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Nadler Urges Garland, Horowitz to Investigate Scott Brady for Misleading Testimony

Washington, February 23, 2024
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) today urged Attorney General Merrick Garland and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate former U.S. Attorney Scott Brady for providing false or misleading testimony to the Committee during a transcribed interview on October 23, 2023.
In the letter to Garland and Horowitz, Nadler writes:
“During his October 23, 2023, transcribed interview before the Judiciary Committee, Mr. Brady repeatedly testified that he had vetted and found credible statements made by a confidential human source (CHS), now identified as Alexander Smirnov.  Of course, on February 14, 2024, a federal grand jury in the Central District of California indicted Alexander Smirnov for making a false statement to the FBI and creating a false and fictitious record.   Given what we now know about Mr. Smirnov, it seems unlikely that Mr. Brady actually verified any of the information Mr. Smirnov provided to the FBI. Mr. Brady’s testimony to the contrary does not appear to be a mere misstatement—his comments were deliberate, repeated, and detailed.
“Mr. Brady’s testimony before the Committee also sheds light on a much broader pattern of misconduct. During his interview, Mr. Brady stated that he directed the FBI to conduct the June 2020 interview with Mr. Smirnov, who is alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence, despite reluctance from FBI agents handling the matter.  If true, then Mr. Brady appears to have been part of a deliberate attempt to launder foreign disinformation through the Department of Justice.”
A full copy of the letter can be read HERE.