Peter King Calls for Investigation of CIA’s Brennan over Trump ‘Hit Job’

‘Chairman Nunez, called the meeting last week, invited all the intelligence committee in — they refused to come’

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The CIA's director John Brennan should be investigated for the "hit job" he's "orchestrating against the president-elect," said the New York congressman and former chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee, Peter King.

King said it's unclear Russia was even involved in the hacking of John Podesta.

"What we’ve been told all along is that it was virtually definite that the Russians did hack the Democratic National Committee," King told ABC's Martha Raddatz Sunday. "I’m willing to accept that. I have no reason not to. But as far as John Podesta, it was uncertain whether or not that could be directly traced to the Russians, and I haven’t seen anything since then."

"And that’s what infuriates me about this, Martha, is that we have John Brennan, supposedly John Brennan, leaking to The Washington Post, to a biased newspaper like The New York Times, findings and conclusion that is he’s not telling the intelligence committee," King continued. "I mean, Chairman Nunez, called the meeting last week, invited all the intelligence committee in. They refused to come. I find it shameful."

King says in addition to Russia being investigated, the CIA director himself should be investigated.

"It seems like to me — there should be an investigation what the Russians did but also an investigation of John Brennan and the hit job he seems to be orchestrating against the president-elect," he told Raddatz.

"So you think this is all political by John Brennan?" she asked. 

"I take that control when he comes out and leaks to the newspapers that the entire intelligence community has concluded that the Russians were targeting Hillary Clinton and favoring Donald Trump, when we’ve never been told that before — certainly Director Comey didn’t tell us that," King replied. "I have not heard that from Director Clapper. So if he — if that is such a dramatic finding, such a dramatic conclusion, then what he should have done is gone before the entire Intelligence Committee, briefed us on it. If that’s the case, I’ll accept it."

"I’m not saying it didn’t happen," he continued. "I’m just saying we’ve been given no evidence on it. When you have these stories mysteriously appearing in the newspaper when we have been told the opposite or either that or — either the opposite or nothing at all on it and then suddenly it appears right before the Electoral College is meeting, I find it shameful."

King emphasized he has no sympathy for Russia despite his skepticism of the CIA's hacking accusations.

"I think Putin is evil," he told ABC. "I think the Russians are guilty of incredibly evil hacking around the world. They’re constantly trying to hack the United States. I’m not in any way defending Russia. But I’m seeing this final conclusion about what he’s saying, about Trump and Clinton, if they have evidence, show it. They have not shown it yet."

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