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Political Corruption of U.S. Intelligence by a President: Genesis of the Russia-Trump Collusion Narrative

In Congressional testimony, United States Attorney General William Barr stated that he thought “spying was going on” against the 2016 Trump campaign. While a bombshell for some, this came as no surprise to many of us who’ve worked for decades in the Intelligence and Law Enforcement business. Just weeks ago, we were seeing headlines asking what President Obama knew and when did he know it about the Russia-Trump collusion narrative. However, that tired old conspiracy question is not the one we need to be asking. We already know Obama knew. Why did President Obama order the Russia National Intelligence Assessment? is the real question that must be asked and answered now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt the Russia-Trump campaign collusion narrative was false after two years of rigorous, well-resourced examination. I and other national security professionals have been questioning the Russia Election Meddling NIE since its publication.

In my latest call for accountability, I once again beckoned the convening of a grand jury investigation into former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, and fired FBI Director James Comey. We need to know why they publicly released the purely political NIE, supported by zero public evidence, misleading the American people that 17 agencies agreed unanimously when, in reality, only two (CIA and FBI) actually did with “High Confidence” and one (NSA) with only “Moderate Confidence,” according to the NIE:

But why investigate the Obama administration starting with President Obama’s decision-making about the NIE? Because of what former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a July 2018 interview:

“If it weren’t for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably, special counsel Mueller’s investigation.”

Clearly, the genesis of the Mueller Investigation started with President Barack Obama. He and his team must answer the really hard questions. These include:

  • Why did the president order the Intelligence Community Assessment NIE?
  • What was the factual information he used to make the decision?
  • What were the factors that drove the CIA and FBI High Confidence levels versus the NSA’s Moderate Confidence level? “We assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with this judgment. CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence.”
  • Why was, and is, his CIA Director John Brennan making extreme accusations, such as treason, about the current president?
  • Why were so many U.S. citizen unmaskings requested in NSA surveillance during the last year of the Obama administration?
  • Why did Acting Attorney General Sally Yates lie about Lt. General Mike Flynn being “compromised” while no collusion existed?

As the Mueller report states: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

  • What were the roles of President Obama, Yates, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch, Comey, Rice, Rhodes, Power, McCabe, and Strzok in the decision to move forward on the NIE, release it publicly, and forcefully accuse President Donald J. Trump of being a Russian asset?

Only in answering these questions will we be able to establish the linkage to the things we already know about the FISA applications, the FBI’s corrupt leaders, and the extent of the attempted takedown of a U.S. president. But, answer them we must, and quickly.

In my opinion, as a former senior officer with command position experience in the intelligence profession, the Mueller investigation has caused extremely grave damage to the United States of America by dividing her citizens in nearly irreconcilable ways and to the credibility of our Intelligence services. The Trump administration must take immediate action by doing a thorough criminal investigation from the seminal event: President Obama’s order to conduct the intelligence assessment, through the end of the Mueller investigation and beyond if necessary. That is the only effective path.

We already know the opposing Democrat politicians are not going to stop. The only way they and their media acolytes will be shown for the frauds they are is to do this criminal investigation. Some of them, like Representatives Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and Jerrold Nadler need to be deposed since they’ve all said they’ve seen hard evidence multiple times.

The full force of our intelligence surveillance, analysis, and assessment capability was trained on a presidential candidate, his transition after he won unexpectedly, and on his administration from the very beginning, on the orders of the president of the United States of America. The questions Who, What, Why, When, and How must be fully answered before our nation can heal and move forward. Then can we focus our priorities on creating the world’s first Space Force, improving cyber defenses, ending the forever wars, securing our border, reforming our immigration system, and tackling the biggest threat of all, over $22 trillion in national debt.

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Rob Maness

Rob Maness is a former US Senate candidate and retired Air Force Colonel with over 32 years of military service. During his storied career, Colonel Maness began fighting terrorism as an enlisted Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and as an officer led numerous combat operations, including as a bomber squadron commander in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He served at the Pentagon as a Nuclear Operations Officer on the Joint Chief of Staff advising the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on theater nuclear plans and operations, as Vice Wing Commander of the USAF's largest airborne intelligence wing, and finally as a Wing Commander commanding one of our nation's largest military installations and it's largest nuclear operations mission. Colonel Maness is a survivor of the 9/11 Pentagon attack. He is now the owner of Iron Liberty Group. Follow him on Twitter @RobManess.

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