Former CIA chief John Brennan testifies he warned Russians about intervention





In testimony on Capitol Hill today, former CIA Director John Brennan statd that, in a telephone call on August 4, 2016, warned Alexander Bortnikov, the director of Russia’s Federal Security Service, known as the F.S.B., to stop intervention in the U.S. elections.

Brennan also revealed that, concerned with what he saw as an unusual pattern of interaction between Trump campaign officials and Russian officials, he had set up a procdure to refer such intelligence information to the FBI. Consequently, he and other intelligence officials seem to have been the source for the FBI investigation into Trump associates and the Russians, which is reported ti have begun in July, 2016.

He also offered comments on Trump’s disclosure of highly classified information to the Russians on May 10.

(1) Greg Miller, “CIA director warned Russian security service chief about interference in election,” Washington Post, May 23, 2017 (2:23 p.m.).

(2) Matt Apuzzo, “Former C.I.A. Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia,” New York Times, .

In late July, officials established a group of N.S.A., C.I.A. and F.B.I. officials to investigate the election interference. The information was tightly held, and the F.B.I. took the lead on investigating potential collusion, Mr. Brennan said.

“I made sure that anything that was involving U.S. persons, including anything involving the individuals involved in the Trump campaign, was shared with the bureau,” he said.

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