(National Sentinel) Deep State: Former CIA Director John Brennan traveled to Moscow in March 2016 just a few months before “Trump dossier” author and ex-British spy Christopher Steele wrote his first anti-Trump memo.
According to Russian media at the time, it wasn’t clear why Brennan, who has been a vociferous and vocal critic of President Donald J. Trump, made the trip. But it was not related to Russia’s decision a few weeks earlier to begin withdrawing from Syria.
In fact, one ranking Russian diplomat had no idea why Brennan had come, according to the Moscow Times.
“It’s no secret that Brennan was here,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov. was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying of Brennan’s “secret” visit. “But he didn’t visit the Foreign Ministry. I know for sure that he met with the Federal Security Service (the successor agency to the Soviet KGB), and someone else.”
The publication noted further:
It wasn’t clear why Brennan visited Moscow, but the trip appears to have coincided with President Vladimir Putin’s surprise March 14 announcement that Russia’s combat operation in Syria was ending, and Moscow would soon withdraw a portion of its forces from the country after conducting 167 air strikes.
The decision to withdraw was followed by a visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Moscow last week. While in Russia, Kerry met personally with Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.
According to a post on Reddit’s The Donald page, there is some speculation that Brennan flew to Moscow to get the “Trump dossier” directly.
According to a report earlier this month former Senate Minority leader Harry Reid believed Brennan was using him in order to publicize pretend links between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.
As reported by The Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross, investigators know that Brennan, a frequent critic of President Donald J. Trump, played a “prominent role” in the probe and that he briefed Reid about Trump associates’ contacts with Russians.
As congressional investigators continue to uncover evidence of improper or potentially illegal activity within the Obama FBI and Justice Department regarding their investigation of Team Trump for alleged “collusion” with Russia, they are zeroing in on Brennan’s involvement.
And, as The National Sentinel reported in March 2017, it was Brennan — a former campaign aide to in 2008 to then-candidate and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who pushed the FBI to launch an investigation into Trump’s campaign.
The Washington Times reported further:
Mr. Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee on May 23 that the intelligence community was picking up tidbits on Trump associates making contacts with Russians. Mr. Brennan did not name either the Russians or the Trump people. He indicated he did not know what was said.
But he said he believed the contacts were numerous enough to alert the FBI, which began its probe into Trump associates that same July, according to previous congressional testimony from then-FBI director James B. Comey.
In testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan said:
“I wanted to make sure that every information and bit of intelligence that we had was shared with the bureau [FBI] so that they could take it. It was well beyond my mandate as director of CIA to follow on any of those leads that involved U.S. persons. But I made sure that anything that was involving U.S. persons, including anything involving the individuals involved in the Trump campaign, was shared with the bureau.
“I was aware of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether or not those individuals were cooperating with the Russians, either in a witting or unwitting fashion, and it served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion [or] cooperation occurred.”