Former President Barack Obama likely was generally aware of the informant embedded into the Trump campaign, because both the CIA director and director of national intelligence knew about it and they briefed the president daily, Rudy Giuliani said Sunday.
The alleged informant, Stefan Halper, reportedly met with Trump campaign officials during the 2016 presidential race and Obama’s top intelligence officials, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper were aware of Halper’s intel, according to Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s attorney.
“Brennan and Clapper knew about it,” Giuliani told “The Cats Roundtable” on 970 AM-N.Y., per The Hill.
Giuliani added if those top administration intelligence officials knew, that is not the type of information that would be withheld from the daily presidential briefings, according to The Hill.
“Brennan briefed [President Obama] everyday,” Giuliani told host John Catsimatidis. “Obama, well to the extent that he got briefed everyday, you would have to have brought this up, wouldn’t you?
“Gosh, I can’t see how you would escape it.”
President Trump has been advancing the narrative of a surveillance and spying mission against his campaign that was politically motivated to keep the ruling party in the White House. Both Clapper and Brennan maintain the informant was solely intended to track Russia’s campaign meddling objectives.
Giuliani’s assertion would at least suggest the Obama administration was complicit in some unethical political maneuvers in what was a tightly contested and well-funded 2016 presidential election.
The Justice Department held a classified briefing with lawmakers last week, including with the Gang of Eight leadership of both major parties. After the briefing, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., were unmoved in their positions on the special counsel investigation into 2016 presidential election and the ensuing Inspector General probe into potential surveillance abuses.
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