Ex-CIA chief: Steele dossier played no role in intelligence assessment on Russia's election interference

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanFox's Bartiromo: DOJ, FBI, IRS, CIA 'were all involved in trying to take down Donald Trump' Trump shares quote ripping Brennan: 'This guy is the genesis of this whole debacle' Voters Dems need aren't impressed by anti-waterboarding showboating MORE said Sunday that the so-called Steele dossier containing allegations about President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH aides intentionally compose Trump tweets with grammatical mistakes: report Holder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests Ex-Trump campaign adviser rips claims of spy in campaign: It's 'embarrassing' MORE’s ties to Russia was not a factor in the intelligence community's assessment that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election. 

“I was unaware of the provenance of it as well as what was in it. And it did not play any role whatsoever in the intelligence community’s assessment that was done, that was presented to then-President Obama and then-President-elect Trump,” Brennan said on NBC's “Meet The Press.”

The dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, was funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary Pressure rising on GOP after Trump–DOJ fight’s latest turn Press: Why Trump should thank FBI MORE’s presidential campaign.

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Brennan, who led the CIA from 2013-2017, said it was up to the FBI to see if it could verify the information in the dossier.

"If the Russians were involved in something like that, directed against individuals who are aspiring to the highest office in this land, there was an obligation on the part of the FBI to seek out the truth on it," he said.

“There were things in that dossier that made me wonder whether they were, in fact, accurate and true,” Brennan said. "Just because it was unverified doesn’t mean it wasn’t true."

The dossier was at the center of a Republican-crafted memo that was released Friday alleging the Justice Department used information from it to obtain surveillance warrants on Carter Page, a member of the Trump transition team and a former Trump campaign adviser.

Republicans have used the memo to accuse the Justice Department of bias against Trump, while Democrats have said a memo of their own will show the dossier was just one piece of the warrant application.