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John Brennan, while serving as CIA director under former President Barack Obama, dismissed intelligence that Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win the U.S. presidential election in 2016, an ex-intelligence officer argued in an op-ed published on Wednesday.

Ignoring objections from CIA analysts, John Brennan, the CIA director turned NBC and MSNBC contributor, “suppressed” intelligence that Russian President Vladimir Putin favored Clinton, Fred Fleitz, who served as the White House National Security Council chief of staff in 2018, wrote in the editorial carried by Fox News.

Nevertheless, a bipartisan report issued by the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday backs the U.S. intelligence community’s assertion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to help then-candidate Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. American intelligence officials reached that conclusion during the Obama administration.

The Senate report ignored revelations recently declassified by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) that a Russian disinformation campaign attempted to tarnish Trump, the same man that intelligence officials and the Senate panel claim to be favored by Putin.

Fleitz, who has also worked for the CIA, the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Department of State, and the House Intelligence Committee, revealed in the editorial:

House Intelligence Committee staff members … told me there was conflicting intelligence evidence on Russian motivations for meddling in the 2016 election.

More gravely, they said that CIA Director Brennan suppressed facts or analysis that showed why it was not in Russia’s interests to support Trump and why Putin stood to benefit from Hillary Clinton’s election. They also told me that Brennan suppressed that intelligence over the objections of CIA analysts.

House Intelligence Committee staff told me that after an exhaustive investigation reviewing intelligence and interviewing intelligence officers, they found that Brennan suppressed high-quality intelligence suggesting that Putin actually wanted the more predictable and malleable Clinton to win the 2016 election.

Instead, the Brennan team included low-quality intelligence that failed to meet intelligence community standards to support the political claim that Russian officials wanted Trump to win, House Intelligence Committee staff revealed. They said that CIA analysts also objected to including that flawed, substandard information in the assessment.

The DOJ has tapped Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham to conduct a review into the origins of the Russia collusion probe. Durham is reportedly looking into Brennan’s role in the collusion hoax.

Fleitz, currently serving as the president of the Center for Security Policy think tank, addressed the heavily redacted bipartisan Senate panel report in his op-ed.

The Senate report directly contradicted the 2018 findings of the investigation by House Intelligence Committee Republicans, who determined that the anti-Trump forces tainted the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the elections to help Trump, Fleitz acknowledged.

According to the information declassified by the DOJ IG on April 15, Russian disinformation infected the infamous Democrat-funded dossier by former British spy Christopher Steele that fueled the collusion probe that attempted to render Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency illegitimate.

Nevertheless, the intelligence community insists that Russia, the same country that the DOJ IG found wanted to disparage the Trump presidency, also promoted his victory in 2016.

In January 2017, a U.S. intelligence community assessment concluded that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win, a claim now backed by the Senate panel report.

However, Fleitz pointed out “that assessment supported the basic premise of the widely discredited Steele Dossier that, according to recently declassified FBI documents, contained Russian disinformation.”

President Trump’s Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Rick Grenell is currently trying to determine the basis for the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia wanted to help Trump win the 2018 presidential election, he added.

Author: Edwin Mora

Source: Breitbart: Ex-Intel Officer: John Brennan Ignored Evidence that Russia Favored Hillary Clinton to Win in 2016

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) on Thursday introduced the Statement of Harm to the American Majority (SHAM) Act, a bill that would seek to determine the amount of time, money, and loss of productivity “wasted” on the Democrats’ recently concluded impeachment effort.

Byrne’s office explained in a press release:

The SHAM Act, which enjoys the support of 26 co-sponsors, requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an audit of the use of funds and loss of government productivity for both the Legislative Branch and the Executive Branch due to the impeachment inquiry and trial of President Trump. The audit must include costs, time spent, expenses, and estimations on [the] loss of productivity.

High-ranking members of the Democrat majority in the House carried out the impeachment probe, and the Senate conducted the trial.

The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency often referred to as the “congressional watchdog.”

Byrne declared in a statement:

Tragically, there was no bigger loser in the Democrats’ impeachment sham than the American people. The SHAM Act will determine the true costs of this taxpayer-funded political hit job that kept Congress from addressing real issues that actually matter to the American people. The American people deserve to see just how much time and money was wasted on this sham, so the Democrats can be held accountable for what they have done to our country.

The bill requires that the GAO issue a report of its findings 180 days after lawmakers approve the act.

Byrne introduced the proposal a day after the Republican-controlled Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump of the two articles of impeachment approved by the House — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) left the door open for another impeachment effort by the Democrats.

Author: Edwin Mora

Source: Breitbart: ‘SHAM Act’: Bradley Byrne Introduces Bill to Audit the Cost of Democrats’ Partisan Impeachment

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) review into the origins of the Russian collusion hoax probe has reportedly prompted some CIA analysts in the crosshairs of investigators to lawyer up.

NBC News made the revelation on Monday, adding that DOJ “has found something significant” and expanded the review.

The news outlet also found:

[Connecticut U.S. Attorney John] Durham has also requested to talk to CIA analysts involved in the intelligence assessment of Russia’s activities, prompting some of them to hire lawyers, according to three former CIA officials familiar with the matter. And there is tension between the CIA and the Justice Department over what classified documents Durham can examine, two people familiar with the matter said.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has tapped Durham to conduct the investigation.

DOJ would not say whether the investigation has morphed into a criminal probe, NBC News acknowledged.

The U.S. attorney leading the review has hired more staff and expanded the timeframe under investigation, NBC News learned from a law enforcement official directly familiar with the matter.

Durham is now probing the Obama administration’s conduct before President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, an unnamed official from the sitting administration told NBC News.

Under former President Obama, the FBI began its probe into alleged Russian election interference on behalf of Trump in July 2016. The Trump administration appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel in May 2017.

Mueller concluded that the Trump campaign did not coordinate with the Kremlin’s election interference effort, sounding the death knell for the Russian collusion hoax.

Author: Edwin Mora

Source: Breitbart: Report: CIA Deep State Actors Linked to Origin of Russia Hoax Lawyer Up

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