JRL NEWSWATCH: “What Are the FBI and CIA Hiding? The agency might have led the bureau down a rabbit hole in the 2016 Trump counterintelligence probe” – Wall Street Journal/Thomas J. Baker

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“Although the FBI’s case officially began July 31, 2016, there had been investigative activity before that …. John Brennan’s CIA might have directed activity in Britain … [problematic considering] longstanding agreements that the U.S. will not conduct intelligence operations there. It would explain why the FBI continues to stonewall Congress … Further, what we know about the case’s origin does not meet the threshold required by the attorney general guidelines for opening a counterintelligence case. … ‘predicate information,’ or ‘articulable facts.’ * * * James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, has acknowledged that ‘intelligence agencies’ were looking into the collusion allegations in spring 2016. … The FBI lacked any real predicate. File Photo of CIA Seal on Floor… Although … Brennan has exposed himself as a biased actor, the CIA has escaped criticism for using only thinly sourced information from British intelligence to snooker the FBI. Most damaging is the possibility that the CIA violated agreements with Britain by spying there rather than asking MI5 or MI6 to do so. And that may be what is really being withheld from Congress.”

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