Former intel chiefs Brennan, Clapper unload on President Trump


"It's very clear that the Russians interfered in the election, and it's still puzzling as to why Mr. Trump does not acknowledge that and embrace it, and also push back hard against Mr. Putin", Brennan said, adding that the Moscow's threat against American democracy was real. Trump said. "I asked him again. He did not do what they're saying he did".

Brennan fired back at the president's claims that he, Clapper, and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey were "political hacks".

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Owen Brennan jumped to the defense of his former U.S. intelligence colleague and highly decorated war veteran James R. Clapper, Jr., former Director of National Intelligence, in an interview following U.S. President Donald Trump's stinging reference to the top former intelligence officials - including former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey - as "political hacks".

"Every time he [Putin] sees me he says, 'I didn't do that.' And I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it".

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But then in a surprising attack - especially from a president traveling overseas - Trump suggested that he placed greater credibility in Putin's assurances than in the endorsement by Brennan, Clapper and Comey of the USA intelligence agencies' finding of Russian interference.

Putin has frequently praised Trump and Brennan appeared to allude to that Sunday, when he told Tapper that Trump "can be played" by anyone willing to cater to his ego. "And I think it's very naive and perilous to this country to make an assumption that Russian Federation is going to behave with the best interests of the world or the U.S. in mind".

At a June conference in Aspen, Colo., Pompeo was asked numerous times whether he believed Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

He also asked Putin again whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. They have also testified before the congressional intelligence committees.

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"I think the intelligence community, law enforcement, have their counterintelligence antennae up all of the time, and i think we did a pretty admirable job", Brennan said. "I don't know, but there were good reasons why there was caution and discretion here". "President Trump is not getting played by anybody".

But Trump's continued willingness to build closer ties with Russian Federation - especially as Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigates any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow during the election - is peculiar at best. "Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker". Secondly, I feel very honored to be associated with Jim Clapper and Jim Comey in the same category.

Brennan told CNN that he found it "particularly reprehensible" that on Veterans Day Trump would attack the integrity of a veteran such as Clapper, a retired lieutenant general in the United States Air Force who served in combat support missions in Vietnam. And like Senator McCain, really did put his life at risk because of this country's national security. "They've been at this a hell of a long time and I don't think they have any intention of backing off". "And to impugn the character of somebody like Jim Clapper - on Veterans Day - who has dedicated so much of his life to this country, I just find that outrageous, and it's something I think that Mr. Trump should be ashamed of".

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