Bill Maher Calls Trump A 'Traitor' In Conversation With Former CIA Director John Brennan

Bill Maher, host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, told former CIA Director John Brennan that he considers President Trump a "traitor" on Friday.

Maher was referring to an incident in which Trump absolved Russia of blame, taking the perspective of Vladimir Putin over the accounts of his own intelligence agencies, during a July 16 press conference with the Russian leader in Helsinki. (He later reversed his comments.)

"He takes their side and not ours. That's a traitor," Maher said.

Maher brought up remarks Brennan made after the press conference. "You used terms like that, after Helsinki, you said it was 'nothing short of treasonous,' which, to me, sounds like treasonous," Maher said to Brennan.

Brennan agreed the word had crossed his mind.

"He's not on our side. You're not on our side, if you're attacking our Generals, you're not on our side," Maher continued.

Trump stripped Brennan of his CIA security clearance in early August, in what he said was retaliation for Brennan's role in ongoing investigations into Trump's connections with Russia.

"Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation's most closely held secrets and facilities," Trump said in a statement on August 15.

Brennan ha not been cowed. This week, he said that the Trump presidency is falling apart, The Hill reported Thursday.

"I take no delight in seeing the steady collapse of a U.S. Presidency, but I do take strong comfort in knowing that the rule of law & our great government institutions are prevailing," he tweeted Thursday. "Things ultimately will get better, and we will heal as a Nation."

In the conversation with Brennan, Maher claimed Trump's leadership is the third largest American crisis, following both the Revolutionary and Civil wars. He alleged the Depression falls behind Trump's presidency.

When asked if he would agree with the ranking, Brennan said yes. He continued to stress the power Trump holds.

"And I think it's going to get worse before it gets better, because don't forget: Donald Trump has the authority of the president of the United States in his hands, in terms of what he can do domestically here and as well as what he can do internationally to try to distract attention, whether or not he's going to try to pursue some type of foreign adventure, military or otherwise."

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