Amid reports that U.S. Attorney John Durham is looking into the origins of an investigation into then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, one likely target is speaking out.
Former CIA Director John Brennan said this week that he would “welcome the opportunity” to discuss his role in the probe with Durham and his team of prosecutors.
“I’m in their crosshairs”
Now an MSNBC contributor, Brennan discussed the developments during an appearance on All In with Chris Hayes on Friday.
“It’s clear that I’m in their crosshairs,” he said of the investigators. Durham, Connecticut’s top prosecutor, was appointed by Attorney General William Barr last year to conduct a probe into the FBI investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Brennan went on to accuse both Barr and President Donald Trump of mischaracterizing the Obama administration’s motives and deceiving the public by suggesting a crime had been committed.
He asserted that the president had replaced multiple high-ranking officials with partisan loyalists — particularly Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell — who are now exploiting their roles on Trump’s behalf. As for the attention he has received in the Durham investigation, Brennan attributed it to his frequent criticism of the Trump administration.
The president has recently increased his focus of the 2016 probe, dubbing it “Obamagate” and reportedly urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to vigorously investigate the issue.
“I have not been interviewed”
Nevertheless, Brennan held out hope that the “well-respected” U.S. attorney and his team would put politics aside as they focus on the transitional period between the Obama and Trump administrations.
“I’d like to think that John Durham and the other DOJ and FBI investigators will continue to honor their oath of office and to carry out their responsibilities without any consideration of political interests of Donald Trump,” he said.
Brennan expressed confidence that the evidence will show he “was not engaged in any type of wrongdoing” related to the Russia probe.
“So I welcome the opportunity to talk with the investigators,” he said. “I have nothing to hide. I have not yet been interviewed by any of those individuals involved in this matter but I’m willing to do so.”
In his response to the latest developments, Brennan expressed a desire to see the truth come out. If nothing else, that might be one objective he shares with his detractors.