WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Obama Administration’s CIA director John Brennan came out swinging against President Donald Trump on Monday, calling the president’s high profile press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin an “impeachable offense”.
“Donald Trump’s press performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,'” Brennan tweeted. “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???”
Moments after issuing the scathing tweet, Brennan appeared on MSNBC and demanded Trump cabinet officials resign in protest.
“I thought that there was nothing Donald Trump could say that would shock me, but I was wrong,” Brennan told MSNBC’s Brian Williams.
“I was just totally shocked at the performance of Donald Trump in Helsinki at a press conference with Vladimir Putin,” Brennan continued. “I just found that it was outrageous. And even when the press — and thank goodness the press asked the right questions — even when the press gave him an opportunity to hold Russia accountable for anything, he chose to talk about Hillary Clinton, about his election, about servers.”
“He criticized American citizens, Secretary Clinton and others as opposed to really taking advantage of a world stage, with all the world’s eyes upon them, to point out how unacceptable Russia’s behavior and interference in our election and the elections of other democratic countries around the globe is. But he just shirked those responsibilities,” Brennan went on.
“I cannot understand how the national security team can continue to abide by this and how Pompeo and Bolton and Kelly can continue in their jobs,” Brennan added. “This, I think, rises to the point of good American patriots resigning in objection to that performance by Donald Trump. I’m at a loss of words to describe just how outrageous his words, his statements, his behavior has been. And one can only conclude that he fears Vladimir Putin. And that one-on-one discussion, who knows what was discussed there. And how Mr. Putin now is the master puppeteer of Donald Trump, the person who is in our Oval Office. Outrageous.”
Brennan has been a vocal critic of President Trump and his administration, claiming that his former position with the Obama administration gives him an obligation to “speak out” against the president’s “treasonous behavior”.