On Tuesday, former CIA Director John Brennan blew a giant hole in conspiracy theories alleging President Trump had pressured the CIA to drop the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, telling ranking member Adam Schiff he was “unaware” of any such efforts from Trump.
In respect to a number of allegations made recently that the president or his aides may have sought to enlist the help of members the IC [intelligence community] or Director Comey himself to drop the Flynn investigation. Have any members of the IC shared with you their concerns that the president was attempting to enlist the help of people within the intelligence community to drop the Flynn investigation?
Brennan answered, “No, sir.”
Schiff pressed: “Are you aware of any efforts the president has made to enlist the help of the intelligence community to push back on a narrative involving the collusion issue?
Brennan replied succinctly, “I am unaware of it.”
The New York Times had alleged President Trump pressured former FBI Director James Comey to drop the case before he was fired. Comey testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, acknowledging the Department of Justice had not tried to impede the FBI's investigation of Flynn.
Although Brennan slammed the door on whether Trump had pressured the CIA to drop the investigation, he would not close the door on the question of whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia leading up to the election. He was asked “Was there intelligence that said that the Trump campaign was colluding with Moscow during their campaign?"
There was intelligence that the Russian intelligence services were actively involved in this effort, and having been involved in many counter-intelligence cases in the past, I know what the Russians try to do; they try to suborn individuals and they try to get individuals, including U.S. persons, to act on their behalf, either wittingly or unwittingly. And I was worried by a number of the contacts Russians had with U.S. persons, and so therefore, by the time I left office on January 20, I had unresolved questions in my mind as to whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting U.S. persons involved in the campaign or not, to work on their behalf, again, either in a witting or an unwitting fashion. And so, therefore I felt as though the FBI investigation was certainly well-founded and need to look into these issues.