"It should be clear to everyone that Russia brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process," Brennan said in his opening statement, "and that they undertook these activities despite our strong protests and explicit warning that they do not do so."
"If the reports are true that the president decided to share classified intelligence with the Russians, then he violated two protocols," Brennan replied. "The first is that this kind of intelligence is not shared with visiting foreign ministers or local ambassadors. It's shared through intelligence channels. The second is that, before sharing any classified intelligence with foreign partners, it has to go back to the originating agency to ensure that revealing it won't compromise sources, methods, and future collection capabilities."
"Because for the last 241 years, this nation and its citizens have cherished the freedom and liberty that this country was founded on," Brennan replied. "Our ability to choose our elected leaders as we see fit is, I believe, an inalienable right we must protect with all of our resources and all our authority and power," he continued. "And the fact that the Russians tried to influence the election so that the will of the American people was not going to be realized by that election, I find outrageous, and it is something that we need to resist."
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