And some former senior intelligence officials have called Ratcliffe’s move provocative and irresponsible, the way he was leaking information to the public. From a foreign opponent.
The assessment claims that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for the presidency, was personally “in the U.S. It approved an attempt to form an alliance with Putin against the presidential candidate, Donald Trump, and to take into account the hacking of the Russians by the Democratic National Committee. ” But in a letter to Graham, Ratcliffe noted that the US intelligence community “does not know the accuracy of this accusation or the extent to which it can exaggerate or falsify Russian intelligence analysis.”
The Senate Intelligence Committee has released five thousand-page reports on Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 election to promote Trump. Sources said the panel was made aware of the allegation as early as possible in its investigation and was quickly dismissed.
“I am very proud of the bilateral work of the intelligence committee – three and a half years, five parts – and that work speaks for itself,” Warner said.
According to Ratcliffe, former CIA director John Brenn briefed former President Barack Obama on the Russian assessment, which included allegations that Clinton approved a plan to bind Trump to the DNC hack by one of his foreign policy advisers. Was proposed.
Asked about Ratcliffe’s claims, Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill said in a text message that the allegations were “baseless bullshit.”
A Brennan spokesman did not immediately respond to questions about Ratcliffe’s claims.
After receiving a pushback against declassified content, Ratcliffe said in a statement: “Clearly, this is not a Russian disintegration and has not been evaluated by the intelligence community. I will inform Congress of the sensitive sources and methods by which it was achieved in the coming days. “
Graham told his critics on Tuesday that the accuracy of the Russian intelligence assessment was inconsistent.
“I’m not saying it’s true or not,” Graham told reporters. “I’m asking Democrats, are you bringing any condemnation that the FBI has investigated, or are you just taking care to investigate Trump?”
Graham called it the “ultimate double standard” when it came to pressing why information was published even though it hadn’t been verified.
“They took this guilty country to hell for half a year – and is it sad to think that the Clinton campaign will do something like this after Christopher Steele?” Graham was referring to an unverified dossier of claims about Trump’s ties to Russia.
The former senior intelligence official said: “It is a surprising choice to release this information – it is not new and it is unconfirmed – now and in an unsolicited letter,” adding:
It has long been known that the Russians were trying to spread false statements about Clinton through similar quants.
In recent days, Trump’s allies have released a number of other announcements regarding the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the intent to defame Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Graham’s committee will hold a hearing Wednesday from former FBI Director James Camy as part of a GOP-led investigation. Graham also announced Tuesday that former Deputy FBI Director Rewandrew McCabe will testify before a panel next week. According to the aide, McCabe volunteered to attend. McCabe’s lawyer said early Tuesday that he was being denied denied access to his old files, which he said were necessary to prepare him for his testimony.
The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was among those on the right who took note of Tuesday’s revelation. Writing On Twitter: “Russia’s scam was Hillary’s plan, and the Obama-Biden White House was informed about it.”
Natasha Bertrand contributes to this report.