The White House is set to declassify a major trove of documents that include evidence showing Russian President Vladimir Putin was actually working against then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, not ‘colluding’ with him as Democrats have long charged, a report said Tuesday.
The declassification and its potential to flip the narrative — set for this week according to multiple sources who spoke to Just The News — would come four years after the Obama-era FBI launched a counterintelligence probe over claims that people within the Trump campaign were working with Moscow to manipulate the outcome in the GOP contender’s favor.
In fact, “the new evidence will raise the specter that…Putin was actually trying to hurt President Trump, not help his election in 2016, as the Obama administration claimed,” Just The News’ John Solomon reported.
The new information is said to go hand in hand with evidence disclosed last week indicating that former British spy Christopher Steele’s primary sub-source for his anti-Trump dossier — which was financed in large part by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee — was known to be linked to Russian intelligence, which, again, raises the specter Moscow was working against the GOP nominee.
There has yet to be any hard evidence proving Trump campaign ‘collusion’ with Russia during the 2016 election. Special counsel Robert Mueller, in fact, noted specifically that his team found no such evidence following an 18-month investigation in which a number of Trump associates were indicted on unrelated charges.
The new revelations have been coming steadily for the past few months.
In July, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham flatly declared that some FBI officials “lied their a** off” to Congress regarding the alleged reliability of the Steele dossier, which the bureau used to justify four surveillance warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“Here is what I think I’m going to be able to show to the public. Not only did the FBI lie to the court about the reliability about the Steele dossier, they also lied to the Congress. That’s a separate crime,” he told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo.
And last week, Graham released a piece of newly-declassified evidence: That the FBI opened a counterintelligence probe of Steele’s primary dossier sub-source in 2010, believing then he was a Russian intelligence asset.
“This is the most stunning and damning revelation the committee has uncovered,” Graham said in a statement accompanying the release.
Then on Sunday, the Judiciary Committee head, in another appearance on Bartiromo’s “Sunday Morning Futures” program, teased the new revelations said to be coming later this week.
“Everything Russia-Trump was looked at. You had $25 million, 60 agents. You had subpoenas, you had people’s lives turned upside down,” Graham said. “The question is, ‘Did they look at Russia coming after Trump?’”
In a reference to last week’s disclosure, Graham noted further: “We’ve got a Russian spy on the payroll of the Democratic Party putting together a document that details the FBI was not reliable.”
The specter that Russia was actually working against Trump and possibly in favor of his rival, Clinton, was raised last month when Just The News revealed details about a secret report from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence indicating the FBI and CIA had reasons to suspect Moscow was in the tank for the former Obama-era secretary of state and first lady.
The report said a U.S. Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) provided to the incoming Trump administration ignored credible evidence that Moscow was on board for Clinton.
“When I was briefed on the House Intelligence Committee report on the January 2017 ICA, I was told that [then-CIA Director] John Brennan politicized this assessment by excluding credible intelligence that the Russians wanted Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election and ordered weak intelligence included that Russia wanted Trump to win,” said former CIA and National Security Council official Fred Fleitz in August.
Brennan is now a paid NBC News and MSNBC senior national security and intelligence analyst.
“I also was told that Brennan took both actions over the objections of CIA analysts. I am concerned about what happened to these analysts and worry that they may have been subjected to retaliation by CIA management,” Fleitz continued, Just The News reported. “These analysts are true whistleblowers, and they should come to the congressional intelligence committees to tell their stories and set the record straight on the ICA.”
One official who is familiar with the document told the outlet intelligence community insiders “cherry-picked pebbles of evidence” to make it seem as though Russia was helping the Trump campaign instead of Clinton.
A number of Russia experts, including a former CIA station chief in Moscow, have said Putin’s true intent was not to help any one candidate but to sow discord in the U.S., Just the News reported.
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years’ worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.