John Brennan, who served as CIA director during former President Barack Obama’s second term, just dropped a bombshell about Trump and Russia.
In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan told members of Congress that Russia “brazenly interfered” in the 2016 presidential election, and that by the time he left office on January 20, he still had lots of unanswered questions about the depth of communications between Russian government officials and “U.S. persons”, leaving him unsure of whether or not there was active collusion between Trump’s campaign staff and foreign agents.
“I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign,” Brennan said during the committee hearing. “I was concerned because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals. And it raised questions in my mind again whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.”
Brennan: Intel showed contacts & interactions between Russians & people involved in the Trump campaign; intel required FBI investigation pic.twitter.com/p8Dc1s0Xis
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 23, 2017
The hearing is part of the House Intelligence Committee’s own investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia. Brennan was brought in to testify whether or not the CIA had any information at the time that would help investigators determine whether or not Russia played a significant role in the outcome of the 2016 election.
Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.