Liar, liar, pants on fire. That is the only way we can describe top FBI officials in the Obama administration. Damming new emails appear to prove they purposely coordinated with CNN to smear then-president-elect Donald Trump.
Tuesday morning offered up more disturbing details in the ongoing Trump-Russia saga. The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a batch of emails that spell big trouble for the Obama administration and the FBI.
In the emails, obtained by Republican Senator Ron Johnson, is evidence that top bureau officials coordinated with each other and CNN to release the Trump dossier. The unverified document from ex-British spy Christopher Steele launched the entire Russia collusion narrative.
Along with the emails, the Committee provided a letter outlining the timeline of events. On the morning of January 6, 2017, then-FBI Chief of Staff Jim Rybicki sent an email about an upcoming meeting. “The director [James Comey] is coming into HQ briefly now for an update from the sensitive matter team.”
A few hours later, Comey met with President-Elect Trump to discuss the dossier. On the following day, January 7, the former FBI director made notes regarding his meeting with Trump and emailed them to agency leadership. A move he may soon regret.
“I said there was something that Clapper wanted me to speak to PE [President Elect] about alone or in a very small group.” Director Comey wrote, “I then executed the sessions exactly as I had planned,” and “I said media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook.”
The day after that, then FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe also emailed FBI leadership. He began with “Flood is Coming” in the subject line. In the body of the email, McCabe then confirmed that CNN was going to publish the salacious dossier.
In a second email to then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and Principal Deputy AG Matthew Axelrod, McCabe confirmed it again. “Just an FYI, and as expected, it seems CNN is close to running a story about the sensitive reporting,” he wrote.