Brennan Was Feeding Obama Unverified Info From Steele Dossier, Contradicting 2017 Testimony

Two former colleagues of ex-CIA Director John Brennan have contradicted his claim that the unverified "Steele Dossier" was not part of the US Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russian interference in the 2016 election, reports Paul Sperry of RealClear Investigations.

Central to the controversy is a statement by recently retired National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, who stated in a classified letter to Congress that the anti-Trump memos which made up the dossier did factor in to the IC assessment - which was reinforced in a CNN interview by James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence who said that the assessment was based on "some of the substantive content of the dossier," and that the IC was "able to corroborate" certain dossier allegations. 

In a March 5, 2018, letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, Adm. Rogers informed the committee that a two-page summary of the dossier — described as “the Christopher Steele information” — was “added” as an “appendix to the ICA draft,” and that consideration of that appendix was “part of the overall ICA review/approval process.”

His skepticism of the dossier may explain why the NSA parted company with other intelligence agencies and cast doubt on one of its crucial conclusions: that Vladimir Putin personally ordered a cyberattack on Hillary Clinton’s campaign to help Donald Trump win the White House. -RealClear Investigations

What's more, Brennan was feeding some of the dossier material to President Obama and passing it off as credible, reports Sperry.

Brennan put some of the dossier material into the PDB [presidential daily briefing] for Obama and described it as coming from a ‘credible source,’ which is how they viewed Steele,” said the source familiar with the House investigation. "But they never corroborated his sources.” -RCI

(Of note, some suspect Rogers warned Trump that he was being spied on shortly after the 2016 US election. You can read that analysis here.)

Brennan testified in May 2017 to the House Intelligence Committee that the Steele Dossier was "not in any way used as the basis for the intelligence community's assessment" of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election - a claim he has repeated several times, including a February appearance on Meet the Press.

Rogers said during testimony that while he was convinced that Russia wanted to harm Clinton politically, he wasn't of the opinion that they wanted to help Trump, as his CIA and FBI counterparts claimed. The assessment "didn't have the same level of sourcing and the same level of multiple sources," Rogers said. 

The dossier, which is made up of 16 opposition research-style memos on Trump underwritten by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s own campaign, is based mostly on uncorroborated third-hand sources. Still, the ICA has been viewed by much of the Washington establishment as the unimpeachable consensus of the U.S. intelligence community. Its conclusions that “Vladimir Putin ordered” the hacking and leaking of Clinton campaign emails “to help Trump’s chances of victory” have driven the “Russia collusion” narrative and subsequent investigations besieging the Trump presidency. -RCI

That said, the ICA did not in fact reflect the Intelligence Community's concensus

Clapper broke with tradition and decided not to put the assessment out to all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies for review. Instead, he limited input to a couple dozen chosen analysts from just three agencies — the CIA, NSA and FBI. Agencies with relevant expertise on Russia, such as the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department’s intelligence bureau, were excluded from the process. -RCI

On other words, the assessment of Russia's interference was shielded from government experts who might be able to poke holes in the (literal) conspiracy theory. The House Intelligence Committee found that the ICA did not appropriately describe the "quality and credibility of underlying sources," and that it was "not independent of political considerations." 

Furthermore, the report is missing any dissenting views whatsoever, as would normally be included.

"Traditionally, controversial intelligence community assessments like this include dissenting views and the views of an outside review group,” said Fred Fleitz, who Real Clear Investigations reports worked as a CIA analyst for 19 years and helped draft national intelligence estimates at Langley. "It also should have been thoroughly vetted with all relevant IC agencies,” he added. "Why were DHS and DIA excluded?

Fleitz suggests that the Obama administration limited the number of players involved in the analysis to skew the results. He believes the process was “manipulated” to reach a “predetermined political conclusion” that the incoming Republican president was compromised by the Russians.

“I’ve never viewed the ICA as credible,” the CIA veteran added.

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

“Strzok was the intermediary between Brennan and [former FBI Director James] Comey, and he was one of the authors of the ICA,” according to the source. -RCI

Strzok, of course, was reassigned to another department within the FBI after anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages were uncovered by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Strzok remains under investigation by the IG, while his FBI "lovebird" Lisa Page resigned (was fired) in early May. 

Strzok spearheaded the FBI's early investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016 - until former FBI Director James Comey was fired, and his infamous "memos" suggesting obstruction kicked off special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. 

Brennan swears the dossier was not used "in any way" as a basis for the ICA - explaining that he only "heard snippets" from the press in the summer of 2016. 

Brennan’s claims are impossible to believe,” Fleitz asserted.

"Brennan was pushing the Trump collusion line in mid-2016 and claimed to start the FBI collusion investigation in August 2016,” he said. “It's impossible to believe Brennan was pushing for this investigation without having read the dossier.”

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IntercoursetheEU Stuck on Zero Tue, 05/15/2018 - 22:55 Permalink

Does a Brennan poop in the Post? 

“NY-R Rep Peter King was among the first to insist that CIA Director John Brennan was responsible for a ‘hit job’ against president-elect Donald Trump by going around the intelligence community and leaking information to the press suggesting that Russia was behind the hack of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.” – Killing the Deep State, Dr. Jerome Corsi, PhD, p.59

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Chupacabra-322 JimmyJones Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:00 Permalink

Until I see the Clintons rotting in jail along with the Bush family & the Obama's, Until I witness 3/4 of congress & the senate being purged & prosecuted, Until I witness the complete dismantle of the FED, Until I witness ALL military bases around the globe being closed & folks coming back home, Until I witness the MIC's budget cut down to 1/4 only for national protection, Until I witness the purge of all the CIA/FBI cartel, Until I witness manufacturing being restored in the Country, Until I witness the USA cutting all special interests & lobbying on behalf of Israel/Zionists & SA, Until I Witness the break of Wall Street & the Banks monopoly on the Economy & PM, Until I witness the full restoration of the rule of Law.........................  Until then, to me.  

 

It’s absolute, complete, open, in your Faces Tyrannical Lawlessness.

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Gardentoolnumber5 Chupacabra-322 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 19:47 Permalink

I'm not much of a "There oughta be a law!" guy. But, until laws, with severe penalties, are passed making the two industries that benefit from war, the banking and armament industries, illegal to lobby, donate to candidates or have any direct involvement in our govt there is nothing that will change. War and rumors of war have always been used throughout history to expand govt and panic the masses into giving up their liberties for the protection of the govt. Always for the benefit of the two sectors that stand to gain the most from the propaganda of possible war. The banking and armament industries are tied at the hip and no intrigue is outside of their imagination to propagate profits instead of national interest. No one from the banking or armament industry should be allowed to hold a position in govt. No one from the govt should be influenced by money or privilege from either of these two self promoting war industries.

We have been on a war footing since before WWI with the creation of the Fed.

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Baron Samedi wee-weed up Wed, 05/16/2018 - 02:09 Permalink

"When will the American people see to it that all these Dim/Lib lying traitors are put in jail where they belong?"

Well - I have waited for a scene from something out of an early film of the French revolution - with lots of torches and pitchforks ... and looked to reserve an aisle seat about 5-6 rows back from the guillotine - but nothing so far. So I have wondered if anyone with integrity left over at the Pentagon was asking themselves the same questions.

Historically, police/army don't seem to intervene on behalf of the people very often - but it has happened. 

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W270 wee-weed up Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:17 Permalink

Yea but but but Trump lied about using tanning cream when we all know he is using tanning cream.  You see that is the real story.  If someone will lie about using tanning cream they must be a Russian operative and hate all people of color.  So never mind about all the good people of the Demonic Party lying becuase they are doing this for a higher purpose.  The are saving us from Orange Furry.

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Chupacabra-322 SoDamnMad Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:22 Permalink

To state the obvious; the CIA has deeply humiliated the American people in their attempt to tie the American people to be responsible for the CIA's crimes against humanity across the world.

 

The CIA appears to be the world's greatest threat to peace and prosperity. It is the penultimate terrorist organization, being the direct or indirect creator of all other terrorist organizations. It also appears to be the world's penultimate illegal drug smuggler and pusher making all other illegal drug trading possible and instigating the horrors of addiction and suffering around the world.

 

If I believed that the CIA was working in any way on behalf of the US government and the American people then it would be sad and shameful indeed. However, it is my belief that the CIA instead was captured long ago, as was the secret military operations and now works for a hidden power that wants to dominate or failing that, destroy humanity.

 

It's those Select Highly Compartmentalized Criminal Pure Evil Rogue Elements at the Deep State Top that have had control since the JFK Execution that have entrenched themselves for decades & refuse to relinquish Control.

 

The Agency is Cancer. There should be no question about the CIA's future in the US.

Dissolved & dishonored. Its members locked away or punished for Treason. Their reputation is so bad and has been for so long, that the fact that you joined them should be enough to justify arrest and Execution for Treason, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against The American People.

 

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Chupacabra-322 Jim in MN Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:15 Permalink

@ Jim,

 

The National Security Elimination Act of 2018

 

The United States survived quite nicely for 130+ years with neither a Criminal FBI, CIA, IRS nor the Federal Reserve. Let's return to those better days ASAP.

 

Would precisely achieve that objective & more by recentrailizing the “Intelligence” Agencies. By Elimination of rouge Criminal Agencies such as the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at & in the CIA.

So what Criminals at large Obama, Clapper & Lynch have done 17 days prior to former CEO Criminal Obama leaving office was to Decentralize & weaken the NSA. As a result, Raw Intel gathering was then regulated to the other 16 Intel Agencies.

 

Thus, taking Centuries Old Intelligence based on a vey stringent Centralized British Model, De Centralized it, filling the remaining 16 Intel Agenices with potential Spies and a Shadow Deep State Mirror Government.

 

And, If Obama, Lynch & Clapper all agreed 17 days out to change the surveillance structure of the NSA. What date exectly did the changes occur in relation to the first FISA request for the Trump Wire Taps? (We now know that the Criminal FISA requests occurred in October 2016.)

 

Elimination of the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths in the Deep State & CIA.

 

As easily as The National Security Act was signed in 1947 it can & must be Eliminated.

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