John Brennan: Russia interfered in U.S. election process

John Brennan: Russia interfered in U.S. election process

John Brennan: Russia interfered in U.S. election process

During the House's hearing Tuesday on the Russian Federation investigation task force, former CIA Director John Brennan confirmed what a growing number of scandalous revelations have been indicating all along: that there was contact between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign during the 2016 election.

Brennan, while testifying at a hearing of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, said it became clear last summer that Russian Federation was attempting to interfere in the election. "And that's why my radar goes up early when I see certain things that I know what the Russians are trying to do, and I don't know whether or not the targets of their efforts are as mindful of the Russian intentions as they need to be", he said.

Brennan emphasized in his testimony he was not making a determination about whether the Trump campaign knowingly colluded with Russian Federation, saying he did not have "sufficient information" to make that determination.

Brennan, who departed as Central Intelligence Agency chief when Trump took office in January, said he believed he was the first US official to raise the matter of election interference with the Russians, citing an August 4, 2016 phone call he had with the head of Russia's FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov.

JOHN BRENNAN: The Russians are watching very carefully what's going on in Washington right now, and they will try to exploit it for their own purposes.

"I believe that they will try to exploit elections", he said, adding that he has "grudging respect" for Russia's intelligence efforts.

Pompeo's remarks were seemingly a jab at his predecessor John Brennan, who famously said in March previous year that the U.S. "did not steal secrets" under former President Barack Obama.

CIA Director John Brennan testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, USA on February 9, 2016.

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The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says if it's true that the president asked top intelligence officials to publicly deny that there had been any "collusion" between the Russians and the Trump campaign, it would suggest obstruction or politicization of the intelligence community.

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.

US Intel Chief: collusion unclear but concerning contact between Russia, Trump campaignWhile President Donald Trump is overseas, his presence looms large back in Washington, DC.

Coats said he had "no documents to make relevant", when asked by a senator whether he would turn over memos about any conversations he might have had with Trump about the investigation into the Russian Federation matter.

"The substance of those briefings was entirely consistent with the main judgements contained in the January classified and unclassified assessments, namely that Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the United States democratic process, denigrate Secretary clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency, and to help President Trump's election chances", the former CIA Director said. The classified information was reportedly about an ISIS threat and provided to the U.S.by Israeli intelligence.

The Post says both men deemed the request inappropriate and refused to comply.

Trump in recent days has adamantly denied any claim of "collusion" with Russian Federation, particularly in the wake of a special counsel being named to oversee the federal Russian Federation probe.

Brennan continued briefing the committee in closed session after the public hearing.

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