U.S. intelligence declassified a document that shows Hillary Clinton’s approval in the 2016 election campaign to “stir up a scandal” by discrediting then-Republican candidate Donald Trump by linking him to the Kremlin, in the case known as the “false Russian collusion.”
The information, declassified by the director of National Intelligence (DNI), John Ratcliffe, contains claims by the intelligence services that Clinton was behind the smear campaign against then-candidateTrump and intended to use it to discredit her opponent and distract public opinion from the accusations he had against her, including her use of a personal email server to deal with diplomatic matters when she was secretary of state.
Ratcliffe’s document was presented on Sept. 29 to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who is conducting an investigation into possible irregularities committed by the Obama administration in authorizing spying on the Trump campaign in 2016.
In the letter, it is affirmed that on July 26, 2016, Clinton personally approved an “plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee.”
According to the director of National Intelligence, then-Democratic President Barack Obama and other representatives with high security posts were informed of Clinton’s intentions in July 2016 by former CIA Director John Brennan.
Ratcliffe clarified that his agency could not confirm the validity of the alleged claim that Clinton would have approved the plan, and that the information is derived from “Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.”
The letter also mentions another subsequent incident involving Clinton: on Sept. 7, 2016, U.S. intelligence officials sent an investigative referral to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok about Clinton’s actions.
These intelligence personnel requested the investigation when they noted “‘U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server,” the document reads.
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,” Graham said in a statement quoted by The Washington Free Beacon.
“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?” he added.
As is well known, the Obama administration eventually ordered the spying on Trump’s 2016 campaign based on the “Steele” dossier that contained allegations of alleged collusion between the Republican candidate’s team and the Russian government.
The FBI formally opened an investigation into the possible collusion between Trump and Russia on July 31, 2016, five days after Clinton allegedly approved the plan to smear Trump. The investigation was based on Trump’s campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, allegedly telling an Australian diplomat that Russia had damaging information about Clinton.
It was later learned that Clinton’s campaign was the one that financed the Steele dossier, which was prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele and was used by the FBI to obtain a court order to spy on former Trump’s campaign foreign policy adviser, Carter Page.
The FBI did not inform the court that Clinton funded the dossier, which had a number of errors and omissions that later came to light and are still being investigated.
In addition, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham, recently notified that the person who provided the information to former agent Steele, to build the controversial dossier, was investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Russian spy and could be classified as “a national security threat,” a fact that questions the veracity of the report.
Also, an extensive and costly investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller concluded last year that there is no evidence of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.