New emails discovered by Senator Ron Johnson, head of the Homeland Security committee, suggest that the FBI may have been working with CNN to get a story published on the unverified and infamous Russian dossier on Trump.
Remember how Comey admitted CNN was looking for a ‘news hook’ to run a story on the dossier?
This is where the story begins, via the Federalist:
Hours before Comey briefed Trump, FBI chief of staff James Rybicki e-mailed staff that Comey “is coming into HQ briefly now for an update from the sensitive matter team.” Just as the same officials dubbed the Clinton e-mail investigation the “mid-year exam” and the anti-Trump counterintelligence investigation “Crossfire Hurricane,” they also used various phrases using “sensitive” to refer obliquely to the dossier.
Two days after the briefing, on January 8, 2017, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe…wrote an e-mail to top FBI officials with the subject, “Flood is coming.”
“CNN is close to going forward with the sensitive story,” McCabe wrote to Comey, Rybicki, and two others. “The trigger for them is they know the material was discussed in the brief and presented in an attachment.” He did not detail how he came to know what CNN’s “trigger” was for publishing the dossier briefing story.
Shortly after sending his e-mail to Comey and other FBI officials, McCabe e-mailed then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and her deputy, Matthew Axelrod. McCabe used the subject line “News” in his e-mail to the DOJ officials.
“Just as an FYI, and as expected,” McCabe wrote, “it seems CNN is close to running a story about the sensitive reporting.” It is not clear how McCabe came to be so familiar with CNN’s understanding of the dossier, its briefing, or how close CNN was to reporting on the matter.
Senator Ron Johnson sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray discussing these emails and asking for more information, including the members of this ‘sensitive matter team’.
You can read the letter below:
Remember how we ran another story from the federalist earlier this year positing that Comey gave the dossier briefing to Trump in order to provide CNN with a ‘news hook’ to run the story? In my opinion, that theory is looking even better now with the release of these emails.
After all, it appears that McCabe was leaking and/or coordinating with CNN to get this story out there. And he was excited about it!
Also don’t miss the reference in the letter to Clapper, who was the one who wanted Trump briefed on the dossier in the first place. He may have also been working with CNN.