Ex-CIA Director John Brennan Lights Up Gowdy, Goodlatte For Taking ‘Cheap Shots’ in Strzok Hearing: ‘Unconscionable’


Former CIA director John Brennan tore into House Judicial Committee leaders Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) during his first reaction to the ultra-chaotic hearing on Peter Strzok.

When Strzok fielded questions about his controversial text messages with Lisa Page, he got into a lot of verbal sparring matches with the two congressmen — who pressed the agent on whether his negative view of President Donald Trump tainted his FBI work.

Brennan spoke to MSNBC’s Chris Jansing about this when the hearing was adjourned, and he slammed Gowdy and Goodlatte for presiding over an explosive “mockery of the oversight function.” He particularly blasted them for defending Trump while putting on a fireworks show for Vladimir Putin.

“Vladimir Putin must be very happy, as well as Russian intelligence services because of the discord that’s being concern in the halls of Congress here,” Brennan said. “Unfortunately, I think Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Gowdy demonstrated they are more interested in protecting Mr. Trump, and preventing the continued investigation from moving forward, and taking these cheap shots at Strzok were just unconscionable.”

When asked for what the hearing could mean for national security, Brennan slammed Congressional Republicans for reaching “a new low” by defending Trump from Robert Mueller‘s investigation all the time.

“What I saw today was this grandstanding and politicking at the expense of our national security. How it’s going to come to an end, I don’t know. But unfortunately this polarization is being fostered by Mr. Trump in terms of the types of things he says and what he tweets. This needs to stop because it is having a damaging impact on our national security.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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