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Russia ‘brazenly interfered’ in 2016 US elections, says former CIA director John Brennan

Former CIA director John Brennan on Tuesday told US Congress that Russia “brazenly interfered” in the 2016 presidential election won by Republican Donald Trump.

India TV News Desk Washington Published on: May 24, 2017 7:09 IST
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Image Source : AP John Brennan is sworn-in prior to testifying before House Intelligence Committee

Former CIA director John Brennan on Tuesday told US Congress that Russia “brazenly interfered” in the 2016 presidential election won by Republican Donald Trump.

John Brennan served as director from 2013 until January 20, 2017.

Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in a race that was marked by leaks of emails and other communications from the former First Lady’s campaign.


According to Efe news, Brennan told  the House Intelligence Committee  that he was one of the first US officials to warn Moscow about its activities and to cease efforts to affect the election’s outcome.

The former CIA director said he addressed the matter with Russian Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov, who told him he would pass on his concerns to President Vladimir Putin.

“I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and US persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals,” Brennan told the commitee.

Brennan said that by the time he left his post, “I had unresolved questions in my mind about whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting US persons, involved in the campaign or not, to work on their behalf, again, either in a witting or unwitting fashion.”

The former CIA director told lawmakers that while there were contacts, he had not obtained evidence of “collusion” between Trump’s team and Moscow.

The former spy chief said there were enough indications to warrant an investigation by the FBI.

“But I know that there was a sufficient basis of information and intelligence that required further investigation by the bureau to determine whether or not US persons were actively conspiring and colluding with Russian officials,” the former CIA chief said.

(With IANS inputs)

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