As Attorney General Bill Barr continues turning up the heat, James Comey, James Clapper, and John Brennan are hurrying to play the “blame game.”
In fact, they are publicly pointing fingers at one another for misrepresenting and pushing the unverified Steele dossier as the initial source for the investigation — and more importantly, questioning whether spying on the Trump campaign should have been conducted in the first place.
For weeks, U.S. Attorney John Durham has been tasked with leading the investigation in how the Russian collusion hoax first got started and the role each intelligence agency leader played.
This apparently has Comey, Clapper, and Brennan looking over their shoulders and pointing fingers at one another as to who willfully pushed the phony dossier.
As a result, the three have begun turning on each other in hopes of getting ahead of the Durham investigation before it breaks wide open., Yet even if the three “dirty cops” get ahead of the investigation, and somehow attempt to discredit Durham as being a partisan, there’s the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz also about to release his own report concerning the FISA warrants and how this “witch hunt” began.
Moreover, unlike the IG report, Durham has the power to indict individuals, which is no doubt sending shockwaves to those, being investigated.
This is apparently the reason why both Comey and Brennan are at each others’ throats over who first pushed the dossier. Comey insists that back in 2016, John Brennan pressed on having the dossier included within their IC assessment. However, Brennan disputes Comey’s version. Insisting it was Comey who wanted to include the dossier.
However, a reliable government source familiar with the issue and also with the email exchange between both Brennan and Comey regarding the dossier acknowledges that the former FBI Director told bureau subordinates that then-CIA Director John Brennan insisted the dossier be included in the intelligence community assessment on Russian interference, known as the ICA.
The email exchange has not yet been made public; however, Fox News was told the dossier had the code name “crown material,” attached to it, although it’s not clear why this apparent code name was used.
Someone who may have the answer is former GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, who is now a Fox News contributor appeared Tuesday night on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” stating “Comey has a better argument than Brennan, based on what I’ve seen.”
A day earlier, Gowdy told Fox News, “Whoever is looking into this, tell them to look into emails” from December 2016 involving Brennan and Comey.
Gowdy said his assessment was based on sensitive Russia records he reviewed as then-chairman of the Republican-led House Oversight Committee.
However, a former CIA official put the blame squarely on Comey, perhaps attempting to save the reputation of the agency more than perhaps attempting to protect Brennan.
“Former Director Brennan, along with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, are the ones who opposed James Comey’s recommendation that the Steele Dossier be included in the intelligence report,” the official said.
Adding, “They opposed this because the dossier was in no way used to develop the ICA,” the official continued. “The intelligence analysts didn’t include it when they were doing their work because it wasn’t corroborated intelligence, therefore it wasn’t used, and it wasn’t included. Brennan and Clapper prevented it from being added into the official assessment. James Comey then decided on his own to brief Trump about the document.”
Meanwhile, Clapper thinks the country should just move on, which, on its face, seems a bit curious for someone within the Intelligence Gathering community.
Look for these three to be criminally indicted once all the investigations are concluded… hopefully before the 2020 election.