aside CIA Helped To Rob “We The People” Of A Fair 2016 Presidential Election

Image result for photos of feinstein and schiffNo two ways about it, “We the People” were robbed of a fair election by the Intelligence Community and our Washington DC US House legislators who failed to inform us of crucial information prior to November 8, 2016. We had a right to know of the intensive extent of Russia’s interference into our politics.

Here is the rest of the story…

On 4/6/17, Eric Lightblau of the New York Times penned the following report, “C.I.A. Had Evidence of Russian Effort to Help Trump Earlier Than Believed'”

Excerpts:

“The C.I.A. told senior lawmakers in classified briefings last summer that it had information indicating that Russia was working to help elect Donald J. Trump  president, a finding that did not emerge publicly until after Mr. Trump’s victory months later, former government officials say.”

“The briefings indicate that intelligence officials had evidence of Russia’s intentions to help Mr. Trump much earlier in the presidential campaign than previously thought. The briefings also reveal a critical split last summer between the C.I.A. and counterparts at the F.B.I., where a number of senior officials continued to believe through last fall that Russia’s cyber-attacks were aimed primarily at disrupting America’s political system, and not at getting Mr. Trump elected, according to interviews.”

Image result for photos of john o brennan cia“The former officials said that in late August — 10 weeks before the election — John O. Brennan, then the C.I.A. director, was so concerned about increasing evidence of Russia’s election meddling that he began a series of urgent, individual briefings for eight top members of Congress, some of them on secure phone lines while they were on their summer break.”

“It is unclear what new intelligence might have prompted the classified briefings. But with concerns growing both internally and publicly at the time about a significant Russian breach of the Democratic National Committee, the C.I.A. began seeing signs of possible connections to the Trump campaign, the officials said. By the campaign’s final weeks, Congress and the intelligence agencies were racing to understand the scope of the Russia threat.”

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Harry Reid

“In an Aug. 25 briefing for Harry Reid, then the top Democrat in the Senate, Mr. Brennan indicated that Russia’s hackings appeared aimed at helping Mr. Trump win the November election, according to two former officials with knowledge of the briefing.”

“The officials said Mr. Brennan also indicated that unnamed advisers to Mr. Trump might be working with the Russians to interfere in the election. The F.B.I. and two congressional committees are now investigating that claim, focusing on possible communications and financial dealings between Russian affiliates and a handful of former advisers to Mr. Trump. So far, no proof of collusion has emerged publicly.”

“In the August briefing for Mr. Reid, the two former officials said, Mr. Brennan indicated that the C.I.A., focused on foreign intelligence, was limited in its legal ability to investigate possible connections to Mr. Trump. The officials said Mr. Brennan told Mr. Reid that the F.B.I., in charge of domestic intelligence, would have to lead the way.”

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James Comey,

“Days later, Mr. Reid wrote to James B. Comey, director of the F.B.I. Without mentioning the C.I.A. briefing, Mr. Reid told Mr. Comey that he had “recently become concerned” that Russia’s interference was “more extensive than widely known.”

“In his letter, the senator cited what he called mounting evidence “of a direct connection between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign” and said it was crucial for the F.B.I. to “use every resource available” to investigate.”

Related image“Unknown to Mr. Reid, the F.B.I. had already opened a counterintelligence inquiry a month before, in late July, to examine possible links between Russia and people tied to the Trump campaign. But its existence was kept secret even from members of Congress.”

“Well into the fall, law enforcement officials said that the F.B.I. — including the bureau’s intelligence analysts — had not found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government, as The New York Times reported on Oct. 31.”

“But as the election approached and new batches of hacked Democratic emails poured out, some F.B.I. officials began to change their view about Russia’s intentions and eventually came to believe, as the C.I.A. had months earlier, that Moscow was trying to help get Mr. Trump elected, officials said.”

“It was not until early December, a month after the election, that it became publicly known in news reports that the C.I.A. had concluded that Moscow’s motivation was to get Mr. Trump elected.”

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President Vladimir Putin

“In January, intelligence officials publicly released a declassified version of their findings, concluding that President Vladimir Putin of Russia had “aspired to help” Mr. Trump to win the election and harm Hillary Clinton, a longtime adversary.”

“By then, both the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. said they had “high confidence” that Russia was trying to help Mr. Trump by hacking into the internal emails of the Democratic National Committee and of some Clinton aides. (The National Security Agency expressed only “moderate confidence” that the Russians were trying to help him.)”

Image result for photos of comey and rogers“Last month, Mr. Comey publicly acknowledged the continuing investigation  for the first time at a House hearing on Russia’s influence on the election and said the F.B.I. was examining possible links between Trump associates and Russia for evidence of collusion.”

“One factor in the C.I.A. analysis last summer was that American intelligence agencies learned that Russia’s cyberattacks had breached Republican targets as well as Democrats. But virtually none of the hacked Republican material came out publicly, while the Russians, working through WikiLeaks and other public outlets, dumped substantial amounts of Democratic material damaging to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.”

Image result for photos of comey brennan“Some intelligence officials were wary of pushing too aggressively before the election with questions about possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign because of concerns it might be seen as an improper political attempt to help Mrs. Clinton.”

“The classified briefings that the C.I.A. held in August and September for the so-called Gang of Eight — the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and the Senate and of the intelligence committees in each chamber — show deep concerns about the impact of the election meddling.”

Image result for photos of trump and hillary clinton“In the briefings, the C.I.A. said there was intelligence indicating not only that the Russians were trying to get Mr. Trump elected but that they had gained computer access to multiple state and local election boards in the United States since 2014, officials said.”

“Although the breached systems were not involved in actual vote-tallying operations, Obama administration officials proposed that the eight senior lawmakers write a letter to state election officials warning them of the possible threat posed by Russian hacking, officials said.”

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Senator Mitch McConnell

“But Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican majority leader, resisted, questioning the underpinnings of the intelligence, according to officials with knowledge of the discussions. Mr. McConnell ultimately agreed to a softer version of the letter, which did not mention the Russians but warned of unnamed “malefactors” who might seek to disrupt the elections through online intrusion. The letter, dated Sept. 28, was signed by Mr. McConnell, Mr. Reid, Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Representative Nancy Pelosi, the ranking Democrat.”

Image result for photos of feinstein and schiff“On Sept. 22, two other members of the Gang of Eight — Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Adam B. Schiff, both of California and the ranking Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence committees — released their own statement about the Russian interference that did not mention Mr. Trump or his campaign by name.”

“But they did say that “based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election.”

“The F.B.I., the N.S.A. and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence also held a classified briefing on Sept. 6 for congressional staff members about the wave of Russian hacks and “the current and ongoing threat facing U.S. political organizations during this national political season,” according to a government official.”

Image result for photos of comey and rogers“The briefings left Mr. Reid frustrated with the F.B.I.’s handling of Russia’s election intrusion, especially after the agency said in late October — 11 days before the election — that it was re-examining Mrs. Clinton’s emails.”

“Mr. Reid fired off another letter on Oct. 30, accusing Mr. Comey of a “double standard” in reviving the Clinton investigation while sitting on “explosive information” about possible ties between Russia and Mr. Trump.”

“The public,” Mr. Reid wrote said, “has a right to know this information.”

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6 comments

    • Dear Keith,

      I do have more confidence that we will find out a lot more. We have the news media finally doing real investigative journalism, lots of leakers, law enforcement and the intelligence community working to uncover more data, the US Senate Intelligence Committee members acting in a non partisan manner to investigate the Trump/ Russia saga.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, I agree there is a lot more to come and journalists are doing their job. There is one other key factor. The White House is a very toxic environment right now by numerous reports of insiders and people who deal with the WH. Staff is very demoralized as a result and the leaks Trump wants to find may prove difficult to close as it is a sieve. Keith

  1. good article here, is it re-blogged or excerpted from Eric Lightblau, NYT. I’m not sure whom to cite. I don’t like the term re-blog, because often it is hard to do attribution sometimes. I usually mention the original blogger in my headline, and also the url to the original. thanks… 🙂

    • Dear Gradmama2011,

      I cited Eric Lightblau of the New York Times and his 4/6/17 report, “C.I.A. Had Evidence of Russian Effort to Help Trump Earlier Than Believed.’” I refer to excerpts because the body of the blog is not the report in its entirety. I do the citing at the beginning of the excerpts used.

      You can find my citing at the top of this post:

      “Here is the rest of the story…

      “On 4/6/17, Eric Lightblau of the New York Times penned the following report, “C.I.A. Had Evidence of Russian Effort to Help Trump Earlier Than Believed’”

      “Excerpts:”
      The paragraphs are all marked with parenthesis.

      And I tag the name of the media source and the author.Sometimes I add the URL if the report is so lengthy that I can’t possibly do it justice.

      If I am using a fellow blogger’s work, I typically ask for their okay before proceeding.

      I hope this helps you if you intend to cite anything from his report.

      Hugs, Gronda

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