This is from an op-ed that former CIA chief John Brennan wrote for the New York Times:
While I had deep insight into Russian activities during the 2016 election, I now am aware — thanks to the reporting of an open and free press — of many more of the highly suspicious dalliances of some American citizens with people affiliated with the Russian intelligence services.
Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash.
The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of “Trump Incorporated” attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets. A jury is about to deliberate bank and tax fraud charges against one of those people, Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman. And the campaign’s former deputy chairman, Rick Gates, has pleaded guilty to financial fraud and lying to investigators.
Mr. Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him. Now more than ever, it is critically important that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his team of investigators be allowed to complete their work without interference — from Mr. Trump or anyone else — so that all Americans can get the answers they so rightly deserve.
Boy that revoking of Brennan’s security clearance sure worked out well, didn’t it?
By the way, it should come as no real surprise that Trump’s Director of National Security, Dan Coates, was completely unaware that Trump wat taking Brennan’s security clearance away.
Courtesy of CNN:
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was not consulted on revoking the clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, an official with knowledge said.
Trump also admitted, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, that he revoked Brennan’s security clearance due to the Russian investigation.
Trump now explicitly says that he’s targeting Brennan and others for their roles in the Russia investigation.
“I call it the rigged witch hunt,” Trump told the WSJ. “And these people led it!” He added: “So I think it’s something that had to be done.”https://t.co/PG7iWA7PQp
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 16, 2018
There is now talk that if Trump does not get any pushback on this, that he might decide to revoke Robert Mueller’s security clearance next.
And why would Trump decide to do something to blatantly obstructionist?
Because, like John Brennan says, Trump’s claims of no collusion are hogwash.
And he knows that is about to be proven.