Since the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, as requested by President Trump, the left has been up in arms to find some way to condemn Trump’s action as a self-serving attempt to stymie the investigation into his alleged collusion with Russia.
With new information coming out almost daily, the news media is salivating over the possibility of getting hold of and exposing damning evidence that would lead to President Trump’s impeachment. However, no one has really taken the time to review the very beginning of these allegations against Trump. When this all started, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn left, because of lying to the president about his conversations with Russia, and documents were prepared to detail all of Flynn’s actions.
The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena of documents from Michael Flynn on his ties with Russian businessmen was spurred on by an Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) that apparently came from intelligence agencies under former President Barack Obama. Agencies that were part of Obama’s “deep state” operations to unseat Trump. Obama is none too happy about this information becoming common knowledge, six months later.
Fox News Opinion reveals more details:
Although the news media is certain to play up a new Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena of Michael Flynn for documents on his business dealings with Russia as a major new development in the congressional investigations of possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, there is a far more important story that surfaced this week that no one is talking about: a mysterious hand-picked group of analysts chosen to write a damning intelligence assessment that found Russia intervened in the election to help Trump win.
On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Intelligence Community issued an “Intelligence Community Assessment” (ICA) that found Russia deliberately interfered in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump’s candidacy. The news media and Trump critics have claimed this assessment ended the debate on this issue because it was the unanimous and objective conclusion of “all 17” U.S. Intelligence Agencies.
But, according to Fox News’ Fred Fleitz, claiming all 17 US intelligence agencies were involved in the “assessment” is inaccurate at best and a blatant lie at worst:
I wrote in a January 7 Fox News Opinion article that there are compelling reasons to believe this ICA was actually a politicized analysis that violated normal rules for crafting intelligence assessments to ensure this one reached the bottom line conclusion that the Obama administration was looking for. I believe this even more strongly after former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s Senate testimony this week.
In his May 8 testimony to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, Clapper confirmed what I said in January: the ICA reflected the views of only three intelligence agencies — CIA, NSA and FBI – not all 17. I explained in my January article how unusual this was since an ICA is supposed to reflect the collected judgment of all U.S. intelligence agencies or at least include all agencies with relevant expertise. Clapper did not explain why the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department’s intelligence bureau did not participate.
Also, there is strong evidence the “hand-picked” group of “analysts” were chosen and highly influenced by Obama’s rabidly anti-Trump CIA Director, John Brennan, to arrive at the conclusions Obama wanted:
A major problem with this process is that it gave John Brennan, CIA’s hyper-partisan former director, enormous influence over the drafting of the ICA. Given Brennan’s scathing criticism of Mr. Trump before and after the election, he should have had no role whatsoever in the drafting of this assessment. Instead, Brennan probably selected the CIA analysts who worked on the ICA and reviewed and approved their conclusions.
And what is the only logical conclusion we can reach:
The unusual way that the January 6, 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment was drafted raises major questions as to whether it was rigged by the Obama administration to produce conclusions that would discredit the election outcome and Mr. Trump’s presidency. The House and Senate Intelligence Committees, therefore, should add investigations of whether this ICA was politicized to their investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
And I wholeheartedly agree with this conclusion!
Source: Fox News