Sen. Rand Paul: Haspel Says 'No Communication' Between British Intel and John Brennan

By Susan Jones | May 18, 2018 | 6:53am EDT
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (Photo: Screen capture/Fox News)

( - In April 2017, the U.K. Guardian reported that the head of British intelligence, in the summer of 2016, passed information to then-CIA Director John Brennan about suspicious contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Brennan reportedly used the information to launch a counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

In a May 15 letter to CIA Director-nominee Gina Haspel, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asked her if the CIA "ever cooperated with any foreign intelligence services to surveil, monitor, or collect any information on candidate Trump..."

On Thursday night, Sen. Paul told Fox News that Haspel has answered his question:

"I'm still concerned about the reports points that Trump was surveilled," Paul told Martha McCallum.


He said he asked Haspel about it in person on Thursday, "and she did deny that the CIA had anything to do with the British intelligence. And in the end, she actually said to me, and this is supposed to come in writing -- she says that there was no communication between the British intelligence and John Brennan, giving them information about the Trump campaign.

"If that's true, it contradicts a lot of news reports that's out there. I hope it's true, and I hope she'll actually put it in writing, but today she denied to me that there was ever a meeting between British intelligence and John Brennen where information about surveillance of the Trump campaign was transferred."

Paul said he's believed from the very beginning that people in the intelligence community were dishonest in going after President Trump based on a dossier paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign:

He noted they didn't share the origins of the dossier with the FISA court judge: "That sounds like lying from the get-go; it sounds like an agency run amok with maybe feelings of hatred towards the president. And so yes, I've been very worried about bias at the CIA, and I want to make sure that it never happens again.”

Although Paul voted against Haspel’s nomination, the Senate confirmed her on Thursday, in a vote of 54-45, with two Republicans voting no (Paul and Flake); and six Democrats voting yes.

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