Former CIA Director Tells Lawmakers About 'Very Aggressive' Russian Election Meddling

Nick Mcbride
May 25, 2017

Richard Burr of North Carolina.

Schiff said he's still interested in pursuing the information "either from him or from others" without a grant of immunity.

Flynn's attorneys argued that the Senate's request was too broad, and if Flynn were to comply, he could be confirming the existence of some documents and, in effect, providing testimony that could be used against him.

The Senate intelligence committee says it will subpoena two of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's businesses.

Burr said if there is no response from Flynn his committee may consider a contempt-of-Congress charge. Flynn has refused to hand over that information.

Like Ahab, the obsessive sea captain who sought revenge on the great white whale Moby Dick, the left and their cohorts in the mainstream media continue their obsessive quest for "evidence" to bring down their nemesis, President Trump.

At that same hearing, former director of national intelligence James Clapper said that Moscow's leaders "must be congratulating themselves for having exceeded their wildest expectations with a minimal expenditure of resource", a reference not only to the outcome of the 2016 race but also to the chaos that has characterized the early months of the Trump administration.

"I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and USA persons involved in the Trump campaign", Brennan's said in testimony to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

On Tuesday, former CIA Director John Brennan told lawmakers he had noticed contacts between associates of Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during the campaign and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down "a treasonous path".

The FBI and congressional committees are investigating such contacts. Brennan acknowledged that he still had "unresolved questions" about the objective of those contacts when he stepped down as Central Intelligence Agency director in January.

"And that collaboration between Russian intelligence and Russian organized crime, I think is more and more of a concern so that they can promote their respective interests", he said.

He says that if someone tracks WikiLeaks' releases over time, it's clear that they are often timed to coincide with certain events or to undermine national security. The hearing was due to go into closed session to discuss classified information after Brennan's public testimony.

"It's shared through intelligence channels, because it needs to be handled the right way and it needs to make sure it is not exposed".

And before such intelligence is shared, the country that provided it must be warned so as not to jeopardize sources or methods, Brennan said.

The comments from Brennan, who left office January 20, marked his first public recognition that he had concerns about ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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"They (the Russians) try to suborn individuals and they try to get individuals, including USA persons, to act on their behalf either wittingly or unwittingly", he said, adding that "individuals going on a treasonous path often do not realize it until it is too late". He said Trump's reported "spontaneous" sharing of so-called "code-word" intelligence from Israel with two visiting Russian diplomats had violated "two protocols" of behavior between spy agencies. "And it raised questions in my mind again whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals". Brennan said it was possible for someone to be helpful to the Russian cause without realizing it.

Mr Brennan said he had warned Moscow against interfering in the USA presidential election, confirming that an FBI investigation had been opened in July.

The former Central Intelligence Agency director added that on August 4, 2016, he warned his Russian counterpart that the USA was aware that Russia was attempting to influence the election, and such efforts would "backfire" on Russia. Brennan says he told the head of the FSB that if Russian Federation continued to interfere, it would backfire and prevent any warming of relations. "We elicit. We solicit-all of that", the former Central Intelligence Agency chief said then.

"I said American voters would be outraged by any Russian attempt to interfere in the election", he recalled.

As Trump's campaign chairman during several key months in 2016, Manafort was tasked with managing the chaotic effort as the NY businessman shifted from being a Republican outsider to taking control of the party apparatus as its presidential nominee.

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