Former CIA director says Russia could 'have something' on Trump

John Brennan, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. (Yahoo News photo illustration; photos: Alex Wong/Getty Images, Jorge Silva/Reuters, AP, /J. Scott Applewhite/AP)The congratulatory call drew condemnation from several lawmakers, including Sen. John McCain.“An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections,” the Arizona Republican tweeted. “And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election.”But Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, shrugged off the call.“I wouldn’t read much into it,” Corker told reporters.Trump’s reluctance to say anything negative about Putin has been noted many times. And Brennan, who served as the head of the U.S. spy agency from 2013 to 2017 under President Barack Obama, has suddenly become one of Trump’s most vocal critics.Last month, after Trump declared he has “been much tougher on Russia than Obama,” Brennan blasted the president. I have been much tougher on Russia than Obama, just look at the facts. Total Fake News! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018 It never ceases to amaze me how successful you have been making yourself so small, petty, and banal with your tweets. Your insecurity is well deserved, as is your concern over Russia investigation. Thomas Paine was right when he said, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” — John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) February 20, 2018 Last week, after Trump declared that the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was “a great day for Democracy,” Brennan excoriated the commander in chief.“When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history,” Brennan tweeted. “You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.”Brennan — who served in various high-profile intelligence positions under Presidents Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — dismissed the idea that his criticism of Trump is politically motivated.“I’m not a Republican or a Democrat,” he said. “This is about the future of our country, our national security, our future prosperity, and Mr. Trump I think is failing on so many fronts.”He added: “I’ve decided to put my silence aside and speak up and speak out because I do think our future is in jeopardy.”On Wednesday afternoon, Trump defended his congratulatory call to Putin in a pair of tweets. I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also). The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing……. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2018 …..They can help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even the coming Arms Race. Bush tried to get along, but didn’t have the “smarts.” Obama and Clinton tried, but didn’t have the energy or chemistry (remember RESET). PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2018 Read more from Yahoo News:Trump ignored advisers’ warnings and congratulated PutinTrump fires Tillerson, taps CIA chief Pompeo for stateDemocrat reiterates doubts about Jared Kushner’s loyalty to the U.S.In exile with Bill Kristol, the Republican resister in chiefSeven days in Trumpland: Confusion, scandals and indictments