A former CIA Director, John Brennan, spoke with the press on Sunday about issues relating to a dossier on President Donald Trump compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.
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He insists that the report had no significant effect and played no role “whatsoever” in intelligence community’s assessment that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election.
Speaking in an interview on “Meet The Press,” an NBC News program, Brennan said he was “unaware of the provenance of it as well as what was in it.”
“And it did not play any role whatsoever in the intelligence community’s assessment that was done, that was presented to then-President Obama and then-President-elect Trump,” Brennan said.
According to a report from AP, the dossier was funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
“There were things in that dossier that made me wonder whether or not they were in fact accurate and true,” Brennan said. “And I do think it was up to the FBI to see whether or not they could verify any of it.
“I think [former FBI Director] Jim Comey has said that it contained salacious and unverified information. Just because it was unverified didn’t mean it wasn’t true,” he continued.
“If the Russians were involved in something like that directed against individuals who are aspiring to the highest office in this land, there was an obligation on the part of the FBI to seek out the truth on it.”
The dossier was at the center of a House Intelligence Committee GOP memo alleging the Justice Department used information from it to obtain surveillance warrants on Carter Page, a member of the Trump transition team and a former Trump campaign adviser.
Mr. Brennan also blasted the Republican memo alleging abuses of power by the FBI and the Justice Department, and directly accused Rep. Devin Nunes (R.-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, of selectively releasing information to accuse law enforcement officials of improperly obtaining a warrant to monitor the Carter’s communication links.
“It’s just appalling and clearly underscores how partisan Mr. Nunes has been,” Brennan said. “He has abused the chairmanship of [the Intelligence Committee],”