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U.S. intelligence officials referred Hillary Clinton to the FBI for investigation in September 2016 over an alleged plan to link President Donald Trump to Russia’s election interference efforts, according to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.

Ratcliffe revealed the investigative referral in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Tuesday.

According to Ratcliffe, former CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Barack Obama in late July 2016 about Clinton’s approval of a plan to link Trump to Russia’s election meddling efforts.

Ratcliffe wrote in the letter that on Sept. 7, 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded a referral for an investigation into Clinton to then-FBI Director James Comey and Peter Strzok, the deputy chief of counterintelligence.

Ratcliffe said the referral dealt with Clinton’s “approval of a plan 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.”

It is unclear who submitted the referral to the FBI and whether the bureau opened an investigation into the matter.

Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Clinton’s campaign authorized hiring an opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, to investigate Trump’s possible ties to Russia.

Fusion in turn hired former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a dossier that accused the Trump campaign of carrying out a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.

While the Russian government hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign, the special counsel’s office determined that nobody on the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin.

Key allegations in Steele’s dossier remain either uncorroborated or have been debunked. A Justice Department inspector general’s report said the FBI received evidence in early 2017 that Russian intelligence officers may have fed disinformation into the dossier.

Last week, Graham released a declassified FBI memo which said that the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation in 2009 against Igor Danchenko, the primary source for Christopher Steele.

The FBI relied heavily on the dossier to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against Carter Page, a former Trump adviser.

According to Ratcliffe, U.S. intelligence agencies in late July 2016 “obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis” which alleged that Clinton had approved a campaign to link Trump to Russia’s hack of the DNC.

“The [intelligence community] does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication,” Ratcliffe wrote.

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12 Comments
  • mike dar says:

    Can’t believe what was known by a significant portion of society 3+ years ago… is now being proposed as new…. news.

  • george eady says:

    I DO BELEIVE HILARY CLINTON WILL PUT HER HER SELF ON HER OWN KILL LIST. BECAUSE SHE SAN DISH IT OUT ( BUT SHE CANT TAKE IT ) AND WHEN KARMA COMES CALLING . ???

  • Nick Byrne says:

    It appears their are too many Republicans on the take also. That is why nothing has been done about Hillary; they don’t want to open any can of worms that will implicate themselves.

  • Nick Byrne says:

    LST, its a fact she has a lot on Slick Willie and visa versa. Or else, he would have already done away with her ugly ass. It would really be interesting to see one of them hemmed up so they couldn’t escape and have that one turn states evidence. Think either of them wouldn’t?

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