1. Pan, Former CIA Director walking past cameras to closed door House Intelligence Committee meeting
ARCHIVE: Washington DC - 23 May 2017
2. Various of former CIA Director John Brennan arriving, taking seat
3. Various of Brennan taking oath, sitting
4. Wide of hearing
5. SOUNDBITE (English) John Brennan, Former CIA Director:
"When it became clear to me last summer that Russia was engaged in very aggressive and wide-ranging effort to interfere in one of the key pillars of our democracy, we pulled together experts from CIA, NSA and FBI in late July to focus on the issue, drawing in multiple perspectives and subject matter experts with broad expertise to assess Russian attempts to interfere in the US presidential election."
6. Wide of hearing
7. SOUNDBITE (English) John Brennan, Former CIA Director: ++OVERLAID WITH SHOTS OF CONGRESS MEMBERS++
"I said, American voters would be outraged by any Russian attempt to interfere in the election. Finally, I warned Mr. (Alexander) Bortnikov (director of Russia's Federal Security Service) that if Russia pursued this course, it would destroy any near term prospect for improvement in relations between Washington and Moscow and would undermine constructive engagement, even on matters of mutual interest. As I expected, Mr. Bortnikov denied that Russia was doing anything to influence our presidential election, claiming that Moscow is a traditional target of blame by Washington for such activities."
8. Mid of Congress members
9. SOUNDBITE (English) John Brennan, Former CIA Director:
"When I repeated my warning, he again denied the charge, but said that he would inform President Putin of my comments. I believe I was the first US official to brace the Russians on this matter."
Former CIA Director John Brennan is scheduled to be interviewed Friday by U.S. Attorney John Durham's team as part of its inquiry into the investigators and intelligence officials behind the 2016 Russia election interference probe, according to people familiar with the matter.
Brennan led the CIA under the Obama administration as it and other intelligence agencies arrived at the conclusion that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump. Durham's interest in speaking with him underscores the extent to which he and his team are examining how the CIA reached that assessment, which Trump has long resisted.
The people who discussed the interview with The Associated Press insisted on anonymity to talk about an ongoing investigation. Brennan is appearing voluntarily for the interview, a likely indication he does not believe he has reason to be concerned about any criminal charges. He has previously said he welcomed the chance to be questioned and felt he had had nothing to hide.
A spokesman for Durham declined to comment on Friday.
Attorney General William Barr last year appointed Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, to examine the decisions that were made by government officials as they investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Exhaustive reports by former special counsel Robert Mueller and the Republican-led Senate intelligence committee have detailed extensive ties between Russians and Trump associates, but Barr has challenged the idea that the FBI had sufficient basis to open its counterintelligence investigation and gave Durham a mandate that allows him to look into the actions of other agencies too.
Brennan, who has emerged as a vocal critic of Trump's, testified before Congress in 2017 that he had personally warned Russia against interfering in the election and that he was so concerned about Russia's contacts with people involved in Trump's campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on the issue.
Mueller's investigation found that the Trump campaign embraced Russia's help and expected to benefit from it, though he did not allege a criminal conspiracy between the two.
Durham brought his first criminal charge last week against a former FBI lawyer accused of altering an email related to the secret surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The attorney, Kevin Clinesmith, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a false statement charge.