A new wrinkle has been announced in U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the FBI’s probe of alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, former CIA Director John Brennan confirmed he was told by Durham’s investigators that he is not under criminal investigation.
“Brennan welcomed the opportunity”
Durham did, however, interview Brennan for about eight hours as part of his probe’s final phase, according to reports.
Brennan was reportedly treated as a witness instead of a suspect during that meeting, though, with investigators collecting intelligence to compile in what is expected to be a damning assessment of the FBI and its handling of the Russian collusion probe.
Former Brennan chief of staff and senior adviser Nick Shapiro explained in a statement that the ex-CIA chief is free and clear of any wrongdoing in the eyes of federal investigators.
“Brennan welcomed the opportunity to answer Mr. Durham’s questions related to a wide range of intelligence-related activities undertaken by CIA before the 2016 presidential election as well as the Intelligence Community Assessment published in early January 2017,” Shapiro tweeted.
As for the information Brennan provided during the interview, it was reportedly related to Russian efforts to destabilize U.S. democracy.
“I inserted the information”
In any case, Durham and his team are reportedly still working hard to expose the motives and methods behind the federal investigation of Trump and his campaign advisers.
The first fruit of this ongoing criminal probe was seen this week with the conviction of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith.
He pleaded guilty to making a false statement and admitted altering the information in an email regarding Carter Page, the former Trump campaign adviser caught up in the Russian collusion probe.
“At the time I thought the information I was providing was accurate, but I am agreeing the information I inserted was not originally there, and I inserted the information,” Clinesmith said as part of his plea.
While Brennan might be off the hook, Durham’s investigators show no sign of slowing down in their mission to bring any bad actors within the FBI to justice.