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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 05:56 AM

Justice Dept. Is Investigating CIA Resistance to Sharing Russia Secrets

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Source: New York Times


Charlie Savage, Adam Goldman and Julian E. Barnes 8 hrs ago


WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials investigating the government’s response to Russia’s election interference in 2016 appear to be hunting for a basis to accuse Obama-era intelligence officials of hiding evidence or manipulating analysis about Moscow’s covert operation, according to people familiar with aspects of the inquiry.

Since his election, President Trump has attacked the intelligence agencies that concluded that Russia secretly tried to help him win, fostering a narrative that they sought to delegitimize his victory. He has long promoted the investigation by John H. Durham, the prosecutor examining their actions, as a potential pathway to proving that a deep-state cabal conspired against him.

Questions asked by Mr. Durham, who was assigned by Attorney General William P. Barr to scrutinize the early actions of law enforcement and intelligence officials struggling to understand the scope of Russia’s scheme, suggest that Mr. Durham may have come to view with suspicion several clashes between analysts at different intelligence agencies over who could see each other’s highly sensitive secrets, the people said.

Mr. Durham appears to be pursuing a theory that the C.I.A., under its former director John O. Brennan, had a preconceived notion about Russia or was trying to get to a particular result — and was nefariously trying to keep other agencies from seeing the full picture lest they interfere with that goal, the people said.

But officials from the F.B.I. and the National Security Agency have told Mr. Durham and his investigators that such an interpretation is wrong and based on a misunderstanding of how the intelligence community functions, the people said. National security officials are typically cautious about sharing their most delicate information, like source identities, even with other agencies inside the executive branch.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 06:06 AM

1. Sounds like a conspiracy

in search of a theory.

Nonsense fishing expedition.
How long must we wait
until they cut the bait?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 06:18 AM

2. Oh, man. The corruption is spreading like a plague.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 06:25 AM

3. Sounds like to me

trumps got Barr trying to find out what they know about putin's election rigging scam he]s using, and trump wants to undermine the CIA efforts to stop putin helping trump and the GOP. Like he's done to the FBI also, designed to shut down any efforts against putin , and trump , and others by Barr with. Barr will go to prison when all is done. trump will appoint more to the CIA and FBI to use to destroy them from within like he's used people to destroy other agencies with.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:08 AM

4. Justice Dept. continues to try to exonerate Russia & create pretext to remove sanctions.

It's the same damn play, just taken from a different angle. This really is drumpf's top initiative, other than buying billions of dollars worth Deripaska (defective) Russian steel. Stealing another election is paramount and if he hasn't made progress on getting sanctions removed, PUtin might not be as generous with the hacking help.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:08 AM

5. Shocking! A Trump apparatchik (Durham) who doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground...

How could such a thing happen in the Trump administration?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:54 AM

6. Pretty overt attempt to redirect the Russian influence narrative on Democrats...

Don’t let it happen!

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Response to EarthFirst (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:28 AM

9. +1

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:56 AM

7. I would have thought all of our government had 'a preconceived notion' of

Russia. I know I have one and that it isn't what a swell person Putin is and how great they treat their opposition.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:20 AM

8. Lord! If they can start prosecuting reluctance we'll all be in jail!

This is the most bizarre, stretched, tenuous, politically motivated angle ever floated!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:40 AM

10. When will the intelligence community help rid us of Trump?

I suspect they have lots of information on Trump and Russia that has not been shared because it might jeopardize their sources. But it’s time for someone to decide whether the future of this country is worth the loss of a source. After all, if Trump is re-elected, he will continue decimating the FBI and the CIA because that is what Putin wants. We, and they, cannot afford another term. It’t time for some strategic leaks.

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 11:15 AM

16. Good point. Turd may regret opening the Pandora's box of Russia secrets.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:44 AM

11. They need to be honest

and say, "We don't want to share anything with Trump because if we do, Putin will have it in hours.".

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:46 AM

12. More tRump retaliation against Brennan

Saying mean things about him.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:50 AM

13. Kick

But Mr. Durham has not interviewed the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, his onetime deputy Andrew G. McCabe or Mr. Brennan. Mr. Durham has requested Mr. Brennan’s emails, call logs and other documents from the C.I.A. to learn what he told other officials, including Mr. Comey, about his and the C.I.A.’s views of a notorious dossier of assertions about Russia and Trump associates.

Mr. Trump has targeted all three former top officials as he has sought to foster a narrative that it was illegitimate for government investigators to scrutinize links between his campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks and that he was the victim of a “deep state” conspiracy to sabotage him for political reasons — a push that led to the Durham inquiry.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:51 AM

14. Minitrue

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” — George Orwell, 1984

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 11:14 AM

15. Yes we should totally share our secrets with Russia.

That order comes directly from POTUS.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 11:57 AM

17. "A preconceived notion" about a country that had just annexed territory and fomented civil war

in its neighbour, allied to the USA? And that had similarly supported separatists in another former Soviet nation with arms, just a few years earlier? Heaven forbid! All countries deserve to be looked at with a blank (sorry, 'open') mind and have the past policy of their current leader completely ignored. If Trump has monetary and power interests in that country, of course.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 04:27 PM

18. Locking

Not “important news” as required by the forum SOP, but rather analysis, opinion.

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Post the latest news from reputable mainstream news websites and blogs. Important news of national interest only. No analysis or opinion pieces. No duplicates. News stories must have been published within the last 12 hours. Use the published title of the story as the title of the discussion thread.

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