Thanks to a trove of newly-declassified documents from the Russia investigation, Americans can now see for themselves that the FBI knew long before Robert Mueller ever came on the scene that there was absolutely no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian intelligence forces to meddle in the 2016 election.
In a statement, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the declassified documents give the public a clear view into what was an obvious deep state hoax.
“The comments of Peter Strzok regarding the February 14 New York Times article are devastating in that they are an admission that there was no reliable evidence that anyone from the Trump Campaign was working with Russian Intelligence Agencies in any form,” said Graham.
Graham is referring to remarks Strzok made about a New York Times article entitled, “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence.”
In that article, the “journalists” of the Times wrote: “Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.”
But Strzok’s notes at the time paint a very different picture.
“This statement is misleading and inaccurate as written,” noted the disgraced FBI agent at the time. “We have not seen evidence of any individuals affiliated with the Trump team in contact with [intelligence officers].”
Strzok, clearly under pressure in 2017 from his bosses to explain why they were reading about this nonsense in the paper, explained that while Russian government officials had met with certain Trump campaign associates, none of them were from Russia’s intel services.
He also noted that Carter Page was documented to have met with Russian Foreign Intelligence Service agents, but that those contacts had taken place long before he associated himself with the campaign. Indeed, as we later learned, Page was almost certainly working undercover for the U.S. government at the time.
Graham, whose committee was responsible for declassifying the documents, said that notes like the one above show that the FBI investigation into collusion was based on little more than hearsay, speculation, and political animus against the president.
The New York Times, which has (astoundingly) only gotten worse since 2017, said in a statement, “We stand by our reporting.”