Documents declassified Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe show that former President Barack Obama was briefed by his CIA Director John Brennan about Hillary Clinton's alleged plan to smear President Trump with a Russia collusion narrative.
The released documents indicate the Clinton plan was intended to distract from her own personal scandal involving her unsecure email server.
Ratcliffe declassified Brennan's handwritten notes, which were taken after his meeting with former President Obama.
"We're getting additional insight into Russian activities from [REDACTED]," Brennan writes in his notes. "CITE [summarizing] alleged approved by Hillary Clinton a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service."
The documents are heavily redacted, but do include cryptic details including statements like, "any evidence of collaboration between Trump campaign + Russia," as well as initials and names scrawled in the margins:
- JC (perhaps referring to FBI Director James Comey)
- Susan (perhaps referring to National Security Adviser Susan Rice)
- Denis (perhaps referring to Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough)
- POTUS (a reference to President Obama)
Key Trump allies, including the former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, seized on the news.