Brennan: Intelligence community vindicated by Senate committee's report

Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine the intelligence community’s investigation into the 2016 election.

Brennan: Intelligence community vindicated by Senate committee's report

Former CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday held up a new intelligence report from a GOP-led panel as vindication that there was no “hoax” behind findings that there was Russian influence in the 2016 election in an effort to help Donald Trump.

Brennan, who helped author the intelligence that led to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, told POLITICO that the Senate panel’s findings undercut Trump’s repeated assertions that the investigation was influenced by anything other than fact-finding.

“I’m just very glad that the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday came out with a report that totally validated the intelligence community’s assessment about Russian interference in the election in 2016 to help Donald Trump,” Brennan said in an interview Wednesday. “Donald Trump continues to call all these things hoaxes. They’re not. The only hoax is his representation of the facts. That’s the hoax. It’s because, I think, he has this quite understandable insecurity about what he’s done — well, this is what others have done.”

Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine the intelligence community’s investigation into the 2016 election and is reportedly “obsessed” with Brennan, a vocal critic of the president.

But the bipartisan panel on Tuesday, chaired by North Carolina Republican Richard Burr, reaffirmed its support for a January 2017 intelligence assessment, which found that “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments.”

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Donna Shalala apologizes for not reporting stock trades

"It was my mistake and I take full responsibility," she says.

Donna Shalala apologizes for not reporting stock trades

Rep. Donna Shalala on Wednesday apologized for failing to report more than a half-dozen stock sales last year after her election to the House.

The Florida Democrat said she sold the stock to avoid any conflict of interest, but missed the deadlines for reporting the transactions.

“I’m a strong supporter of the STOCK Act,” Shalala told CBS Miami, referring to the 2012 law that prohibits members of Congress from trading stocks based on information obtained during their official positions. “I missed those deadlines, but it wasn’t as if I — I was doing the opposite of insider trading. I was getting rid of any conflict of interest in the process, but I absolutely missed those deadlines, and I apologize for them. It was my mistake, and I take full responsibility.”

When pressed further on how she missed the deadlines, Shalala, the House Democrat on the committee overseeing $500 billion in taxpayer money being used to help shore up businesses affected by coronavirus, emphasized that she understands the law.

“I missed the deadlines, and I have to take responsibility — personal responsibility for doing that. No one else is responsible except for me, and now I can file all of that,” said Shalala, a former health secretary in the Clinton administration. “But it’s not — I did file my disclosure reports, so everybody knew what my holdings were.”

The Miami Herald reports that Shalala is setting up a blind trust for her assets.

Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) have come under fire recently for stock trades made during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

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