When Former CIA Director John Brennan Lied to Congress

John Brennan lied to Congress. On January 6, 2017 a report was prepared by the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. The report made the following statement “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”

Anyone who had been paying attention to the antics and capers of Hillary Clinton since she was appointed as Obama’s Secretary of State would have been immediately suspicious. One recalls her “reset” button with Russia implying that the Obama administration was going to take a softer approach with Russia than the Bush presidency had done. That was confirmed in March, 2012 when Obama was caught on an open mike telling Dimitri Medvedev to tell Vladimir Putin “I’ll have more flexibility [to make an agreement with Russia on America’s nuclear capability] after the [2012] election.” 

The Uranium One deal had been made with Russia in 2010, largely handled by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That is now a scandal that has not been fully investigated. We now know that Clinton and her husband wracked up enormous profits for themselves, most of it laundered through the Clinton Crime Family Foundation. Bill got something like half a million dollars for a short speech. Putin got a large shipment of uranium from the United States reported to have been at least 20% of the entire stock of U.S. uranium supplies.

Hillary Clinton used her position as Secretary of State to please Russia and to line her and her husband’s pockets with millions of dollars. The relationship between Hillary Clinton and Vladimir Putin could hardly have been cozier.

For the CIA, the FBI and the NSA to conclude that Putin and Russia had “a clear preference for President-elect Trump” is laughable. The one thing that is clear is that Putin and Russia had a clear preference for Hillary Clinton to win the U.S. Presidency. There is no telling what dirty deals a Hillary administration would have made with Putin and Russia if she had won the 2016 election. Putin must have been sorely disappointed that Trump was going to be the next president.

John Brennan Lied to Congress

John Brennan was clearly nervous in May 2017 when questioned by Representative Trey Gowdy as to why he concluded in mid-2016 that the Trump campaign was conspiring with the Russians to manipulate the outcome of the presidential election. Brennan gave a stammering answering claiming he was aware of intelligence information that found contacts between Russian officials and people in the Trump campaign.  Gowdy pressed Brennan on whether he had relied on the infamous Steel dossier which had become known to the world after it was published by BuzzFeed on January 10, 2017.

In late July 2016, with John Brennan as Director (until January, 2017) the CIA had set up a special group with the NSA and FBI to investigate the extent of Russian intervention in the presidential election. Brennan made sure that all information about links between the Trump campaign and people working for or on behalf of Russian intelligence went to the FBI. John McCain heard about the Steele dossier on November 18, 2016, and received a hard copy in early December, 2016.

In the meantime Trump won the election on November 8, 2016.

As early as January, 2016 Bruce Ohr was involved in a wide–ranging clandestine effort by the U.S. government to recruit Russia’s richest men close to Vladimir Putin, such as Oleg Deripaska, as informants for the U.S. government. During this time, Ohr had contacts with the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who was also involved in this effort and who authored the Trump–Russia dossier in 2016.

It is incomprehensible that Brennan did not know about the Steele dossier in mid-2016. Trey Gowdy asked Brennan why he concluded at that time that Trump was colluding with Russians. Gowdy wanted to know if the Steele dossier was what he relied upon. Brennan state emphatically and categorically: “No, it wasn’t part of the corpus of intelligence information that we had. It was not in any way used as a basis for the intelligence community’s assessment that was done. Uh, it was, it was not.”

Brennan’s answer was a big fat lie.

The Steele dossier was of utmost importance to the FBI in its case against Trump. It was undoubtedly used to obtain FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign before the election and after the election.

FoxNews, January 24th

According to a memo from Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee in February 2018 about the Page warrant, “[Andrew] McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] without the Steele dossier information.”

Andrew McCabe has essentially admitted, “No Steele dossier, no FISA warrant.”

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