Obama appointee and former CIA director John Brennan is the target of a perjury investigation by the House Intelligence Committee, according to an exclusive Real Clear Investigations report, reports American Thinker.
Chairman Devin Nunes is turning his attention to the role the CIA played in promoting the Steele dossier. The FBI and Justice Department relied heavily on the unverified dossier in their applications for a FISA warrant that allowed unjustified spying on Trump associates.
Brennan said under oath that he didn’t know who commissioned the document and that the dossier was not used to come to the conclusion that Russia had meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Brennan says he didn’t know who funded the dossier even though senior national security and counterintelligence officials at the Justice Department and FBI knew the previous year that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
After the Nunes memo was released last week, it detailed surveillance “abuses” by the Obama DOJ and FBI in their investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia. It said the agencies relied heavily on the uncorroborated dossier to take out a warrant to secretly surveil a Trump adviser during the most intense part of the 2016 election.
Nunes says that he plans to soon release a separate report that details the Obama’s State Department’s role in creating and disseminating the dossier, which has emerged as the foundation of the Russia “collusion” investigation.
Among other things, the report will identify Obama-appointed diplomats who worked with partisan operatives close to Hillary Clinton to help ex-British spy Christopher Steele compile the dossier, sources say.
“Those are the first two phases” of Nunes'[s] multipart inquiry, a senior investigator said. “In phase three, the involvement of the intelligence community will come into sharper focus.”
The aide, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said Nunes will focus on Brennan as well as President Obama’s first CIA director, Leon Panetta, along with the former president’s intelligence czar, James Clapper, and national security adviser, Susan Rice, and security adviser-turned U.N. ambassador Samantha Power, among other intelligence officials.
“John Brennan did more than anyone to promulgate the dirty dossier,” the investigator said. “He politicized and effectively weaponized what was false intelligence against Trump.”
American Thinker believes that it will be very hard for Brennan to prove he lied when he said he didn’t know that provenance of the dossier, nor was he aware of the importance attached to the document in the CIA’s analysis of Russian meddling.
The whole crew – Brennan, Panetta, Power, Rice, and Clapper – may all plead the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying. That will only make them look guiltier. But it will serve the purpose of stymying the investigation. The strategy will be to hope the Democrats take over the House in November, thus making all these investigations into anyone but Trump campaign officials disappear.