Bradley K. Sherman
2020-05-18 10:26:39 UTC
testified under oath that she lied during an MSNBC interview
when she claimed to have evidence of alleged collusion, a newly
declassified congressional transcript of her testimony shows.
Farkas testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence on June 26, 2017, as part of the committees
investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential
election between Donald Trump and former Secretary of State
Lawmakers keyed in on an appearance Farkas made on MSNBC on
March 2, 2017, in which she urged intelligence community
bureaucrats to disseminate within the government and potentially
even leak to media any incriminating information they had about
Trump or his aides.
They might try to compromise those sources and methods, Farkas
alleged in the MSNBC interview. And we would no longer have
access to that intelligence.
Not enough was coming out into the open and I knew there was
more, Farkas claimed.
But Farkas sang a different tone under oath when questioned by
lawmakers about what she actually knew about collusion.
Why dont we go back to that sentence that I just asked you
about. It says the Trump folks, if they found out how we knew
what we knew about their staff dealing with Russians, Gowdy
said. Well, how would you know what the U.S. government knew at
that point? You didnt work for it, did you?
I didnt, said Farkas, a former mid-level Russia analyst who
left the federal government in 2015.
Then how did you know? Gowdy responded.
I didnt know anything, Farkas said.
Did you have information connecting the Trump campaign to the
hack of the DNC? Gowdy asked.
No, Farkas admitted.
So when you say, We knew, the reality is you knew nothing,
Gowdy asked later during the deposition.
Correct, Farkas responded.
Gowdy didnt stop there.
So when you say knew, what you really meant was felt? he
Correct, Farkas answered.
You didnt know anything? Gowdy continued.
Thats correct, Farkas responded.