According to Fox News, the director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, declassified last Tuesday documents that reveal that the former director of the CIA, John Brennan, informed former President Obama about Hillary Clinton's alleged "plan" to link the then Republican candidate Donald Trump with Russia as a "means to distract the public from his use of a private email server" prior to the 2016 presidential elections.
Radcliffe declassified Brennan's handwritten notes, which were taken after he informed then-President Barack Obama about intelligence received by the CIA, along with a memo indicating that officials referred the matter to the FBI for possible investigation. In the statement to Fox News, Radcliffe said, "Today, under the direction of President Trump, I declassified additional documents relevant to congressional investigative and oversight activities. A familiar source confirmed that the documents contain notes that were written after the president was informed about the matter.
The declassification follows Radcliffe's release last week of newly declassified information to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which reveals that, in September 2016, U.S. intelligence officials ordered an investigative referral on Hillary Clinton allegedly approving "a plan for U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers. The goal would be to obstruct the presidential election "to distract the public from its email scandal.
The referral was sent to Comey and then deputy assistant director of counterintelligence Peter Strzok. The CIA memo states: "The following information is provided for the exclusive use of your office for background screening action or for primary purposes, as appropriate. This memorandum contains sensitive information that could reveal the source.
It should be handled with special attention to compartmentalization and need-to-know. To avoid possible compromise of the source, any investigative action taken in response to the following information should be coordinated in advance with the head of the Counterintelligence Mission Center. It cannot be used in any legal proceedings, including FISA applications, without prior approval ... "
The memorandum continues: "At the verbal request of the FBI, the CIA provides the following examples of information that the CROSSFIRE HURRICANE fusion cell has obtained to date. An exchange on U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's approval of a plan regarding U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hindering U.S. elections as a way to distract the public from their use of a private email server".
Radcliffe finally informed the committee last week that the Obama administration had obtained Russian intelligence in mid-2016 with accusations against its candidate, but warned that the intelligence "does not know the accuracy of this accusation or the text in which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication. Hillary Clinton's alleged approval on July 26, 2016 of a proposal by one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by provoking a scandal alleging interference by the Russian security services”.