CNN kicked the Russian collusion narrative into hyperdrive with their report that former FBI Director James Comey briefed Donald Trump on the existence of the Christopher Steele Russia dossier.
It was the kickoff to the plot to impeach Donald Trump.
But bombshell emails reveal CNN may have colluded with the FBI on this story to bring down Trump.
In the days leading up to CNN breaking the story on the Steele dossier on January 10th, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sent out emails indicating he possessed advanced and detailed knowledge of CNN’s plan to run the dossier story.
The Federalist reports:
Hours before Comey briefed Trump, FBI chief of staff James Rybicki e-mailed staff that Comey “is coming into HQ briefly now for an update from the sensitive matter team.” Just as the same officials dubbed the Clinton e-mail investigation the “mid-year exam” and the anti-Trump counterintelligence investigation “Crossfire Hurricane,” they also used various phrases using “sensitive” to refer obliquely to the dossier.
Two days after the briefing, on January 8, 2017, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who earlier this year was fired and then referred for criminal prosecution by the DOJ inspector general for repeatedly lying about media leaks, wrote an e-mail to top FBI officials with the subject, “Flood is coming.”
“CNN is close to going forward with the sensitive story,” McCabe wrote to Comey, Rybicki, and two others. “The trigger for them is they know the material was discussed in the brief and presented in an attachment.” He did not detail how he came to know what CNN’s “trigger” was for publishing the dossier briefing story.
Although the January 10 story from CNN also claimed that Trump was presented with a two-page summary of the dossier, which was not part of the official intelligence community assessment given to Trump, Comey himself later claimed that he did not give the two-page document to Trump, raising questions about whether McCabe himself was a source for CNN’s assertion that Trump had been given the entire two-page document during the briefing.
Shortly after sending his e-mail to Comey and other FBI officials, McCabe e-mailed then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and her deputy, Matthew Axelrod. McCabe used the subject line “News” in his e-mail to the DOJ officials.
“Just as an FYI, and as expected,” McCabe wrote, “it seems CNN is close to running a story about the sensitive reporting.” It is not clear how McCabe came to be so familiar with CNN’s understanding of the dossier, its briefing, or how close CNN was to reporting on the matter.
In a Monday letter to FBI director Christopher Wray, Sen. Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, asked the director to provide a list of all members of the “sensitive matters team” referenced by Rybicki in his January 6 e-mail. Johnson also requested that Wray provide all details about how FBI officials “first learned that media outlets, including CNN, may have possessed the Steele dossier.”
These emails add fuel to the belief that the briefing where Comey informed Trump of the dossier’s existence was a set up.
Comey acknowledged that CNN needed a news hook to run the story, so leaking the fact that Comey briefed Trump on the dossier was the pretext to air the fact that the dossier existed. This one leak is what kick-started the collusion storyline which eventually led to the Mueller appointment.
CNN played a willful role in colluding with the FBI to frame the President of the United States in the hopes it would set off a chain of events that ended in his impeachment. It was an inside job — and a complete set-up — from day one.
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Doesn’t it just give you lots of warm and comfortable feelings to know that a once-great intelligence agency like the FBI is willing to stoop to virtually anything they think they can get away with in order to subvert justice? Does the FBI even understand the concept of justice any more? Apparently not.
[From an article published by AMERICAN PATRIOT DAILY]
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NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis