Ever since President Donald Trump took office, one of his most vociferous and vocal critics has been former CIA Director John Brennan.
The onetime intelligence chief under President Obama has saved his most scorching comments — and most dire predictions of Trump’s demise — for when the president has criticized aspects of the coup attempt against him colloquially known as “Spygate,” leading many observers to believe that Brennan likely played a central role in the scandal.
Now, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), appears to have confirmed Brennan’s lead role during an interview with Fox Business Network‘s Maria Bartiromo on Tuesday.
Graham, chair of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, told Bartiromo that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz was “doing a very in-depth dive about the FISA warrant application” and “the behavior regarding the counterintelligence operation.”
Graham noted further he believes Horowitz’s report should be out in “weeks — not days, not months,” and is very likely to prove to be “ugly and damning regarding the Department of Justice’s handling of the Russia probe.”
He also said the final report has been delayed because “every time you turn around, you find something new.”
Indeed, as The National Sentinel reported in early July, new witnesses “reluctantly” came forward to provide testimony to the IG regarding the FBI’s and DoJ’s likely abuse of the FISA court to obtain surveillance warrants against a member of the 2016 Trump campaign, thereby delaying the final report.
As reported by Fox News, sources told the network that at least one of the witnesses is outside of the Justice Department and has begun cooperating in the probe, which is being hailed as a breakthrough after Attorney General William Barr ordered U.S. Attorney John Durham to begin a separate probe into how the FBI’s 2016 case into alleged Trump-Russia collusion began, which laid the foundation for the Robert Mueller investigation that turned up nothing.
The network noted:
While the investigative phase of the inspector general’s long-running probe is said to be complete, the sources said recent developments required some witnesses to be reinterviewed. And while Barr testified that he expected the report into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse to be ready in May or last month, multiple sources said the timeline has slipped.
In his interview with Bartiromo, Graham said he would like to see the IG’s report declassified as soon as possible for the “American public to hear the story.”
He also said that prosecutor John “Durham will be looking at criminality, did somebody violate the law” and Horowitz “will be telling us about the good, the bad, and the ugly, and what should be done internally. The Senate Judiciary chairman also went so far as to mention exploring a possible restructuring of the DOJ.
At one point near the end of the segment, Bartiromo asked Graham: “Who do you think is the mastermind of this. Whose idea was it to insert Donald Trump into Russia meddling?”
“You know, I really am very curious about the role the CIA played here,” Graham responded. “We know that the FISA warrant application was based on a dossier prepared by Christopher Steele, who was biased against Trump, that was unverified. That’s one problem. But this whole intelligence operation — what role did the CIA play.”
The South Carolina Republican then asked: “Who knew about this in the White House? Here’s a question: Was President Obama briefed on the fact that they were opening up a counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign? I’d like to know that.”
Bartiromo noted then that Brennan was running the CIA at the time, asking Graham if he planned to call him before his committee. “We’ll see,” he responded.
The Epoch Times reports:
Brennan appears to have played a key role in establishing the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign—including making repeated use of questionable foreign intelligence.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper personally confirmed foreign intelligence involvement during congressional testimony in May 2017:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: “Over the spring of 2016, multiple European allies passed on additional information to the United States about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians. Is this accurate?”
James Clapper: “Yes, it is, and it’s also quite sensitive. The specifics are quite sensitive.”
Brennan has testified before Congress that any information, specifically “anything involving the individuals involved in the Trump campaign was shared with the bureau [FBI].”
He also admitted that it was his intelligence that helped establish the FBI investigation.
“I was aware of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether or not those individuals were cooperating with the Russians, either in a witting or unwitting fashion, and it served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion [or] cooperation occurred,” he said.
In May, The National Sentinel reported that Durham was examining a “fusion cell” set up by Brennan for Spygate:
The U.S. attorney from Connecticut assigned by Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Obama-era “Spygate” probe is reportedly examining documents generated by a “fusion cell” of officials established by former CIA Director John Brennan.
John Durham, who specializes in official corruption cases, has been looking into the origins of the Spygate probe for several weeks now. In a tweet Wednesday, investigative reporter Paul Sperry noted, “According to Main DOJ sources, Durham’s portfolio for looking into the provenance of CH includes examining docs generated by an interagency ‘fusion cell’ Brennan set up in mid-2016 on Russian election interference + pre-election briefings Steele gave to UK intelligence”…
BREAKING: According to Main DOJ sources, Durham’s portfolio for looking into the provenance of CH includes examining docs generated by an interagency “fusion cell” Brennan set up in mid-2016 on Russian election interference + pre-election briefings Steele gave to UK intelligence
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) May 22, 2019
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This article originally appeared at The National Sentinel and was republished with permission.
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