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John Brennan Stands ‘Very Much By’ Trump Treason Claim on Meet the Press: ‘I Don’t Think I’m Being Political’

Mediaite logo Mediaite 8/19/2018 Caleb Howe

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Former CIA Director John Brennan appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday, and told host Chuck Todd that he could possibly fight President Trump in court over the revoking of Brennan’s security clearance, that he doesn’t believe his speech up to this point has been political or politically motivated, and that he stands by his prior assessment of Trump as treasonous.

“You have been more outspoken than relly any former official. It may be why many Republican legislators feel comfortable taking the president’s side, they believe your comments have been over the top,” said Todd. “Do you regret essentially accusing the president of treason? Do you regret some of the things you have said?”

“Well I called his behavior treasonous, which is to betray one’s trust, and to aid and abet the enemy, and I stand very much by that claim,” Brennan answered.

“You are the former CIA director accusing the sitting president of the United States,” Todd pointed out. “It’s not a private citizen. A lot of people hear the former CIA director is accusing the sitting president of the united States of treason, that’s a monumental accusation.”

“Well, I think these are abnormal times and I think a lot of people have spoken out against what Mr. Trump has done” said Brennan. “I think I need to speak out. And so I’ve been speaking out rather forcefully because I believe it’s important to do so. I don’t believe I’m being political at all. I’m not a republican, I’m not a democrat.”

On the idea of treason in the form of conspiracy or collusion, Brennan was less forceful.

“I think all Americans need to wait for Robert Mueller to be able to finalize his investigation and to determine whether or not there was any criminal activity that was taking place there,” he said. “But I have spoken out against Mr. Trump’s lack of decency, civility, honesty, and character, and I will continue to do that.”

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