The Brennan email bombshell

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, May 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brennan is discussing the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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If U.S. Attorney John Durham plans to be as aggressive in his investigation of the Russia probe as special counsel Robert Mueller had been in his investigation of alleged Russian collusion, chances are that former FBI Director John Brennan could be in for a world of hurt.

Why? Recall how many former Trump campaign officials were indicted, convicted and then sentenced to time in prison for lying to federal investigators and/or Congress. The president’s former longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, just started his prison sentence two weeks ago.

This is relevant to Brennan because of a recent report claiming that in 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey sent an email to his subordinates informing them that Brennan had requested that the infamous Steele dossier be included in the so-called 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment

“[T]here was an email which was sent by Jim Comey to his leading upper echelon staff, including Baker and Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe,” Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo revealed Monday during a discussion with Fox News host Judge Andrew Napolitano.

“And in that e-mail, he writes to them, Brennan is insisting the crown material being the dossier be included in the intel assessment, judge. That’s different than what Brennan testified.”

Listen to the full discussion below, via FBN’s “Mornings with Maria.”

That the disgraced former FBI director lied under oath is therefore indisputable, assuming the claims about Comey’s email are valid. What remains unknown is what Durham plans to do with this.

“[I]t depends on how aggressive U.S. Attorney Durham in Connecticut, who is the person that the Attorney General of the United States Bill Barr has assigned to examine this … it depends how deep he wants to go,” Napolitano explained.

“Is he just going to write a report of who he thinks did behave improperly and violated the law, or is he going to use subpoena power and search warrants and grand juries and actually indict people?”

The latter was what Mueller had done.

“If he’s going to do the former, we’re just going to go back to square one, and we will have all this bad stuff about people but nobody will be prosecuted. If he’s going to do the latter, that’s what prosecutors do,” the judge added. “They don’t do investigations to deliver reports, they do investigations to deliver indictments. And if they don’t have enough evidence to indict, then they leave you alone.”

“But the reason this is important is because this is fingering John Brennan,” Bartiromo said, continuing the discussion. “And Brennan has been running around the last two years saying that President Trump committed treason.”

Correct. For years now Brennan and other left-wing figures in media and government have painted the president as a treasonous turncoat over since-debunked accusations that he’d colluded with Russian operatives to ensure his victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Completed in March, Mueller’s investigation found that no such thing had actually happened. This in turn raised the question of why so much money and resources were expended investigating something that never even occurred. Attorney General Bill launched an investigation last month to determine the answers to this and other questions and eventually assigned Durham to lead it.

What’s known is that much of the Russia probe can be traced back to the infamous Steele dossier, which as a reminder was paid for by Democrats, written by British spy Christopher Steele and allegedly based on intelligence gathered by him from his sources in Russia.


Mueller’s final report confirmed that the dossier was a work of pure fiction. Yet it was used to justify spying on President Donald Trump’s campaign. Moreover, according to Comey’s alleged email, it was Brennan who’d elevated the dossier from a worthless document full of smears to an official piece of evidence that was included in the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment.

“I haven’t seen the email obviously, but if the e-mail is correct, it directly contradicts what Brennan said under oath,” Napolitano said Monday. “Which is another thing for the folks in Connecticut to examine: Whether or not the former director of the CIA perjured himself in order to make himself look good.”

“No, it wasn’t part of the corpus of intelligence information that we had. It was not in any way used as a basis for the intelligence community’s assessment that was done,” Brennan had testified to the House Intelligence Committee in May of 2017:

Some suspect that the disgraced former FBI director may also face possible indictments from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowit’z probe into the FISA abuse scandal.

“John Brennan isn’t going to need one lawyer. He’s going to need five,” U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova predicted last month while speaking on FNC’s “The Ingraham Angle.”

“It has been evident from day one that there was a brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton illegally, and then if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump. This dossier was a knowing part of that. It was created by Hillary Clinton. It was created knowingly by John Brennan as part of a scheme to do everything they could to harm Donald Trump,” diGenova said Wednesday.

“The problem for Brennan and Clapper and Comey and Baker and all of them now is that the FISA court has already communicated with the Justice Department about its findings, and their findings are that for more than four years before the election of Donald Trump, there was an illegal spying operation going on by FBI contractors, four of them, to steal personal information, electronic information about Americans, and to use it against the Republican Party.”

If Durham chooses to be as aggressive as Mueller, it seems likely that Brennan could eventually be headed to prison — and to serve a sentence far longer than that given to Cohen.



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