Deep state actors are drawing up sides as Attorney General William Barr takes aim at our country’s intelligence agencies’ role in the Trump-Russian collusion narrative.
Two former Obama admin employees, former FBI Direction James Comey, and former CIA Director John Brennan are now blaming each other for pushing the so-called “Pee-Pee” Steele dossier.
The blame game kicked into high gear after FOX reported that sources familiar with the records point to a late-2016 email chain that shows Comey telling employees of the FBI that Brennan demanded the Steele dossier be included in the ICA, a January 6, 2017 U.S. Intelligence Community Assessment report.
In that same email chain, a former CIA official defended Brennan by claiming Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper opposed pushing the dossier. Both pointed to Comey as the instigator.
Comey signed three successful FISA applications that enabled the FBI to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The Steele dossier was paid for by Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). That fact was not reported to the FISA courts.
An official with inside knowledge told Fox News, “They opposed this because the dossier was in no way used to develop the ICA. The intelligence analysts didn’t include it when they were doing their work because it wasn’t corroborated intelligence, therefore it wasn’t used and it wasn’t included. Brennan and Clapper prevented it from being added into the official assessment. James Comey then decided on his own to brief Trump about the document.”
Comey has been consistently insistent that it was Brennan who pressured him to endorse the unvetted and most false dossier.
Speaking on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum” former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy said, “Comey has a better argument than Brennan, based on what I’ve seen.”
Gowdy who is now a Fox News contributor based his comments on his sensitive documents he viewed while chairman of the House Oversight Committee last year. Gowdy left Congress in January to work in the private sector.
There have been multiple media statements by key intel community sources that contradict the ex-CIA official’s defense of Brennan.
Comey directly contradicted Brennan’s testimony last December when he said the anti-Trump dossier was “not in any way used as the basis for the intelligence community’s assessment” of the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
But during his testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees Comey testified that the dossier referred to as ‘crown material’ was used in the intelligence community assessment (ICA).
Gowdy asked Comey at that time, “Do you recall whether any ‘crown material’ or dossier material was included in the IC assessment?”
Comey replied, “Yes … at least some of the material that Steele had collected was in the big thing called the intelligence community assessment.”
Further, in their conversation, Comey told Gowdy that he specifically recalled conversations with Brennan about how the former CIA director wanted to include the dossier material in the ICA.
When pressed by Gowdy for details Comey said that conversation involved the claim the intelligence community “broadly found its source credible.”
Comey’s recollections are directly opposed to a statement Brennan made on May 2017 before the House Intelligence Committee. In that sworn testimony Brennan claimed the Steele dossier was “not in any way used as the basis for the intelligence community’s assessment” of alleged Russian interference. He has repeated that claim in numerous media interviews.
Comey’s version is further strengthened by the fact he isn’t the only former top official connected to the ICA report to say the dossier did indeed play a major role in the report’ conclusions.
Former NSA Director Adm. Rogers informed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on March 15, 2018, that the “Christopher Steele information” was made a “part of the overall ICA review/approval process.”
James Clapper, who served as director of National Intelligence under President Obama, admitted in a CNN interview the dossier played a part in the intelligence community’s thinking.
Breitbart News reported that Brennan helped lead official classified briefings for then-President Obama and President-elect Trump on the now discredited dossier funded by Trump’s opponents. Those briefings were leaked to the news media, setting off a flood of anti-Trump coverage of what Brennan knew to be suspect information.
A highly compartmentalized unit of CIA, FBI and NSA analysts led by Clapper and Brennan conducted operations related to what became the allegations of Russian interference.
Comey is not innocent in the whole affair but it seems obvious former communist John Brennan was the mastermind.