FBI no longer trusted? Spy agencies to take over US election security briefings
…from PressTV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: The battle for the Trump administration to cut off any attempts of US intelligence keeping an eye on Trump operatives’ questionable activities despite what many consider more than a whiff of corruption in their ranks, is now fully joined.
An election loss would not only expose Trump to unfettered investigations that are already in progress, but could open the door to possibly many others that have been thrown in with the concept of total immunity, which Trump seems to be so fond off.
He appears to be stacking both the law enforcement divisions and the intelligence ones to make sure he has complete political control of them. Such an administrative coup could enable a sitting president to protect supporters involved in illegal activities where a finger could be put on the scales of justice on their behalf.
We are heading into an election like no other in modern history, with the stakes never higher, which many would view as government for the people potentially being replaced by government for the mobsters.
The two thousand former Dept. of Justice people went public this past week in their letter demanding Attorney General Barr resign for what they view as his overt politicization of the Department of Justice. This was a powerful message, because it was a bipartisan group that had served both Democratic and Republican administrations.
An unscrupulous president in a position to put ringers into all the key Intel slots would give himself the power to help or punish those he disliked by abusing agency resources on the taxpayers’ tab. At least NCSC Director Bill Evanina, who will be doing the briefings, is not another “acting” director, as he was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate earlier this month.
I suspect this could become a key issue by election time, if not already. It’s going to be a long hot summer, with more surprises to come… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … May 16, 2020 –
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has reassigned the job of counterintelligence briefings to US political campaigns and candidates from the FBI, presumably over the misconduct during the 2016 election.
Going forward, all intelligence-based threat briefings to “candidates, campaigns and political organizations” will be provided by the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the acting head of ODNI Richard Grenell announced on Friday.
The announcement went almost unnoticed in Washington until pointed out by filmmaker Mike Cernovich, who said it amounted to “a polite way of saying that the FBI is no longer trusted.”
Donald Trump Junior confirmed that interpretation, saying that the FBI and other institutions has been “corrupted at the top and need a thorough cleaning before they gain back the trust Americans once bestowed upon them.”
The FBI will no longer be giving intelligence-based threat briefings to candidates, those briefings will now be handled by the U.S. Intelligence Community.
This is a polite way of saying that the FBI is no longer trusted. pic.twitter.com/ywTxjbgb2T
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 15, 2020
The change is but the latest reform Grenell has pushed through at the ODNI since he took over as acting chief in February. It follows last week’s revelations that the FBI sought to entrap President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser Michael Flynn after the 2016 election, first getting him fired from the White House and then improperly prosecuted for perjury.
Previously, the DOJ inspector-general found that the FBI sought to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016 while using counterintelligence “defensive briefings” as cover, and obtained four FISA warrants to do so based mainly on the fraudulent “pee tape” dossier compiled by British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.
At the time, the FBI, CIA and the ODNI provided fuel and cover for Democrat accusations that Trump had “colluded” with Russia to win the election, which have since been shown as entirely unfounded.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security will still work with the intelligence community to “identify and integrate threat information,” but the task of briefing candidates and campaigns will be entrusted to NCSC Director Bill Evanina, overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate earlier this month.
Evanina “will act swiftly to deliver the timely and thorough assessments to those affected by potential malicious influence,” the ODNI said, describing the change as an “important improvement and simplification” of the current process.
Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) has been nominated to take over as permanent ODNI director, but his Senate confirmation is still pending.