Gina Haspel joined the CIA in 1985 and rose through the ranks to deputy director. In 2018, President Trump picked Haspel to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA director. In a hearing, Sen. Angus King asked Haspel if she agreed with a 2016 intelligence report finding that the Russians interfered in the presidential campaign.
“Senator, I do,” Haspel said. The CIA veteran did not elaborate, but a month before the 2020 election the manner of the interference has at last been revealed in declassifications from director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe.
In July of 2016, U.S. intelligence had learned, a foreign policy advisor to Hillary Clinton proposed that she smear candidate Donald Trump by claiming interference by Russian security services. The notes of CIA boss John Brennan show that he briefed President Obama on the information.
The declassifications also show that in September of 2016, U.S. intelligence learned that Hillary Clinton approve “a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections.” Intelligence officials referred that information to FBI director James Comey and FBI deputy assistant director of counterintelligence Peter Strzok.
The FBI pair ignored Hillary Clinton’s violations of intelligence laws and instead launched operation Midyear Exam against candidate Trump and Crossfire Hurricane against President Trump. During both operations, the Democrat-media axis demanded that legislators listen to the intelligence community. In 2020, that has all changed.
Clinton mouthpiece Nick Merrill called the new revelations “baseless bullshit.” Rachel Cohen, spokeswoman for Sen. Mark Warner, vice chair of the intelligence committee, told reporters “this is Russian disinformation, laundered by the Director of National Intelligence and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.” According to that man, Lindsey Graham, “This latest information provided by DNI Ratcliffe shows there may have been a double standard by the FBI regarding allegations against the Clinton campaign and Russia.” As Sen. Graham may be aware, Russia had been meddling in US elections for decades.
From the 1920s to 1984, the Russians ran candidates in U.S. elections. In 1976, their candidate for president was Gus Hall, a dutiful Stalinist, and a college student named John Brennan voted for him. In a free country like the USA, that was Brennan’s right, but there is no right to a job with the CIA. Anybody who voted for the candidate of the Communist Party USA, founded and maintained by Soviet Russia, should not even get in the door. Brennan not only got hired but in 2013 came to run the place.
As the new declassifications show, in 2016 U.S. operatives told Brennan about Hillary Clinton’s plan to discredit Trump by linking his campaign to Russia. Brennan briefed President Obama, and both men went along with Hillary Clinton’s plan. Trouble was, Robert Mueller and his squad of Democrat inquisitors found zero evidence of Russian collusion.
After he left the CIA for a television gig, Brennan still defended the Russia hoax. The Gus Hall voter has yet to face hard questions about the new revelations. Late last month, senators brought up the matter with former FBI boss James Comey.
“In the main, it was done by the book,” Comey testified. “It was appropriate, and it was essential that it be done.” In similar style Peter Strzok is now claiming that that FBI notes in the ongoing case of Gen. Michael Flynn may have been altered. This comes after FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to charges of altering documents in the attempt to entrap Flynn.
Like his former boss Comey, Strzok claims the Russia business was all by the book. Strzok’s Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump, was released on September 8, in plenty of time for the November 3 election. Strzok, Comey, Brennan et al, are looking to that election as their true insurance policy.
A Biden administration would never mount a prosecution and surely call off all investigations and declassifications. Since Trump fired Comey, Biden would be pressed to give him his job back, and Comey would doubtless be inclined to rehire Strzok. President Trump revoked the security clearance of John Brennan, so a President Biden would be inclined to restore it, and possibly make the Gus Hall voter CIA boss again.
When President Trump named Gina Haspel for CIA director, John Brennan said she “has the experience—the breadth and depth—on intelligence issues.” For Leon Panetta, “I’m glad it’s Gina because frankly she is someone who really knows the CIA inside out.” For James Clapper, Gina is “capable, smart, very experienced, well respected by the Agency rank and file, and a great person.” President Trump has cause to wonder.
“All Russia Hoax Scandal information was declassified by me long ago,” the president tweeted Tuesday. “Unfortunately for our Country, people have acted very slowly, especially since it is perhaps the biggest political crime in the history of our Country. Act!!!” Like FBI boss Christopher Wray, Gina Haspel has been acting slowly on this political crime.
With no apology to Walter Sobchak of The Big Lebowski, this is what happens when the CIA hires a Gus Hall voter and puts him in charge. This is what happens when a president picks his successor and deploys the upper reaches of the CIA, DOJ and FBI to attack political opponents.
A Harris-Biden administration would turn back the clock to those dark days. As President Trump says, we’ll have to see what happens.