It’s somewhat old news now, seeing as how the reports actually came out in March and April of 2017, but they were pretty much ignored at the time, and now that the Rep. Devin Nunes reports of conspiracy at the FBI and Department of Justice to get Hillary Clinton elected president are out in the open, it is time to revisit another aspect of the whole scandal.
John Brennan, former head of the CIA, worked with the government of Estonia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.
Brennan pushed for a multi-agency investigation of the Trump campaign, using as his pretext alleged intelligence from an unnamed Baltic state. That “intelligence” was supplied at the very moment Baltic officials had their own political motivation to smear Trump.
“Last April, the CIA director was shown intelligence that worried him. It was – allegedly – a tape recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign. It was passed to the US by an intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States,” reported the BBC’s Paul Wood.
It turns out that state was Estonia, and the reason they were alarmed was a statement Donald Trump made regarding the lopsided support for NATO that the United States provided. He talked about rethinking the relationship, a notion the Clinton campaign leveraged to the world as being that Trump wanted to pull out. Of course, this alarmed the Baltic nations that spent the better part of the twentieth century under the thumb of NATO’s arch nemesis, the Soviet Union.
Again, BBC’s Paul Wood said that Brennan obtained the recording that set off the Trump investigation from the “intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States.” Was it Estonia’s intelligence agency? If not Estonia’s, which intelligence agency gave it to Brennan? And who exactly, besides John Brennan in the Obama administration, assessed the value of that recording? Did the investigation start on Brennan’s say-so?
Both Brennan and officials in the Baltic States had strong incentives to help Hillary and hurt Trump. That Brennan and some Baltic spies teamed up to inflate the significance of some half-baked intelligence from a recording isn’t surprising. Only in such a feverish partisan milieu would basic questions go unasked, such as: Is it really a good idea to investigate a political opponent on the basis of a lead provided by a country that wants to see him lose?
As the Nunes memo proves, the people inside the government gunning for a Hillary Clinton win were willing to use absolutely anything to assist the cause. Brennan was no exception.