Update (1712ET): Online sleuths such as The Last Refuge are already connecting dots between when the Trump-Russia allegations surfaced and the newly released briefing timeline.
Dates Matter. August 5, 2016: ..."In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation."...https://t.co/g8fcldaxRA— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) September 29, 2020
Meanwhile, this is being downplayed by intelligence officials as Russian disinformation, which DNI Ratcliffe has refuted.
Intel officials came out within minutes to claim Russian disinfo in the Ratcliffe letter.— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) September 29, 2020
We didn't find out for nearly three years that Russian disinfo might have been in the dossier. https://t.co/f77Oh7HjJA
New statement from Ratcliffe on unverified Russian intel: “To be clear, this is not Russian disinformation and has not been assessed as such by the Intelligence Community. I’ll be briefing Congress on the sensitive sources and methods by which it was obtained in the coming days.”— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) September 29, 2020
* * *
On September 7, 2016, US intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to former FBI officials James Comey and Peter Strzok concerning allegations that Hillary Clinton approved a plan to smear then-candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian hackers, according to information given to Sen. Lindsey Graham by the Director of National Intelligence.
According to Fox News' Chad Pergram, "In late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump," after one of Clinton's foreign policy advisers proposed vilifying Trump "by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services."
2) DNI info to Grahm:...by tying him to Putin and the Russians' hacking of the Democratic National Committee. The IC does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.”— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 29, 2020
4)...DNI info to Graham:...on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.’”— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 29, 2020
6) DNI info to Graham:...concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server.’”— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 29, 2020
Read the letter from DNI Director John Ratcliffe to Lindsey Graham below:
BREAKING: According to handwritten notes, Brennan briefed Obama on Hillary's approval of a proposal to attack Trump in the 2016 election by tying him to Putin pic.twitter.com/lnwTFwjoAf— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) September 29, 2020
In 2017, it was claimed that the "blame Russia" plan was hatched "within twenty-four hours" of Clinton losing the election - while the US intelligence investigation predates that by several months.
New book by 'Shattered' by Clinton insiders reveals that "blame Russia" plan was hatched "within twenty-four hours" of election loss. pic.twitter.com/NDUk90Jp5q— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 11, 2017