Sen. Mitch McConnell Silenced CIA From Alerting Public About Russian Interference In 2016 Election: Report

Washington Post reporter Greg Miller says Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell silenced former CIA director John Brennan from warning the American public about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Miller, who has written a new book, told CNN how McConnell seemed to see Brennan as a greater threat than Russia:

(McConnell) didn’t want that to come out publicly. This is a scene in the book that I write about that happens before the election, as you said. The CIA has learned that (Russian president Vladimir) Putin is overseeing this operation. They’re trying to help elect Trump.

Brennan setting in motion a series of private briefings with all congressional leaders. It is a crazy moment in our history. He’s trying to get their attention.

He’s meeting with McConnell, and McConnell is basically telling him, “You’re telling us that Russia is trying to help elect Trump, (but) if you come forward with this, I’m not going to sign on to any sort of public statement that would condemn Russian interference, but I will condemn you and the Obama administration for trying to mess up this election.”

(Source: CNN via Twitter, Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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