Trey Gowdy tried to force former CIA Director John Brennan to say that there was no collusion between Donald Trump and Russia during the campaign. But Brennan’s response proved the exact opposite.
On Tuesday former CIA Director John Brennan testified before the House Intelligence Committee about Russia’s interference in our election and the connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, including possible collusion.
Throughout the hearing Republicans tried to dismiss any contacts between Trump associates and Russia. They instead attacked Democrats on the committee and tried to focus on the leaks.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) tried his best to clear Trump by proving that the Democrats were lying about seeing evidence that strongly suggested collusion. But Gowdy’s little game completely backfired.
Gowdy pushed Brennan to admit that he had seen no evidence of collusion before he left the CIA in January. But Brennan’s answer did the opposite of making Gowdy’s point.
Brennan said that in a public hearing he couldn’t go into the classified details about the specific people involved. But then he said,
“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 that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals, and it raised questions in my mind whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.”
Brennan added that the “information and intelligence” he saw led to the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign.
“I had unresolved questions in my mind about whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting U.S. persons, involved in the campaign or not, to work on their behalf, again, either in a witting or unwitting fashion,” Brennan said. “Therefore, I felt as though the FBI investigation was certainly well founded and needed to look into these issues.”
Trump continues to insist that the FBI investigation is nothing but “a witch hunt” created by Democrats who are upset that Hillary lost. But the former CIA Director just blew that talking point to hell by saying that the basis of the Russia investigation is “well founded.”