With House Intelligence Committee Republicans announcing Monday no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, Fox New’s Sean Hannity reported the investigation revealed that former director of national intelligence James Clapper leaked information to CNN.
And while the real collusion appears to be between the Obama administration and the media, the lingering question is when did President Barack Obama first learn of the dossier?
Pointing to the Intel Committee findings, Hannity noted that Clapper “leaked to CNN and feigns outrage about the leaks to Donald Trump and the news media when he is the leaker.”
Fox News contributor Sara Carter reported that not only did Clapper leak to CNN, but that “senior level Obama administration officials” seemed to be involved.
“Well, it appears that there was some sort of collusion,” Carter said. “Not with Russia but with people in the Obama Administration and the media.”
“They say there is overwhelming evidence to support the fact that Clapper did speak with CNN prior to Jake Tapper publishing the story on CNN and actually going on air with it,” she continued. “This is what is interesting. It was about the briefing that was given by the senior level Obama Administration officials including Clapper.
“It included [Director of the CIA] John Brennan and others, like [NSA Director] Mike Rogers and [FBI Director] James Comey about the dossier.”
Carter said that the rest of the media “jumped on board” after CNN reported on the briefing.
“It was a snowball effect, she said. “And it actually propagated the disinformation the Russians had fed to [Christopher] Steele in this dossier about President Trump.”
But then, all roads lead back to the former president.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., spoke about the influence Hillary Clinton’s campaign had in spreading the dossier, questioning who in the Obama administration had access to it and exactly when did Obama first see it.
Appearing on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” King commented on House Intel Committee chairman Devin Nunes expanding the scope of the probe to question top former Obama officials, to include then-Vice President Joe Biden’s staff.
“It shows that there were more and more people in the Obama administration with access to the dossier, which was unverified, it was salacious and it was spread among people throughout the administration,” King said.
The congressman noted Biden “was one of the first in the administration to actually mention the dossier.”
“Here’s the issue,” King explained. “You have a document bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee, by the Hillary Clinton campaign, and it’s been shown to national security officials in the White House as if this is some sort of official document.”
“We want to know how many people actually saw this, how many people had access to it, how much reliance was put on it,” he added. “When was it shown to President Obama, how early in the campaign was it shown to any of these people.”
King said the reasoning is that “it shows the influence that the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign had in spreading this salacious document against, at that time, candidate Trump and then President-Elect Trump.”
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