Brennan: "Relieved" There Was Not A Criminal Conspiracy With Russia, "Good News For Country"


Former CIA Director John Brennan said he is "relieved" by the Mueller report summary and that it is "good news for the country" in an appearance on Monday's edition of MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.'

JOE SCARBOROUGH, 'MORNING JOE' HOST: I'm just curious, Mr. Director, how surprised were you by the findings yesterday by the conclusions that were drawn? And, just curious, did you receive bad information throughout this process like so many of us did that there was more there than ended up in the report regarding collusion?

JOHN BRENNAN, FMR. CIA DIRECTOR: Well, I don't know if I received bad information but I suspected there was more than there actually was. I am relieved that it's been determined there was not a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government over our election. I think that is good news for the country.

I still point to things that were done publicly, or efforts to try to have conversations with the Russians that were inappropriate, but I'm not all that surprised that the high bar of criminal conspiracy was not met. I am surprised that that second part of obstruction of justice in terms of how it came out.

I don't know whether or not Bob Mueller wanted the Attorney General to pronounce on that issue whether or not Bob Mueller felt it was best for Congress and the American public to determine whether the weight of the information indicates whether Donald Trump did try to obstruct justice. There are some surprises there. That's why I think getting to the full Mueller report is the best way to get some of these if not all of these questions answered.

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