There was a showdown between Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and former CIA Director John Brennan during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday dedicated to gleaning whether there is any evidence of collusion between President Donald Trumpâs campaign and Russia, which the Democrats have desperately tried to allege.
In January, an unclassified report from the U.S. intelligence community revealed that Russia had consistently attempted to influence U.S. elections in secret, a revelation that has been twisted by opponents of Trump to suggest that his campaign was involved in the matter.
Gowdy attempted to settle the score once and for all. âWhen you learned of Russian efforts, did you have evidence of a connection between the Trump campaign and Russian state actors?â he asked Brennan.
âAs I said, Mr. Gowdy, I donât do evidence,â Brennan responded, âand we were uncovering information intelligence about interactions and contacts between U.S. persons and the Russians. And as we came upon that, we would share it with the bureau.â
In response, Gowdy countered that the House Intelligence Committee solely peddles in evidence, âand the good news for me is lots of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle use the word âevidence,â too. One of my colleagues said there is more than circumstantial evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.â
He then went on to press Brennan as to whether hard evidence of âcollusion, coordination, conspiracyâ existed between Trump and Russia.
Brennan once again confirmed that there was no such evidence, only glimmers of âinformation and intelligenceâ that may have potentially suggested that certain U.S. officials were working with the Russians â yet another nail in the coffin of the fake news Trump-Russia story.