We all know by now the final months of the campaign and the transition caused chaos for the D.C. establishment.
They didn’t know what to do. Trump too – he fired Chris Christie and redid the entire transition. Point is Trump’s historic upset caught most off-guard and stuff happened.
We also know from glowing media reports leaked by proud Obama staffers that team Obama spread the Russian information far and wide inside the bureaucracy in the event Trump wanted to shut down the investigation.
Was this nefarious, or was it just the actions of a concerned government? Bill Barr is going to find out. From The Washington Examiner:
Rep. Mark Meadows said the Justice Department is examining irregularities in the intelligence community as part of its review of the origins of the Russia investigation.
Reacting to newly released documents on changes in U.S. procedures for sharing raw intelligence, Meadows said there was “unbelievably unusual activity” in the final months of the Obama administration.
“I can tell you that [U.S. Attorney] John Durham and Attorney General [William] Barr are going to get to the bottom of it,” the North Carolina Republican said Monday evening on Fox News. “They are including in part of their surveillance — really looking at the intelligence community to make sure that justice is brought.”
On Sean Hannity’s show, before Meadows was brought on to speak along with colleague Rep. Jim Jordan, attorney Jay Sekulow discussed the latest findings by his conservative watchdog group, the American Center for Law and Justice.
The records obtained by the ACLJ showed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence under James Clapper pushing to increase access to raw signal intelligence before President Trump took office.
The New York Times first reported the expanded access to intercepted communications in January 2017. Although Hannity and Sekulow played up the newly released records, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, as suspiciously timed and “rushed,” the Times noted the discussions for such changes to remove bureaucratic barriers stretched back years dating back to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Still, Jordan said he suspects there was evidence of nefarious intent, tying the changes to an interview Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer did in January 2017 in which the New York Democrat warned then-incoming President Trump that intelligence officials “have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”
“So this is one of those six ways,” Jordan said, adding that the other “ways” include British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier the CIA’s use of informants to make contact with members of the Trump campaign.
Barr tasked Durham, a U.S. attorney from Connecticut, with leading the inquiry focused on the origins of the counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s campaign, which the FBI began in the summer of 2016. The DOJ review of the early stages of the Trump-Russia investigation is not a criminal inquiry, but should Durham find criminal activity he can take prosecutorial action.