Trump’s Director of National Intelligence released a bogus claim from Russia that Hillary Clinton tried to frame Trump.
Here is the declassification that was requested by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC):
🤔Ratcliffe just declassified to Graham a claim that Russian intel alleged that Clinton “approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against [Trump] by tying him to Putin and the Russians' hacking of the DNC.”
…but says “the IC does not know the accuracy of this allegation.” pic.twitter.com/tpqGmhXUMY
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) September 29, 2020
The intelligence community states in the memo that they have not been able to verify the accuracy of this allegation, but Trump’s DNI Ratcliffe released it anyway because Trump is trying to come up with some bombshell that will change the course of the presidential debate.
The allegation which was released by the Trump administration came from Russia:
???: DNI Ratcliffe has declassified a Russian intelligence assessment — which Ratcliffe says could be false or exaggerated — to suggest Clinton hatched a plan to pin Russian hacking onto Trump.https://t.co/WoL8W3ZibK pic.twitter.com/RPzReb3YW2
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) September 29, 2020
Trump is trying to run the same 2016 playbook, but without Russian hacked emails and the Democratic election strategy, he is trying to create his own surprise moments to create chaos and throw the debate off course.
The problem is that releasing an allegation from Russian intelligence only confirms Putin’s presence in the Trump administration.
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It doesn’t clear Trump or Russia but tells the American people to get the Kremlin out of the White House.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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