Internal Notes Show Divergence Between Obama, FBI On Whether Russia Helped Trump

Newly released FBI communications from January, 2017 confirm that the Obama administration ignored the FBI’s stance on whether Russia tried to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election, and that former FBI agent Peter Strzok was worried that the White House would misconstrue their conclusion, reports The Hill‘s John Solomon.

On Dec. 10, 2016, the FBI received an inquiry from a reporter about whether the FBI was uncertain about the emerging conclusion that Russia was trying to help Trump win. The reporter intended to report that FBI counterintelligence was “much less emphatic than the CIA about Russia intent.”

Strzok weighed in to help the FBI press office address the reporter’s question, an email that has now captured congressional investigators’ fancy because it states clearly the FBI couldn’t distinguish that any one of three possible motives drove Russia’s meddling.

“The specific point I made was we did not have information to differentiate what their ultimate goal was,” Strzok emailed, adding that then-Director James Comey told Senate Intelligence something similar.

“In other words, the activity is one-sided and clear but we can’t say the sole and primary purpose was specifically intended to help someone, hurt someone else or undermine the process. The reality is all three,” he wrote. –The Hill

It’s also clear that the FBI’s upper echelon was concerned over sharing information with the White House and then-Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, over fears that it might result in political abuse.

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“He, like us, is concerned with over sharing. Doesn’t want Clapper giving CR cuts to WHAll political, just shows our hand and potentially makes enemies,” Strzok wrote to FBI lawyer Lisa Page on Jan. 3, 2017, relating a conversation he apparently had with then-Assistant Director William Priestap, the top counterintelligence official in the bureau.

Investigators aren’t certain yet what “CR cuts” refers to. Some, though, think it could be a reference to “classified raw” intelligence, such as the unverified Steele dossier or possible intercepts. Others wonder whether it could refer to budget cuts in a “continuing resolution” though no such budget was pending at the time. Whatever the case, the political distrust of colleagues is clear. “WH,” of course, refers to the White House.

“Yeah, but keep in mind we were going to put that in the doc on Friday, with potentially larger distribution than just the dni,” Page texted back. Strzok answered back, escalating his concerns: “The question is should we, particularly to the entirety of the lame duck usic with partisan axes to grind.” “USIC” is an acronym for the United States Intelligence Community. –The Hill

The FBI’s assessment is in stark contrast to the official intelligence assessment from the Obama administration released on January 6, 2017 which declared: “We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”

What’s more, the National Security Agency (NSA) only had “moderate confidence” that Putin was trying to help Trump win, and the House Intelligence Committee concluded that they couldn’t validate Putin’s intentions either.

In January, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) revealed a “jaw-dropping” email written in May 19 of 2017 from Strzok to his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page – which reads: “You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there’s no big there there.

When asked by the DOJ Inspector General what he meant by that, Strzok said that he couldn’t be certain that there was a “broad, coordinated effort” to hijack the election.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general asked Strzok shortly before he was fired from the FBI what he meant by that text, and he offered a most insightful answer.

Strzok said he wasn’t certain there was a “broad, coordinated effort” to hijack the election and that the evidence of Trump campaign aides talking about getting Hillary Clinton dirt from Russians might have been just a “bunch of opportunists” talking to heighten their importance.

Strzok added that, while he raised the idea of impeachment in some of his texts to Page, “I am, again, was not, am not convinced or certain that it will,” he told the IG. –The Hill

And as we reported last week, a newly reported comment made by Page during her May testimony revealed that the FBI had no clue whether there was any collusion between Trumpworld and Russia. What’s more, ex-FBI Director James Comey told the Senate shortly after he was fired that there was “not yet evidence to justify investigating Trump for colluding with Russia.

When I left, we did not have an investigation focused on President Trump,” said Comey.

In short, James Comey, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have all said or implied that the FBI had nothing linking Trump to Russia. Which, as John Solomon concluded last week, raises the question: If there was no concrete evidence of collusion, why did we need a special prosecutor?

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23 comments

  1. There is no question that Obama planned and instituted this, it will probably take until the end of Trump’s 2nd term to prove it, butObama, Biden, Holder Lynch , comey Brennan and Rosentine will go to jail.

    1. VOTE RED NOV 2018 RED RED…IF
      it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. CLAPPER’S OWN CONFESSION
      AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2018, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT

      VOTE RED NOV 2018 RED RED…IF
      it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. CLAPPER’S OWN CONFESSION
      AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2018, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT

  2. Barack Obama was not a true president, he was put in the WH by Democrat/leftist money and the leftist globalists kept him there for eight years for the reason of trying to destory our constitution, Her are the real facts;

    This really should get your “gray matter” to churning, even if you are an Obama fan. You wouldn’t want your hero to be made out to be a liar, would you?
    And for all you “anti-Fox News” folks, none of this information came from Fox. All of it can be verified from legitimate sources (Wikipedia, the Kpiolani hospital website itself, and a good history book, as noted
    herein). It is very easy for someone to check out.
    OK, here we go… 4 Simple Questions …
    1. Back in 1961 people of color were called ‘Negroes’. So how can the Obama ‘birth certificate’ state he is “African-American” when the term wasn’t even used at that time ?
    2. The birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama’s birth as August 4, 1961 & Lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, Right? At the time of Obama’s birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama’s father was born in “Kenya, East Africa”.
    This wouldn’t seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama’s birth, and 27 years after his
    father’s birth. How could Obama’s father have been born in a country that did not yet Exist ? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the “British East Africa Protectorate”. (check it below) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K… %29
    3. On the Birth Certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is “Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital”. This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called “KauiKeolani Children’s Hospital” and “Kapi’olani Maternity Home”, Respectively.
    The name did not change to Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged.
    How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978 ? (CHECK IT BELOW) http://http/http/www.kapiolani.org/women-and-ch… (http://www.kapiolani.org/women
    Why hasn’t this been discussed in the major media? (because) the major media is aprart of the corruptness to bring down America.
    4. Perhaps a clue comes from Obama’s book on his father. He states how proud he is of his father fighting in WW II. I’m not a math genius, so I may need some help from you. Barack Obama’s “birth certificate” says his father was 25 years old in 1961 when Obama was born. That should have put his father’s date of birth approximately 1936-if my math holds (Honest! I did that without a calculator!!!) Now we need a non-revised history book-one that hasn’t been altered to
    satisfy the author’s goals-to verify that WW II was basically between 1939 and 1945. Just how many 3 year old fight in Wars? Even in the latest stages of WW II his father wouldn’t have been more than 9 years old. Does that mean that Mr. Obama is a liar, or simply chooses to alter the facts to satisfy his imagination or political purposes ? and all this crap going on right now is the democrat party working to cover up their crap so as not to be found out how currupt they really are.
    I may add, anyone that votes for a democrat is as guilty as the one they voted for, for all the evil of that party, the voter would be guilty of murdering the unborn, guilty of allowing same sex marriage, guilty of taking God away from the youth of our country and so much more, Please try to remove the satan controled veil over your brain and see the real evil democratic party as it really is, satan took over that party when Johnson took office, and of course he has you blinded, pray for real sight, pray to the Lord for help to see truth.

    1. LOVED your expose. Too bad many will not check your facts. Another point about the islands is many women give birth off the islands then register the infant when they return and the birth certificate that was displayed is standard to off the island births. And Bozo’s grandmother said before she died he was born in Kenya.

      Since we all know Bozo lies, I am betting Grandma told the truth. And even the islanders have said babies get registered when momma returns to the island and it happens a lot. A lot of islanders have noted this so Bozo could have been born in Kenya but registered whenever Mom returned from Kenya.

      And with Bozo’s records locked down when will he be outed and his presidency definitely forfeit. He has lied even about his birth and I would bet he registered as a foreign exchange student from Kenya for college at HARVARD-d-d-d-d-d.

      1. Small error. Obama was proud of his grandfather’s service in WWI and an uncle I think. Don’t think his book had a reference to the father in WW II. Gotta site a page and addition.

        IF he was born in Kenya to an American mother he is just like Cruz born in Canada. McCain was also born outside the U.S. I think the people of Kenya called it Kenya well before it was officially changed.

        The mystery is his Social Security card. Issued in Conn. to a man who moved to and died in Hawaii about the time Obama was born. S.S.was not reissuing SS numbers to others at the time. He should have had a number beginning with the three midgets assigned to Hawii. The fact that Hawii did not become a State until 1958 or so might mean they did not have their own three dodged State designation. But no one has gotten a believable explanation as to his reissued card.

  3. Is that called ”collusion”? Is that what Robert Müeller is investigating? According to the Müeller Inquisition, Trump is not the target. That is if you trust a prosecutor that convicted Louie Greco, Henry Tameleo, Peter Limone and Joe Salvati (2, Louie Greco, Henry Tameleo, died in prison and cost the taxpayers an eventual settlement of more than $100 million for false imprisonment) he knew they were innocent. Looks like he’s at it again.

    1. The bad actors are guilty of a conspiracy to overthrow a duly elected sitting president. And unfortunately for Mueller he is part of it. When this all falls completely apart all the bad actors will be pointing at each other for blame. This is a conspiracy and the worst thing to happen in my recollection since Benedict Arnold of my history classes and Bozo who is NOT a patriot but an NWO liar and who engineered it all with Soros another NOT patriot in this country somehow. He should have been at the trials of traitors at the end of WWII, a nazi collaborator against his own people, jews.

      The DNC almost entirely is run by a cadre of bad actors in the political side of the DNC and all bought and paid for by Soros and his ilk. The NWO bad actors own the fake news, the dem wit unions and liberal teachers via the unions own most of the public education.

      And about education, just what if anything is the Betsy gal doing about this education by the lefties? It amazes me that a government entity is unionized. The tenure deal assures these disgusting libs sit on top of the union like fat spiders in webs and rule their fiefdom over our youth.

      Enough, time for union reform if not just union busting. And that does not even go into the bureacrat deep state though I am sure education is in that too.

      1. When this all gets unraveled and the conspirators are convicted the MSM must be included in the enablers of this coup attempt. Executives and editors should be placed before a Grand Jury to explain their total blindness to what was always before their eyes.

        Those involved should understand that their names will be recorded in American history books as participants in this act of treason and abuse of power. just think their grandchildren and great grandchildren wil,l like the Rosenbergs, have to carry the shame like the quisling family and the name of Benedict Arnold. That should make them think if they want to be criminals or cooperators.

  4. Don’t be surprised if Obamacare, himself, was part of this orchestrated witch hunt. The arrogance of the elite left, has no bounds. How much money did Trump cost these people? Think of the Paris accord. If Obamacare could shutdown businesses in this country, because the were deemed dirty, that would open a door for a business in another country, such as China. The elite could invest in this Chinese business and make big bucks, since Obama was getting rid of their American competition. I think the Paris accord and the Trans Pacific Trade deal were connected as part of an elaborate scheme, to make the left elites a boatload of money. Then this crazy New York businessman comes in a screws up their deal! They’re extremely pissed! Last, but not least, Who Killed Seth Rich?

    1. Good points in your post. And all are rightly placed at the feet of the NWO crowd but enough of the local politicians had to be involved and that does include the dem wits and rinos. They are all liars, cheats, and thieves. And your discussion clarifies the why. Being a retired CPA, BSA, programmer I am surprised this never entered my mind. But Soros is a big breaker then investor in these sort of deals. He probably was the brains behind it all. And Trump and the deplorables just ended their destructive strategy. All for them and naught for this country. Then when the US was destroyed per their scenario that was ruined by MAGA, they would move in to SAVE US. Hum? With the slave’s yoke. Does everyone understand what a fiefdom was? And it was their intent here, little fiefdoms ruled by little kings of the NWO elites. Geez, and the useful idiots are so pissed it did not happen. Fools!

  5. There is no question that Obama Infiltrated all of the government agencies with his treasonous traitorous spies to subvert, destroy and undermine President Trump or any Republican / Conservative who may have won the 2016 election. He knew Americans flip Presidential seats between Republican and leftist Democratic candidates so they prepared this evil undertaking in anticipation that the unlikely would happen. Obama, Jarrett, Hillary, Holder, Biden, Lynch, Comey, Brennan and Rosentine all need go to jail. and instituted this, it will probably take until the end of Trump’s 2nd term to prove it, but Obama, Biden, Holder Lynch , comey Brennan and Rosenstein must be flushed out and sent to jail for Treason. They’re even illustrious Republican establishment RINO’s who should be flushed out as treasonous traitors and also sent to jail. We need to save America and President Trump is the only one who can bring us back from the OBAMA ABYSS.

  6. Curious why Real Conservative Unite would not post a comment about Obama Infiltrating our government agencies???? Is this really a Conservative blog?

  7. We have been hearing all of this claptrap about Russia helping Trump beat Clinton, but no one ever gets around to saying how they did that. The voters in middle America elected Donald Trump, not the Russians and certainly not the left-wing media who are in bed with not just Clinton but every Progressive/Liberal/Socialist/Democrat. If Russia got Trump elected I sure would like someone to explain exactly how they accomplished that because I don’t think they had anything at all to do with it. I will say that governments in general do meddle in other nation’s elections like we did in Israel’s and certainly governments have preferences on who might win leadership in an opposing country. They would like to influence outcomes. But actually doing so ain’t so easy. BTW, migrating to more electronic voting devices does open things up to more possible election fraud via hacking which is why I oppose any and all electronic voting means.

  8. To hell with that damn pathetic muslim brotherhood terrorist supporting piece of camel dung. He should’ve been already arrested, prosecuted, imprisoned and waiting on a firing squad or a damn hanging. People need to let it sink deep into their “brain cavity” that he is not a so-called “black” and neither is he a so-called “white”….and NEVER WAS!!! The “TRUTH” is he is nothing more than a pathetic islamic arab from Kenya, adopted by the islamic terrorists, trained and puppeteered by the communists, and financed by “ENEMIES OF AMERICA” such as none other than “scumface” George Soros and mob trained and dedicated to bringing down America and any signs of a “free world”. Those ARE THE FACTS…like it or leave it!!! NO AMOUNT OF COWARDICE NOR LYING WILL EVER CHANGE THE “FACTS”…no matter how hard you try.

  9. Kenyan born obama lied, cheated, and bribed his way into the White House and fooled enough IDIOTS into letting him reside there for eight, long, miserable years UNDESERVINGLY. And the rest of us patiently tolerated the stupidity of the cowards and “IDIOTS” that fell for that fiasco…and we patiently waited it out for eight long miserable destructive years. Now it’s time you “IDIOTS” pondered your time with acceptance of a LEGALLY elected REAL AMERICAN PRESIDENT for EIGHT YEARS. As your mouse-eared “liar in chief” said…”Elections have consequences”. We had to put up with eight miserable years of “the puke”…now it’s your turn to put up with “decency and success” for a change.

  10. I find it comical that the left & MSM just can’t accept the fact that over 60 million of us voted for our Great President. They’ve drank the clinton & Hussein Obama koolaid far too long, I worry they will soon burst into flames. Actually, I wouldn’t mind watching that, doubtful I would offer water if they were on fire – only if they apologize & swear to start telling the truth. Nah, they’re not capable of either!

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