In a stunning reversal, the FBI’s Director James Comey has finally admitted that the CIA Director and Director of National Intelligence are correct; Russia created a sustained cyber warfare campaign against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party to help Donald Trump. The Washington Post reports:
FBI Director James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. have backed a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the presidency, according to U.S. officials.
“Earlier this week, I met separately with (Director) FBI James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election,” CIA Director John Brennan said in a message to the agency’s workforce, according to U.S. officials who have seen the message.
Earlier today, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair released an op-ed at The Washington Post entitled, “Something is deeply broken at the FBI.” Clinton herself went public for the first time to point the finger squarely at Putin for taking revenge against her for calling her out after he did steal an election, causing a mass uprising back in 2011 amid reports of widespread and very obvious voter fraud.
The FBI has been cited as the lone holdout agency to concur that Russia intended to help Trump win since October when America’s national security agencies – all 17 of them including the FBI – signed onto a joint press release pointing the finger at Russia. The hacks compromised the Democratic Party National Committee’s email, messages from its Congressional fundraising wing, and Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta’s personal emails, which were fed to Wikileaks and other news organizations on a strategic scoop-by-scoop basis.
The Obama administration formally accused Russia of interference in October but didn’t come out and say that the intentions of Putin’s cyberwar campaign were to elect Donald Trump because the FBI refused to accede to that statement, until today.
All the way back during this summer’s political conventions, the US intelligence community expressed a “high degree of confidence” that Putin was involved and watched with growing alarm in the immediate wake of the hacked emails revealed right before the start of the Democratic National Convention. At the same time, Donald Trump begged Putin personally and on camera, to please hack Clinton’s emails because “our news media will richly reward you.” The CIA’s statement reveals now that they’ve been giving secret briefings to Congress since that time according to The Post:
In his message to the CIA’s workforce, Brennan said the administration has provided detailed briefings to lawmakers and their aides since the summer. “In recent days, I have had several conversations with members of Congress, providing an update on the status of the review as well as the considerations that need to be taken into account as we proceed,” Brennan wrote. “Many – but unfortunately not all – members understand and appreciate the importance and the gravity of the issue, and they are very supportive of the process that is underway.”
Lately, Donald Trump has pretended like nothing happened between Russia and America before the election, and has tweeted contradictory statements falsely accusing President Obama of remaining entirely silent before the election. Trump’s latest tweets have discredited his prior spin, proving that the habitual liar who would like to become President isn’t afraid to go on the record as holding entirely contradictory positions, even on a grave matter of national security.
Will the FBI finally do its job and finally investigate Donald Trump’s convenient relationship to the Russian dictator?
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.