The assessment claims that Hillary Clinton, a Democratic nominee for president, personally attempted to wage a scandal against US presidential nominee Donald Trump by “tying him to the hacking of Putin and Russia’s Democratic National Committee.” . ” But in his letter to Graham, Ratcliffe said that the US intelligence community “may not reflect the accuracy of this allegation or the Russian intelligence analysis exaggeration or fabrication.”
The Senate Intelligence Committee released five reports, including thousands of pages, on Russia’s widespread effort in the 2016 election to promote Trump. Sources said that the panel had already been made aware of that allegation in its investigation, and quickly dismissed it.
According to Ratcliffe, former CIA director John Brennan briefed former President Barack Obama about the Russian assessment, including an allegation that Clinton had approved Trump’s plan to hack the DNC, because it was his Was proposed by foreign policy advisors.
When asked about Ratcliffe’s claims, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in a text message that the allegations were “baseless nonsense”.
A spokesperson for Brennan did not immediately respond to questions asked about Ratcliffe’s claims.
Following the pushback to the disintegrated material, Ratcliffe said in a statement released after his letter: “To be clear, this is not Russian disinfection and has not been rated by the intelligence community as such. I want Congress to address those sensitive sources. And I am describing the ways by which it was obtained in the coming days. “
In his statement, Graham stated that the accuracy of the assessment was irrelevant, rather “[t]He questioned whether the FBI had investigated the allegations on Clinton like they did Trump. If not, then why not? “
Democrats pulled Ratcliffe and Graham to make the Russian assessment public.
Rachel Warner, spokeswoman for Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.), Wrote on Twitter, “This is Russian dissolution. Saying that it was done by” Director of National Intelligence and Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee . . “
It has long been known that Russians were trying to manipulate false statements about Clinton through similar gestures.
A former senior intelligence official said it was “a surprising choice to release this information – it is not new and it seems unconfirmed – right now and in an unclassified letter,” adding: “I don’t know what the good purpose is.” is.”
In recent times, Trump’s aides have been avoiding a number of revelations related to the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and other information aimed at discrediting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Graham’s committee will hear former FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday as part of that broader GOP-led investigation. Graham also announced on Tuesday that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe would testify before the panel next week. McCabe voluntarily agreed to appear, according to a colleague. McCabe’s lawyer said earlier on Tuesday that he was being denied access to his old files, which he says are necessary for him to prepare for his testimony.
The president’s elder son, Donald Trump Jr., was among those who made Tuesday’s revelations in the headlines, Writing On Twitter: “Russia’s swing was Hillary’s plan, and it was reported to the Obama-Biden White House.”
Natasha Bertrand contributed to this report.