Following Sen. Rand Paul's bombshell allegation that John Brennan internally pushed the unverified Trump dossier, Rep. Peter King said the former CIA director "disgraced his office" and acted as an "evil force" in the Russia probe.

In a tweet Wednesday, Paul (R-Ky.), citing a "high-level source," charged that Brennan "insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier" be included in a classified intelligence community report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Paul said Brennan must testify under oath immediately, as Republican lawmakers continue to aggressively seek out the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative and what role the dossier played in the Russia probe.

On "America's Newsroom" Thursday, King (R-N.Y.) said he's suspected since the fall of 2016 that Brennan was "rigging" intelligence reports against Trump during the campaign and transition.

"Since then, he's repeatedly been on television and in the media talking about collusion. Now he says maybe he misinterpreted the evidence. If that's the case it means, number one, either he's a liar, or, number two, he wasn't smart enough to be CIA director," King said.

He said Brennan "disgraced his office" and has been an "evil force" throughout the Russia saga, including going on national TV since 2017 and accusing the president of treasonous behavior.

"For him to say the president's guilty of collusion, of treason, that, to me, was evil to say unless he had absolutely proof. As it turns out, he had none," King said.

He added that if Brennan and other intelligence officials under then-President Obama did not realize that the dossier was unverified opposition research funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, then they didn't deserve to hold those offices.

If they did know, however, it would be a "colossal scandal" that must be investigated, King said.

"And not just because it's President Trump. I hope I would say the same thing if this were done against President Obama or Hillary Clinton if she had been elected," King said. "This is wrong to have the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of the United States conspiring to unseat and to bring down a duly elected president of the United States when they know there's no evidence there."


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