Several weeks ago a resigned and dejected Brennan had predicted that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s expanding probe into the origins of the Russia collusion hoax would indeed involve him being grilled by the no-nonsense United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
According to NBC News Brennan’s forecast is true, both for himself as well as James Clapper, regarding Durham’s intention to interview the two former Obama disciples.
The former CIA Director along with the former Director of National Intelligence have been outspoken critics of the President. Brennan, in particular, appeared regularly on CNN as a national security analyst, harboring what seemed like a personal animus towards the President implying to viewers (before the Mueller report become public), that the President was a “Russian asset” and at one point referencing him as a “traitor.”
Early this summer the President declassified scores of classified documents from both the FBI along with the CIA, allowing Attorney General Barr the flexibility to conduct a sweeping investigation to finally pin down the organ of how this Russian hoax involving the President got started.
Barr quickly tagged Durham to oversee an inquiry into how U.S. intelligence-gathering agencies’ behaved in their quest to investigate the administration.
Soon after being nominated as Attorney General, Barr quickly reviewed the official explanations about the origins of the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and immediately surmised that the official explanations simply didn’t add up.
Stating, “I had a lot of questions about what was going on. Some of the facts that I’ve learned don’t hang together with the official explanations of what happened.”
Durham has also requested interviews with CIA analysts involved in the intelligence assessment of Russia’s activities, prompting some of them to hire lawyers, according to three former CIA officials familiar with the matter. And there is tension between the CIA and the Justice Department over what classified documents Durham can examine, two people familiar with the matter said.
The FBI opened its investigation on July 31, 2016, into whether Trump associates were colluding with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. The special counsel’s investigation found no evidence of a conspiracy or that any Trump associates acted as agents of Russia.
This brings us back to Brennan and the publicized “rumor” of a dispute between himself and former FBI Director James Comey regarding the infamous and unverified Steele dossier over who pushed it to the intelligence community as verified evidence.
Fox News originally broke the story citing the former FBI Director with sending out an email to subordinates in late 2016 indicating Brennan wanted to include materials from the dossier in the intelligence community assessment, known as the ICA, Brennan has disputed the charge.
The dispute pits two former intelligence community officials against each other at a time when the Justice Department is investigating how government agencies like the FBI and CIA handled the dossier, which former British spy Christopher Steele authored and the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee funded.
But Brennan, a staunch critic of President Donald Trump and Barr, has fiercely defended the investigation of the Trump campaign. He is also questioning the legal basis for the Durham probe, which he called “bizarre.”
Brennan when informed that U.S. Attorney John Durham was interested in chatting with him concerning his role as CIA Director, under the Obama Administration during this critical period, anxiously responded when asked by NBC News, if he was concerned about being interviewed under oath by Durham, Brennan responded “I don’t know what the legal basis for this is.”
Adding “I’m very comfortable with everything I was involved in.” Which sounds more like someone reassessing his actions.