Barack Obama thought he could get away with the greatest abuse of power in American history.
His administration unleashed the intelligence community and FBI on Donald Trump in a crusade to destroy his political prospects.
But now this document proved Obama was at the heart of the conspiracy.
The Christopher Steele “Trump-Russia” collusion dossier is at the center of this scandal.
Was this fake news document the basis for the investigation into Trump and Russia, and did the Obama administration spread it around to smear a then-candidate Trump and eventually a President Trump?
The evidence points to the answer being “yes.”
Writing in Tablet Mag, Lee Smith lays out the proof that shows not only that the Obama administration was behind spreading the dossier, but Obama himself read it in the White House in August 2016.
“In contrast to the FBI, according to Jacoby, the CIA “hopped to and immediately worked to verify it. By August 2016 the CIA had verified the key finding of the dossier to the point that, as The Washington Post revealed, it was “having ‘eyes only’ top secret meetings with Obama about it.”
What? Former CIA Director John Brennan testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee this May that the dossier “wasn’t part of the corpus of intel information we had … it was not used in any way as a basis.” But Jacoby says he brought it to President Obama?
It seems that Glenn Simpson’s wife may be correct again.
In April The New York Times reported that last summer Brennan was so concerned about Russian efforts to help Trump that he briefed top lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “In the August briefing for Mr. Reid,” the Times related, “Mr. Brennan indicated that the CIA, focused on foreign intelligence, was limited in its legal ability to investigate possible connections to Mr. Trump.”
That briefing prompted Reid to write a public letter to the agency responsible for collecting domestic intelligence. On Aug. 29, Reid wrote to FBI Director James Comey that the threat of Russian interference “is more extensive than is widely known and may include the intent to falsify official election results.” Recent classified briefings from senior intelligence officials, Reid told The New York Times in an interview, have left him fearful that President Vladimir V. Putin’s “goal is tampering with this election.”
This is an ugly web to untangle.
And it could be the greatest scandal in American history.
If Obama was briefed on this fake news dossier and did not lift a finger knowing it was used to smear Trump, then he is just as guilty as anyone in trying to leverage the power of the government to undermine a political candidate and rig an election.
Do you agree?
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