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Former high-level officials submit ‘unusual’ Russia brief in lawsuit against Trump and Roger Stone

Among the former officials are John Brennan, a CIA director; James Clapper, a director of national intelligence; and Michael Hayden, a director of the National Security Agency.


Fourteen former national security, intelligence, and foreign policy officials who have served at senior levels in Republican and Democratic administrations recently wrote an amicus brief as part of a lawsuit brought against President Donald Trump’s campaign and Roger Stone, his longtime confidant.

Among the former officials who filed the amicus brief on December 8 are John Brennan, a CIA director; James Clapper, a director of national intelligence; and Michael Hayden, a director of the National Security Agency; Avril Haines, a deputy national security adviser; Michael McFaul, a US ambassador to Russia; and Michael Morell, an acting CIA director.

The former officials emphasized in the neutral brief that they could not disclose classified information. ”

This type of brief is ‘certainly unusual’

It is “certainly unusual” for a group of such high-profile former officials to write and submit a brief to a district court, said Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor. ”

Michael Carpenter, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia who helped write the brief, said the goal was “to inform the court, and by extension the American public, about the subversive character of Russian ‘active measures’ campaigns.

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