A document made public by John Ratcliffe, the Director of National Intelligence, shows that in 2016, U.S. intelligence officials notified the FBI that they had evidence indicating Hillary Clinton had given personal approval to a plan to invent a Russia collusion narrative against Donald Trump.
The document indicates that Clinton's desire was to harm Trump and distract from her own email server scandal.
"In late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians' hacking of the Democratic National Committee," Ratcliffe wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.
Ratcliffe also noted that then-CIA Director John Brennan had handwritten notes that indicated he personally briefed President Obama and other officials on the evidence.
The notes included reference to the "alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016, of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services."
Nick Merrill, a spokesperson for Clinton, calls the suggestion "baseless bulls---."
Graham acknowledged receipt of Ratcliffe's letter and noted that regardless of whether the allegations made by the evidence proved true, there was a more pressing question to address.
"The question is did the FBI investigate the allegations against Clinton like they did Trump? If not, why not? If so, what was the scope of the investigation? If none, why was that?" Graham said.