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The federal prosecutor investigating the origins of the Russia inquiry is examining testimony by the former C.I.A. director John Brennan and seeking his communications records.

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Brennan will remain a respected member of the Intel community while Trump remains among the inmate community.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2019-12-19 08:14 PM | Reply

"Brennan will remain a respected member of the Intel community while Trump remains among the inmate community.
#1 | POSTED BY TOR"

Brennan isn't even respected TODAY. He is seen as a lying hack and his lies are being exposed. Here is a preview for you as Durham files charges and Brennan tries to defend himself:

Brennan LIED about when he knew of the Steele Dossier and what he did with the information

But, Brennan will maintain that the documents he had, used, etc were not yet the 'Steele Dossier' - at that point, they were just a collection on Intel Reports that would be relabled as the Steele Dossier so he technically told the truth.

At the end of the day, you will have to pretend to support this turd in your partisan jihad against Trump. But even you know this guy, Comey, McCabe, Strzok, and the rest of the clown show is dirty and lying. Why cash in your morals now for this crew?

#2 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-12-19 08:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Read up on Brennan. Not considered very smart. Would not surprise me if he was stupid enough to leave peter tracks in his email.

Even if they catch him, I will be surprised if he goes to jail. They are all still vested in protecting each other.

#3 | Posted by sawdust at 2019-12-19 09:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Brennan LIED about when he knew of the Steele Dossier and what he did with the information

Mr. Brennan has repeatedly said, including in his 2017 congressional testimony, that the C.I.A. did not rely on the dossier when it helped develop the assessment, and the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has also testified before lawmakers that the same was true for the intelligence agencies more broadly.

C.I.A. analysts still wanted to leave the dossier out of the assessment, as it was not vetted. Mr. Brennan's allies have said he was among the officials who wanted to omit the dossier from the assessment.

Didn't bother reading the article, did you moron?

The FBI was the only agency really pushing the Steele dossier because they're the ones who had the relationship with Christopher Steele, not the CIA. The FBI vouched for Steele, not Brennan nor the CIA.

Just read and stop wasting people's time with your ignorant rantings.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-19 10:32 PM | Reply

Why cash in your morals now for this crew?
#2 | POSTED BY IRAGOLDBERG

LOL iraschitberg concerned about somebody cashing in their morals.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-19 10:49 PM | Reply

"#4 | POSTED BY TONYROMA"

You lying turd is getting flushed. Glad Durham turned this into a criminal investigation because that is exactly whom he is dealing with now:

thefederalist.com

The new report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed former CIA Director John Brennan lied to Congress about whether the dossier authored by Christopher Steele was used in the Obama administration's Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA).

A few months later, on May 23, 2017, when testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Brennan categorically denied that the CIA relied on the Steele dossier for the ICA report.

Comey said Brennan and other officials argued it was "important" enough to include in the ICA " clearly part of the "corpus of intelligence information" they had.

#6 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-12-20 01:35 AM | Reply

More Fake news from a Fake American (see Sheeple/Lieburg).

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-12-20 01:42 AM | Reply

#6

Brennan's statements are in the Congressional Record under penalty of perjury that the CIA did not rely on the dossier.

Your source is the Federalist magazine.

Should I laugh now, or wait until your head explodes?

Again, read your own story fool, it says the same thing that I did.

According to the IG report, there was significant discussion by top intelligence officials as to whether the unverified Steele dossier should be included in the main body of the ICA report, summarized in an appendix, or even included at all.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said that "he felt strongly that the Steele election reporting belonged in the body of the ICA, because he feared that placing it in an appendix was tacking it on' in a way that would minimiz[e]' the information and prevent it from being properly considered."

Ultimately, the ICA included a short summary and assessment of the dossier, which was incorporated in an appendix. "In the appendix, the intelligence agencies explained that there was only limited corroboration of the source's reporting' and that Steele's election reports were not used to reach analytic conclusions of the CIA/FBI/NSA assessment,'" the IG report states.

Mr. Gowdy: Do you know if the Bureau ever relied on the Steele dossier as any " as part of any court filings, applications, petitions, pleadings?

Mr. Brennan: I have no awareness.

Mr. Gowdy: Did the CIA rely on it?

Mr. Brennan: No.

Mr. Gowdy: Why not?

Mr. Brennan: Because we " we didn't. It wasn't part of the corpus of intelligence information that we had. It was not in any way used as a basis for the Intelligence Community assessment that was done. It was " it was not.

I said: The FBI was the only agency really pushing the Steele dossier because they're the ones who had the relationship with Christopher Steele, not the CIA. The FBI vouched for Steele, not Brennan nor the CIA.

Check and mate.

You are an imbecile and I have no earthly reason why you insist on showing it over and over again. Isn't there an interstate you can go play on?

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-20 06:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Comey said Brennan and other officials argued it was "important" enough to include in the ICA " clearly part of the "corpus of intelligence information" they had.

This is the author's basis for claiming that Brennan lied? What blue journalism. Again read Comey's actual quote:

We asked Corney whether he recalled having any conversations with then
CIA Director John Brennan or other members of the USIC about how the Steele
election reports should be presented to the President.

Corney stated:
I remember being part of a conversation, maybe more than one
conversation, where the topic was how the [Steele] reporting would be
integrated, if at all, into the IC assessment. And I don't remember
participating in debates about that. I think I was just told, in, I think,
in a meeting with Clapper and Brennan and Rogers [then NSA
Director], that the IC analysts found it credible on its face
and
gravamen of it, and consistent with our other information, but NOT in a
position where they would integrate it into the IC assessment
. But
they thought it was important enough and consistent enough that it
ought to be part of the package in some way, and so they had come
up with this idea to make an [appendix]. I remember, I don't think I
was part of a debate about that, as I said, but I remember a
conversation where I was told that's how it would be handled
and my
reaction was, okay, that's reasonable.

This is the evidence that Brennan 'lied'? What an absolute frickin' joke. "I think I remember that someone said..."

You are simply a moron's moron, willing to regurgitate whatever vomit is spewed that supports what you want to believe, never taking the time to see that what is alleged is refuted in the very text presented right before your eyes.

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-20 07:30 AM | Reply

#9 | Posted by tonyroma

The rag is a fine example of what propagandists do and the intellectually lazy gobble up. The fact that he couldn't be bothered to read and interpret the his own article says a lot about Ira.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-12-20 09:13 AM | Reply

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"Mr. Brennan's allies have said he was among the officials who wanted to omit the dossier from the assessment."

OK Tony, after reading this from your article it is clear that Brennan was on the up and up. "His Allies have said." Case closed!

#11 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-12-20 10:25 AM | Reply

Plus Brennan is totally trashing Barr, Horowitz and Durham right now which means he knows the chickens are coming home to roost. I hope the fat liar spends the rest of his life in prison. No coincidence that he works for MSNBC.

#12 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-12-20 10:37 AM | Reply

Interesting take, i.e., the Durham investigation into Brennan is meant to intimidate the CIA and FBI from doing their jobs to protect the 2020 election from foreign interference:

Evan McMullin @EvanMcMullin

Does anyone expect Trump not to have Russian backing again in 2020? Maybe the Saudis or others will join them. We need our law enforcement and intel service to monitor, assess and thwart these attacks. Trump, Barr and Durham are attempting to prevent that. It's very dangerous.
5:22 PM - 19 Dec 2019

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-20 11:41 AM | Reply

We need our law enforcement and intel service to monitor, assess and thwart these attacks.
#13

Russians have formidable barriers to hacking our elections.
I've seen the kaffee klatsch that monitors my polling station, and Rosemary Jankowicz is a tech-savvy badasss.

#14 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2019-12-20 11:57 AM | Reply

Interesting take, i.e., the Durham investigation into Brennan is meant to intimidate the CIA and FBI from doing their jobs to protect the 2020 election from foreign interference:
Evan McMullin @EvanMcMullin
Does anyone expect Trump not to have Russian backing again in 2020? Maybe the Saudis or others will join them. We need our law enforcement and intel service to monitor, assess and thwart these attacks. Trump, Barr and Durham are attempting to prevent that. It's very dangerous.
5:22 PM - 19 Dec 2019

#13 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2019-12-20 11:41 AM | REPLY

Great spin! Wow, that one is creative. So we can't have the former bosses of the CIA and FBI investigated for falsifying records and lying to congress and starting an investigation that split up this country because it might intimidate them from making sure Russia doesn't interfere in the next election. You people are just plain bat --- crazy!

#15 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-12-20 12:52 PM | Reply

Piss off fishdicks.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-20 02:24 PM | Reply

"#9 | POSTED BY TONYROMA"

C&PRoma, the reality is that we know Brennan pushed for it via statements from Comey. Further, I have extremely high faith that the combination or hurbis and stupidity will reveal that Brennan was all over this thing pushing it. That is what all the leaks have pointed to thus far. Brennan is going down - only question is how many he takes with him...and this is before we even start talking about Papadopolous.

#17 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-12-20 08:45 PM | Reply

C&PRoma, the reality is that we know Brennan pushed for it via statements from Comey.

I posted the statement of Comey from the Horowitz report in #9. You obviously haven't read it or again fail to understand the English as Comey speaks of "thinking" that he remembers something or the other....

I think I was just told, in, I think, in a meeting with Clapper and Brennan and Rogers [then NSA Director], that the IC analysts found it credible on its face and gravamen of it, and consistent with our other information, but NOT in a position where they would integrate it into the IC assessment. But they thought it was important enough and consistent enough that it ought to be part of the package in some way, and so they had come up with this idea to make an [appendix]. I remember, I don't think I was part of a debate about that, as I said, but I remember a conversation where I was told that's how it would be handled and my reaction was, okay, that's reasonable.
Comey admits that his recollections are based on imprecise recollections and second hand renderings of what he "thinks he either heard or was told.

And ZERO of his statement is in any way damning of Brennan.

Again, Lyra, you're a functionally ignorant imbecile.

#18 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-21 07:46 AM | Reply

Again, Lyra, you're a functionally ignorant imbecile.

#18 | Posted by tonyroma

Trig Palin.

#19 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-12-21 10:10 AM | Reply

Investigating the investigators of the investigation.

What a farce.

Using the government to destroy political adversaries or anyone who speaks up against this impeached President and his lies is another impeachable offense.

The Commander in Creep just never gives up on committing High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

And he never will stop with the lies until he is removed from office. And even then he will still lie. He will have to. Or he will end up in prison. Where he belongs.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-12-21 11:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What kind of bird does not sing?

A jil bird and it is way overdue.

#21 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-12-21 12:02 PM | Reply

Dems indicted:0
Goppers indicted:double digits plus individual 1

The GOP is a criminal organization.

#22 | Posted by bored at 2019-12-21 10:42 PM | Reply

Dems indicted:0
Goppers indicted:double digits plus individual 1
The GOP is a criminal organization.
#22 | POSTED BY BORED

McCabe, Comey, Klienfeld all referred for prosecution along with Greg Craig. Why Craig and Podesta get a pass on the same charges as those that put Manafort away is a question for another day. For now, I will wait for Durham's report before updating the scoreboard.

#23 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-12-22 01:53 AM | Reply

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