanges Gowdy repeatedly pressed Brennan for hard evidence that President Trump or representatives of his campaign worked with Russia to rig the election’s outcome.

Each time a visibly frustrated Gowdy asked Brennan for a scintilla of evidence that Trump was involved in the alleged plot, or even a gesture of proof that evidence to support the allegations existed, Brennan answered with the same response: “Mr. Gowdy, I don’t do evidence.”

During one particularly tense exchange, Gowdy fired back, “I appreciate that you don’t do evidence, Director Brennan. Unfortunately, that’s what I do.”

“That’s the word we use, you use the word assessment, you use the word tradecraft. I use the word evidence,” Gowdy continued. “And the good news for me is lots of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle use the word evidence, too. One of my colleagues said there is more than circumstantial evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.”

To that, Brennan responded: “I don’t know whether or not such collusion — and that’s your term, such collusion existed. I don’t know. But I know that there was a sufficient basis of information and intelligence that required further investigation by the bureau to determine whether or not U.S. persons were actively conspiring, colluding with Russian officials.”

“That doesn’t help us a whole lot,” Gowdy smirked.

“There are a bunch of words that start with ‘C’ floating around,” Gowdy continued. “I asked you about collusion, coordination, and conspiracy, and you used the word ‘contact,’” Gowdy said. “…Contact could be benign or not benign. So was it contact you saw…what was the nature of what you saw?”

“I saw interaction,” Brennan replied. “But I don’t know. I don’t have sufficient information to make a determination whether or not there was cooperation or complicity or collusion.”

Brennan’s appearance comes as Democrats push to investigate what, if anything, Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey had to do with his investigation into the president’s alleged ties to Russia.

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