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Hidden behind a wall of secrecy is the truth about what really happened during the FBI and CIA’s joint investigation of the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.
Was it, as former President Barack Obama’s top cop and spy insist, an honest national security probe? Or was it, as Republicans suspect, a domestic political intelligence operation to “dirty up” then-candidate Donald Trump?
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Attorney General William Barr doesn’t buy the Team Obama story and is investigating the investigation. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s failure to find evidence of “collusion” bolsters Barr’s hunch.
Trump’s granted Barr the rare unilateral power to declassify sensitive documents held by the CIA and FBI to help him examine events that took place before July 31, 2016, when the FBI claims it opened its probe. Barr will look especially at the CIA’s alleged targeting of the Trump campaign (the agency is prohibited by law from targeting domestic actors).
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Barr’s probe of the probe will seek to answer several bedeviling questions.
First, what was CIA chief John Brennan up to in arranging secret interagency task force meetings on alleged collusion in the spring, summer and fall of 2016? He sent classified memos related to these meetings in envelopes to former FBI boss James Comey, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and national security adviser Susan Rice, according to a 2018 House Intelligence Committee report.
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Barr will also want to find out how and why Brennan came to apprise Obama of highly classified info provided by a source close to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin — who, according to congressional investigators, was likely a Russian source recycled from a largely debunked dossier compiled by ex-British spook Christopher Steele for the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Plus, did Brennan argue for using the dossier in early drafts of the task force’s much-hyped January 2017 intelligence assessment, which spread the narrative that Putin ordered...
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