Former CIA Director and and contribute to the Trump-Russia witch hunt John Brennan accused President Trump of treason after he met with Vladimir Putin in Finland.
Brennan took to Twitter to say that Trump’s actions during a press conference in Helsinki was nothing short of treason. He made his opinion pretty clear. Check it out:
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” 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???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
The left really pushed that Trump was too nice to Putin.
On Friday Rachel Maddow asked Brennan about it. He came back with the claim that he did not mean what he actually said.
“I didn’t mean that he committed treason,” Brennan said.
Host Rachel Maddow said, “After Helsinki, you were stark, and even a little bit scary in your criticism of his behavior. You said it rose to treason.”
Brennan responded, “I said it was nothing short of treasonous.”
Maddow then stated, “In this current controversy, that specific comment has been singled out by a number of people as a comment that maybe, by you, crossed the line, that was maybe –.”
Brennan cut in to respond, “Crossed what line?” He continued that he has a right to free speech
Maddow responded that she wasn’t questioning whether Brennan had the right to make those remarks, and then asked, “But do you stand by that consideration, and can you explain, can you elaborate what you mean by treasonous? It’s a very serious allegation.”
Brennan answered, “I know what the Russians did in interfering in the election. I have 100% confidence in what they did. And for Mr. Trump to stand on that stage in Helsinki, with all the world’s eyes upon him, and to basically [say] he wouldn’t — he doesn’t understand why would the Russians interfere in the election. He’s given Mr. Putin and the Russians a pass time after time after time, and he keeps referring to this whole investigation as a witch hunt, as bogus, as — and to me, this was an attack against the foundational principle of our great republic, which is, the right of all Americans to choose their elected leaders. And for Mr. Trump to so cavalierly just dismiss that, yes, sometimes my Irish comes out, and — in my tweets, and I did say that it rises to and exceeds the level of high crimes and misdemeanors and is nothing short of treasonous. … I didn’t mean that he committed treason, but it was a term that I used, nothing short of treasonous.”
John Brennan with Rachel Maddow
I apologize to everyone for putting Rachel Maddow in front of them. She is absolutely brutal to watch.