Newly declassified internal Federal Bureau of Investigation documents prove the top U.S. law enforcement agency used a so-called defensive briefing of the Trump campaign in 2016 to spy on and collect information about Donald Trump himself. The new documents, which are just the latest in a string of declassifications regarding the FBI operation to spy on the Trump campaign and later the Trump administration, detail the FBI’s attempts to use a briefing ostensibly meant to warn the Trump campaign about foreign intelligence threats to spy on the Trump campaign itself.
H/T: The Federalist
In one of the documents declassified and released on Wednesday, FBI supervisory Special Agent Joe Pientka wrote that he deliberately used the briefing to “actively listen for topics or questions” from Trump “regarding the Russian Federation.” Rather than provide the Trump campaign a specific warning that certain campaign principals were being targeted by Russian intelligence, the FBI instead gave a general, non-specific warning that foreign intelligence services might eventually target the campaign.
#BREAKING: John Ratcliffe has just declassified the memo that describes the August 17th briefing the FBI gave President @realDonaldTrump back in the 2016 election.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) July 23, 2020
The FBI said it was a defensive briefing. The evidence today proves it was a setup of @POTUS and @GenFlynn. pic.twitter.com/oENmOSODw1
NEW: Source says FBI agent used 2016 briefing on election interference as ‘cover’ to question Trump teamhttps://t.co/e9TuEIZHjm— Brooke Singman (@BrookeSingman) July 23, 2020
Pientka, along with Strzok and FBI top lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, set up this fake 'briefing' as part of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation into both the Trump campaign and Gen. Flynn.https://t.co/uYss9lvLJp— Brian Cates //Flynn & Breitbart's Army! (@drawandstrike) July 24, 2020
It's the only explanation for why the DOJ insisted on completely ghosting him all this time.— Brian Cates //Flynn & Breitbart's Army! (@drawandstrike) July 24, 2020
Strzok was dragged out for a contentious Congressional hearing in front of the entire country. He & McCabe & Lisa Page became nationally known faces.
Pientka? A cipher.
If they're not redacting his name & doing a declassified document release revealing the briefing he gave was FAKE & part of a sting being run on the Trump campaign as part of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation?— Brian Cates //Flynn & Breitbart's Army! (@drawandstrike) July 24, 2020
They're ready to take Pientka public.
REAX: From senior administration official to @DNI_Ratcliffe declassified records: "The August 2016 briefing was apparentlyy part of the so-called “insurance policy" to ensure an outcome that would block then candidate Trump. The defensive briefer admits gathering questions..— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) July 23, 2020
Oh, I guess the defensive briefing on August 17 was a part of the insurance policy, since the insurance policy text happened two days before. pic.twitter.com/kW3EDa7sPw— The_War_Economy (@The_War_Economy) July 23, 2020
'Part of the Insurance Policy' - DNI Declassifies Trump, Flynn Defensive Briefing From 2016, Revealing FBI Was Spying and Collecting Info on Trump's Campaign! https://t.co/2X2XwDfscH via @gatewaypundit @cristinalaila1— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) July 23, 2020
Read the FBI summary of August 17, 2016 surveillance operation against Donald Trump below.