Former acting CIA director doubts Trump-Russia collusion

Don't be so quick to believe the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. At least, that's what the former acting CIA director is saying.

NBC News reports former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell said of the allegations, "There is smoke, but there is no fire — at all."

Morell follows former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who said that as of when he left office in January, there wasn't any evidence to suggest collusion.

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Former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael Morell, who was interviewed for 'The Spymasters,' a CBS/Showtime documentary, about directors of the CIA, Washington, DC, June 30, 2015.

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Michael Morell, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, right, and his wife Mary Beth Morell arrive for a morning session during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Billionaires, chief executive officers, and leaders from the technology, media, and finance industries gather this week at the Idaho mountain resort conference hosted by investment banking firm Allen & Co.

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Michael Morell, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 6, 2016 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference.

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Former Mossad Director (2011-2016) Tamir Pardo and former US Central Intelligence Agency Acting Director Michael Morell discuss 'ISIS, Israel, and Spymasters: A Reality Check' at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on May 3, 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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With a copy of a 'talking points' memo behind him, former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell testifies before the House Select Intelligence Committee April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the topic of 'The Benghazi Talking Points and Michael J. Morell's Role in Shaping the Administration's Narrative.'

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Leon Panetta, outgoing Secretary of Defense; nominee for Secretary of Defense, Sen. Chuck Hagel, (R-NE); President Barack Obama; John Brennan nominee for Director of CIA, and Michael J. Morell, acting Director of the CIA, are shown during a press conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Monday, January 7, 2013.

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Michael Morell (L), former acting director of the CIA, and Michael Vickers, former Defense undersecretary for intelligence, listen to questions during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, January 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. The committee was hearing testimony the from an outside view on the U.S. Strategy for Iraq and Syria and the Evolution of Islamic Extremism.

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Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell is sworn in prior to testimony before the House Select Intelligence Committee April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the topic of 'The Benghazi Talking Points and Michael J. Morell's Role in Shaping the Administration's Narrative.'

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Michael Morell (L), former acting director of the CIA, and Michael Vickers, former Defense undersecretary for intelligence, look over their papers before the start of a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, January 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. The committee was hearing testimony the from an outside view on the U.S. Strategy for Iraq and Syria and the Evolution of Islamic Extremism.

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Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell arrives for testimony before the House Select Intelligence Committee April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the topic of 'The Benghazi Talking Points and Michael J. Morell's Role in Shaping the Administration's Narrative.'

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Eric Jaffe, Head of New York Research at GLG and Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA visit GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) on March 4, 2016 in New York City.

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Acting CIA Director Michael Morell is seen November 28, 2012 in the Senate Visitors Center of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

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Acting CIA Director Michael Morell leaves the closed Senate Intelligence Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington November 15, 2012. A computer used by Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with CIA Director David Petraeus led to his resignation, contained substantial classified information that should have been stored under more secure conditions, law enforcement and national security officials said on Wednesday.

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US President Barack Obama (2nd L) shares a laugh with his nominees for US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L), current US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (2nd R) and Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell (R) during an event at the White House in Washington on January 7, 2013.

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And late last month, Devin Nunes — the House Intelligence Committee chairman investigating ties between Trump and his associates and Russia — said, "At this point, there's nothing there."

Morell's comments, in particular, have gotten attention because he endorsed Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton. At the time, then-candidate Trump criticized him in a tweet.

Morell said in an op-ed published in The New York Times on Aug. 5 that he was breaking his 33-year career practice of not publicly sharing who he would vote for because "Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security."

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He was reportedly Clinton's choice to be the CIA director — if she had won.

The Trump White House has faced repeated questions about campaign and administration officials' ties to Russia. Within the past month, reports have indicated more Trump associates than previously known met Russian officials during the campaign and during the transition.

The House Intelligence Committee will hold a public hearing on the matter on March 20.

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