Ex-CIA director's testimony fuels new round of anti-Russian agitation
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 2:21
The CIA alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to a troubling pattern of contacts between Russian officials and associates of the Trump campaign past year, former agency director John Brennan testified on Tuesday, shedding new light on the origin of a criminal probe that now reaches into the White House.
Brennan revealed for the first time that he was so concerned about Russia's attempts to meddle in the election that he contacted Alexander Bortnikov, Russia's FSB chief, on August 4 to warn him against continuing its active measures against the U.S. Brennan says the contacts raised questions about whether Russian Federation was trying to gain the cooperation of those individuals.
Brennan indicated that the CIA was the first United States government agency to become aware of alleged Russian efforts to interfere in the election campaign during July 2016. Later, when Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., asked the question as a hypothetical, Coats said his role was to "gather intelligence to present to political bodies".
Former CIA Director John Brennan says he thinks Russian Federation cooperates with WikiLeaks through middlemen.
The Senate intelligence committee asked Mr Flynn and three other Trump campaign associates for documents, including lists of meetings he had with the Russians during the campaign. Indeed, many American officials don't always know when they are assisting the Russians, as they frequently use intermediaries, Brennan said. What the White House tapes were to Richard Nixon, the Comey memos may be to Trump: the evidence that definitively exposes his culpability.It was at that point that the FBI, which investigates whether or not crimes or foreign espionage have taken place in the United States, opened its probe of the Russian operation.As a result, some of Mr. Trump's rabid supporters threatened Mr.
When asked about Trump's request, Coats told the Senate Armed Services Committee that as the President's chief intelligence adviser, "it's not appropriate for me to comment publicly" on any conversation with him.
"It should be clear to everyone Russian Federation brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process and that they undertook these activities despite our strong protests and explicit warning that they do not do so", Brennan said. They do not have visibility that is intel guys like the DNI, the director of national intelligence, and the CIA director, into the significant part of the investigation that's conducted by the FBI.
Brennan also addressed news reports that Trump, in an Oval Office meeting this month with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, shared highly classified information provided by a U.S. ally about an Islamic State group plot to bring down civilian airliners with bombs hidden in laptop computers.
Beyond that, he said: "Before sharing any classified intelligence with foreign partners, it needs to go back to the originating agency to make sure that the language in it is not. going to provide sources and methods and compromise the future collection capability".
The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said they will subpoena two of Flynn's businesses after he declined to comply with a subpoena for documents in the panel's Russian Federation probe.
He said he raised published news media reports of Russian attempts to meddle in the election with the Russian official, who denied any involvement by Moscow.
Brennan briefed President Barack Obama and Trump in January on an intelligence community report revealing that Putin had personally ordered an "influence campaign" targeting the presidential election. And then there are folks who represented themselves as being connected with him.
USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian Federation tried to tilt the November presidential election campaign in Republican Donald Trump's favour, including hacking into and leaking emails of senior Democrats.
The former FBI director was appointed last week to serve as special counsel overseeing a counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.
"Is that an accurate reporting, Director Coats?"
Since then, the committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation after the House Committee on Ethics said it was investigating whether he disclosed classified information to the White House.
He described how Russian Federation recruits sources both 'wittingly and unwittingly'.