After years of outspoken criticism regarding President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and its alleged conspiracy with Russian operatives, former CIA Director John Brennan recently found himself in the hot seat as part of a probe into the origins of those claims.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, Brennan was interviewed for about eight hours on Friday by U.S. Attorney John Durham’s team, which is conducting a probe into the FBI’s investigation of the Russian collusion case.
“Doesn’t quite add up”
Brennan’s former deputy chief of staff downplayed the significance of the questioning, asserting that he is not under criminal investigation, according to Politico.
Nick Shapiro said that the former CIA chief “provided details on the efforts made by the Intelligence Community to understand and disrupt the actions taken by Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election” as part of his interview.
According to one high-profile GOP lawmaker, however, Brennan still has a lot to clear up.
U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who serves as the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, made his accusation during a Sunday interview with Fox News Channel’s Maria Bartiromo.
“His story doesn’t quite add up,” the lawmaker said, expressing hope that “Durham was able to get him on the record so that he could explain his testimony when he testified in front of our committee.”
“There’s no track record”
During a 2017 appearance before the House panel, Brennan alleged that he was aware of communications between Trump campaign figures and Russia during the spring of 2016.
Nunes stressed that it remains unclear what Brennan based his claim on, noting that the only reports of such meetings appear to be found in the largely discredited dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.
“How did Brennan have that information?” Nunes asked. “Who gave him that information? There’s no track record of it at the CIA or anywhere else. He claims that he gave some of this to the FBI.”
For his part, Shapiro asserted that “Brennan expressed appreciation for the professional manner in which Mr. Durham and his team conducted the interview.”
As the Durham probe, which began last spring at the direction of U.S. Attorney General William Barr, continues as a criminal investigation, many Americans are anxious to find out what the team has uncovered through interviews with Brennan and others.