The report focuses on one of the most contentious issues to hit the White House in recent times: Vladimir Putin's apparent intervention in the past election to help Donald Trump take power.
The explosive conclusion Brennan inserted in the report was vital in helping to justify the continuation of the Trump-Russia "collusion" investigation launched by the FBI in 2016. The result of this was the subsequent investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who ultimately could find no evidence that Trump was conspiring with Moscow.
The Obama administration had released only a declassified version of the report, known as the "Intelligence Community's Assessment of Russian Activities and Intentions in the Recent Elections (ICA)," two weeks before the transfer of command, casting severe suspicion on the presidency. Democrats as well as the national media have cited the report suggesting that Russia did indeed influence the outcome of 2016 and that Putin can be expected to re-engage in Trump's reelection.
U.S. Attorney John Durham is currently investigating the origins of the "collusion" investigation and is following the ICA closely. The goal is to determine whether the intelligence was used for political purposes.
RealClearInvestigations, obtained information that one of the CIA agents who assisted Brennan in drafting the ICA, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, financially supported Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign and is a close colleague of Eric Ciaramella, identified last year by RCI as the Democratic national security "whistleblower" who kicked off the lawsuit to impeach Trump, which ultimately ended with an acquittal in the Senate in January.
Officials said that Brennan, who openly supported Clinton during the campaign, excluded highly relevant information that would contradict Moscow's apparent motives for preferring Trump over the Democratic candidate. Nevertheless, they discovered that Russia preferred Clinton because they felt that he would work with their leaders, while they were concerned about Trump because they considered him too unpredictable.
It should be remembered that Clinton sought to "reset" relations with Moscow during her time as Secretary of State, to bring them to a more cooperative and positive stage, while Trump campaigned to expand the U.S. military, which Moscow took as a direct threat to itself and its geopolitical interests.
A senior U.S. official, an intelligence employee who participated in the 2018 review of espionage behind the assessment, stated: "They complained that Brennan took a thesis that Putin supported Trump and decided that he was going to ignore the dissenting data and exaggerate the importance of that conclusion, even though they said that he had no real basis behind it.