U.S. Attorney John Durham is reportedly making his move towards investigating the CIA analysis of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Durham was assigned by Attorney General Bill Barr in 2019 to probe the origins of the Obama-era investigation into Trump-Russia collusion. Thus far, former CIA director John Brennan’s actions have escaped major scrutiny, but his time may be up.
Investigating the deep state
Brennan’s CIA was less than open about how it came to its conclusions about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and there has been some speculation that Brennan pushed for a probe into the matter to justify his own preconceived notions.
Now, Durham is reportedly pivoting his investigation to seek answers as to whether there was an ulterior motive in the CIA’s conclusion.
The conclusion in question was the CIA’s assessment in January of 2017 that the Russian government plotted to “undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate former Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency” and “developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Durham has yet to personally interview Brennan on the matter but has requested emails and other documents relevant to the matter from the CIA.
Brennan responded to the news of the investigation by asking, “is there a criminal investigation now on analytic judgments and the activities of C.I.A. in terms of trying to protect our national security?”
Of course, the CIA and other figures have already fallen back on the “National Security” justification to defend themselves.
Our intelligence community has betrayed the trust the public has in them already, and it’s time for the American people to get some answers.
All tied together
The CIA’s conclusion about Russian interference in our elections is critical. Those conclusions may have influenced the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.
If the CIA did manipulate their intelligence to show an incorrect assumption in an effort to damage President Trump’s campaign, it would have far-reaching implications for both Trump and Obama’s intelligence community.
We have already seen layer upon layer of political corruption exposed since Trump took office. There is no reason to say that corruption doesn’t extend to the CIA.