JUST IN: Donald Trump, in a press conference directly after his closed-door meeting with Russians’ Putin, sided with the dictator over his own intelligence community, saying he doesn’t “see any reason why” Russia would be responsible.
“I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump said during a joint news conference following his summit with Putin.
Instead, Trump boasted about Putin’s emphatic denial and –once again — took the opportunity to whine about the missing emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal account.
John Brennan, the former CIA director and a career intelligence officer, called Trump’s comments “nothing short of treasonous.”
“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors,’ ” Brennan tweeted. “It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”
“Russia has never interfered in and is not going to interfere in US internal affairs, including the elections,” Putin said during the news conference. “If there are any specific materials, if they are presented, we are ready to review them together.”