During an appearance on Fox News Sunday this morning, outgoing CIA Director John Brennan addressed President-elect Donald Trump’s accusations that the intelligence community leaked the notorious Russian dossier to the press. In doing so, he noted that he took umbrage with Trump invoking Nazi Germany while criticizing intelligence agencies.
Speaking to host Chris Wallace, Brennan explained that the dossier that Buzzfeed dumped to the public last week had actually been “circulating for many months” before it was published. “So it’s not a question of the intelligence community leaking or releasing this information, it was already out there,” he added.
After Wallace noted that the reason it became news is because the CIA and other intel agencies briefed the president-elect on the document despite it being unverified, Brennan responded that it is unsubstantiated but that it’s been out there and was put together by a firm.
This led to Brennan saying that he had issues with Trump’s description of the intelligence community.
“What I do find outrageous is equating the intelligence community with Nazi Germany,” the director exclaimed. “I do take great umbrage at that. And there’s no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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