On Monday, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch released 90 pages of U.S. State Department documents revealing frantic efforts before President Trump’s inauguration by Democrats and their supporters to share classified intelligence information with various senators.
The documents, obtained through a June 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, are heavily redacted but they still provide stunning evidence of intent to bring down the newly elected president by any means necessary.
“The information, which included raw intelligence, purported to show ‘malign’ Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Among the senators receiving the classified documents were Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sen. Robert Corker (R-TN),” a Judicial Watch announcement stated.
Obama State Dept, staffed by Clinton donors, improperly, and perhaps illegally, rushed classified info to anti-@RealDonaldTrump allies in U.S. Senate. State Dept central to conspiracy to smear Trump. DOJ must act! https://t.co/XXff8Npf4w
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 9, 2019
“These documents show how the Obama State Department, staffed by Clinton donors, improperly, and perhaps illegally, rushed classified information to their anti-Trump allies in the U.S. Senate,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Obama State Department was central to the conspiracy to smear President Trump with Russiagate lies and innuendo. The Justice Department must expand any Spygate criminal investigation to include this agency.”
The urgent, out-of-channel efforts employed by multiple State Department liberals to expedite reports and raw intelligence to select Trump opponents is clearly delineated in the document haul. Presumably, that “intelligence” was ultimately not vetted or was politically fabricated, as evidenced by the discredited Russiagate files.
Several excerpts from the Judicial Watch announcement reflect the panicky mindset of some of the State Department’s Clinton supporters who were apparently trying to fix things post-haste:
- “A January 13, 2017, email from Hera Abbasi, a former congressional advisor in the State Department’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs, suggests that the intelligence community was providing ‘raw intel’ to Sen. Warner. … (Abbasi previously worked in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and was a 2017 Next Generation National Security Fellow at the liberal Center for a New American Security. Abbasi donated $725 to the Clinton campaign and Act Blue during the 2016 election cycle.)”
- “The documents uncovered by Judicial Watch show early in the process of gathering and clearing classified information – beginning a day after Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) formally asked Attorney General John Kerry for ‘intelligence products’ and ‘raw intelligence’ on Russian involvement in the 2016 election – Assistant Secretary of State Julia Frifield brings Senior Advisor and Investigations Counsel Zachary Schram into the loop in a January 5, 2017, email chain, in which she says Schram would help ‘figure out the best way to get these to the Hill.’ Frifield was an Obama appointee who previously served as Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski’s Chief of Staff. (Frifield contributed $2,700 to the 2016 Clinton campaign.)”
- “In emails written on January 10 and 11, 2017, from Abbasi to Durakoglu and Kavalec, Abassi expresses the need to get the documents cleared ‘as soon as possible (ASAP).’”
- “On January 17, 2017, three days before Trump’s inauguration, Kavalec emails Abbasi, Durakoglu and others emphasizing, again, that getting the documents to Cardin and Warner is a priority and urges the process to be sped up: ‘Agree this is a priority… and I don’t see why lengthy reviews are required. I would suggest we send up the things that can go immediately, and if there is any concern about specific internal documents, those be adjudicated separately and sent up as a follow-on.'”
- “In a January 18, 2017 email from Naz Durakoglu to Elizabeth Lawrence, Abbasi, Kerem Bilge, and others regarding the processing of the request, Durakoglu writes, ‘there is a time sensitivity to these docs.’”
- “On January 13, 2017, at 10:27 a.m., Durakoglu emails more than a dozen State Department employees, invoking the name of then-State Department Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to reiterate the need to accelerate the process of getting materials prepared to go to the Hill: ‘Hi All. This is a priority for our Assistant Secretary…Is there anything we can do to better facilitate the process?’ Two minutes later, Durakoglu emails Kerem Bilge and two others: ‘Where are we on clearances? Do I need to ask Toria to raise with Julia? The clock is ticking. ” Durakoglu, at the time, was a senior adviser to Nuland. Durakoglu currently works for The Atlantic Council. She contributed $1,600 to the Clinton campaign in 2016.”
- “The concluding, unredacted section of an otherwise heavily redacted email sent on Friday, January 13, 2017, by former Foreign Service Officer Kerem Bilge to numerous State employees indicates the intense time pressure under which State officials were operating to beat the Inauguration-Day deadline:
**** Please clear the action memo by noon TUESDAY [Jan. 17].
**** Please clear on the actual package of documents, if you have not done so already, by noon TUESDAY [Jan. 17]. [Emphasis in original]
I want to get the whole package into the EUR front office today. This means we can get it out of EUR and to M [Undersecretary for Management] on Wednesday [Jan. 18], then H can courier it to the Hill on Thursday [Jan 19].”
- “In a January 18, 2017, email, as time was running out, Elizabeth Lawrence described getting the package of cables to Cardin and Warner as ‘urgent:’ ‘This is an urgent package from EUR that they’re trying to get to the Hill ASAP. Please review so we can get it up to M.’ (Lawrence is a career foreign service officer, now the Consul in New Delhi, and was previously a Foreign Policy Advisor to Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin. A D.C.-based State Department employee with her name is on record as having donated a cumulative total of $1,000 to the Clinton campaign in 2016.)”
Fitton appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Monday evening to discuss the newly released documents. Watch that segment below:
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