Elder Patriot – Judicial Watch announced on Wednesday that it had “filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seeking records of communications between former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and CNN around the time the Clinton-Democrat National Committee Trump dossier was being pitched to key media.”
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Central Intelligence Agency (No. 1:19-cv-00776)) after both agencies failed to respond to a previous FOIA request, filed nearly a year earlier, on April 23, 2018.
The revised FOIA request seeks:
The time frame for the records request is May 2016 through May 2017.
This was the period that saw Christopher Steele, members of the intelligence community, Senator John McCain, and his associate David Kramer, shopping the contents of the unverified dossier to selected members of the media.
Their expectation was that the reporting would serve to bolster the FISA applications that would be necessary to conduct surveillance on the Trump campaign, and more importantly, on the Trump presidency.
This aligns with what Paul Sperry believed – that Obama had no plans to go quietly into the night.
Less than a month after Trump had been inaugurated, Paul Sperry wrote about how Obama had prepared to spend his post presidency sabotaging President Trump.
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in response to a report by House investigators that Clapper had leaked news of the Steele dossier to CNN starting a chain of events intended to inject the contents of the dossier into public consciousness.
Four days after Judicial Watch filed its initial FOIA request, on April 27, 2018 Ivan Pentchoukov wrote in the Epoch Times:
The leak to CNN resulted in the publication of the infamous dossier on Trump, which, in turn, became the foundation of the narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
CNN used Clapper’s leak as the source for an article published on Jan. 10, 2017, that disclosed that Trump and President Barack Obama had been briefed on the details of the dossier assembled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy.
Prior to Clapper’s leak, the dossier had circulated among government officials and journalists but was not published, as the claims within could not be verified. Clapper’s leak about the briefing gave CNN the news hook it needed to report on the dossier. Hours after CNN’s story, BuzzFeed published the entire dossier.
When the House intelligence committee initially questioned Clapper about the leak, he denied “discuss[ing] the dossier or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists.” But in subsequent testimony, Clapper admitted to discussing the dossier with CNN reporter Jake Tapper and that “he might have spoken to other journalists about the topic,” according to the report.
“The Committee assesses that leaks to CNN about the dossier were especially significant, since CNN’s report that ‘a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Obama and Trump’ was the proximate cause of BuzzFeed News’ decision to publish the dossier for the first time,” the report states.
The day after the CNN article was published, Clapper issued a statement about his call with Trump in which he “expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press” and “emphasized … that I do not believe the leaks came from within the [Intelligence Community].”
Judicial Watch is seeking to expose the coordination that was going on between high-ranking Obama administration officials as they sought to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency.
Specifically, also on Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul tweeted there is reason to believe that Clapper and Brennan conspired together to insert the unverified Steele dossier in the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) that he gave to outgoing President Obama.
Brennan told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press that the Steele Dossier ‘did not play any role whatsoever’ in early intelligence assessments.
However, Victor Davis Hanson noted evidence showed that Brennan had “served as a stealthy conduit” to ensure the dossier was “disseminated widely.”
Judicial Watch noted:
“Brennan, in May 2017, as an ex-CIA director, again almost certainly did not tell the truth to Congress when he testified in answer to Rep. Trey Gowdy’s questions that he neither knew who had commissioned the Steele dossier nor had the CIA relied on its contents for any action. Yet both the retired National Security Agency director, Michael Rogers, and the former director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, have conceded that the Steele dossier — along with the knowledge that it was a Clinton-campaign-funded project — most certainly did help shape the Obama intelligence communality interagency assessments and actions, often under the urging of Brennan himself.”
Clapper and Brennan’s statements just don’t square.
To that end, Sen. Paul offered an amendment to the House resolution to release the full Mueller Report. The House resolution passed 420-0.
Sen. Paul’s amendment calls for both Brennan and Clapper to testify, under oath, before Congress, with the expectation that whatever role former President Obama played in the unwarranted investigation of President Trump, his campaign, and his associates will be exposed.
By compelling their testimony, coupled with their communications that Judicial Watch has filed suit to make public, we should finally have the truth.