Record shows more anti-Trump bias by Comey and Strzok despite Democrat outrage, says Graham
Democrats today are outraged by the declassification of intelligence reports that were sent to then-FBI Director James Comey and his top lieutenant, then-FBI Deputy Director of Counter Intelligence Peter Strzok in September 2016, warning them of an alleged Hillary Clinton plot to disrupt the 2016 election.
One top Republican is dismissing the concerns saying that instead, the record shows more anti-Trump bias from the FBI under Comey and Strzok.
The warnings were sent in response to an alleged meeting in July of 2016 where Hillary Clinton signed off on a plan to distract from the ongoing investigation of her illegal use of a private email server to conduct government work.
“In a letter Tuesday to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., [Director of National Intelligence (DNI)] Ratcliffe said that in late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained ‘insight’ into Russian spycraft alleging that Hillary Clinton, who was running for president, had ‘approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against Trump,’” says Stars and Stripes.
The Clinton plan allegedly, says the letter, was to try to tie Trump to the Russian hacking event of the Democrat National Committee in 2016, with the DNI’s proviso that the allegations may have been an exaggeration or a fabrication.
The letter to Graham was released just prior to testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee by Comey who claimed he never received the information in September of 2016, or afterward, despite evidence that he and his deputy were briefed.
Comey testified yesterday that he could not recall many details of the investigation into Trump and Russia prior to his termination by President Trump.
Democrats allege that the information contained in the report was “unverified” intelligence from Russian sources.
They also objected that top Democrats, specifically House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, were prevented from being briefed by the DNI prior to publication.
“The DNI offered a briefing to a bipartisan group of Senators or their staff, and the briefing took place last night with bipartisan attendance,” the DNI’s office told CNN. “We aren’t going to comment on who was in the room. Additional briefings may be forthcoming. The DNI has made offers to the leadership of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.”
But Graham brushed away the objections saying that the important issue wasn’t the veracity of the information that came from Russian intelligence sources at the time, but that Comey and Strzok were anxious to investigate unverified intelligence about Trump, but can’t even remember the warnings about Clinton.
“Apparently, this [information about Clinton] was just swept under the rug. And the point we’re trying to make here is there is a double standard, it’s obvious as night and day, and this is, if anything, the smoking gun,” Graham said.
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