Trump authorizes declassification of all Russia collusion, Hillary Clinton email probe documents

10/6/2020 – By Brooke Singman | Fox News

President Trump on Tuesday said he has “fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents” related to the Russia investigation and the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

“I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!” The president tweeted Tuesday night.

“All Russia Hoax Scandal information was Declassified by me long ago,” Trump tweeted. “Unfortunately for our Country, people have acted very slowly, especially since it is perhaps the biggest political crime in the history of our Country.” “Act!!!”

Last year, the president gave Attorney General Bill Barr authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016. Trump, at the time, also ordered members of the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr’s probe.

Allies of the president, including Republicans on Capitol Hill leading their own investigations into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, have criticized officials like FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, claiming that the directors have been blocking the release of documents.

The president’s tweets come after Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified documents that revealed former CIA Director John Brennan briefed former President Obama on Hillary Clinton’s purported “plan” to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server” ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Fox News first reported that Ratcliffe declassified Brennan’s handwritten notes – which were taken after he briefed Obama on the intelligence the CIA received – and a CIA memo, which revealed that officials referred the matter to the FBI for potential investigative action.

“Today, at the direction of President Trump, I declassified additional documents relevant to ongoing Congressional oversight and investigative activities,” Ratcliffe said in a statement to Fox News Tuesday.

A source familiar with the documents explained that Brennan’s handwritten notes were taken after briefing Obama on the matter.

“We’re getting additional insight into Russian activities from [REDACTED],” Brennan notes read. “CITE [summarizing] alleged approved by Hillary Clinton a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service,” Brennan’s notes read.

The notes state “on 28 of July.” In the margin, Brennan writes “POTUS,” but that section of the notes is redacted.

“Any evidence of collaboration between Trump campaign + Russia,” the notes read. The remainder of the notes are redacted, except in the margins, which reads:  “JC,” “Denis,” and “Susan.”

The notes don’t spell out the full names but “JC” could be referring to then-FBI Director James Comey, “Susan” could refer to National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and “Denis” could refer to then-Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough.

The declassification comes after Ratcliffe, last week, shared newly-declassified information with the Senate Judiciary Committee which revealed that in September 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral on Hillary Clinton purportedly approving “a plan concerning U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections” in order to distract the public from her email scandal.

That referral was sent to Comey and then-Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok.

“The following information is provided for the exclusive use of your bureau for background investigative action or lead purposes as appropriate,” the CIA memo to Comey and Strzok stated.

“This memorandum contains sensitive information that could be source revealing. It should be handled with particular attention to compartmentation and need-to-know. To avoid the possible compromise of the source, any investigative action taken in response to the information below should be coordinated in advance with Chief Counterintelligence Mission Center, Legal,” the memo, which was sent to Comey and Strzok, read. “It may not be used in any legal proceeding—including FISA applications—without prior approval…”

“Per FBI verbal request, CIA provides the below examples of information the CROSSFIRE HURRICANE fusion cell has gleaned to date,” the memo continued. ““An exchange [REDACTED] discussing US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning US presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering US elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.”

The memo is heavily redacted.

Ratcliffe informed the committee last week that the Obama administration obtained Russian intelligence in July 2016 with allegations against Clinton, but cautioned that the intelligence community “does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the text to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.”

According to Ratcliffe’s letter, the intelligence included the “alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016, of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.”

Nick Merrill, Clinton’s spokesperson, called the allegations “baseless b———t” last week. A spokesman for Clinton did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the declassified documents.

But Ratcliffe, in a statement released after the information was made public, pushed back on the idea he was advancing “Russian disinformation.”

“To be clear, this is not Russian disinformation and has not been assessed as such by the Intelligence Community,” Ratcliffe said in a statement to Fox News. “I’ll be briefing Congress on the sensitive sources and methods by which it was obtained in the coming days.”

A source familiar with the documents told Fox News on Tuesday that the allegation was “not disinformation.”

“This is not Russian disinformation. Even Brennan knew, or he wouldn’t be briefing the president of the United States on it,” the source said. “There is a high threshold to orally brief the president of the United States and he clearly felt this met that threshold.”

Another source familiar with the documents told Fox News that “this information has been sought by hundreds of congressional requests for legitimate oversight purposes and was withheld for political spite—and the belief that they’d never get caught.”

The source added that the Brennan notes are significant because it is “their own words, written and memorialized in real time.”

Meanwhile, last week, during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey was asked whether he received an investigative referral on Clinton from 2016, but he said it didn’t “ring any bells.”

“You don’t remember getting an investigatory lead from the intelligence community? Sept. 7, 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to James Comey and Strzok regarding Clinton’s approval of a plan [about] Trump…as a means of distraction?” Graham asked Comey.

“That doesn’t ring any bells with me,” Comey said.

Graham questioned “how far-fetched is that,” citing the fact that Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, through law firm Perkins Coie, hired Fusion GPS and ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to author and compile information for the controversial and unverified anti-Trump dossier.

The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, through law firm Perkins Coie, hired Fusion GPS and ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to author and compile information for the controversial and unverified anti-Trump dossier.

The dossier contains claims about alleged ties between Donald Trump and Russia that served as the basis for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants obtained against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Attorney General Bill Barr last year appointed U.S. Attorney of Connecticut John Durham to investigate the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe shortly after special counsel Robert Mueller completed his years-long investigation into whether the campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.

It is unclear whether this information will be considered part of Durham’s investigation, or whether the president’s declassification will affect Durham’s investigation.

Last month, Fox News reported, though, that Durham had assumed aspects of U.S. Attorney John Huber’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

A source familiar with Durham’s investigation told Fox News last month that parts of what Huber was investigating in 2017 — involving the Clinton Foundation — have been incorporated in Durham’s investigation.

In November 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed Huber, the U.S. attorney for Utah, and other senior prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” involving the sale of Uranium One, and other dealings related to the Clinton Foundation. Sessions tapped Huber after requests by congressional Republicans, who had been calling for the appointment of a special counsel to review the matters.

Huber was also tasked with reviewing the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe, including allegations that the Justice Department and FBI “policies or procedures” were not followed.

It has been unclear, for years, the status of Huber’s investigation, but another source told Fox News Thursday that Huber has faced mounting criticism from the Justice Department and White House over his progress.

It is unclear whether any aspects of the Clinton email investigation were included in Huber’s review.

9 comments

  • Uh oh, someone is about to be exposed…
    Just verbally Luke….;)

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  • On October 17, 2016, Hillary is alleged to have written the following email to Donna Brazille; DNC Chair:
    ‘If that fuckin bastard wins, we’re all going to hang from nooses! You better fix this shit!’
    It is also claimed that on the night, Hillary was in her hotel suite screaming, crying, bawling, snot-bubbling, pitching shot glasses at staff from across the room, smashing desk lamps, dropping hundreds of “F-bombs” and simply thrashing about uncontrollably…
    Scurrilous gossip or fact?
    ‘You might well think that. I couldn’t possibly comment.’ Francis Urquhart.

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    • These are document releases, not opinions so everything is verbatim.

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      • I know! I want to see the scurrilous, sweary stuff though. Like the Brazille one.
        Collusion is proved though. Manafort, Flynn, Stone were caught at it. I can recommend two immaculately researched podcast series for the Telegraph, which are available free on Apple podcasts, or any podcast provider. The first one; Crossfire Hurricane, is so gripping its like a thriller. The new one; The Trump Card, features Trump’s friend Nigel Farage talking about him in great detail. It is pure hagiography of course, but incredibly entertaining. I would ordinarily be a fan of both Trump and Farage, but their putler-groveling makes me sick.

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        • According to you, anyone that doesn’t want to put a bullet between Putler’s beady eyes is a putler groveler. Normally that’s admirable but I don’t judge a person by 1% of their character.

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          • In many ways he is admirable. But I have one key concern: would you describe someone who murdered 15,000 Ukrainians as a ‘great guy?’ Not once but repeatedly? Would you be lobbying for the return of a mass murderer to the G7? Would you state on at least two occasions that Crimea is Russian because they speak Russian there? Would you want a close friendship with the two evil Americans who are responsible for getting Yanukovich into power by such skanky, shady methods that the Maidan was sparked? Would you sneer at Ukraine for being corrupt, whilst praising the most corrupt, venal tyrant in history?
            I don’t think you would redders!
            I’m not sure what Ukraine would gain or lose from a victory for either candidate. But for Britain it is pretty crucial that he wins.
            But do check out those podcasts. You will love the Farage one: The Trump Card. Two have come out already; the third and final is coming shortly.

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        • The charges against Flynn and Stone are unmitigated BS. Neither did anything to be charged and got the charges simply as a result of the political nonsense generated by the fact the Democrats lost to Trump and they never got over their juvenile snit because they were “owed” the win over Trump.

          Your idea that Trump is a venal tyrant is truly hilarious. For you to say that Crossfire Hurricane says more about you than anything about the truth of any charges originating through the “investigation.” The judgment of both Flynn and Stone is akin to what Fiesler did for Hitler. A legit question can be asked, do you pay any attention to what is going on, or do you simply want to hear what you want to hear? You hate Putin, but you’re acting much like he does.

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          • Flynn was paid to sit next to putler, with Jill Stein; another putler-loving rat, at a dinner celebrating the anniversary of RT in Moscow. That makes him a Russian agent of influence, as well as an arsehole like you. Stone; a 40 year friend of Trump, together with Manafort, is directly responsible for the death and misery inflicted upon Ukraine by putler, since it was they who were paid by putler associates to get their man Yanukovich into power using lies and trickery to convert a violent thug into a presidential candidate. A troll who sticks up for filthy putler jackboot licking vermin like Flynn and Stone is no better than the lowest kremtroll rat. So crawl back into your sewer with the other putler-grovelers.

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    • The rumors of Hillary’s behavior is similar to what witnesses saw of her behavior during Slick Willie’s time as POTUS. It would not surprise anyone of those rumors are true.

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