President Trump has long argued that the FBI investigation was a witch hunt in the deep state. The grilling came just days after former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to forging emails which he then used to seek a watch warrant against Trump’s foreign policy adviser, Carter Page.
Brennan, who led the CIA during President Obama’s second term, has become a fierce critic of Trump since leaving public service, frequently attacking the president in television news appearances. Trump responded by revoking his security clearance.
Nick Shapiro, a spokesperson for Brennan, said his boss was happy to participate and “not a subject or a target” in a criminal investigation. He added that Brennan was only questioned as a “witness to events under review.”
“Brennan welcomed the opportunity to answer Mr. Durham’s questions regarding a wide range of intelligence-related activities undertaken by the CIA ahead of the November 2016 presidential election, as well as the community’s assessment of the intelligence (ICA) released in early January 2017, ”Shapiro said.