Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff questions former CIA Director John Brennan about reports that President Trump tried to pressure leaders of the intelligence community to drop investigations into the role Russia played in the 2016 election. "No sir," Brennan responded to each question. Brennan also said that evidence of contact between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign did not constitute evidence of 'collusion.'
Brennan: IC Says Trump Has Not Tried To Get Them To Drop Investigations Or Push Back On Narratives
Rep. Trey Gowdy grills former CIA director John Brennan at a House Intelligence Committee meeting Tuesday morning on Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Gowdy repeatedly presses Brennan for some kind of hard evidence, or even the admission that such evidence exists, that President Trump or his campaign were inolved with the Russian attempt to influence the election.
Brennan repeatedly dodged, saying: "As I said Mr. Gowdy, I don't do evidence."
"I appreciate that you don't do evidence, Director Brennan. Unfortunately, that's what I do," Gowdy fired back. "That's the word we use, you use the word assessment, you use the word tradecraft. I use the word evidence. And the good news for me is lots of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle use the word evidence, too. One of my colleagues said there is more than circumstantial evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign."
Eventually Brennan replied: "I don't know whether or not such collusion -- and that's your term, such collusion existed. I don't know. 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 U.S. persons were actively conspiring, colluding with Russian officials."