Ex-CIA head Brennan: 'Putin must be very happy' with Goodlatte and Gowdy 'protecting Mr. Trump' in Strzok hearing
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Appearing on MSNBC, former CIA Director John Brennan expressed his disgust with a Republican-led grilling of FBI agent Peter Strzok, calling it “mockery of the oversight function," adding "Vladimir Putin must be very happy."

Speaking with host Chris Jansing, Brennan was asked about the overall proceedings, replying, “Vladimir Putin must be very happy, as well as Russian intelligence services because of the discord that’s being shown in the halls of Congress here."

He then turned to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and hearing chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) for their role in what shaped up to be a show trial of the FBI agent accused of protecting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and attempting to influence an FBI investigation of President Donald Trump's election campaign.

“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,” he asserted.

Calling the hearing a "new low," he condemned the whole affair.

“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," he lamented. "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.”

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