Did former CIA Director John Brennan threaten President Donald Trump with an ominous warning?
On Monday, Trump took to Twitter to hit back at the Southern District of New York for filing a memo that alleges he may have been involved in campaign finance violations.
In the memos, Michael Cohen, the president’s former attorney, provided information about allegations that Trump may have been involved in the $130,000 that was paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels in Oct. 2016.
Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump over a decade ago, was reportedly paid as part of a nondisclosure agreement that she signed.
In his tweet, Trump defended himself and noted that former President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for campaign violations.
….which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama’s – but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine. Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me). Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018
Obama was hit with arguably the largest fees ever levied against a presidential campaign for violations and not a single person went to jail.
Obama’s CIA director responded to Trump’s tweet by saying the president will “never have the opportunity to run for public office again.”
“Whenever you send out such inane tweets, I take great solace in knowing that you realize how much trouble you are in & how impossible it will be for you to escape American justice. Mostly, I am relieved that you will never have the opportunity to run for public office again,” Brennan wrote.
Whenever you send out such inane tweets, I take great solace in knowing that you realize how much trouble you are in & how impossible it will be for you to escape American justice. Mostly, I am relieved that you will never have the opportunity to run for public office again. https://t.co/JzB6YH8C6H
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) December 10, 2018
What did Brennan mean by this threatening tweet?
Brennan, who had his security clearance revoked by Trump in August, has been a central figures in the mainstream media pushing conspiracy theories about alleged Trump-Russia collusion.
Following the joint news conference between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this year, Brennan lost his head.
“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” 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???” Brennan tweeted.
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” 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???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
Obama’s former CIA director was also reportedly a central figure in advancing the Clinton-funded dossier to the highest levels of the FBI and State Department.
Brennan’s comments came less than a day after several top Democrats said Trump was going to be impeached and possibly thrown in jail over alleged campaign finance violations.
Former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal, who served under Obama, claimed on Sunday that Trump’s “future looks like it’s behind bars.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he believes Trump faces the “prospect” of “real jail time.”
“There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him,” Schiff said. “That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that if Trump was involved in campaign finance laws — the same violations that Obama set a record for — it would amount to “impeachable offenses.”
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, followed suit and also demanded that Trump be removed from office over speculation that he played a role in campaign finance violations.
This is where Democrats are headed when they take over the House of Representatives on Jan. 3.