By Jon Dougherty
If the contents of an email sent to staffers by then-FBI Director James Comey regarding the infamous “Steele dossier” is accurate, then U.S. Attorney John Durham, whom Attorney General William Barr has assigned to look into the origins of the Obama-era “Spygate” scandal, may soon be able to indict a former CIA director.
That would be none other than former CIA Director John Brennan. The crime: Lying to Congress, something the deep state vociferous #NeverTrumper has done in the past.
During an interview Monday with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network, legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said that based on statements from former GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Sunday, it appears as though Brennan perjured himself (again) during recent congressional testimony.
As The National Sentinel reported last week, Brennan, long believed to be one of the masterminds of both scandals, once again began to deny that he had anything at all to do with inserting the infamous “Steele dossier” into an intelligence brief that Comey gave to then-President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017.
Brennan said so in April and again this week, according to Fox News national security correspondent Catherine Herridge; Brennan says that it was Comey’s idea to put the dossier in the intel brief.
Speaking on MSNBC, the former CIA director said he would gladly testify in Congress about what he did and asserted that it was the FBI, not the CIA, who pushed for the Steele dossier to be included in an intelligence report given to President-elect Trump.
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, told Fox News’ Martha McCallum that “sometimes in the courtroom when two people are blaming each other, they’re both right.” However, he noted, the truth of the matter would be pretty easy to sort out; the U.S. attorney and corruption specialist Barr appointed to look into all of this — Durham of Connecticut — could do so with little effort, Gowdy noted.
“What I’m telling Mr. Durham or whoever is going to look into this is, I think you’ll see late in (December) 2016, well after it had been used, it was still unverified and the people responsible for it were referring to it as unverified and one or the other demanded that it be included in the intelligence assessment which then prompted the discussion you and I are having now,” Gowdy said.
On Sunday, Gowdy — who has seen the email Comey reportedly sent to top FBI officials — told Bartiromo that the email from Comey states that Brennan demanded that the “crown material,” meaning the Steele dossier, be included in a pre-inaugural intelligence brief given to then-President-elect Donald Trump, despite the fact that everyone knew it was nothing more than worthless political opposition research and was not corroborated.
Thus, Gowdy said, it appears the truth is on Comey’s side, not the side of Brennan, which is different than what the former CIA director told Congress. And that means potential legal trouble for Brennan, according to Napolitano.
“It depends on how aggressive U.S. Attorney John Durham in Connecticut…how deep he wants to go,” Napolitano said.
“Is he just going to write a report of who he thinks behaved improperly and violated the law, or is he going to use subpoena power and search warrants and grand juries and actually indict people?” he continued.
“If he’s gonna do the former, we’re just going to go back to square one and we will have all this bad stuff about people, but nobody will be prosecuted. If he’s going to do the latter, that’s what prosecutors do.
“They don’t do investigations to deliver reports, they do investigations to deliver indictments,” Napolitano said.
“If the email is correct, it directly contradicts what Brennan said under oath,” he added, “which is another thing for the folks in Connecticut to examine. Whether or not the former director of the CIA perjured himself in order to make himself look good.”
For his part, Gowdy said last week that Comey has “a better argument than Brennan.”
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