The former Director of the CIA, John Brennan threw another log on the Trump-Russia controversy on Tuesday, testifying to house lawmakers that he saw intelligence linking Moscow to the people, the President, Trump – 2016-campaign.
“I encountered and am aware of the information and findings that resulted, contacts, and interactions between Russian government representatives and to U.S. persons, at the trump campaign, I was a bit worried, because of the well-known Russian efforts to suborn such people,” Brennan said.
“There are questions in my head came about, whether Russia, he said in the situation, the cooperation of these individuals was to win,” to the members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Trump in the last few days, stubbornly denied the claim of the “consultation” with Russia, in particular, in the course of a special counsel is appointed, which for the Federal government-Russia-tube.
Brennan said during Tuesday’s open hearing, he did not know whether Trump’s campaign “in cooperation” with Russia, but said he saw “the information and insights that it’s worth the investigation.”
Brennan’s comments were made during a tense exchange with Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, who pushed the Obama-era official, on what evidence he had a “connection” between the Trump campaign and the Russian state actors.
“As I said, Mr Gowdy, I will not evidence,” Brennan said.
The South Carolina Congressman responded, “I guess that they are not evidence that Director Brennan. Unfortunately, what I’m doing.”
Brennan said he could provide more information, in a non-public session.
Brennan testified, he warned of Russia secret service to remain the Director, from the 2016 US presidential elections – but the warning was not heeded.
“It was clear to all that Russia intervenes brazenly and not to do under the Express warning that,” Brennan said.
On the Senate side, the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats a comment to a Washington Post rejected the story of the asked claimed to Trump him, to publicly deny the evidence of Russian interference.
“I don’t have the feeling that it is appropriate to characterize talks with the President,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Brennan’s testimony could undercut efforts by Trump and the White house to the past of Russia, to move controversy, and once again shift the spotlight domestic dilemmas Trump’s, as he continues his first trip abroad as commander-in-chief
Tuesday’s testimony marked the first time that Brennan, CIA Director under Ex-President Barack Obama has publicly said that he was concerned about Russia and its relations to the Trump campaign. It also marks his first appearance before a congressional Committee since leaving the CIA, as President, Trump took office in January.
The public hearing is also the House Intelligence Committee, the first since March 20, when then-FBI Director James Comey testified that the office is to investigate the Russian influence and possible collusion with members of the Trump campaign.
Since then, Trump Comey has fired; the Ministry of justice, a special Council for the monitoring of the FBI-Russian investigation has appointed; and an almost-a daily wave of reporting emerged, to claim that the President or his advisers attempted to blunt or at the end of the FBI investigation.
Trump has strong claims denied.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., The Chairman of the Committee, recused himself announced from the plate of Russia the investigations to the House Committee on Ethics, it was the investigation Nunes for the disclosure of secret information.
Following Brennan’s public testimony before the house legislature, he will meet a closed door, to discuss the details.
At the public hearing, Brennan said that the Russians were actively rooting for the Democratic candidate, Hillary will lose to Clinton, and had a “more favorable view of Mr. Trump.”
He said the enmity between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Clintons went back years.