Former DNI Grenell: ‘Somebody needs to go to jail’ for Russian collusion hoax

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WASHINGTON D.C.– Anyone who really wanted to look could see that the entire Russian Collusion controversy was nothing more than a political ploy to try to drag President Trump through the mud.

Now, the Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, recently declassified documents in that investigation, and they confirm that the entire Russian Collusion scandal was exactly that, a political stunt to try to bring President Trump down. 

According to Breitbart, the newly declassified documents show that former CIA Director John Brennan briefed former President Barack Obama on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s “plan” to distract the American public from her email scandal by alleging Russian collusion ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

On October 4th, former acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell reacted to the information these document’s revealed in an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” with Maria Bartiromo.

In the interview, Grenell said it is clear now the alleged Russian collusion is a “hoax” that “career intelligence officials” knew about and kept it quiet because they thought Hillary Clinton would win the election, and they wanted to benefit their jobs. He was also very adamant about the fact that “somebody needs to go to jail” to answer for this ordeal.

Grenell told host Maria Bartiromo in part:

“We now know that not only was this a Russian collusion hoax but that it was known to be a Russian collusion hoax by career intelligence officials. And that’s a really big distinction,” 

He continued:

“We now know that insiders in the government at the CIA, at DOJ, at FBI, they knew that this was a Russian collusion hoax, and they allowed it to go forward for a variety of reasons.

They were convinced that Hillary would win, and they didn’t really want to challenge Goliath. They thought that their careers could be benefited if they just shut up.

But here is the key to this whole argument, that politicians in Washington need to focus on. I would also say the president’s cabinet members and the inspector generals all need to focus on.

Right now, we have Comey and Brennan and others saying that they didn’t know that this was a Russian collusion hoax. Their people knew, and so what we need to figure out is what level are these individuals going to go to jail.

Somebody needs to go to jail and be prosecuted first, obviously, and this is a slam dunk. They lied to the American people. They knew a truth, and they hid the truth.

This can never happen again. We cannot allow our government to weaponize information to hold it back.”

He went on to say

“The American people need to understand that those in Washington are hiding information from them,” 

Grenell then goes on to discuss the fact that many people saw the warnings that this was all a “hoax”, and their comments were classified and pushed aside. He alleges that many are accused of seeing those warnings including Barack Obama and Joe Biden to name a few. 

He then said:

“They went forward with this anyway, because it was going after their political opponents. They allowed misinformation, bad information, false information, to go forward, and now the question is, who approved it, and how high did it go?”

Finally saying:

“We know there is misinformation, and we need to focus on who approved it.”

Here is more that Law Enforcement Today brought you on how much of a roll Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton actually played in the Russian Collusion hoax.

WASHINGTON D.C. – In a bombshell report released Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified intelligence that suggests Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign played dirty in the 2016 elections. 

The information hints that her campaign team created a plan in July 2016 to frame then-candidate and now-President Donald Trump for Russian hacking.  

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Senator Lindsey Graham, Ratcliffe dubs the FBI investigation “Hurricane Crossfire.” 

He writes to the South Carolina Republican lawmaker: 

“In late July 2016, 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.

“The IC does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.” 

The timing of the investigation coincides with the Wikileaks release of emails from the Democratic National committee server, right before the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

Senate Democrats have previously dismissed the assessment as having no factual basis.

Ratcliffe continued on to say that according to his “handwritten notes” then CIA director John Brennan briefed President Barack Obama and “other senior national security officials” on the intelligence. 

Less than six weeks later, Ratcliffe writes to Senator Graham that intelligence officials made an “investigative referral” to the FBI. He named former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok, specifically. 

The letter says the “referral” regarded:

“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.” 

At several points in her campaign, Clinton publicly lobbed accusations at Russia and the country’s alleged ties to President Trump. 

The letter concluded by saying that U.S. Attorney General William Barr approved the declassification last week after Senator Graham requested information on the FBI investigation. 

The limited release of unverified foreign intelligence appears to have shocked both legal and intelligence experts. 

Former special counsel for the Department of Defense Ryan Goodman tweeted Tuesday: 

“Certainly looks like Trump’s DNI Ratcliffe is carrying out a political errand (and botching the job). “Several former senior intelligence officials described Ratcliffe’s move as incendiary and irresponsible, given…he was publicly releasing unverified information from” Russia.” 

Attorney Brett McGurk, who was a national security official under Presidents Trump, Obama and George W. Bush posted: 

“Wait? The DNI won’t release the US Intelligence Community’s global threat assessment to the American people (for the first time ever) but he’ll release RUSSIAN intel that US analysts say may be fabricated?” 

The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., was also quick to turn to social media and comment on the stunning document drop.

He tweeted: 

“JUST DECLASSIFIED: The Russia hoax was Hillary’s plan, and the Obama-Biden White House was briefed on it.” 

Most of the politicians or former candidates named in the letter have yet to comment on the newly released information. 

Hillary Clinton has not issued a statement and neither have spokespeople for former President Obama or current democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. 

Biden’s own link to Russia investigations already came to light earlier this year during the prosecution of former White House national security advisor General Mike Flynn. 

Flynn plead guilty in December 2017 to lying to FBI agents about his calls with Russia’s then ambassador to the United States. 

Shortly after Flynn cut a deal with prosecutors, Attorney General Barr commented on the case during an interview with CBS. Barr said: 

“People sometimes plead to things that turn out not to be crimes, and the Department of Justice is not persuaded that this was material to any legitimate counterintelligence investigation. So, it was not a crime.” 

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