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Ex-CIA Director Brennan questioned for 8 hours in Durham review of Russia probe

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen Brennan50 former intelligence officials warn NY Post story sounds like Russian disinformation Not treason, not a crime — but definitely a gross abuse of power Trump fires off dozens of tweets while recuperating at White House MORE was questioned for eight hours Friday as part of a criminal investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.

Brennan was told by John DurhamJohn DurhamTrump remarks put pressure on Barr Trump demands Barr investigate Hunter Biden Juan Williams: Trump's search for dirt falls flat MORE — who was selected by Attorney General William BarrBill BarrThe Hill's Campaign Report: Two weeks to the election l Biden leads in new polls as debate looms l Trump pressures DOJ on Hunter Biden Trump remarks put pressure on Barr Meadows says Trump did not order declassification of Russia documents MORE to lead the review of the 2016 counterintelligence inquiry into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia — that he was neither a subject nor a target of his probe and was there simply to provide information on events he witnessed that are now under review. 

“Brennan welcomed the opportunity to answer Mr. Durham's questions related to a wide range of intelligence-related activities undertaken by CIA before the November 2016 presidential election as well as the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) published in early Jan 2017,” said former Brennan adviser Nick Shapiro.

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“Brennan provided details on the efforts made by the Intelligence Community to understand and disrupt the actions taken by Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” Shapiro continued, adding that the former CIA chief “expressed appreciation for the professional manner in which Mr. Durham and his team conducted the interview.”

Brennan, who led the CIA under President Obama, was one of the intelligence officials who approved the intelligence assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to help then-candidate Donald Trump. He has since emerged as a top boogeyman for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE and other Republicans who allege the intelligence community overstepped in its probe.

Shapiro said Brennan asked Durham why the CIA’s findings were coming under scrutiny, particular after former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation and a bipartisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee corroborated its conclusions. Brennan also expressed alarm that “repeated efforts of Donald Trump & William Barr to politicize Mr. Durham's work” have made it harder for Justice Department officials to objectively do their jobs. 

“It is Brennan's fervent hope that the results of the Durham review will be apolitical and not influenced by personal or partisan agendas,” said Shapiro.

Durham, a longtime Justice Department official who is serving as a U.S. attorney in Connecticut, was tapped in May to lead the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. He got his first guilty plea Wednesday when a former FBI attorney admitted to changing an email used to request surveillance warrants to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.