- The Washington Times - Monday, March 5, 2018

Former CIA Director John Brennan criticized President Trump on Monday of having a “paranoia” about the Russia case.

“This tweet is a great example of your paranoia, constant misrepresentation of the facts, and increased anxiety and panic (rightly so) about the Mueller investigation. When will those in Congress and the 30 percent of Americans who still support you realize you are a charlatan?” Mr. Brennan tweeted in reply to an  earlier post from the president about Russia meddling.

Mr. Trump has accused the Obama administration of failing to act against Russian meddling because they thought former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would win the election.

“Why did the Obama Administration start an investigation into the Trump Campaign (with zero proof of wrongdoing) long before the Election in November? Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win. Unprecedented. Bigger than Watergate! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling,” Mr. Trump tweeted.

Russia has become a hot-button issue in the Trump administration with a special counsel investigating the president’s campaign for possible collusion, and the administration’s stance on whether Russia meddled in the election at all.

Mr. Trump has been criticized for failing to take more aggressive action against Russian after intelligence officials concluded that some in the country’s government tried to influence the election outcome.

Congress overwhelmingly passed new sanctions last fall to punish Russia for their actions, but the Trump administration decided to delay enacting them. They did recently decide to extend the existing sanctions on Russia passed under former President Barack Obama in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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