Morning Greatness: Document Release Shows Trump Campaign Briefing Was Cover for Surveillance Operation

Good Friday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jim Ryun
  • President Trump delivers remarks and signs executive orders on lowering drug prices

Coup members pretended to brief Trump but really surveilled for Russia hoax investigation during election

My, my, my. So it turns out that an “intelligence” briefing given to the Trump campaign in 2016 was really an op to get more information about the pretend RUSSIA collision investigation.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified the document, along with two others, on Thursday and sent them to Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who have been investigating the origins of the probe in addition to the Obama administration’s actions during the presidential transition period.

The documents are the latest in a series of disclosures by Ratcliffe to congressional Republicans seeking to support claims by Trump and his allies that the FBI investigation of Trump was politically motivated and corrupt.

They do support “by Trump and his allies that the FBI investigation of Trump was politically motivated and corrupt.”

Joe Pientka, the FBI agent who, coincidentally also interrogated Lt. General Mike Flynn, coordinated the “briefing” and “paid special attention to any mentions that Trump or Flynn made of Russia.”

“During the [intelligence] briefs, writer actively listened for topics or questions regarding the Russian Federation,” Pientka wrote.

At one point, after Trump’s briefers described Chinese and Russian intelligence officers operating in the United States, Trump interjected with a question: “Joe, are the Russians bad” Because they have more numbers are they worse than the Chinese?”

“Writer responded by saying both countries are bad,” Pientka wrote.

The newly released document was dated Aug. 30, 2016. The report was approved by Kevin Clinesmith, who you might remember as the shitbag who allegedly changed an email from the CIA that confirmed a relationship with Carter Page to deny the relationship. This “adjustment” made it easier to get a FISA snoop warrant on the campaign volunteer and the campaign.

Riots/protests/war on copes/Black Lives Matter:

DOJ IG launches probe into law enforcement actions in Portland and Washington, D.C.

Trump says he could send as many as 75,000 federal agents to US cities

Tom Cotton escalates NY Times feud with bill blocking federal funds from schools using ‘1619 Project’

‘Pigs Go Home!’: Thousands Gather In Portland For Another Night Of Protests

GOP’s Gohmert introduces resolution that would ban the Democratic Party

Every Player On The Nationals And Yankees Kneels Prior To The National Anthem

Teen gunned down near George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis

Police blocked from arresting journalists, legal observers in Portland protests

Robert E. Lee high school in Virginia gets a name change: It’s now John R. Lewis

Coronavirus news:

Arizona governor extends order shuttering bars, gyms, theaters

New CDC guidelines say people with mild to moderate COVID-19 only need to isolate 10 days

CDC rolls out tools for schools to reopen safely during coronavirus outbreak: ‘Critically important’

DOJ watchdog report finds lack of staffing contributed to Covid outbreak in California prison

Walmart shopper charged with pulling gun during mask dispute

Other morsels:

China orders US to close Chengdu consulate in retaliation to Houston closure

Biden holds 13-point lead over Trump in Florida: poll

Trump says he would consider pardons for those implicated in Mueller investigation

Pompeo: U.S. engagement with China has failed

‘I want them to be the lead’: Actors call for more LGBTQ characters, directors at Comic-Con panel

Trump says he’ll throw first pitch at upcoming Yankees game

Trump explains decision to cancel Jacksonville part of GOP convention: ‘Setting an example’

Michigan man used phony faces to steal over $100G at casinos: feds

DEMOCRAT. Expelled from House in 1980, ex-congressman now charged with bribery and vote manipulation from 2014 to 2016

US confirms fighter jet flew close to Iranian jetliner above Syria, leading to passenger injuries

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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