Hannigan’s U.S. counterpart was not CIA Director Brennan.
Hannigan’s U.S. counterpart was NSA Director Mike Rogers.
The foreign intelligence information flow began in late 2015 and came from a number of western agencies.
The FBI, Treasury and DOJ domestically.
CIA, DNI and NSA for foreign and intelligence aspects.
This June FIA Application was reportedly denied.
The abuses covered the period from November 2015 to May 2016 and centered around the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and DOJ’s National Security Division.
The Court is nonetheless concerned about the FBI’s apparent disregard of minimization rules and whether the FBI may be engaging in similar disclosures of raw Section 702 information that have not been reported.
Details surrounding the possible June 2016 failed FISA Application have become minimal following the confirmation of the October 21, 2016 Carter Page FISA Warrant.
We know that Sen. Grassley requested information regarding the June 2016 FISA Application in a June 28, 2017 letter.
Brennan’s May 23, 2017 House Intelligence testimony provided some further clues to what was transpiring.
"I was aware of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind...and it served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion occurred."
"Anything that was involving U.S. persons, including anything involving the individuals involved in the Trump campaign was shared with the bureau."
"We had collected a fair amount of information in the summer of 2016 about what the Russians were doing and we wanted to make sure that the FBI had full access to that."
Brennan: I’m not going to get into details about how it was acquired. But the FBI has very close relationship with its British counterparts.
He blamed FBI Counterintelligence head Bill Priestap.
"it’s usually the decision of the head of our counter-intelligence division."
Shortly after the FBI began the Trump-Russia Counterintelligence Investigation in July 2016.
April 2016 – Brennan shown intelligence that “worried” him. The intelligence was passed to the US by an intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States.
April-June 2016 – Information flow from British Intelligence Agencies to CIA continues.
Early Summer (probably June) 2016 – Brennan is briefed in-person by GCHQ’s then-head, Robert Hannigan, on information in the possession of British Intelligence.
June 2016 – Possible FISA Application prepared by NSD lawyers.
July 2016 – FBI opens Counterintelligence Investigation into the Trump Campaign.
Mid Aug/Early Sep 2016 – Brennan briefs Congressional Gang of Eight.
Brennan’s meeting with Sen. Harry Reid results in Reid writing letter to Comey demanding a public investigation.
Oct 7 2016 – 1st Report – Joint Statement regarding Russian Interference – is released.
Oct 26 2016 – NSA Dir Rogers notifies FISA Court of Section 702 abuses.
Dec 2016 – Brennan provides CIA Assessment to Obama. Claims Russia intervened in ’16 election to help Trump and impair Hillary Clinton’s chances.
"Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. Democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton and harm her elect-ability and potential presidency. And to help President Trump’s election chances."
Jan 6 2017 – 3rd report – Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections – is released.
The Reports are simplistic and vague.
CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has only moderate confidence.
Rogers: It didn’t have the same level of sourcing and the same level of multiple sources.
Leaks prior to the classified Intelligence Community Assessment’s publication, particularly leaks occurring after the U.S. presidential election, correlate to specific language found in the Intelligence Community Assessment.
FBI began Counterintelligence Inv into Trump Campaign in July '16.
FBI used Steele Dossier for FISA Warrant in October 2016.
SC Mueller began investigation in May 2017.
It all originated with CIA Director John Brennan.
If Papadopoulos information warranted opening FBI counterintelligence investigation in July '16, why did FBI wait until Jan '17 to even speak with him.
Former CIA Director John Brennan.
"I did not see it until later in that year. I think it was in December."
"It did not play any role whatsoever in the intelligence community assessments."
FBI relied heavily on Dossier in Oct FISA Application.
McCabe testified no FISA warrant would have been sought w/o Steele dossier information.
"Congressional leaders now suspect the dossier also informed Obama intelligence officials who compiled the ICA."
Finding #44: Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, provided inconsistent testimony to the Committee about his contacts with the media, including CNN.
Nunes wants an unredacted version of the Electronic Communication (EC) related to the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.
DOJ/FBI are resisting.
Information contained in the Electronic Communication (EC) theoretically should be no different than what Nunes was shown back in August/September 2016.
So why the resistance.
a) Brennan did not divulge all information to Go8. The EC does not mesh with representations Brennan made.
b) IG’s Inv has identified material issues with EC and cannot afford to have them divulged while Phase III of the Investigation continues.
c) EC contains information that conflicts w/Page FISA Application.
d) Reasons for initiating FBI Inv are weak/unsubstantiated – & don't rely on Papadopoulos.
c) EC highlights involvement of British & EU Intel Agencies.
e) EC exposes John Brennan’s primary role.
John Brennan was the reason.
Brennan was pushing entire Russian Narrative that's consumed D.C. – and ultimately led to Mueller Inv.
Brennan did so based on little or no evidence.