Former Central Intelligence Agency Director John O. Brennan has never shied away from criticizing President Donald Trump. Brennan’s criticisms – like calling Trump’s Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin treasonous and decrying The president’s “moral turpitude” for firing CIA Deputy Director Andrew McCabe – led to the controversial decision of the White House to revoke his security clearance. It was a move many thought vindictive on the Trump administration’s part, as former security officials usually keep their clearances to offer input on developing issues of national security.
Clearance or no clearance, Brennan hasn’t shied away from holding the president accountable, and today is no different. With the new development that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to the FBI even after reaching a plea deal in exchange for his cooperation, Trump took to Twitter to decry the investigation for the umpteenth time.
The Phony Witch Hunt continues, but Mueller and his gang of Angry Dems are only looking at one side, not the other. Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie. Mueller is a conflicted prosecutor gone rogue….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2018
….terrible Gang of Angry Democrats. Look at their past, and look where they come from. The now $30,000,000 Witch Hunt continues and they’ve got nothing but ruined lives. Where is the Server? Let these terrible people go back to the Clinton Foundation and “Justice” Department!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2018
To which Brennan replied with a scathing tweet of his own explaining just who Trump reminds him of:
Your feelings of inferiority, insecurity, vulnerability, and culpability are loud & clear. You remind me of how many corrupt authoritarian leaders abroad behaved before they were deposed. Bob Mueller’s name will be revered in the annals of U.S. history; your name will be scorned. https://t.co/aYnYetwJV1
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) November 27, 2018
Special Counsel Robert Mueller disclosed that the investigation has so far cost $17 million – a little over half of what Trump claimed. When factoring in the fines paid by those found to be guilty through the investigation, it’s likely that it will break even or turn a profit.
But Brennan didn’t focus on that. Instead, he zeroed in on Trump’s character – or lack thereof – and how it reminded him of corrupt leaders abroad. While Trump is often compared to dictators and authoritarians by regular Americans, the assertion holds infinitely more weight coming from a former CIA director.
And Twitter agreed wholeheartedly, thankful that Brennan had the courage to call this out.
Remember when calling someone "Benedict Arnold" was a bad thing? In the future, calling someone a "Trump" will be the ultimate insult. I look forward to that day.
— Facts are Facts (@TWillmc) November 27, 2018
As usual, perfectly and eloquently stated….thank you for PERSISTENTLY speaking TRUTH to POWER (hungry)
— Amy (@TheLadyofLedger) November 27, 2018
Thank you so much for your service sir!!
— Audrey Fetterhoff (@AudreyGarden) November 27, 2018
SPOT ON JOHN!!!!!!!!!!
— Jeff Harris (@jaffa1965) November 27, 2018
Thank you for standing up and telling the truth of what this country must realize is a fact and not something made up! Mueller is representing the U.S. and trump is representing himself!
— Ken (@krswitz11) November 27, 2018
Amen to that! Dear lord, please keep Robert Mueller and his family safe. Please continue to guide his mind and heart and to do your will in service to all Americans now and for the future.
— Diane Macchiavelli (@qimover) November 27, 2018
Donald Trump has frequently called the entire Mueller investigation “the biggest witch hunt” in American history (possibly forgetting the time we had an actual witch hunt).
The President has gone to great lengths to assure the public that there was no coordination between him or his campaign and Russian officials to influence the 2016 presidential election, but with over 35 indictments or plea deals in less than two years, the public is starting to realize that there might be a “there” there.
Yet Trump has still often decried the entire operation with the ease of someone muttering in his sleep.
While my (our) poll numbers are good, with the Economy being the best ever, if it weren’t for the Rigged Russian Witch Hunt, they would be 25 points higher! Highly conflicted Bob Mueller & the 17 Angry Democrats are using this Phony issue to hurt us in the Midterms. No Collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2018
NO COLLUSION – RIGGED WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018
Where’s the Collusion? They made up a phony crime called Collusion, and when there was no Collusion they say there was Obstruction (of a phony crime that never existed). If you FIGHT BACK or say anything bad about the Rigged Witch Hunt, they scream Obstruction!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2018
No Collusion and No Obstruction, except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats. All of the resignations and corruption, yet heavily conflicted Bob Mueller refuses to even look in that direction. What about the Brennan, Comey, McCabe, Strzok lies to Congress, or Crooked’s Emails!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2018
The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself…I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined…and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
Trump’s calls to discredit and end the investigation that has exposed numerous crimes – some of which didn’t even directly relate to his 2016 campaign – aren’t typically characteristic of a person with nothing to fear.
Innocent people need only declare innocence once. Guilty people tend to declare innocence over and over and over and over again. Repeating a lie never makes it true. Your stating "no collusion" more than 500 times is sounding like you're hiding something. Suspicious!
— Alanw730 (@Alanw7301) November 26, 2018
@realDonaldTrump Looking at your tweets the last few days shows that you are guilty and trying to stop the investigation as opposed to showing your innocent. If you are not guilty — act like it. But, we all know you are not. Oh, look, it's the man who haunts your dreams. pic.twitter.com/DLwDWHY3Ir
— Lemer Bevan (@BrownLemur2) November 27, 2018
Stop commenting on. Each and every time you do, makes you more suspicious of guilt. You are a slow learner, Mr. President, with all due respect.
— PAT (@pjmagee2) November 26, 2018
Never have I seen someone so "innocent" try so hard to stop an investigation – You and your families days in the oval office are numbered pic.twitter.com/RbO1JVpIaC
— David (@JMHSRV) November 27, 2018
The deaf ears on which Trump’s cries of “witch hunt!” and “no collusion!” fall continue to multiply, leading some – including Brennan – to believe he’s circling the drain.