Russia “brazenly interfered” in the 2016 US election process despite the head of its FSB security service being warned it would hurt US-Russia ties, according to John Brennan, the former CIA director.
Brennan, while testifying at a hearing of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, said it became clear last summer that Russia was attempting to interfere in the election.
“It should be clear to everyone Russia brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process and that they undertook these activities despite our strong protests and explicit warning that they do not do so,” he said.
Mr Brennan says he called the Russian authorities and protested and warned them against interference in the U.S electoral process. He briefed then President Barack Obama and senior political leaders of both parties that were fielding candidates for the elections and warned them.
In a related development, President Trump has hired a lawyer to defend him of any charges that may arise.