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Russia Report: Leaks “Potentially Endangered Lives” and “Damaged National Security”

Chairman Nunes says report paves path to thwart future foreign election meddling

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has submitted the committees much anticipated fourteen month long Russia investigation report to the intelligence community Thursday for a declassification review so that a redacted version of the classified report can be made public, the committee said in a statement.

The committee’s findings revealed that classified leaks alleging the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russia dramatically increased after the election and some of those leaks “correlate to specific language found in the Intelligence Community Assessment,” which had not been released at that time. It also noted that former Obama Director of National Security James Clapper, who is now an analyst at CNN, provided inconsistent testimony about his contacts with the media, specifically CNN, as previously published by this reporter.

James Clapper
James Clapper

Democrats on the committee have criticized Republicans for closing the investigation because the Republican-led committee revealed it did not find evidence of collusion between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians in the 2016 presidential elections. However, Nunes, along with his Republican and Democratic colleagues, want the report expedited for public release, as it provides recommendations to protect the integrity of the upcoming election.

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“This report, based on 70-plus witness interviews and more than 300,000 documents collected, provides specific findings and recommendations to improve our election security before the mid-term elections,” said Nunes in a statement  “The report, which will include minority views if the minority submits them, presents the comprehensive results of what the Committee has learned during its fourteen-month-long investigation, and will be useful in thwarting any attempts by Russia or other foreign powers to further meddle in U.S. elections.”

The parameters of the investigation, which was announced in March 2017, were based on four key questions:

  • What Russian cyber activity and other active measures were directed against the United States and its allies?
  • Did the Russian active measures include links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns or any other U.S. Persons?
  • What was the U.S. Government’s response to these Russian active measures and what do we need to do to protect ourselves and our allies in the future?
  • What possible leaks of classified information took place related to the Intelligence Community Assessment of these matters?

Intelligence Community Assessment of Leaks:

  • Leaks of classified information regarding Russian intentions to sow discord in the U.S. presidential election began prior to the election day – Nov. 8, 2016.
  • Leaks of classified information alleging Russian intentions to help elect candidate Trump increased dramatically after election day – Nov. 8, 2016.
  • The leaks prior to the classified Intelligence Community Assessment’s publication, particularly leaks occurring after the U.S. presidential election, correlate to specific language found in the Intelligence Community Assessment.
  • Continued leaks of classified information have damaged national security and have potentially endangered lives.
  • Former Director of National Security James Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, provided inconsistent testimony to the committee about his contacts with the media, including CNN.
Russia Report Findings and Recommendations - Chapter 5
Russia Report Findings and Recommendations – Chapter 5

House Intelligence Committee Investigation No Evidence of Trump Campaign Links to Russia:

  • Former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI regarding his December 2016 conversation to former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, even though the agents who interviewed him didn’t believe he was lying.
  • Executive Branch officials did not notify the Trump campaign that members of the campaign were assessed to be potential national security concerns.
  • None of the witnesses interviewed provided any evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign or the Russian government.
  • The committee found no evidence of Trump’s pre-campaign business dealings would have formed collusion with Russia.
  • The opposition to Trump from members of the national security establishment left the Trump campaign with little selection of experts and to the hiring of Carter Page and George Papadopoulos
Russia Report Findings and Recommendations - Chapter 4 and 5
Russia Report Findings and Recommendations – Chapter 4 and 5

The committee gathered sufficient evidence to prove that Russia “conducted cyber attacks on U.S. political institutions in 2015-2016,” as stated in a findings report released to the public. The committee stated that Russia used its state-run news network Russian Television, known as RT, “to advance its malign influence campaign during the 2016 presidential election,” according to the findings. There was also ample evidence that Russian intelligence “leveraged social media in an attempt to sow social discord and to undermine the U.S. electoral process.”

The committee report also revealed that the FBI’s notification system to “numerous Russian hacking victims was inadequate” and that communication between the Department of Homeland Security and state election officials was impeded by “state officials mistrust of federal government overreach coupled with an unprecedented level of Russia cyber intrusions.”

The committee report also stated that while Russia had utilized its intelligence apparatus to sow discord in the U.S. presidential elections, there was no evidence that members of the Trump campaign coordinated or colluded with Russia.

Instead, the committee discovered that the unverified dossier put together by former British spy Christoper Steele “formed an essential part of an application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain electronic surveillance” of Carter Page, a short-term volunteer on the Trump campaign.

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  1. FYI, the Facebook share button didn’t work on this article, it didn’t post the article, just the Sara Carter link. I just pasted the link into my page. :slight_smile:

  2. Thanks, thephilster, isn’t technology wonderful? :frowning: I’ll forward this onto my website team and have them figure it out :slight_smile:

  3. Boomerang! This is just a start.
    qanon.pub gives daily updates on these Clapper deep state operatives.
    They are the USA’s biggest enemies, yet call themselves citizens.
    Gitmo is waiting on them, since they’ve committed treason against our country for years.
    That’s why Obama was unable to close it; it will be his home too soon!

    Nobody really seems to know who “Q” is, but most think it is Pres. Trump letting the people know the truth.
    Very interesting stuff; look at how the POTUS is stacking up great people around him.

    Great to see justice played out as it should, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!!

  4. Sorry, but this is a joke, the House Republican report and this post.
    This was an investigation not to discover the truth, but to prevent the discovery and exposure of the truth, to cover for and exonerate Trump and his team.
    With the Republican “mo” of “don’t interview anyone, or subpoena anyone, or ask any questions that you don’t want answered because they might implicate Trump.”
    No Popadopolous?
    No Erik Prince based on the latest uncoverings of his actions?
    No Nader?
    No Manafort?
    Just another Republican fairy tale, like Uranium One, that only gullible Trump/Republicans can believe.
    The good news is that when all the real investigations are finally completed by the Democrats and Mueller’s team, the Trump/Republican protection society, to include enablers like this one, will be exposed for what they really are.

    From Heidi Przybyla at NBC News, 03/22/18 “House probe overlooked most Trump-Russian contacts, report claims:”
    WASHINGTON — Even though the final report from the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee will find no evidence of collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, a new study by a Democratic-aligned advocacy group suggests the committee didn’t look very hard.
    According to the Center for American Progress’s Moscow Project, the House committee charged with investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 election obtained either no or incomplete information about 81 percent of the known contacts between Trump officials and Russians, or groups and individuals with strong Russia ties like Wikileaks.
    Which just goes to show you that it’s easy to not to find collusion or a crime if you don’t look very hard.

  5. SARA: Will you please look into this?

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    2 November 2017
    For information contact: Clare Lopez
    [email protected] | 202-719-2423
    CENTER OCCASIONAL PAPER EXPOSES A PERFECT STORM OF THREAT:
    PORT CANAVERAL CONTAINER LEASE TIED TO RUSSIAN CLUB-K MISSILE SYSTEM
    (Washington, DC): A new Center for Security Policy Occasional Paper being released today picks up where our earlier December 2016 paper, “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” left off. Additional research by the dogged and fearless team of Alan Jones and Mary Fanning now reveals exactly what could go wrong, with potentially catastrophic consequences for U.S. national security.

    The original Occasional Paper broke the news that the family of Iraqi nuclear physicist Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar – known as Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bombmaker – along with the Emir of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), had been awarded a 35-year lease for cargo container operations at Port Canaveral, Florida after two years of secret talks with the Obama administration. Jones and Fanning continued their research over the following months and now present their updated and even more alarming findings with this new report: “Perfect Storm: Project Pelican’s Gulftainer, Russia’s Club-K, KGB’s Primakov, North Korea, and the Architects of the Islamic Bloc and the Iran Nuclear Deal.”
    There is a U.S. government inter-agency review board called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) whose responsibility is to conduct a thorough review of any commercial acquisition of U.S. infrastructure or property by a foreign entity that may have national security implications. Unfortunately, during a five-year period from 2009-2014, the CFIUS staff chairperson was a Pakistani ex-patriate named Aimen Nabi Mir, who has direct connections to both the Pakistani intelligence service and the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. As we now know, it was during this timeframe that both the lease and the Uranium One deal were permitted to go forward by CFIUS.

    “The Perfect Storm: Project Pelican’s Gulftainer, Russia’s Club-K, KGB’s Primakov, North Korea, and the Architects of the Islamic Bloc and the Iran Nuclear Deal” now reveals that the danger to U.S. national security may be exponentially more critical. Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar worked closely with the Russians on Iraq’s full range of Weapons of Mass Destruction programs, including the nuclear one. He succeeded in designing a miniaturized nuclear warhead similar to the model that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un posed with earlier in 2017. Worse yet, Gulftainer, the Iraqi-UAE company that was allowed to obtain the Port Canaveral container facility lease, has entered into a joint venture with the Russian state-owned firm which owns 100% of the shares of Rosoboronexport, the exporter of the Club-K system.
    The Club-K is a cruise missile launch system concealed in a container whose external appearance looks identical to standard ISO intermodal commercial cargo shipping containers.
    [SNIP]
    “The Perfect Storm” is available for free in PDF format below
    https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2017/11/13/center-occasional-paper-exposes-a-perfect-storm-of-threat-port-canaveral-container-lease-tied-to-russian-club-k-missile-system

    Go to YouTube and watch: Club-K Container Missile System 2013

    While at YouTube watch: Port Canaveral Container Lease Tied to Russian Club-K Missile System

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