Former CIA Director John Brennan admitted to having dismissed two superiors’ remarks who questioned the investigation into the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.
Brennan, who served as director of the CIA during Barack Obama’s administration, confessed in his memoirs on sale Tuesday, Oct. 6, that an internal conflict arose after the two experts’ observations on the quality of the Russian plot’s investigation in 2016, according to the New York Times.
Brennan disagreed with the recommendation of two senior officials in early 2017 who wanted to overturn the analysts’ conclusion about Russia’s alleged 2016 election interference in favor of Trump, the report said.
The document adds that “after a team of more than a dozen agency analysts made their initial preliminary assessment, two senior officials expressed concern [to Brennan].
Brennan argued that he had been reviewing new intelligence on Russian interference since the summer of 2016 and was steeped in the issue. He asserted that the sources’ quality justified the high level of confidence and that the dismissal of the two officers was not politically motivated.
According to Brennan, in a yet-to-be-issued C-SPAN interview, [the officers] “came to me and talked to me about it, and I listened to them because I wanted to make sure I understood exactly what their concerns were.”
Brennan admitted that the CIA eventually gave its approval of the analysts’ assessment of Putin’s motives, dismissing the opinion of the two intelligence agency officials who disagreed with the report’s reliability.
According to the Daily Caller, an assessment of the Intelligence Community published in January 2017 revealed that both the CIA and FBI had a high level of confidence in the idea that the Russian government and Putin had conducted electoral activities to help Trump.
It should be recalled that the investigation initiated by former special prosecutor Robert Mueller did not establish any conspiracy between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The report prepared by the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, concluded in late 2019 the existence of 17 “basic and fundamental” errors and omissions in the FBI’s investigation of Obama.
Several Republican congressmen have questioned the accusations that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 elections to help Trump, pointing to another intelligence report that states that Russia did not expect Trump to win the presidential elections.
National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham in late September. It said that in the summer of 2016, former President Barack Obama received unverified information from a Russian intelligence analysis that then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton approved a campaign to link candidate Donald Trump to the Russian government.
According to the Washington Examiner, the information was released just hours before the first debate between President Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, only one day before former FBI director James Comey testified before Graham’s committee.
As quoted by Senate Homeland Security President Ron Johnson, Comey refused to discuss the revealing letter from National Intelligence Director Ratcliffe about the unverified report. Comey said that although he had read it, he had “trouble understanding it.
Regarding the letter released by Graham, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said: “It is very disturbing to me that 35 days before an election, a director of national intelligence publishes unverified Russian rumors.”