“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.”
John O. Brennan — Former Director of the C.I.A. (May 23 2017)
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Former CIA Director John Brennan — March 2013 to January 2017 — has signed on to be a talking head on NBC and MSNBC. Brennan will serve as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for the networks. Brennan made his first official appearance on NBC News’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd on Sunday (February 4 2018).
Flashback — On May 23 2017, John O. Brennan said publicly for the first time that he was concerned about possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Mr. Brennan said that he became concerned — during the summer 2016 — that the Russian government was trying to influence members of the Trump campaign to act — wittingly or unwittingly — on Moscow’s behalf.
Warning to FSB — Brennan spoke with his Russian counterpart, the head of Russia’s FSB, on August 4 2016. Brennan told FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov that if Russia pursued its efforts to interfere, “it would destroy any near-term prospect for improvement in relations” between the two countries.
Interview with Chuck Todd — On Sunday, Brennan asserted that the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower involving Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and several Russians, which emails revealed was set up under the guise that the Russians could provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton, was reckless on the part of those close to Trump.
“I find it foolish number one, and also irresponsible. Senior members of a campaign need to be aware of what it is that they need to do in order to make sure that they stay on the right side of the law as well as the right side of ethics.
And I find it inexplicable in terms of how that meeting took place and interest in part of individuals, very close to Mr. Trump, who wanted to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from Russians.”
Brennan believes the meeting could have been a result of “a fair amount of naiveté on the part of individuals who were part of the Trump campaign — individuals who maybe were unaware of what their obligations were or just how diabolical the Russians can be in terms of their cultivation of individuals to work on their behalf.”
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Former CIA Director : “Fair Amount Of Naivety On Russian Ops In Trump Campaign”