The great reveal finally happened, as the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence (part 4) was published. Many media outlets were quick to come to various conclusions to make bombastic claims about the Russian Collusion story against Trump. Here are just a couple:
WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan Senate report released Tuesday affirms the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a far-ranging influence campaign approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin and aimed at helping Donald Trump win the White House. The headline on the AP read: Senate panel backs assessment that Russia interfered in 2016
Daily Caller – The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report Tuesday supporting the U.S. intelligence community’s finding in early January 2017 that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election with the goal of helping Donald Trump win the presidency. The headline read from the Federalist: Senate Intel Backs Assessment That Russia Interfered To Help Trump, Ignores Revelations Of Dossier Disinformation
First, instead of reading the headline and the bylines, look at the report itself. I promise it won’t take long, maybe 2 minutes, even though it is 158 pages:
Select Committee On Intelligence United States Senate On Russian Active Measures Campaigns And Interference In The 2016 U.S. Election Volume 4: Review Of The Intelligence Community Assessment – Click here for download.
If you can’t read, here, take a look at the photo below of a few pages – they all look the same. Even the table of contents was heavily redacted:
One of the stated goals of the Senate Intelligence Committee Investigation into the 2016 election was to determine the accuracy of the Intelligence Community Assessment delivered to the American People in January 2017 regarding Russian Interference. The ICA, we now know, utilized information obtained from “Crossfire Hurricane,” which most recently has been revealed as an illicit FBI investigation into the Trump Presidential Campaign – see here.
AG Bill Barr, in an April Fox News interview, recently stated:
“I think the president has every right to be frustrated because I think what happened to him was one of the greatest travesties in American history, the FBI launched its counterintelligence investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia without any basis. Even more concerning, actually, is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events while he was president,” Barr said. “To sabotage the presidency, and I think that – or at least have the effect of sabotaging the presidency.”
Right Wire Report suggests the bombshell headline should have focused on what was not found in the Burr/Warner Senate Intelligence Committee Report unredacted sections:
- The report does not even accurately state the timeline or get basic facts correct. It states Crossfire Hurricane was officially opened on July 30, 2016, however, the actual date was July 31, 2016.
- The report did not include that the Steele Dossier was Russian disinformation.
- There is no mention that on the ICA Annex A (a summary of the dossier), private clients (DNC and Hillary Clinton) paid for the Steele Dossier – multiple persons inside the FBI team and DOJ were aware of client paid source at the time.
- The Steele Dossier was heavily sourced and relied upon by the IC (Intelligence Community) and FBI for their initial findings to start investigations. Despite knowing at the time, investigations began that the Steele Dossier was Russian Disinformation.
- The report did not note the only version of the ICA that included the dossier was the most highly classified version that went directly to President Obama.
- The report does not include that Bill Priestap (Former assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division) told Congress under oath, “The FBI didn’t want to stand behind the information in the Steele Dossier.” No notation that one week earlier (Priestap testimony), the FBI had “stood behind” the dossier allegations in the third FISA request on Carter Page. And would proceed in July to obtain a fourth FISA on the same premise.
Reviewing the SICI Report’s black ink-filled pages, one thing comes clear. It appears Senator Burr and Senator Warner( Majority and Minority Chairmen) was complacent, possibly complicit, allowing the IC’ original generated flawed information to judge the credibility of the IC work product. Former Federal Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy’s piece additionally summarizes the “Useless Committee’s Report.”
Presently the Senate is conducting an ethics investigation involving Senator Burr and others involved in millions obtained from stock sales via inside trading information on the Coronavirus. Sen. Burr is in the middle of this major scandal, and there is every reason to assume the DOJ is involved too. Burr, against that backdrop, just happens to release a heavily redacted report which supports the Obama Intelligence communities talking points? Coincidence?
The Democrats and media complex raised the roof, demanding Mueller’s report be fully unredacted. “Crickets” as neither is calling for the heavily redacted Senate report to be revealed so we can see the sourcing and how they arrived at their conclusions.
Yet another “nothing-burger.” How could anyone come up with any conclusion from this report? Why the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence chooses not to be transparent is another question. The headline should be: Senate Intel Part 4 Report 90% Redacted, What is Missing?
Enough said …