Former CIA director goes before House Intelligence Committee

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The investigation into possible ties between Russia, and President Trump’s campaign team continues on Capitol Hill.

Tuesday, former CIA Director John Brennan hit the hot seat in the House Intelligence Committee.

“It should be clear to everyone that Russia brazenly interfered with our 2016 presidential election process, and that they undertook these activities despite our strong protests and explicit warning they not do so,” said Brennan.

During the open session Brennan told lawmakers he saw interaction between Russia and the Trump campaign that raised questions, and warranted further investigation.

But, that’s as far as he’d go.

“I don’t have sufficient information to make a determination whether or not such cooperation or complicity or collusion was taking place.”

Utah Representative Chris Stewart, who sits on the committee says that’s a key point. He and others have been saying it for months.

“Including a lot of the democratic leaders, have said there isn’t any evidence of collusion. There’s evidence of contact, but that wouldn’t be necessarily indicating that there is nefarious reasons for that,” said Stewart, (R) Utah.

Stewart believes Russian interference is wide reaching.

“Just like the Russians wanted to weaken Secretary Clinton, they want to weaken President Trump. They want to weaken the U.S. institutions and the U.S. presidency.”

The committee has a list of about two dozen witnesses they will be calling in. The investigation is likely to go into the fall.

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