Ex-CIA boss Brennan says Trump-Russia investigation is 'well-founded'

Former CIA Director John Brennan has said investigations into possible collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia is "well-founded."
By Billy Kirk | May 25, 2017
Former CIA Director John Brennan has said investigations into possible collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia is "well-founded."

Speaking to the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan said he was aware of intelligence showing contact between Kremlin officials and "US persons involved in the Trump campaign."

The former spy boss said the Russians "brazenly interfered" in last November's US elections and were "very aggressive."

He, however, added that he did not know if the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

"I encountered, and I'm aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and US personnel involved in the Trump campaign," Brennan said, adding that he was concerned about the connections because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals.

He added that the intelligence reports caused him to question whether or not Moscow was able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.

The former spook's evidence undercuts Trump's claim that the investigation is a "tax payer funded charade."

The house inquiry is one of two congressional investigations into allegations that Russian hackers tried to tip the presidential election in Trump's favor last November.

They are also investigating whether members of Trump's campaign aided the alleged Kremlin conspiracy.

The FBI is also investigating the issue.

Brennan, who stepped down as CIA Director in January this year, added that he left office with many unanswered questions about Moscow's influence over the election, but that the FBI's probe was well-founded and needed to look into the issues.

President Trump is reportedly in the process of appointing a legal team to respond to the investigation.

 

 

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