Declassified documents show Hillary Clinton authorized Trump-Russia smear campaign and Fox News senior political correspondent Mike Emanuel has the latest on ‘Special Report’ with Brett Baier.
Brett Baier: The Director of National Intelligence has declassified documents today revealing former CIA director John Brennan briefed then President Obama on Hillary Clinton’s purported plan to smear then-candidate Trump in 2016, adding to what the National Intelligence Director has already declassified on this issue and raising more questions, tonight, about how much more of this will come out before election day. Senior Political Correspondent Mike Emanuel is following the story tonight in Washington. Good evening, Mike.
Mike Emanuel: Brett, good evening.. These are had written notes from former CIA Director John Brennen and written, according to a source familiar, after President Obama. At one point Brennan writes, quote “ … approved by Hillary Clinton a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian Security Service.” The note say on 28th of July, in the margin Brennan rights POTUS, but that section of the notes are redacted. Then it says, “any evidence of collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia”. The remainder of the notes are redacted except in the margins where it says “JC, Dennis, and Susan,” that could be referring to former FBI Director James Comey, former Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and former National Security advisor Susan Rice. The CIA sent a memo to former FBI director James Comey and Peter Strzok writing, quote, “The following information is provided for the exclusive use of your bureau for background investigative action or lead purposes as appropriate.” One example the CIA includes quote “An exchange [Redacted] discussing US presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering US elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.” At a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week Comey was pressed on what he did with information provided by the CIA.
Josh Hawley: Did you open an investigation?
James Comey: I don’t know what that refers to, as I said earlier, that does not ring any bells with me when I read that.
Josh Hawley: You did not receive any investigative referral of this nature?
James Comey: I don’t remember it. I don’t, I don’t remember receiving anything that’s described in that letter.
Mike Emanuel: Hillary Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill has called the latest revelation quote baseless BS