Elder Patriot – This has not been a good week for high-level Obama administration intelligence agency officials, James Clapper and John Brennan. Clapper served as former President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence (DNI) while John Brennan was his CIA Director.
It was the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) that they submitted to Obama in early January 2016, set the groundwork in motion that eventually resulted in the appointment of a special counsel.
Here’s DNI Clapper admitting that Obama ordered the ICA during an interview with Anderson Cooper:
If it weren’t for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably, special counsel Mueller’s investigation.
President Obama is responsible for that, and it was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. I think it’s an important point when it comes to critiquing President Obama.
As DNI, Clapper had the final say on what would be represented in the ICA that would be given to the President Obama. Nothing would make its way into the ICA without DNI Clapper signing off on it.
Also this week, Senator Rand Paul tweet that it was only because of CIA Director Brennan’s insistence that Clapper included the fake Steele dossier as part of ICA.
How Clapper was ever chosen to be DNI is beyond me. Listen to what else Clapper admitted to.
This is taken from a House Intelligence Committee report as reported by Breitbart:
“The report [released yesterday] revealed that Clapper, during an interview with House Intelligence Committee investigators on July 17, 2017, first “flatly denied” that he had discussed with journalists the dossier or any other intelligence related to the 2016 election.
“But during that same interview, he later admitted discussing the dossier with CNN’s Jake Tapper and possibly other journalists.
“’Clapper’s discussion with Tapper took place in early January 2017, around the time [intelligence community] leaders briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump’ on the dossier, the report said.
“CNN reported those briefings on January 10, 2017, prompting BuzzFeed to publish the dossier in full.
“The House report also noted that Clapper became a CNN analyst not long after the conversation.”
Former DNI James Clapper first told the House Intel Committee he never discussed the dossier with journalists. Then he later admitted discussing the dossier with CNN's Jake Tapper around the time CNN reported that Obama and Trump got a briefing on it. pic.twitter.com/M09rQiiTf0
— Kristina Wong ?? (@kristina_wong) April 27, 2018
And the hit keep on coming. 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.”
Where this is going to wind up no one knows but it’s hard to see how Obama escapes unscathed.
Remember, that while the phony dossier was being compiled to be the central evidence used to secure a series of FISA warrants against the newly elected President Trump, President Obama wanted to know everything the FBI was doing.
Text messages between FBI Counterintelligence Agent Peter Strzok, who led both the Clinton email investigation and the Trump collusion investigation, and FBI Attorney Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing.”
On February 7, 2018 Fox News reported:
Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” According to a newly released Senate report, this text raises questions about Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.
Whether Obama’s request to be kept informed was limited to one or both of the investigations has not yet be determined.
Perhaps the Judicial Watch FOIA request will for Clapper and Brennan’s communications will reveal the answer to that. If not…
Judicial Watch also announced that it is “suing the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) for details of a meeting with the FBI regarding national security threats associated with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “private” email system.”
President Trump has signaled that their illegal acts will not be allowed to go unpunished.