(National Sentinel)Â Perjury: Trevor Timm of the Left-leaningÂ Guardian website once called then-CIA Director John Brennan “the most talented liar in Washington.”
And for good reason.
It was July 2014, and Brennan had said the CIA never spied on U.S. Senate staffers who were looking into the agency’s sordid history of torture.
But the agency’s inspector general found evidence to the contrary, declaring that the CIA indeed â€œimproperlyâ€ spied on Senate staffers.
â€œThe facts will come out,â€ Brennan toldÂ NBC News a couple of months earlier, in March.Â â€œLet me assure you the CIA was in no way spying on [the committee] or the Senate.”
Later, according to reports at the time, Brennan was forced to “privately” apologize to the intelligence committee chairs in the House and Senate, but Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., didn’t let him off the hook. He tweeted: “@CIA broke into Senate computer files. Then tried to have Senate staff prosecuted. Absolutely unacceptable in a democracy.”
.@CIA broke into Senate computer files. Then tried to have Senate staff prosecuted. Absolutely unacceptable in a democracy.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) July 31, 2014
It wasn’t Brennan’s first foray into falsehood. As Timm noted further:
As Obamaâ€™s top counterterrorism advisor for his entire first term in the White House, Brennan built, oversaw, executed and excused Americaâ€™s robotic assassination program. During a speech in 2011,Â the keeper of the kill listÂ saidÂ there had not been “a single collateral death” from US drone strikesÂ because of their “exceptional proficiency [and] precision.”Â
False. As the Bureau of Investigative Journalism noted:
[J]ust three months beforehand, a major US drone strike had killed 42 Pakistanis, most of them civilians. As well as being widely reported by the media at the time, Islamabadâ€™s concerns regarding those deaths were also directly conveyed to the â€˜highest levels of the Administrationâ€™ by Washingtonâ€™s then-ambassador to Pakistan, it has been confirmed to the Bureau.
Now, it appears, Brennan may have perjured himself by lying to Congress…under oath.
In May 2017, Brennan claimed that the phone “Russia dossier” bought and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign, via a law firm, via an opposition research firm, did not have any bearing at all into the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) report on Russian interference into the 2016Â election.
He also made similar subsequent claims to a variety of media outlets.
Per Paul Sperry viaÂ Real Clear Investigations:
Former CIA Director John Brennanâ€™s insistence that the salacious and unverifiedÂ SteeleÂ dossierÂ was not part of the official Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election is being contradicted by two top former officials.
Recently retired National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers stated in a classified letter to Congress that the Clinton campaign-funded memos did factorÂ intoÂ the ICA. And James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, conceded in a recent CNN interview that the assessment was based on â€œsome of the substantive content of the dossier.â€ Without elaborating, he maintained that â€œwe were able to corroborateâ€ certain allegations.
In a March 5, 2018, letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, Adm. Rogers informed the committee that a two-page summary of the dossier â€” described as â€œthe Christopher Steele informationâ€ â€” was â€œaddedâ€ as an â€œappendix to the ICA draft,â€ and that consideration of that appendix was â€œpart of the overall ICA review/approval process.â€
At the time Director of National Intelligence James Clapper only sent the ICA to three agencies within the Intelligence Community, not all 17 of them, so he could control the information placed within the final report. This is the report that claims Russia interfered to help Team Trump, and it’s the same one Hillary has referred to as having input from “all 17” intelligence agencies.
Sperry also spoke withÂ Fred Fleitz, who worked as a CIA analyst for 19 years who said certain players were chosen from select agencies as well, including Peter Strzok:
Fleitz suggests that the Obama administration limited the number of players involved in the analysis to skew the results. He believes the process was â€œmanipulatedâ€ to reach a â€œpredetermined political conclusionâ€ that the incoming Republican president was compromised by the Russians.
â€œIâ€™ve never viewed the ICA as credible,â€ the CIA veteran added.
A source close to the House investigation said Brennan himself selected the CIA and FBI analysts who worked on the ICA, and that they includedÂ former FBI counterespionage chief Peter Strzok.
â€œStrzok was the intermediary between Brennan and [former FBI Director James] Comey,Â and he was one of the authors of the ICA,â€ according to the source.
There’s also the fact that, according to the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia report, that Clapper is the one who leaked toÂ CNN — his future employer — the fact that then-FBI Director James Comey briefed then-President-elect Trump on the existence of the dossier, as though it were real.
Comey went to tell Trump on Clapper’s instructions. Comey didn’t bother to tell Trump the dossier was political opposition research.
CNN used the occasion of Comey informing Trump as the “news hook” the network (and others in the Pravda media) needed to publicize the dossier, which they’d known about for months but never could verify (because it’s BS).
So many people need to go to jail here it’s getting hard to track them all. But Brennan should definitely be one of them.
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