Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more interesting than they already are, a story comes along that completely changes the game.
This time it was The New York Times who broke wide-open a story that reveals President Obama and his administration worked feverishly to spread out evidences of Russian election tampering, and collusion between Trump and Putin, all across government agencies in an attempt to preserve damning information that might have otherwise been lost. According to officials, this was done to both prevent the destruction of evidence before investigations could begin, and ensure that this kind of breach would never happen again.
According to the Times, this information came largely from two kinds of sources: 1) Government officials of American allies (at least three) that describe meetings between Putin and Trump associates, and 2) communications between Russian government officials discussing interactions with Trump associates, intercepted directly by American intelligence officials.
The Times Reveals What Obama’s Motivations Were:
At the Obama White House, Mr. Trump’s statements stoked fears among some that intelligence could be covered up or destroyed — or its sources exposed — once power changed hands. What followed was a push to preserve the intelligence that underscored the deep anxiety with which the White House and American intelligence agencies had come to view the threat from Moscow.
The invaluable information was spread among a number of national and international organizations in an attempt to immediately begin analysis. In an attempt to keep this information as transparent and available as possible, it receive relatively low levels of classification. Some of this information also made it to members of Congress before Trump’s inauguration.
Watch NBC News’s take on the New York Times’s story here: