Barack Obama jumped in with both feet to push the conspiracy theory that the Russians intervened in the election to help Donald Trump.
And the media has lapped it up in its effort to delegitimize Donald Trump’s victory.
But there is just one problem.
No other major intelligence agency agrees with this off-the-wall theory.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence disputes this theory.
And new reports indicate FBI Director James Comey also rejects the assertion that the Russians interfered in the election on Trump’s behalf.
These reports also state that Comey believes the leaks to the press are from CIA Director John Brennan who is working at the behest of Barack Obama.
“IN TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS WITH DONALD TRUMP, FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY ASSURED THE PRESIDENT-ELECT THERE WAS NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT RUSSIA INFLUENCED THE OUTCOME OF THE RECENT U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BY HACKING THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND THE E-MAILS OF JOHN PODESTA, THE CHAIRMAN OF HILLARY CLINTON’S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.
WHAT’S MORE, COMEY TOLD TRUMP THAT JAMES CLAPPER, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, AGREED WITH THIS FBI ASSESSMENT.
THE ONLY MEMBER OF THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHO WAS READY TO ASSERT THAT THE RUSSIANS SANCTIONED THE HACKING WAS JOHN BRENNAN, THE DIRECTOR OF THE CIA, ACCORDING TO SOURCES WHO WERE BRIEFED ON COMEY’S CONVERSATIONS WITH TRUMP.
“AND BRENNAN TAKES HIS MARCHING ORDERS FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA,” THE SOURCES QUOTED COMEY AS SAYING.
IN COMEY’S VIEW, THE LEAKS TO THE NEW YORK TIMES AND THE WASHINGTON POST ALLEGING THAT THE RUSSIANS TRIED—AND PERHAPS EVEN SUCCEEDED—IN TILTING THE ELECTION TO TRUMP WERE A DEMOCRATIC PARTY EFFORT TO DELEGITIMIZE TRUMP’S VICTORY.”
Even in the story published by the Washington Post, which revealed that some in the CIA believed Russia acted to elect Trump, the reporters noted there was no direct evidence tying the Russian government to passing the emails from the Democrat National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta to the Russian government.
President-elect Trump has maintained the hacking could have been done by anyone.
FBI Director James Comey apparently also shares the same conclusion.
“DURING THEIR PHONE CONVERSATIONS, COMEY INFORMED TRUMP THAT THE FBI HAD BEEN ALERT FOR THE PAST YEAR TO THE DANGER THAT THE RUSSIANS WOULD TRY TO CAUSE MISCHIEF DURING THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
HOWEVER, WHETHER THE RUSSIANS DID SO REMAINS AN OPEN QUESTION, COMEY SAID, ADDING THAT IT WAS JUST AS LIKELY THAT THE HACKING WAS DONE BY PEOPLE WHO HAD NO DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT.
“IT’S ALSO UNCLEAR,” THE SOURCES POINTED OUT, “WHY PUTIN WOULD HAVE PREFERRED DEALING WITH DONALD TRUMP, WHO HAS PROMISED A MAJOR MILITARY BUILDUP, OVER HILLARY CLINTON, WHO WOULD HAVE CONTINUED BARACK OBAMA’S CAUTIOUS POLICIES TOWARD THE KREMLIN.”
The conspiracy theory Obama and the Democrats are pushing is dangerous to our democracy.
Not only does it delegitimize Trump, it undermines public confidence in our electoral system.
But partisan anti-Trump media outlets like the Washington Post, CNN, NBC and the New York Times are rushing to publish fact-free stories many critics argue is fake news intended to deceive the American people.
These thinly sourced stories offer no proof to back up the claims made with sensationalist headlines.
What is known is that other intelligence agencies do not share the same opinion as some in the CIA.
And the latest reports on the conclusions reached by FBI Director James Comey blow a big hole in Obama’s lie that the Russians influenced the election.