Former CIA director John Brennan sat for greater than eight hours of testimony at CIA headquarters in Washington the place he confronted questions by US lawyer John Durham.
Durham was tasked final April by the Justice Division to probe the origins of the “Crossfire Hurricane” FBI investigation which seemed into Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election.
President Trump has lengthy maintained that the FBI probe was a deep state witch hunt. The grilling got here simply days after former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded responsible to falsifying emails which he later used to request a surveillance warrant on Trump international coverage advisor Carter Web page.
Brennan, who led the CIA throughout President Obama’s second time period, has grow to be a ferocious Trump critic since leaving public workplace, continuously attacking the president in cable information appearances. Trump has responded by revoking his safety clearance.
Nick Shapiro, a spokesman for Brennan, stated his boss was joyful to take part and “not a topic or a goal” of any prison investigation. He added that Brennan was solely being questioned as a “witness to occasions which are below evaluate.”
“Brennan welcomed the chance to reply Mr. Durham’s questions associated to a variety of intelligence-related actions undertaken by CIA earlier than the November 2016 presidential election in addition to the Intelligence Neighborhood Evaluation (ICA) printed in early January 2017,” Shapiro stated.