Once former FBI Director James Comey’s memos were released to the public in full detail, it was quickly obvious why the Justice Department was so eager to keep them hidden from view. First, the memos did the exact opposite of what they were said to do, which is make the case that Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation. It’s clear from the full reading of those memos that he did nothing of the kind, even if – considering the hoax that this investigation is built on – he would have been within his rights to do so.
Second, the memos included some trouble for the Obama intelligence community.
Namely, they insinuate that the infamous Christopher Steele dossier only came to the president’s attention because CNN was planning to run a story on its contents. Comey, not wanting Trump to be caught off guard by the impending report, decided to brief the presdeint-elect on the dossier’s more salacious (and unverified) allegations.
But let’s pause there.
It is a matter of public record that Fusion GPS (or Steele) shared the memo with several news organizations in the run-up to the election. So CNN, along with other media outlets (Mother Jones was definitely one of them) had this dossier for at least a few months by the time the president was briefed on the “pee tape” allegation in January. It’s worth wondering why it was only in the weeks before Trump’s inauguration that CNN decided to go ahead and report on the existence of the dossier. Initially, their reason for coming forward was that Comey had briefed the president and the president-elect, thus making this silly piece of political propaganda “news.” But according to Comey’s memo, it worked the other way around. He briefed Trump because CNN was running with the story.
So the question, again: Why, in January 2016, did CNN suddenly decided the dossier was worth reporting on?
Well, the final report on the 2016 investigation from the House Intelligence Committee may shed light on the answer. According to the report, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told lawmakers that, yes, he spoke to CNN reporter Jake Tapper about Trump and Russia in January 2017. Tapper’s byline appears on CNN’s original dossier story, published on January 10, 2017.
“Clapper subsequently acknowledged discussing the ‘dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper,’ and admitted that he might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic,” the report says. “Clapper’s discussion with Tapper took place in ‘early January 2017,’ around the time Comey briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump, on ‘the Christopher Steele information.’ ”
In a tweet, House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows said the cloud of suspicion hanging over Comey and Clapper just got that much darker.
“James Comey and James Clapper insist they had nothing to do with the media reporting of the Russian dossier,” Meadows wrote. “It sure looks like that isn’t true. Read this remarkable section from the Intel report. Clapper discussed the dossier with journalists and lied to the committee about it.”
Enraged by the revelation, President Trump also tweeted about Clapper’s illegal leak.
“Clapper lied about (fraudulent) Dossier leaks to CNN,” Trump wrote Saturday. “He is a lying machine who now works for Fake News CNN.”
This inspired former CIA Director (and vocal Trump critic) John Brennan to swipe back at the president and defend his old buddy from the Obama years.
“Mr. Trump: Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. Jim Clapper is a man of integrity, honesty, ethics, & morality. You are not,” Brennan wrote. “Jim Clapper served his country for over a half century, including in Vietnam. You did not. By your words & behavior, you diminish the Office of the Presidency.”
Well, they’re really circling the wagons now, and it’s no mystery as to why. The house of cards the Obama intelligence community carefully constructed (in the hopes that Hillary would be president and none of this chicanery would ever come to light) is falling apart in spectacular fashion. It’s only a matter of time now before the whole lot of these traitors faces the justice they have coming. And it won’t be a moment too soon.