World News – US – Intel chief publishes Russian disinformation on Hillary Clinton that was rejected by bipartisan Senate panel


Former senior officials were dismayed by the decision of John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence

The assessment claims that Hillary Clinton personally endorsed an effort in the 2016 election « to stir up a scandal against US presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee » | Jeenah Moon / Getty Images

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified on Tuesday an assessment of Russian intelligence that was previously rejected by Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee as having no factual basis, two sources close to folder

The extraordinary disclosure, communicated to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) earlier Tuesday, criticized Democrats, who said the move had effectively put Russian disinformation into the public sphere in order to reinforce President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims about government efforts to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election

« It is very disturbing to me that, 35 days before an election, the director of national intelligence publishes unverified Russian rumors, » or intelligence on the rumors, said Mark Warner, vice chairman of the commission. of Senate Intelligence (D-Va) told reporters

And several former senior intelligence officials have called Ratcliffe’s move an arson and irresponsible, given the way he publicly released unverified information from a foreign adversary

The assessment claims that then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton personally endorsed an effort « to stir up a scandal against US presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee ”But in his letter to Graham, Ratcliffe noted that the US intelligence community“ does not know the accuracy of this allegation nor the extent to which the analysis of Russian intelligence may reflect an exaggeration or fabrication. « 

The Senate Intelligence Committee released five reports on Russia’s massive efforts to meddle in the 2016 election to strengthen Trump, spanning thousands of pages The panel was made aware of the allegation early in their investigation and quickly dismissed it, the sources said.

« I am very, very proud of the bipartisan work of the Intelligence Committee – three and a half years, five volumes – and this work speaks for itself, » Warner said

According to Ratcliffe, former CIA Director John Brennan informed former President Barack Obama of the Russian assessment, which included the allegation that Clinton approved the plan to tie Trump to the DNC hack after that it was proposed by one of its foreign policies advisers

When asked about Ratcliffe’s claims, Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, said in a text message that the allegations were « baseless bullshit »

Nick Shapiro, former Brennan deputy chief of staff at the CIA, said Ratcliffe « should be ashamed of his blatant politicization of his position »

After being pushed back against declassified material, Ratcliffe said in a statement: “To be clear, this is not Russian disinformation and has not been assessed as such by the intelligence community I will brief Congress on sensitive sources and the methods by which it was obtained in the coming days « 

Graham responded to his criticism later Tuesday, saying the veracity of the Russian intelligence assessment was irrelevant

« I’m not saying whether it’s true or not, » Graham told reporters « I ask the Democrats, do you care if the FBI investigated this, or do you just care to investigate on Trump?  »

When asked why he disclosed the information even though it was unverified, Graham called it the « ultimate double standard »

« They led the whole country through hell for two and a half years – and is it too much to believe the Clinton campaign would do something like this after Christopher Steele? » Graham said referring to the author of an unverified dossier of allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia

A former senior intelligence official said it was « a surprising choice to release this information – it is nothing new and does not appear to be confirmed – now and in an unclassified letter », adding: « I don’t know what the purpose is « 

It has long been known that the Russians tried to elicit false narratives about Clinton through similar channels

Another former senior intelligence official said Brennan frequently briefed Obama on Russia’s actions, be it Trump or Clinton, adding that Brennan also wanted to « demonstrate the extent of the U.S the ability of the intelligence community to collect against Russia « 

In recent days, Trump allies have leaked several revelations related to the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and other information aimed at disparaging the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Graham Committee to Hear Former FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday in Broad GOP Investigation Graham also announced Tuesday that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will testify before the panel next week McCabe agreed to appear voluntarily, aide says McCabe’s attorney said earlier Tuesday that he was being denied access to his old records which he said were needed to prepare for his testimony

The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, was among those on the right who shed light on Tuesday’s disclosure, writing on Twitter: « Russia’s hoax was Hillary’s plan, and the White House Obama-Biden was informed « 

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World news – US – Intel chief publishes Russian disinformation about Hillary Clinton that was rejected by bipartisan Senate panel



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