Former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton approved in late 2016, of an operation to target then candidate Donald Trump with a scandal involving Russia “by tying him to (Vladimir) Putin and the Russians ‘hacking of the Democratic National Committee.”
“The IC does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication,” stated a letter from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. Ratcliffe declassified a slew of documents and information requested by the chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, hours before the first presidential debate.
The letter was in response to a request from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, who had asked Ratcliffe for information regarding the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation into President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and then his Presidency. The documents pertaining to the disclosure of the information were not made public but may be made public in the near future.