Newly declassified information suggests Hillary Clinton invented the Russia collusion narrative to distract from the email probe she faced while running for president in 2016.
This information comes from a Russian intelligence analysis obtained by the CIA in July 2016.
As explained this week by DNI John Ratcliffe in a letter to lawmakers, President Obama and his top officials were aware that Clinton had attempted to tie Trump to Moscow in order to distract the public from her use of a private email server and to tarnish Trump’s reputation.
Intelligence suggests Clinton approved a proposal in July 2016 to “vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.” The FBI launched its Russia investigation five days later, citing a two-months-old conversation between George Papadopoulos and Australian diplomat Alexander Downer about Moscow having some dirt on Clinton.
“This latest information provided by DNI Ratcliffe shows there may have been a double standard by the FBI regarding allegations against the Clinton campaign and Russia,” argues Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “Whether these allegations are accurate is not the question. The question is: did the FBI investigate the allegations against Clinton like they did Trump? If not, why not? If so, what was the scope of the investigation?”
The newly declassified evidence also confirms that former FBI James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok received an investigative referral in September 2016 from intelligence officials regarding Clinton’s approval of “a plan concerning US Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering US election” to distract from the email probe.
A handwritten memo proves that former CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Obama on the same information, but the timing is unclear.
DNI Ratcliffe is not yet able to confirm the validity of the claim that Clinton invented the Russia hoax, but will be “briefing Congress on the sensitive sources and methods by which it was obtained in the coming days.”
In the meantime, Justice Department officials led by AG William Barr continue to review the unusual process by which Obama’s DOJ launched the Russia investigation.
Author’s Note: We are finally starting to get concrete evidence that the whole Russia investigation was a hoax started by Hillary Clinton and aided by the Obama Administration.