Although President Donald Trump continued his recovery from his infection with the Corona virus, which kept him in hospital for 4 days, the US President intensified his efforts 4 weeks before a fateful presidential election to undermine the widely accepted evidence about efforts to interfere in the 2016 Russian elections.
President Trump had ordered the declassification of all documents related to federal investigations into Russian interference in the previous US presidential elections, in addition to allowing the declassification of all documents related to investigations about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of her (unsafe) personal mail in government correspondence. .
The 1,000-page documents, released by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, focus on some chatter by Russian intelligence officers that was picked up by US intelligence services in 2016.
This step was met with warning reactions from across the American political spectrum, including some close to Trump, highlighting the dangers of this step, and the gains it brings to Russia and its president with long experience in the Soviet intelligence services, Vladimir Putin.
Trump tweeted Wednesday evening, referring to the investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and said, “Obama, Biden, fraudulent Hillary and many others have been involved in treason and espionage to overthrow an elected candidate, which is a criminal offense. How is Biden now allowed to run for president?”
Obama, Biden, Crooked Hillary and many others got caught in a Treasonous Act of Spying and Government Overthrow, a Criminal Act. How is Biden now allowed to run for President?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2020
The timing of the tweet indicates that Trump is targeting former Vice President and Democratic rival Joseph Biden by re-highlighting the investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, and Biden’s role in them.
The most prominent of what the documents revealed
The American intelligence services were unanimously agreed that the Russian intervention in the 2016 elections was based on the direction of the Kremlin, and was primarily aimed at enhancing Trump’s chances of winning it.
Some of these selected documents were published, which cast doubt on the authenticity of the official American narrative, on which the American intelligence services were unanimous.
Some notes attached to the documents describe intelligence reports drawn from Russian agents, detailing Russian efforts to influence the 2016 elections.
The notes describe an alleged plan “approved by Hillary Clinton, which consisted of a proposal by one of her foreign policy advisors to discredit Donald Trump by sparking a scandal alleging interference by the Russian security apparatus.”
A second, severely revised document described a CIA summary for the FBI that referred to a conversation between unidentified people about “Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan involving candidate Donald Trump, and Russian hackers interfering in the US election as a way to distract the public from using the private email server.” In government correspondence. “
“There is an urgent need to increase transparency appropriately with the American people, and to give them confidence that the extraordinary work of intelligence professionals is never misused or politicized,” Chief National Intelligence Ratcliffe said in a statement marking his removal of secrecy.
In his letter to Senator Graham, Ratcliffe indicated that the Russians believe that Clinton authorized an electoral strategy to link Trump with the Russian intelligence services, and the process she undertook to undermine the Democrats 4 years ago.
For his part, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Graham Lindsey, praised the lifting of the secrecy of these documents, which he considered support Trump’s allegations that the FBI unfairly targeted Trump’s campaign.
Democrats believe that some of Trump’s allies aim from this latest batch of declassified documents, not to try to discredit Russia’s interference. Rather, it is simply to discredit the narrative of “collusion between Trump and Russia” looming in the White House, and to partially blame Joe Biden’s alleged role.
The Democrats took a defensive stance based on reminding that Trump himself was calling for Russian intervention, and Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman, said last week that these documents were “baseless nonsense.”
John Brennan – a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency – said in a televised interview that the declassified materials are “his observations that President Obama and the rest of the National Security Council team were sharing on what the Russians were about to do, and what the Russians were talking about and claiming.” .
Brennan added that “if it was what the Russians claim – that Hillary was trying to highlight the connections between Trump and the Russians – then there is nothing illegal at all about that.”
Brennan denied accusations by Trump’s allies that he politicized the findings, which the intelligence services reached in January 2017, when they concluded that Moscow had intervened to help Trump.
It should be noted that the Minister of Justice William Barr had assigned investigator John Durham to investigate the findings, which were reached by the intelligence services. Durham decided to postpone issuing any conclusions before the day of the elections to avoid affecting the presidential race.
The recent declassification by the Trump administration appears to be an attempt to fill this void, and Trump has taken full advantage of this as he sees the deployment process as a step that strengthens his reelection and harms Biden’s atmosphere.