According to investigative reporter, Paul Sperry, Chairman Nunes is also investigating whether Brennan perjured himself in a public testimony about the dossier.
The aide, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said Nunes will focus on Brennan as well as President Obama’s first CIA director, Leon Panetta, along with the former president’s intelligence czar, James Clapper, and national security adviser, Susan Rice, and security adviser-turned U.N. ambassador Samantha Power, among other intelligence officials.
“John Brennan did more than anyone to promulgate the dirty dossier,” the investigator said. “He politicized and effectively weaponized what was false intelligence against Trump.”
Attempts to reach Brennan for comment were unsuccessful.
On Aug. 25, 2016, for example, the CIA chief gave an unusual private briefing to then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in which he told Reid the Russians were backing Trump and that the FBI would have to take the lead in an investigation because the FBI is the federal agency in charge of domestic intelligence and, unlike the CIA, can spy on U.S. citizens.
Two days after Brennan’s special briefing, Reid fired off a letter to then-FBI Director James Comey demanding he open an investigation targeting “individuals tied to Trump” to determine if they coordinated with the Russian government “to influence our election.”
Six U.S. agencies created a stealth task force, spearheaded by CIA’s Brennan, to run domestic surveillance on Trump associates and possibly Trump himself.
EXCLUSIVE: Six U.S Agencies Conspired to Illegally Wiretap Trump; British Intel Used as NSA Front to Spy on Campaign t.co/v7onDVij1g
— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) February 9, 2018
What is clear is that the FBI was under pressure from the CIA, the State Department, and Congress to take action in response to the Steele allegations.
Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, one of the more partisan agency leaders, told Congress he pressed the FBI in the summer of 2016 to investigate unspecified contacts between Trump associates and the Russians.
Back in January, Rep. Chris Stewart mentioned that there was evidence of the politicization of the CIA as well that was very concerning. I noted it then, but didn’t find any mention in the Nunes memo once it was released. It seems that the evidence against the CIA and Brennan is yet to come.
Chris Stewart mentions the CIA beginning at approximately 4:28 in the video.
h/t Daniel Higdon
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