Hillary Clinton allegedly planned to stir up a scandal against Trump in 2016 connecting him with Vladimir Putin and Russia, according to a new letter from Trump’s intel chief.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe wrote to Senator Lindsey Graham on Tuesday claiming that Clinton approved a campaign to vilify Trump in 2016.
At the time, Clinton was a candidate for president in the 2016 race.
Per Ratcliffe, Clinton’s alleged plan was to vilify Donald Trump by tying him to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the Russian’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee.
The letter also addresses Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein, Mark Warner, and Adam Schiff, as well as Republican Senators Marco Rubio, and Devin Nunes.
It further claims that former President Barack Obama was briefed of Clinton’s plan by the Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan.
However, the letter was reportedly rejected by both Democrats and Republicans who reviewed it on the Senate Intelligence Committee in the aftermath of the 2016 election because it was part of a Russian intelligence assessment.
The letter states that on September 7, 2016, officials forwarded an investigative referral to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok about Clinton.
It apparently involved the approval of a plan concerning US Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering US elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server.
On Sunday, Graham spoke with Fox News and hinted at the possibility that Russia attempted to hurt Trump during the 2016 election.
Everything Russia-Trump was looked at, Graham said. You had $25 million, 60 agents. You had subpoenas, you had people’s lives turned upside down.
Last month, former CIA and National Security Council official Fred Fleitz said he was told that Russia wanted Clinton to win the election.
When I was briefed on the House Intelligence Committee report on the January 2017 ICA, I was told that John Brennan politicized this assessment by excluding credible intelligence that the Russians wanted Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election and ordered weak intelligence included that Russia wanted Trump to win, he said.
He added that Brennan disregarded objections from CIA analysts and he fears what happened to them.
These analysts are true whistleblowers, and they should come to the congressional intelligence committees to tell their stories and set the record straight on the ICA.
Democrats attacked Ratcliffe and Graham on Tuesday for publication of the Russian intel.
This is Russian disinformation, said a spokeswoman for Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, adding it was laundered by the Director Of National Intelligence and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
When questioned about the release, Graham admitted: I don’t know if it’s true or not.
He added: The question is did the FBI look at it when the Intelligence Community asked them to look at it. That’s the only thing I care about. It may be true, it may not be true but did they look?
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