After more than a year of accusing and investigating President Donald Trump over his — so far unproven and evidence-deficient — collusion with Russian President Vladimir Putin to sabotage the election of Hillary Clinton as President of the United States, there is new evidence that is now adding to their legal woes.
New evidence reveals national security adviser Susan Rice, on behalf of her boss President Barack Obama, knew about Russian hacking operations and told members of the National Security Council to not interfere in that cybercrime and to stand down, despite proof that Russian cyber-terrorists were hacking into major government agencies’ data systems and accessing classified or politically-confidential U.S. documents.
“It’s being proven by computer security experts that… Obama knew about, and even encouraged the Russian hacking of U.S. information Technology (IT) used by politicians, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and others,” according to criminal investigator Jeffrey Seeley, who has work for federal, state and local police departments.
Officials with the National Security Council (NSC) in the Obama White House are said to have greatly feared Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, interference that allegedly included the hacking into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer system and the stealing of officials’ sometimes embarrassing emails, as well as emails belonging to Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
According to renegade journalist Julian Assange, an Australian computer programmer and the founder of WikiLeaks.Org, an organization he founded in 2006, the documents from the breach of the DNC, Hillary Clinton and Podesta did not come to Wikileaks from the Russians, but from a Democratic Party insider. A young manager at the DNC who investigated election fraud and irregularities — Seth Rich — has been considered Assange’s leaker.
Rich was murdered in July 2016 on the streets of Washington, DC, but police, the news media and others said it was “a robbery gone wrong.”
Michael Daniel, an NSC official responsible for the Russia portfolio, told several reporters and book writers about several schemes formulated to instill fear in Russian President Vladimir Putin causing him to cease and desist Russian hacking and other election meddling.
U.S. counterintelligence plans included surreptitiously releasing personal information about President Putin’s family, which revealed corruption in Putin’s political party, and initiating a mock cybersecurity operation which would illustrate the United States’ security threat to Russia.
On March 8, 2017, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seeking an unclassified report assessing Russia’s interference in foreign elections (Judicial Watch v. Central Intelligence Agency (No. 1:17-cv-00414)).
That lawsuit came after the CIA failed to respond to a December 14, 2016 FOIA request seeking the unclassified assessment of Russia’s meddling in foreign elections requested by Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH).
On December 13, 2016, The Wall Street Journal reported that since 2015, Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, “has been pushing for the unclassified version of a report assessing Moscow’s interference in foreign elections, particularly across Europe.”
The Wall Street Journal further reported:
The White House already released a classified version of the assessment, but Mr. Turner has been pushing for the unclassified version, which would be releasable to the public, he said.
Mr. Turner sent the White House a letter … demanding the unclassified version of the report: “The fact that the administration is picking and choosing the information it releases and who they release it to ought to give everybody concern that the administration is manipulating this,” he said.
The report is critical for a better understanding of what Moscow is up to in elections overseas, he said. Mr. Turner said the Obama administration is cherry picking what it releases.
In a separate lawsuit, Judicial Watch is suing the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) I to force the agency to conduct the required damage assessment related to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information on her secret personal computer server.