President Donald Trump’s spy chief is reportedly declassifying explosive new documents that show former CIA Director John Brennan “suppressed” intelligence on Russia wanting Hillary Clinton, not Trump, to win the 2016 election.
While appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Fox News chief White House correspondent Ed Henry reported on Tuesday night that “it could get sticky” for Brennan, who served as CIA director under former President Barack Obama.
Henry said Brennan could be in hot water due to his role in developing the 2017 intelligence community assessment on the Russian election interference that determined with “moderate” to “high” confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin sought to boost Trump’s 2016 election chances.
Henry says that does not appear to be accurate and that Brennan “suppressed” intelligence that Russia actually wanted Clinton to become the next U.S. president.
“There’s other intel that may have been more serious suggesting that Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win, rather than balancing that out in the assessment they put out there in that assessment and set the narrative that Russia wanted Trump to win,” Henry reported.
Henry then cited information from Fred Fleitz, a former CIA officer and National Security Council chief of staff, who first blew the whistle on Brennan’s alleged efforts to hide this information.
Henry said he has a separate intelligence source who confirmed this intelligence is among the four or five batches of documents that Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, is working to declassify.
“There are a lot of critics out there saying this is hype, there’s nothing here,” he told host Tucker Carlson. But he also stressed that “people on the inside” say just “wait” because “there’s a whole lot more coming.”
Last month, Fleitz published an op-ed for Fox News alleging that House Intelligence Committee members told him that 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,” he added. “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.”
All of this comes on the heels of the Department of Justice filing a motion last week to dismiss its criminal case against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
In the newly released documents, we learned that the FBI had drawn up paperwork to close the case against Flynn, but fired agent Peter Strzok made a last-minute move to keep it open.
Handwritten notes from the FBI — which were withheld from Flynn’s defense team for years — show that a key goal of the agents investigating Flynn was “to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
House Intelligence Committee ranking Republican Rep. Devin Nunes also revealed over the weekend that the FBI’s original interview summary with Flynn is “missing.”
One could certainly make the argument that top brass at the FBI — such as Strzok and Page — may have deleted or altered Flynn’s original interview summary to make it better fit their goal, which was to charge him.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also made some explosive comments, going as far as saying the new evidence could “warrant additional charges against” top brass at the FBI.