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DOJ Investigating if Obama Admin Officials Hid Evidence of Russian Election Interference

A New York Times report indicates officials at the Department of Justice are investigating whether Obama-era officials hid or manipulated intelligence related to Russian election meddling.

The investigation is being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who has previously scrutinized intelligence community issues under both Republican and Democrat administrations.

Officials “appear to be hunting for a basis to accuse Obama-era intelligence officials of hiding evidence or manipulating analysis about Moscow’s covert operation,” the Times summarizes.

Among those in the crosshairs is John Brennan, former CIA director under Obama, who is under the microscope for possibly having “preconceived notions about Russia” and perhaps “hid(ing) intelligence from other agencies.”

The focus allegedly involves the intelligence community’s conclusion Russia had not just tried to create chaos in the 2016 election, but that they were all in for President Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Durham, according to the Times, may believe Brennan “was nefariously trying to keep other agencies from seeing the full picture lest they interfere with that goal,” a goal to prove that Russia’s interference was designed to benefit Trump.

RELATED: Republican Rep John Ratcliffe: Obama Was First to Invite Foreign Election Interference

Obama Was Hacked

Also of interest in the New York Times report is a revelation that different intelligence agency officials were warring over access to emails hacked by the Russian government. Emails including Obama’s.

“Officials also differed over access to unclassified emails of American officials that the Russian government had previously hacked,” they write.

“A foreign ally’s intelligence service had obtained its own copy of the stolen messages” which “included emails from President Barack Obama as well as members of Congress.”

Obama’s White House lawyer cited executive privilege in keeping drives with those stolen messages from being opened.

RELATED: Report: Susan Rice Gave ‘Stand Down’ Order in Response to Russian Meddling Attempts

Obama Did Little to Stop Russian Election Interference

For quite some time, the fact that Obama and his administration did very little to stop Russian interference in the election was based on the thought that they assumed Hillary was going to win regardless.

What if, and this is just speculation, they actually thought she was going to lose and instead went into crisis mode trying to create the narrative that would later emerge? An ‘insurance policy’ of sorts.

Remember, it was Obama’s former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, according to a 2018 book, who reportedly issued a ‘stand-down’ order to officials developing plans to respond to Russian election meddling attempts in 2016.

According to Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump, Rice gave officials at the National Security Council (NSC) who were trying to punish Russia strict orders to “stand down” and “knock it off.”

Mother Jones reports, “It was a debate that would culminate that summer with a dramatic directive from President Barack Obama’s national security adviser to the NSC staffers developing aggressive proposals to strike back against the Russians: ‘Stand down.'”

Texas congressman John Ratcliffe, at a House Judiciary Committee meeting in December, responded to a challenge to defend foreign interference in our elections simply by pointing out it was Obama who did so first.

“Have you that quickly forgotten how the Trump/Russia investigation proceeded?” he continued. “The Obama administration asked Great Britain and Italy and Australia and other countries to assist in its investigation of a person who was a political opponent from the opposite party.”

Could they also have been involved in “hiding evidence or manipulating analysis” to paint a particular narrative about President Trump and Russia?

Officials from the FBI and NSA say no, and have told Durham that his interpretation of the handling of information across agencies “is wrong and based on a misunderstanding of how the intelligence community functions.”

Perhaps we’ll know more when Durham completes his investigation.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • That's been the problem with the government for a long time now!
    talk everything to death; then DO NOTHING about it!
    i doubt anything will be done. We have always had some kind of unwritten pact, that we do not jail government politicians who are "high up" on the ladder. Of course the Dems will be happy to jail Trump if they get a chance.
    it has become extremely "one sided" with the media these days.
    Trump gave Bill Barr the ability to De-Classify anything he wanted! To date, NOTHING has been de-classified but Mr. Barr. Why NOT!

  • i see an accident in his near future, and a lot of missing demon-rats. some going on vacations, others just disappearing into thin air.

  • Obama's massive ego might not allow him to admit he could be hacked and Sanders is permanently lost in a senile euphoria its October 1991 after watching socialist systems totally fail one after another like dominoes. If it proves that Obama colluded with the Ruskies we must know why he would think it worth the risk or why he did not think it risky? I do not believe "me me me me" is a defense.

  • The FBI and the NSA, our very own little Gustapo, how quaint. These Stalinist thugs have gone too far.

  • Bull crap. Absolutely NOTHING will happen. Today McCabe is walking away after lying, all of them will.... unless it is a (R), nothing will happen to them.

  • Am I delusional or does it just seem that Republicans don't have what it takes (cojones?) to get the job done and get these colluders charged with felonies or whatever for all their misdeeds (to put it mildly!).

  • GET IT DONE FOR GOD'S SAKE........WE THE PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTED WITH ALL THE TALK AND NO ACTION! WHAT'S THE PROBLEM??????

  • He knew everything that was going on..I won't believe that all of that was going on and nobody told him about it.. That's called Bovine Excrement..The head of the snake knows when someone is holding it's tail..

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