Addressing CNN - US Officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians

US Officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians
CNN ^ | March 22, 2017 | Pamela Brown, Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN

Washington (CNN)The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN.

This is partly what FBI Director James Comey was referring to when he made a bombshell announcement Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, according to one source.

The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to those U.S. officials. The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.

In his statement on Monday Comey said the FBI began looking into possible coordination between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives because the bureau had gathered "a credible allegation of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe an American may be acting as an agent of a foreign power."

The White House did not comment and the FBI declined to comment.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer maintained Monday after Comey's testimony that there was no evidence to suggest any collusion took place.

"Investigating it and having proof of it are two different things," Spicer said.

One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests "people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready." But other U.S. officials who spoke to CNN say it's premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it's largely circumstantial.

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The leftists are ecstatic about this, and it was trending on Twitter for a while. However, here are some caveats stuck in their own article:

The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN.


The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.


But other U.S. officials who spoke to CNN say it's premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it's largely circumstantial.


The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place, but the information suggesting collusion is now a large focus of the investigation, the officials said.


A whole lot of caveats here I just illustrated. As far as officials, one of them had to be Adam Schiff who Tweeted about this earlier today. We know that CNN appears to be the network of choice for the Deep State to leak to as well.

Flynn, Manafort, Stone, and Page are the four people being looked at, and CNN can't even confirm that any of the four are "subjects of the investigation the FBI is reviewing." Also, the dossier that was cited by Schiff in his opening statement yet never proven is not where FBI officials got the info cited in this CNN report.

To me, this feels like a distraction from the Nunes bombshell today which showed Trump was right about surveillance. CNN immediately went into cover for their narrative and said that Trump still lied because there is no proof that Obama ordered a wiretap, Nunes said Trump Tower wasn't wiretapped, and it wasn't illegal from what he saw. Well, let's take that at it's face and say Trump overplayed his hand, he is still vindicated that there was surveillance. Did this occur while his people were in Trump Tower? Who unmasked the names? Did Obama know? He changed the rules so intelligence agencies could spread classified info.

These are questions CNN didn't ask. After attempts to minimize, CNN switched focus. They moaned over the fact that Nunes went to Trump before Schiff, that Nunes is biased (like Schiff isn't - citing from the unproven dirty dossier in his opening statement of the investigation), and the proceeded to show Schiff's press conference, do an interview with Schiff after, and have an interview with another Democrat (Jim Hines), and proceed to say the investigation into Russia "hacking" the election (CNN said election could not be hacked weeks prior to the election) has now been compromised in the House.

The bottom line is that CNN might not know any more than they knew before but are using weasel words and talk from people like Schiff as a distraction. We'll have to wait and see.

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