- The Washington Times - Friday, April 26, 2019

Former CIA Director John Brennan was back on the offensive Friday against President Trump with claims of “sociopathic ramblings” that Americans should ignore.

The persistent critic of Mr. Trump took to MSNBC less than 24 hours after the president was interviewed by Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

At issue, in part, is Mr. Trump’s assertion that entrenched federal bureaucrats and ideological allies attempted a silent coup via the Russian investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“This was a coup, this was an attempted overthrow of the United States government,” Mr. Trump said. “These are sick, sick people. Let’s see how high it goes up because it’s inconceivable when it goes to Clapper, Brennan, Comey, these people, I would imagine some other people maybe higher up also knew about it.”

Mr. Trump takes particular issue with the infamous Steele dossier used to obtain FISA warrants on members of his 2016 presidential campaign.

“I don’t think it’s surprising at all that we continue to hear the sociopathic ramblings of Mr. Trump claiming that there was this effort to try to prevent him from being elected or to unseat him,” Mr. Brennan countered Friday. “I welcome any type of continued investigation in terms of what I testified in front of Congress.”

Mr. Brennan also blasted Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for pushing “specious allegations that have no basis in truth” regarding the Russia investigation.

“[His claims] make it into the bloodstream and then certain networks will propagate that,” Mr. Brennan said.

The Republican, for instance, tweeted March 27: “BREAKING: A high-level source tells me it was Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report … Brennan should be asked to testify under oath in Congress ASAP.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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