Former CIA Director John Brennans recent admission he received “bad information” that led him to inaccurately predict conspiracy indictments in the Mueller probe is raising questions about claims he made to Congress about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians.
Brennan told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in May 2017 the CIA provided the FBI with information on contacts between Russian officials and Trump campaign figures.
Brennan said he was “concerned” about the contacts because of known Russian efforts to “suborn” Trump campaign associates.
“It raised questions in my mind … whether or not the Russians were ever able to gain cooperation of those individuals,” Brennan said in the May 23, 2017 testimony.
“I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign,” he added, noting he had not seen evidence of collusion between the Trump associates and Russians.
Brennan did not identify the Trump officials or add any other details about the alleged contacts, other than that they occurred in 2016.
Whatever contacts there might have been did not involve a conspiracy to influence the 2016 presidential election, as special counsel Robert Mueller has determined.
Mueller ended his investigation without issuing any new indictments in the case. Mueller also found no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government, according to a summary of the investigation that Attorney General William Barr submitted Sunday to Congress.
Brennan acknowledged after Barrs revelation that he may have relied on “bad information” when he recently predicted conspiracy indictments against Trump associates in the Mueller probe.
“Well, I dont know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was,” Brennan said. “I am relieved that its been determined there was not a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government over our election. I think that is good news for the country.” (RELATED: John Brennan Says His Mueller Report Suspicions Were Wrong)
Brennan said in his May 2017 testimony he could not reveal the Trump campaign contacts because the information was classified. He said the Intelligence panel was aware of the information.
Brennan may have been referring to contacts that have already been made public, or those made in the Democrat-funded Steele dossier.
The most direct contacts known to have taken place during the campaign involved Sergey Kislyak, a Russian ambassador.
President Donald Trump himself met Kislyak at an event held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington in April 2016. Three months later, then-Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, White House adviser Jared Kushner and Trump campaign advisers Carter Page anRead More – Source