EXCLUSIVE: National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe on Tuesday released documents showing that former CIA director John Brennan informed former President Obama of Hillary Clinton’s alleged “plan” to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia to “distract the public from their use of a private e-mail server,” Fox News learned ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Ratcliffe has released Brennan’s handwritten notes – made after he notified Obama of the information the CIA received – and a CIA memo indicating that officials referred the matter to the FBI for possible investigative action seize.
The office of the director of the National Intelligence Service forwarded the declassified documents to the Intelligence Committees of the House and Senate on Tuesday afternoon.
“Today, on the direction of President Trump, I released additional documents that are relevant to the ongoing oversight and investigative activities of Congress,”
A source familiar with the documents stated that Brennan’s handwritten notes were made after Obama was briefed on the matter.
“We get additional insights into the Russian activities of [REDACTED]Brennan noted. “QUOTE [summarizing] Hillary Clinton allegedly approved of a proposal by one of her foreign policy advisers to denigrate Donald Trump by sparking a scandal alleging that Russian security had intervened, ”Brennan’s notes read.
The notes say “July 28th”. Brennan writes “POTUS” in the margin, but that section of the notes is being edited.
“All evidence of Trump campaign + Russia collaboration,” the notes read.
The rest of the notes are edited, except for the margins which read “JC”, “Denis” and “Susan”.
The clearance comes after Ratcliffe released newly released information to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that US intelligence officials passed an investigative referral to Hillary Clinton in September 2016 alleging “a plan regarding US presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers approved was hindering US elections “to distract the public from their email scandal.
This referral was sent to then FBI Director James Comey and then Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok.
“The following information is provided for the exclusive use of your office for background investigative or managerial purposes,” said the CIA memo to Comey and Strzok.
“This memorandum contains confidential information that may reveal sources. It should be treated with particular attention to the subdivision and knowledge needs. To avoid possible compromises on the source, any investigative action taken in response to the information below should be coordinated in advance with the Chief Counterintelligence Mission Center, Legal, “the memo sent to Comey and Strzok read:” It must not be used in any legal process, including FISA filings, without prior authorization … “
“At the oral request of the FBI, the CIA has provided the following examples of information that the CROSSFIRE HURRICANE fusion cell has gathered to date,” the memo continued [REDACTED] Discuss US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan regarding US presidential nominee Donald Trump and Russian hackers obstructing US elections to distract the public from using a private email server. “
The memo is heavily edited.
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Ratcliffe told the committee last week that the Obama administration had received Russian intelligence allegations against Clinton in July 2016, but warned that the intelligence “the truth of this claim or the text on which Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or falsification , not knowing . ”
According to Ratcliffe’s letter, the secret service included “the alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal made by one of her foreign policy advisors to denigrate Donald Trump by sparking a scandal alleging that Russian security services had intervened.”
Nick Merrill, Clinton’s spokesman, called the allegations “unfounded b – t”.
But Ratcliffe, in a statement released after the information was released, pushed back the idea of promoting “Russian disinformation”.
“To be clear, this is not Russian disinformation and has not been rated as such by the intelligence community,” Ratcliffe said in a statement to Fox News. “I will inform Congress of the sensitive sources and methods by which they were obtained.” in the coming days. “
A source familiar with the documents told Fox News Tuesday that the claim was “not disinformation”.
“This is not Russian disinformation. Even Brennan knew it or he would not tell the President of the United States about it,” the source said. “There is a high threshold for verbally informing the President of the United States, and he clearly felt that this threshold had been reached.”
Another source familiar with the documents told Fox News that “this information has been sought from hundreds of inquiries from Congress for legitimate surveillance purposes and withheld on political grounds – believing they would never be caught.”
The source added that the Brennan’s notes matter because they are “their own words, written and remembered in real time.”
Meanwhile, last week, Comey was asked during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee whether he had received an investigative referral to Clinton as of 2016, but said it had “not rung bells.”
“You don’t remember getting a lead from the intelligence community? On September 7, 2016, US intelligence officials James Comey and Strzok forwarded an investigative referral into Clinton’s approval of a plan [about] Trump … as a means of distraction? “Asked Graham Comey.
“That doesn’t ring for me,” said Comey.
“It’s a pretty amazing thing that it doesn’t ring,” replied Graham. “You are receiving this request from the intelligence community to look at the Clinton campaign trying to create a diversion and accusing Trump of being a Russian agent or a Russian henchman.”
Graham asked “how far-fetched that is” citing the fact that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, through the law firm Perkins Coie Fusion, hired GPS and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to provide information for the controversial and unverified individuals write and compile anti-Trump dossier.
The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, through the law firm Perkins Coie Fusion, hired GPS and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to compile and compile information for the controversial and unverified anti-Trump dossier.
The dossier contains allegations of alleged links between Donald Trump and Russia, which served as the basis for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) arrest warrants against former Trump election worker Carter Page.
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Comey claimed the transfer did not sound “familiar”.
Meanwhile, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Called the information and possibly upcoming documents “smoking guns.”
“The underlying documents we’ve seen now, I’ve only seen a few of them – they smoke guns,” Nunes said on Sunday Morning Futures this week. “This information definitely needs to be made available to the American public.”
Nunes added that there is “even more underlying evidence to support the information released by Ratcliffe,” citing the time it took the president’s allies to release the information and make it “mind-blowing.”
“This has been a very difficult task for us because we have corrupt officials,” said Nunes.
Attorney General Bill Barr appointed U.S. Connecticut attorney John Durham last year to investigate the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation soon after Special Adviser Robert Mueller completed his yearlong investigation into whether the campaign had collaborated with the Russians, to influence the 2016 presidential election.
It is unclear whether this information will be considered part of Durham’s investigation.