Transcript: Sen. Richard Burr’s Q&A on the nomination of John Brennan as CIA Director

Transcribed & edited by Jenny Jiang

Partial transcript of Sen. Richard Burr’s Q&A on the nomination of White House Counter-Terrorism Adviser John Brennan as the next CIA Director. The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing was held on Feb. 7, 2013:

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.):
…I’m still unclear on whether you think the information from CIA interrogations saved lives. Have you ever made representations to a court, including the FISA court, about the type and importance of information learned from detainees, including detainees in the CIA detention and interrogation program?

John Brennan:
First of all, in the first part of your question that you’re not sure whether or not I believe that there has been…

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.):
I wasn’t clear whether I understood whether I was clear…

John Brennan:
And I’m not clear at this time either because I read a report that calls into question a lot of the information that I was provided earlier on, my impressions. When I was in the government as the head of the National Counter-Terrorism Center, I know that I had signed out a number of affirmations related to the continuation of certain programs based on the analysis and intelligence that was available to analysts. I don’t know exactly what it was at the time but we can take a look at that.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.):
But the committee can assume that you had faith – if you made that claim to a court or – including the FISA court – you had faith in the documents, in the information that was supplied to you to make that declaration.

John Brennan:
Absolutely, at the time if I made any such affirmations, I would have had faith that the information I was provided was an accurate representation.

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