House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes reportedly intends to release another memo soon regarding the fraudulent dossier used by the administration of former President Barack Obama to spy on current President Donald Trump’s campaign officials during the presidential election two years.
According to Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations, Nunes’ next memo will outline the role “former CIA Director John Brennan and other Obama intelligence officials played in promoting the salacious and unverified Steele dossier on Donald Trump — including whether Brennan perjured himself in public testimony about it.”
Sperry notes that in testimony delivered before the House Intelligence Committee in 2017, Brennan denied that “the dossier factored into the intelligence community’s publicly released conclusion last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 election ‘to help Trump’s chances of victory.’”
He likewise claimed to not have been aware that the dossier had been commissioned by Democrats.
However, Nunes’ first memo suggests otherwise. Released last month, the first memo states that the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and the research firm Fusion GPS at the behest of Democrats was knowingly used by the Obama administration to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant against Trump’s foreign policy adviser, Carter Page.
According to an aide to Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee chairman’s next memo will be even more damning.
“John Brennan did more than anyone to promulgate the dirty dossier,” the aide reportedly said to Sperry. “He politicized and effectively weaponized what was false intelligence against Trump.”
Capitol Hill sources have reportedly confirmed that Brennan had indeed “talked up the dossier to Democratic leaders, as well as the press, during the campaign.”
“They say he also fed allegations about Trump-Russia contacts directly to the FBI, while pressuring the bureau to conduct an investigation of several Trump campaign figures starting in the summer of 2016,” Sperry’s report states.
An unusual private meeting between then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Brennan in August of 2016 appears to coincide with this allegation.
Sperry notes that during the meeting, Brennan “told Reid the Russians were backing Trump and that the FBI would have to take the lead in an investigation because the FBI is the federal agency in charge of domestic intelligence and, unlike the CIA, can spy on U.S. citizens.”
Two days later Reid submitted a letter to then-FBI Director James Comey demanding the bureau launch an investigation on Trump’s campaign.
Roughly two months later, Comey “signed an application for a surveillance warrant to monitor Page’s emails, text messages, phone conversations and residence.”
It’s clear now that Brennan lied through his teeth when he claimed last year that the dossier played no role in spurring the Obama administration to spy on Trump’s campaign officials.
But lying is nothing new to this former Obama official. The Guardian notes that Brennan was forced to apologize in 2014 after he “blatantly lied to the American public,” denying earlier that year that the CIA had been spying on the U.S. Senate.
Once a liar, always a liar.