From the very beginning, the question of whether Trump’s campaign associates colluded with Russian officials has been at the heart of the ongoing FBI investigation as well as the niggling flame under the ample butt cheeks of our pumpkin-headed prez. Republicans continue to shout that there’s no ‘there there’, insisting on proof…proof…proof. Well, as far as former CIA chief John Brennan is concerned, there is more than enough ‘there’ to pursue the investigation to its full conclusion.

Speaking at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, Brennan said, “I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign.”

Brennan could not confirm to the Committee that any collusion actually took place between the Trump Team and Russia, but made it plain that there was far too much smoke not to search for the fire.

“I know that there was a sufficient basis of information and intelligence that required further investigation by the [FBI] to determine whether or not U.S. persons were actively conspiring or colluding with Russian officials,” said the former CIA head on Tuesday.

When pressed by several Republican lawmakers for the evidence, the former CIA chief responded that there was a clear distinction between intelligence and evidence, and that the intelligence that was discovered warranted further investigation.

Brennan would not name any members of the Trump team who were talking to Russian officials, but we all know who they are. It’s the usual suspects…the slimeball stooge patrol of Carter Page, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and possibly son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Brennan, has been a vocal critic of President Sunkist McDipsydoodle for some time now. If you remember, he was the one who called Trump’s comparison of the US intelligence community to Nazi Germany “repugnant.”

Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee will continue their probe into Russian election interference and possible collusion with Trump associates.

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