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1) Readers of my blog know I've been discussing the role of CIA Dir. John Brennan for some time now.…
2) Brennan began to really attract my attention during his May 23, 2017 House Intelligence Committee Testimony.
With hindsight, so very much came from his testimony.…
3) We learned that Brennan fed a steady stream of foreign intel to the FBI:

"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 [FBI]."
4) We know that Brennan's "intelligence" served as the basis for the FBI
Counterintelligence Investigation.

"I was aware of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons...and it served as The Basis for the FBI investigation."
5) Brennan informed Go8 of FBI Counterintelligence Investigation.

"Through the so-called Gang-of-Eight process we kept congress apprised of these issues. In consultation with the White House, I personally briefed the full details."

Brennan had already informed Obama.
6) Brennan was careful to go on record that he briefed the Gang of Eight back in August and September of 2016.

Shortly after the FBI began the Trump-Russia Counterintelligence Investigation in July 2016.

Comey did not inform Go8. Why would that be?
7) During Testimony, Gowdy asked a question that would later become clear:

G: Have you ever requested that a U.S. person’s name be unmasked?
B: Yes I have.
G: Do you recall any U.S. ambassadors asking that names be unmasked?
B: I don’t know. Maybe it’s ringing a vague bell...
8) Brennan would likely lie under oath:
G: Do you know who commissioned the steel dossier?
B: I don’t.
G: Do you know if the FBI paid for any — portion of the steel dossier?
B: I don’t know.
9) And again:

G: Do you know if the Bureau ever relied on the steel dossier as any - as part of any court filings, applications, petitions, pleadings?
B: I have no awareness.

G: Did the CIA rely on it?
B: No.
10) And Here:

B: "It [Dossier] 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 assessment that was done."
11) The Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) is nonsense.

I've written about it several times.

Most recently here (links to older articles included):…
12) The Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) contained one significant caveat:

"CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has only moderate confidence."
13) NSA Dir Rogers clarified:

"I wouldn’t call it a discrepancy, I’d call it an honest difference of opinion between three different organizations and in the end I made that call.…It didn’t have the same level of sourcing and the same level of multiple sources."
14) The DNI’s Intelligence Community Assessment was constructed by three men:

Former DNI James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and to a lesser extent, former FBI Director James Comey (Strzok also there w/assist).

The ICA was used to push the Russian Narrative.
15) Clapper & Brennan DID use the Dossier in the ICA.

CNN Interview:

"When we did our Intelligence Committee assessment, we were aware that there had been research done and that some Republican candidates had contracted through I think Fusion GPS."…
16) Clapper:

"Some of the substantive content of the dossier we were able to corroborate in our Intelligence Community assessment from other sources in which we had very high confidence."
17) In a 3-5-18 letter to Nunes, Adm. Rogers informed the committee that:

A two-page summary of the dossier was “added” as an “appendix to the ICA draft,” and that consideration of that appendix was “part of the overall ICA review/approval process.”…
18) From the article:

A source close to the House investigation said Brennan himself selected the CIA and FBI analysts who worked on the ICA, - they included FBI Agent Peter Strzok.

Strzok was the intermediary between Brennan and Comey, and he was one of the authors of the ICA.
19) We know the Electronic Communication used to start the FBI Counterintelligence Investigation contained no Official Intelligence Product:…
20) Nunes:

"There was no intelligence that passed through Five Eyes channels to our government."

"There was no Official Intelligence that was used to start this investigation."
21) Recall Brennan's Testimony:

"I was aware of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons...and it served as The Basis for the FBI investigation."
22) Brennan:

"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 [FBI]."
23) What information was Brennan sharing with the FBI?…
24) The Guardian:

"GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information."…
25) More from the article:

Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians.
26) BBC:

Last April [2016], the CIA director was shown intelligence that worried him. It was allegedly a tape recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign.

Info came from one of the Baltic States.…
27) Sometime in the early summer, Robert Hannigan, Britain’s intelligence head of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with Brennan regarding alleged communications between the Trump Campaign and Moscow.…
28) This was strange because Hannigan’s U.S. counterpart wasn’t CIA Director Brennan – it was NSA Director Mike Rogers.
29) Brennan used information gained from Hannigan & other European sources.

"Brennan used the GCHQ information and other tip-offs to launch a major inter-agency investigation."

The taskforce included six agencies or departments of government.

Details on this are somewhat hazy.
30) A FISA warrant was reportedly sought in June 2016:

"Lawyers from the National Security Division drew up an application. They took it to the secret US court that deals with intelligence, the FISA court."

Their application was reportedly rejected.…
31) Brennan stated he gave all evidence to the FBI:

"The CIA and the Intelligence Community had collected a fair amount of information in the summer of 2016 about what the Russians were doing on multiple fronts. And we wanted to make sure that the FBI had full access to that."
32) Consider the situation being created.

Repeated transfers of foreign intelligence from the CIA Director to the FBI.

This pushed the FBI towards the establishment of a FORMAL Counterintelligence Investigation.
33) On 7-31-16 Strzok drafted the EC and the FBI formally opened a Counterintelligence Investigation into the Trump Campaign.

The FBI would later determine there were no clear Russian links.

Brennan’s evidence did not hold up to scrutiny.…
34) Ask yourself:

If the FBI had determined no clear Russian links, why didn't they kill the Counterintelligence Investigation?

I think it's possible Comey may have been considering doing just that.…
35) Brennan later confirmed the use of UK Intel:

"FBI has a very close relationship with its British counterparts. The FBI had visibility into a number of things involving some individuals who may have had some affiliation with the Trump campaign."…
36) Suddenly it was the FBI that had visibility into “a number of things”.

George Papadopoulos – not Brennan - was supposedly the reason the FBI opened their Investigation into the Trump Campaign.

But there was no Official Intel used in the EC.
37) I do have some thoughts on Papadopoulos.

Ask yourself this:

Why does Papadopoulos appear nowhere in the Steele Dossier?…
38) On 1-13-17 Theresa May was asked whether the UK Government had any involvement in the creation of the dossier:

"It is absolutely clear that the individual who produced this dossier has not worked for the UK Government for years,”
h/t @The_War_Economy…
39) I'm not so sure May is correct. But I do think folks should be taking a look at this guy.

Dearlove has ties to everyone - including Steel, UK Intel firm Hakluyt, Halper and Downer.

40) IMO there are two fundamental stories that unveil the entirety of what’s transpired:

1) Brennan’s role in FBI Counterintelligence Investigation & Trump-Russia Narrative.

2) FISA Abuse committed by DOJ’s NSD & the FBI’s Counterintelligence Div.

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