Elder Patriot – No one knows for sure what Attorney General William Barr is going to uncover during the course of his investigation, much less what he might choose to declassify to the public.
In fact, no one even knows if Barr is going to make this the honest and unfettered inquiry that President Trump and his supporters are hoping for.
Nevertheless, at least one foreign government’s intelligence agencies are scrambling to craft the narrative in a favorable way prior to President Trump’s official state visit.
Jeff Carlson/the Epoch Times describes the British newspaper, The Telegraph, publishing two articles detailing their version of when UK intel chiefs were briefed about Steele’s allegations that Trump had ties to Russia:
… the Telegraph article portrays the involvement of senior UK intelligence officials as occurring after the 2016 presidential election, this is an incomplete picture of actual events as UK intelligence actions appear to have begun much earlier.
The intention is to absolve the British intel agencies, and by extension the British government from their involvement in the multinational attempt to takedown Donald Trump that began well before he was elected.
That dog won’t hunt.
Luke Harding, a journalist for The Guardian, had reported onApril 13, 2017, that “GCHQ is said to have alerted US agencies after becoming aware of contacts in 2015.”
Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told.
GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.
Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said.
Beyond that, in November 2017, Harding reported that that then-head of Britain’s GCHQ Robert Hannigan had traveled to Washington in the summer of 2016 to meet face-to-face with then-CIA Director John Brennan:
“That summer, GCHQ’s then head, Robert Hannigan, flew to the US to personally brief CIA chief John Brennan. The matter was deemed so important that it was handled at ‘director level,’ face-to-face between the two agency chiefs.”
Carlson explains the significance:
The meeting was especially unusual, given the fact that Hannigan’s U.S. counterpart was then-National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, not Brennan. Hannigan would suddenly resign as head of the GCHQ on Jan. 23, 2017, just days following Trump’s inauguration. The Guardian later reported on speculation that Hannigan’s resignation was directly related to UK intelligence sharing.
In an earlier article, from January 2017 and just days after Trump had been sworn in as POTUS, Harding surmised that:
“His [Hannigan’s] sudden resignation—he informed staff just hours before making this decision public—prompted speculation that it might be related to British concerns over shared intelligence with the US in the wake of Donald Trump becoming president.”
It’s a virtual certainty that Brennan used the foreign intelligence sources Hannigan had briefed him about – a briefing that the GCHQ head obviously didn’t want any record of – as justification for launching the domestic surveillance/investigation of the Trump campaign.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s congressional testimony definitively confirmed the involvement of foreign intelligence agencies:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: “Over the spring of 2016, multiple European allies passed on additional information to the United States about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians. Is this accurate?”
James Clapper: “Yes, it is, and it’s also quite sensitive. The specifics are quite sensitive.”
The BBC reported Brennan’s involvement may have extended as far back as April 2016:
“Last April , the CIA director was shown intelligence that worried him. It was—allegedly—a tape recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign.
“It was passed to the US by an intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States. The CIA cannot act domestically against American citizens so a joint counter-intelligence taskforce was created.”
Brennan has maintained since he was first questioned about his involvement, as well as when he testified to Congress, that any information he had, had been passed to the FBI.
In fact, Brennan claimed that it was his intelligence that helped establish the FBI investigation:
“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.”
What’s most distressing about all of this is how long this has been known. Some of the reporting is more than two years old. The first half of President Trump’s first term in office has been effectively neutered by corrupt intel agency heads.
Worse, half of Americans view Trump as illegitimate, untrustworthy, and they outright hate him.
We now know that this is not Trump’s fault.
The mainstream media has engaged in a disinformation campaign designed to preserve the corrupt institutions, and to protect the despicable politicians, who sought to deny the American voters, who played by the rules and elected Trump, the president they wanted.
Consider the possibility that Obama orchestrated all of this, making him the first president in American history who sought to undermine the incoming president in order to preserve his poisonous agenda.
For a truly deep dive, Carlson’s article reveals all the granular details.