Former CIA director John Brennan found himself in hot-water Friday after publishing an op-ed piece claiming the President “colluded” with Russia, with a top GOP senator saying the comments may constitute an “intelligence breach.”
Sen. Richard Burr -chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee- slammed Brennan after the New York Times published the piece, saying his brash comments likely violated federal protocol and regulations surrounding classified information.
“Director Brennan’s recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power,” said a statement released by Burr’s office. “If Director Brennan’s statement is based on intelligence he received while still leading the CIA, why didn’t he include it in the Intelligence Community Assessment released in 2017? If his statement is based on intelligence he has seen since leaving office, it constitutes an intelligence breach.”
The former CIA chief slammed Trump throughout the article, blasting the Commander-in-Chief just hours after he stripped Brennan of his national security clearance.
Trump openly calling on the Russians to “find” the e-mails of his political opponents and his family/campaign coordinating with Russians to obtain illegally obtained information are part of the public record at this point, not some heavily classified information.