You may be wondering what became of President Trump’s effort to declassify a bunch of documents that could make certain figures in the intelligence community look bad regarding the Trump-Russia probe.
According to an investigation by RealClearInvestigations, there’s stonewalling in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
Sources who spoke to RealClearInvestigations blamed “establishment” officials who are dragging their feet, even after a shakeup including resignations of DNI director Dan Coats and his top deputy Sue Gordon.
Some of the material still being withheld, according to RealClearInvestigations, includes:
- Evidence that President Obama’s CIA, FBI, and Justice Department illegally eavesdropped on the Trump campaign — cases separate from the FBI’s disputed FISA court-approved surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
- An August 2016 briefing CIA Director John Brennan hand-delivered in a sealed envelope to Obama, containing information from what Brennan claimed was “a critical informant close to Putin.” The informant is believed to have actually been a Russian source recycled from the largely debunked dossier compiled by ex-British agent Christopher Steele for the Hillary Clinton campaign.
- An email exchange from December 2016 between Brennan and FBI Director James Comey, in which Brennan is said to have argued for using the dossier in early drafts of the task force’s much-hyped January 2017 intelligence assessment. That spread the narrative that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the alleged Clinton campaign hacking to steal the election for Trump.
According to RealClearInvestigations, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) of the Senate Judiciary Committee was so furious with Coats for refusing to share information he sought for his investigation of the origins of the Russia “collusion” probe that he put a confirmation hold on an intelligence community nominee. “He accused the intelligence czar of attempting to “hide documents” — including ones related to Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who operated as a conduit between Steele and the FBI — and he complained about it in a letter to Trump earlier this year.”
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