President Trump’s first two years in office were marred by allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. Yet the Mueller investigation found no collusion and no obstruction. So how did the Russia collusion hoax start? And who was behind it? America Daily reporter Arleen Richards explains.
Arleen, when we last spoke, you also said Brennan started the Russia probe.
Arleen Richards: That seems to be the consensus among many media outlets, Mark, but lots of the major news streams are keeping their focus on bringing Donald Trump down. They’re committed to helping the Democrats get rid of Trump at any cost.
Now there are a few key things I want to present before we get into Brennan and the FBI.
First, the United States cannot spy against its own citizens, so the FBI, the DNC and Hillary Clinton had to cook up a story about a foreign government interfering in the election so they could be justified in spying on U.S. citizens.
This whole Russia Collusion investigation was about the government targeting private citizens through politicized investigations for illegal surveillance, with the direct aid of news media organizations.
Remember, Donald Trump was a private citizen until he was sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2017. Also, those who were working on his campaign were private citizens.
The people in federal government agencies who launched the Russia hoax knew from the start that it was a fake story.
And now, those same news media are continuing to push this story even though it has not been proven.
But regardless of what they’re doing, the new probe by William Barr and his team is gaining traction. And with the recent notice from Donald Trump that he’s declassifying a number of documents, Barr will be able to officially bring out the conspiracy initiated by a gang of plotters by the likes of Hillary Clinton, John Brennan, the DNC and many others. John Brennan may have taken the bull by the horns and pushed this thing into motion, but he did not work alone. There are many key players in this scandal.
So let’s start with Christopher Steele, the man behind what’s become known as the “Steele Dossier,” an unofficial document that became the basis for the whole Russia collusion probe.
According to a former State Department official, Victoria Nuland, who appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation, Steele passed off two to four pages of short points on his findings to the State Department in July 2016, which she quickly passed to the FBI. She said she didn’t think the State Department should be dealing with possible election tampering.
Another state department official, Kathleen Kavalec, met with a high ranking FBI official about Steele in October 2016, many days before the FISA warrant against Carter Page, who was an adviser to the Trump campaign.
According to Fox News, She told the official about a meeting she had with Steele on October 11, 2016. In her meeting notes, she detected that Steele was providing inaccurate information about the Russia collusion story…that there was a political motive and a deadline to get dirt on Trump out to the public, which he had been leaking to the media, specifically the Washington Post and the New York Times… and that information was passed on to the team running the Russia investigation, headed by FBI agent Peter Strzok, a big Trump hater.
Even after receiving that information, the FBI still filed the application for a FISA warrant against Carter Page, and that means that without checking out the State Department’s suspicions, which the FBI normally would do, they provided the court with potentially false information.
A warrant gave them permission to spy on Carter Page, a private U.S. citizen who they accused of colluding with the Russians. So how did Brennan become the guy who started this conspiracy?
Arleen Richards: According to media reports, Brennan was feeding information about Russia’s interference in the presidential campaign to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and other members of the Senate in Aug. 2016.
Now, even before the briefing in July, Brennan had been getting unofficial foreign intelligence from contacts—primarily from the UK, such as UK intelligence official, Robert Hannigan, who quit right after Trump was inaugurated. Hannigan told Brennan about alleged communications between the Trump campaign and Russia. This likely happened around the same time that Steele passed off some documents to the State Department.
Two days after the briefing, Reid wrote a letter to then-FBI Director James Comey saying there was “evidence of a direct connection between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign” that was growing.
Reid demanded that Comey investigate the Russia connection, telling him that the collusion would show up in the dossier, then Comey essentially used the senator as an excuse to leak classified information, which is the dossier.
Apparently, Reid was suspicious that Brennan had an ulterior motive to leak this information to the press, so maybe that’s why he expedited the call for action.
And one of those media, MSNBC, which had been aiding Brennan in leaking the dossier, is still giving him a platform to spin his story.
Arleen Richards: So Brennan characterizes his actions as well predicated and also emphasizes that he had ample evidence. But let me give a clearer picture of what Brennan did, and this comes from Jeff Carlson’s analysis in the Epoch Times. Brennan didn’t just gather intelligence and conduct a briefing to the Senate. He formed an inter-agency task force of about six agencies to gather domestic and foreign intelligence.
This is during the same time that Brennan used reverse targeting, which is using the excuse of focusing on a foreign individual but really attempting to get information on a U.S. citizen. This was uncovered and made public by Rep. Devin Nunes in a March 2017 press conference.
All of this unofficial so-called foreign intelligence was fed to the FBI from the CIA to create and establish a formal counterintelligence investigation. And Brennan admitted it in his May 23, 2017, congressional testimony.
Specifically, he said this:
“I made sure that anything that was involving U.S. persons, including anything involving the individuals involved in the Trump campaign, was shared with the [FBI].”
Brennan also admitted that his intelligence helped establish the FBI investigation.
He said, “I was aware of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether or not those individuals were cooperating with the Russians, either in a witting or unwitting fashion, and it served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion [or] cooperation occurred.”
Now, this testimony has been characterized as an admission by Carlson, but Fox News points out that Brennan’s testimony is different from what was contained in an email that Comey sent to upper level staff in the FBI.
It’s important to note that none of this “crown” material was official intelligence. None of it was corroborated by the FBI through their own checks and balances, yet it was used to open a full-blown FBI investigation. And that is how Brennan got the ball rolling.
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