DNI Alleges Hillary Clinton Involved in Attempts to Tie Trump to 2016 Russia Hacking

Headline Roundup September 30th, 2020

On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe wrote a letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declassifying information about Hillary Clinton's alleged involvement with attempts to tie President Donald Trump to the Russian intelligence scandal during the 2016 presidential election. On Wednesday, former FBI director James Comey appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey said he believed the FBI had legitimate reason to launch its investigation into the Trump campaign, and claimed he thought Ratcliffe’s summary contained "unverified information.”

Ratliffe's letter was widely covered by right-rated outlets Tuesday, and received less overall coverage from left- and center-rated outlets. Comey's appearance received more coverage from all sides of the political spectrum; left-rated outlets tended to frame Comey's trial as a "defense," focusing on the fact that the claims in the letter are "unverified." Coverage from the right tended to highlight Comey's remarks that he "did not understand" Ratcliffe's letter.

DNI Alleges Hillary Clinton Involved in Attempts to Tie Trump to 2016 Russia Hacking

From the Center
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The Trump administration’s top intelligence official said Tuesday that he has declassified Russian intelligence alleging damaging information about Democrats during the 2016 election even though he acknowledged it might not be true.

The announcement, just hours before the first presidential debate of this November’s election, drew harsh criticism from lawmakers who accused National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe of politicizing intelligence.

In a letter Tuesday to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Ratcliffe said that in late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained “insight” into Russian spycraft alleging that Hillary...

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From the Right
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Former FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday said he doesn’t recall hearing that Hillary Clinton conjured a campaign to smear President Trump as a Russian colluder — but he does recall a discredited claim that Trump viewed a “golden shower” in a Moscow hotel.

Comey pleaded ignorance of Clinton’s alleged role in stirring the Russia controversy while testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying he doesn’t remember a Sept. 7, 2016, “investigative referral” to him that was revealed Tuesday.

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From the Right
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The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) declassified information indicating that former President Obama's administration knew of allegations that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was attempting to tie Trump to the Russia and distract from her email scandal before the 2016 presidential election. DNI John Ratcliffe informed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that the prior administration obtained Russian intelligence in July of 2016 with allegations against Clinton, but cautioned that the intelligence community (IC) "does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian...

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