John O. Brennan

Director of the CIA John O. Brennan

John Owen Brennan is chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama; officially his title is Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President. His responsibilities include overseeing plans to protect the country from terrorism and respond to natural disasters, and he meets with the President daily.
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Former CIA Director Brennan says Nunes 'abused his office'
CNN - 15 days
Former CIA Director John Brennan scorned House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes for the release of the controversial GOP memo alleging FBI surveillance abuses, calling aspects of the move "exceptionally partisan" and saying Nunes has "abused the office" in refusing to allow Democrats on his panel to make their rebuttal document public.
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Brennan: Steele Dossier 'did not play any role whatsoever' in early intelligence assesements
Yahoo News - 16 days
In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, former CIA Director John Brennan says that the so-called "Steele Dossier" wasn't the source of intelligence presented to President Obama and President-elect Trump
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Brennan: Officials should refuse to fire Mueller if asked to by Trump
CNN - 7 months
Former CIA Director John Brennan says government officials should refuse orders to fire special counsel Robert Mueller if they are told to by the White House.
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John Brennan, Obama loyalist and CIA director, drove FBI to investigate Trump associates - Washington Times
Google News - 9 months
Washington Times John Brennan, Obama loyalist and CIA director, drove FBI to investigate Trump associates Washington Times Former CIA Director John O. Brennan testified before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force. (Associated Press) more >. Print. By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times - Monday, May 29, 2017. What caused the Barack ... Kremlin officials talked about 'derogatory' intel on Trump during electionNew York Post Brennan Info Drove FBI To Launch Probe of Trump AssociatesNewsmax Report: Russian Officials Discussed Dirt They Had on TrumpDaily Beast The Week Magazine -UPROXX -Death and Taxes all 108 news articles »
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WATCH: Former CIA director reveals Russian interactions with Trump campaign
ABC News - 9 months
John Brennan testified before Congress that he was "concerned" about intelligence that revealed contact between Russian officials and people involved with Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
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WATCH: White House reacts to John Brennan testimony on Russia
ABC News - 9 months
ABC News' Jon Karl reports on the Trump administration's response to former CIA Director Brennan's testimony that U.S. intelligence revealed contacts between Russian officials and people involved with Trump's campaign.
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Former CIA Chief Says Intelligence Warrants FBI's Trump-Russia Investigation
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Trump and the Fifth Amendment: It's complicated - Washington Post
Google News - 9 months
Washington Post Trump and the Fifth Amendment: It's complicated Washington Post WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is fickle about the Fifth. In 1990, he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination by refusing to answer 97 questions in a divorce deposition. But last year, he ripped into Hillary Clinton aides repeatedly ... Senate Intel leaders: Door open to holding Flynn in contempt after invoking Fifth AmendmentCNN Former CIA Director John Brennan Will Testify in Congress About Russian Election InterferenceTIME A Packed Day of Congressional Testimony, With Russia at the ForeNew York Times WJLA -NBC New York -Atlanta Journal Constitution -Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette all 484 news articles »
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Russia investigations on the Hill: Where things stand
ABC News - 10 months
Multiple committee investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign will continue to push forward as Congress returns this week. Here's where things stand and what to watch for in the next few days: House Intelligence Committee Members of the House Intelligence Committee are hoping to get back to work after chairman Devin Nunes withdrew himself from the panel's Russia investigation amid ethics complaints. The panel, whose Russia work is now headed by Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), announced Friday that it invited FBI Director James Comey and Admiral Mike Rogers to appear for a closed door hearing on May 2. The committee also invited former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to testify in an open setting sometime after May 2. Nunes had previously cancelled an open hearing with those three former officials, a move his Democratic counterpart Adam Schiff (D-CA) quickly condemned as...
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House intel committee invites Obama admin officials to Russia hearings
ABC News - 10 months
Other witnesses include James Comey, Mike Rogers, John Brennan and James Clapper
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John O. Brennan
  • 2013
    Age 57
    Brennan was sworn into the office of CIA Director on March 8, 2013.
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    The Senate was set to vote on Brennan's nomination on March 6, 2013.
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    On February 27, 2013, the Senate Intelligence Committee postponed a vote, expected to be taken the next day on the confirmation of Brennan until the following week.
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    On January 7, 2013, Brennan was nominated by President Barack Obama to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
    John Brennan was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee on March 5, 2013 to succeed David Petraeus as the Director of the CIA by a vote of 12 to 3.
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    President Barack Obama nominated Brennan as his next director of the CIA on January 7, 2013.
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  • 2011
    Age 55
    In June 2011, Brennan claimed that US counter-terrorism operations had not resulted in "a single collateral death" in the past year because of the "precision of the capabilities that we’ve been able to develop."
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    In 2011/2012 he also helped reorganize the process, under the aegis of the Disposition Matrix database, by which people outside of war zones were put on the list of drone targets.
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  • 2010
    Age 54
    In February 2010, he claimed on Meet the Press that he was tired of Republican lawmakers using national security issues as political footballs, and making allegations where they did not know the facts.
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  • 2009
    Age 53
    In an early December 2009 interview with the Bergen Record Brennan remarked, "the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities have to bat 1.000 every day.
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    In August 2009, Brennan criticized some Bush-administration anti-terror policies, saying that waterboarding had threatened national security by increasing the recruitment of terrorists and decreasing the willingness of other nations to cooperate with the U.S. He also described the Obama administration's focus as being on "extremists" and not "jihadists".
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  • 2008
    Age 52
    In late 2008 Brennan was the reported choice for Director of the CIA in the incoming Obama administration.
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    Previously, he advised President Obama on foreign policy and intelligence issues during the 2008 presidential campaign and transition.
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  • 2007
    Age 51
    Brennan then left government service for a few years, becoming Chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and the CEO of The Analysis Corporation (TAC). He continued to lead TAC after its acquisition by Global Strategies Group in 2007 and its growth as the Global Intelligence Solutions division of Global's North American technology business GTEC, before returning to government service with the Obama administration as Homeland Security Advisor on January 20, 2009.
  • 2004
    Age 48
    His last post within the Intelligence Community was as director of the National Counterterrorism Center in 2004 and 2005, which incorporated information on terrorist activities across U.S. agencies.
  • 2003
    Age 47
    One of the controversies in his career involves the distribution of intelligence to the Bush White House that helped lead to an "Orange Terror Alert", over Christmas 2003.
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    He was director of the newly created Terrorist Threat Integration Center from 2003 to 2004, an office that sifted through and compiled information for President Bush's daily top secret intelligence briefings and employed the services of analysts from a dozen U.S. agencies and entities.
  • 2001
    Age 45
    Brennan became deputy executive director of the CIA in March 2001.
  • 1999
    Age 43
    In 1999 he was appointed chief of staff to George Tenet, then-Director of the CIA.
  • 1996
    Age 40
    In 1996 he was CIA station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when the Khobar Towers bombing killed 19 U.S. servicemen.
  • 1980
    Age 24
    He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Master of Arts in government with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies in 1980.
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  • 1977
    Age 21
    He received a B.A. in political science from Fordham in 1977.
  • 1976
    Age 20
    In 1976, he voted for Communist Party USA candidate Gus Hall in the presidential election; he later said that he viewed it as a way "of signaling my unhappiness with the system, and the need for change."
  • 1955
    Born on September 22, 1955.
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