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    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified more documents related to failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's alleged plan to stir-up a scandal between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia. It turns out former CIA Director John Brennan told President Barack Obama about the idea before the 2016 election as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.” Brennan's notes indicate Hillary approved of the plan on July 26, 2016. Trump also authorized the "declassification of any & all documents" related to the "Russia Hoax."

    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified three items in regard to the FBI's investigation into Hurricane Crossfire to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham. One item included the CIA asked the FBI to investigate Hillary Clinton's campaign over alleged plans to "stir up" a scandal against then-candidate Donald Trump.

    A US official told CNN today that an airstrike probably killed al-Qaeda terrorist Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi, the mastermind behind the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000. The attack killed 17 sailors and injured 39 others. Many believe the terrorist attack "foreshadowed the attack on the US less than one year later on September 11, 2001."

    As we've been covering here at LI, Gina Haspel is President Trump's pick to head the CIA.  She has been blasted for her role in overseeing then-legal and -authorized enhanced interrogation techniques against Islamist terrorists. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has issued a statement in which he urges the Senate not to confirm Haspel due to her role in enhanced interrogation.  The problem with this, however, is that he voted to confirm John Brennan to the CIA's top spot, knowing full-well Brennan's role in enhanced interrogation.

    After President Donald Trump nominated CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to takeover as director, stories from a year ago circulated about how she was in charge of a secret CIA prison in Thailand that tortured al-Qaeda suspects. The reports contained claims that she even participated. I even blogged about it, mainly because I was curious how Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and others would vote to confirm her due to her supposed past. After it caught on, ProPublica issued a correction that Haspel did NOT oversee the waterboarding of suspect Abu Zubaydah.
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