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Newly declassified document regarding the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation released by director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, reveals allegations against Hillary Clinton for approving a campaign plan against the former Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
President Trump’s director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, declassified an FBI document in response to Senator Lindsey Graham’s request for more information on the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. Senator Graham released the letter today, September 29th, 2020. In the letter, three allegations were brought to light. The first being that “In late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign 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.” It is then clarified that the IC does not currently know of the accuracy of the allegation nor to what extent “…to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.”
According to Senator Graham, “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. 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? If none, why was that?”
According to the letter, it is also mentioned that Former President Barack Obama and other National Security officials were briefed by the former Central Intelligence Agency Director Brennen on the intelligence, “including the ‘alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.’” In the final bullet point of the letter Ratcliffe states the following, “‘On 07 September 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counter intelligence Peter Strzok regarding ‘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.’”
“Crossfire Hurricane ” was the codename of the FBI’s probe of potential links between Russia’s 2016 Presidential Election interference and Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. According to the New York Times, Trump’s former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulus made a revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain that Russia had “political dirt on Hillary Clinton”. When Clinton’s emails were leaked, Australian officials passed the information about Papadopoulos onto the American Government. Both the hacking and information about Papadopoulos are reportedly what led to the FBI opening the investigation in 2016.
The declassified document released by Lindsey Graham has spread all over twitter. Donald Trump Jr tweeted earlier today “OMG :siren pictographs: JUST DECLASSIFIED: The Russia Hoax was Hillary’s plan, and the Obama-Biden White House was briefed on it.” This tweet alone, as of 4:08 PM, has already reached 77k likes and 44.7k retweets. Some news outlets, such as NBC, are calling into question Ratcliffe’s credibility, claiming, “John Ratcliffe, Trump’s DNI nominee, follows QAnon Twitter. That’s disqualifying.” Their last statement being, “At this time in history, our nation needs an honest broker in the intelligence role, not a highly partisan conspiracy monger who would preside over the further dismantling of our intelligence community.” On March 2nd, 2020, The Washington Post put out an opinion piece questioning the qualifications of Ratcliffe and said he was best known for his “rabid defenses of the president.”
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