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Saturday, March 30, 2019

John Brennan HUDDLED With Democrats AFTER Mueller Investigation Ended

Daniel Chaitin
Former CIA Director John Brennan reportedly huddled with a group of House Democrats this week.

An official told Fox News that Brennan discussed a number of issues during the Thursday meeting on Capitol Hill with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and other members of his caucus, including national security.

Although the "Leader's Council" meeting took place after special counsel Robert Mueller completed his Russia investigation and submitted his final report to the Justice Department on Friday, the source said it was scheduled long before it was known Mueller was wrapping up.

The meeting also came one day after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., tweetedthat a "high-level source" told him that Brennan, while serving as CIA director under former President Barack Obama, "insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report" and called for Brennan to be called to testify before Congress "ASAP."

The dossier, compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, was used by the FBI to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants to spy on onetime Trump campaign official Carter Page. Republicans have raised concerns about the possibility of an effort undermine Trump, citing how certain information about the dossier, including that it was funded in part by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee, was left out of the FISA warrant applications.

A commentator for MSNBC, Brennan has criticized Trump and talked about his belief there was collusion in "plain sight" between the president and Russia. He also called Trump's behavior "treasonous."

Trump revoked a security clearance belonging John Brennan in August, claiming his "erratic behavior" should disqualify him from having access to sensitive information.

A few weeks ago, Brennan appeared on MSNBC predicting more indictments as part of Mueller's investigation. But those never came to pass.

On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr shared a four-page summary of Mueller’s findingswith Congress, which stated the investigation found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Answering for his hyping of the Mueller report, Brennan said Monday, "I don't know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was."

Barr sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees on Friday saying he expects Mueller’s report to be released in mid-April, "if not sooner." The attorney general also volunteered to testify publicly after Mueller’s report is released to the public and said he is available to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1 and the House Judiciary Committee on May 2.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said he would take that offer "under advisement" but reiterated that he wants Barr to testify “immediately” and seeks the full special counsel report by April 2.

According to Barr's four-page summary, Mueller also declined to determine whether Trump obstructed justice, and Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded there was insufficient evidence to show the president committed a crime.


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