President Donald Trump’s Tuesday evening announcement of his authorization of the declassification of all documents related to the Russia probe included the same authorization for all documents related to Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal.
As reported earlier by Fox News, the president tweeted “I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!” So far, most media attention has focused on the Russia probe element, but the Clinton documents have the potential to reveal possible bias in how both investigations were conducted.
John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence, sent Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) a letter concerning findings about then-presidential candidate Clinton’s attempts to tie the Trump campaign to Russia.
“In late July 2016,” Ratcliffe wrote, according to the original document found on judiciary.senate.gov, “U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee.”
Ratcliffe goes on to present evidence that former president Obama knew about the plane. “According to his handwritten notes, former Central Intelligence Agency Director Brennan subsequently briefed President Obama and other senior national security officials on the intelligence,” Ratcliffe’s letter reads, “including the ‘alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.’”
Ratcliffe’s letter indicates that the FBI was also informed of the Clinton effort to shift focus from her private service issues. “On 07 September 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok regarding ‘U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server,’” Ratcliffe wrote.
Clinton’s use of a private email server for classified State Department correspondence was an ongoing issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. Her use of the server and her dismissal of that use as inconsequential added to the overall impression of the former Secretary of State as dishonest, corrupt, and believing herself to be above the law.
As reported by the U.S. Sun, Graham intimated that bias may have influenced how the Trump-Russia information and the Clinton information were investigated by the intelligence community. Graham said, “Everything Russia-Trump was looked at. You had $25 million, 60 agents. You had subpoenas, you had people’s lives turned upside down. The question is, ‘Did they look at Russia coming after Trump?'”
In August, former CIA and National Security Council official Fred Fleitz said that there was definite bias and politicization of the Trump and Clinton investigations. “When I was briefed on the House Intelligence Committee report on the January 2017 ICA, I was told that 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,” Fleitz said.
He also claimed that Brennan dismissed concerns from CIA analysts who brought this information to his attention. “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,” Fleitz said.
Earlier this year, Clinton dismissed her use of a private email server. “I did it as a matter of convenience. There was no regulation against it, there was nothing against it,” she said. “Everybody knew I was doing it because they were all emailing me and I was emailing them and that was hundreds and hundreds of people in government.”
“I am the most investigated innocent person in America,” she said, apparently seriously.