Rick Grenell is truly the deep state’s worst nightmare, many people argue. Thanks to him, Americans now know that the so-called ‘intelligence’ information that claimed Russia was planning a ‘play’ to back Donald Trump in 2020, was simply a grossly exaggerated and false claim, which was deliberately leaked by democrats.
In fact, it appears as if the DNI briefer who was responsible for the “misleading” information is being thrown under the bus by her resistance buddies. Shelby Pierson, when asked by Grenell to produce the underlying intelligence within the briefing she gave to the House Intelligence Committee, couldn’t do it.
All of the sudden, CNN broke the story that Ms. Pierson “overstepped” her position, was “misleading” in her briefing, and “mischaracterized” the underlying intelligence.
Washington (CNN)-The US intelligence community’s top election security official appears to have overstated the intelligence community’s formal assessment of Russian interference in the 2020 election, omitting important nuance during a briefing with lawmakers earlier this month, three national security officials told CNN.
The official, Shelby Pierson, told lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election with the goal of helping President Donald Trump get reelected.
[…] “The intelligence doesn’t say that,” one senior national security official told CNN. “A more reasonable interpretation of the intelligence is not that they have a preference, it’s a step short of that.
[…] One intelligence official said that Pierson’s characterization of the intelligence was “misleading” and a national security official said Pierson failed to provide the “nuance” needed to accurately convey the US intelligence conclusions.
Conservative Treehouse explained the set-up and what’s happening now:
Why would Shelby Pierson and Joseph Maguire intentionally blindside the White House? [Maguire was outed on Friday.]
The briefing was obviously spun by HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff and democrats on the House intel committee; and there was no intelligence presented during the briefing to support the claims made by Pierson, Democrats and media.
If it seems like CNN just stumbled into the journalism thing, don’t react too quickly. The underlying motive for CNN to narrate truthfully on this example is simply to get Ms. Pierson fired (which she should be). If Pierson is fired, CNN will most likely jump back on the bandwagon of President Trump helping Russia again.
And, check out what the Wall Street Journal reported on Pierson last week, according to the Fox News coverage of the incident:
The Wall Street Journal reported last week, citing people familiar with her work, that Pierson “has a reputation for being injudicious with her words and not appreciating the delicate work of corralling federal agencies, technology firms and state election officials to collaborate on election security.”
Republican lawmakers who were in the Pierson briefing noted that Trump has taken on Russia in numerous ways, one official present told The Associated Press. The White House has opposed Russia’s major proposed pipeline in Germany, provided deadly arms to Ukraine and accused Russia of violating key arms treaties, among other measures.
Then, it was reported that U.S. intelligence officials had briefed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia was trying to help his campaign too, although it was unclear how or why the alleged support for the self-described democratic socialist was occurring.
Pierson told NPR in an interview that aired last month that the Russians “are already engaging in influence operations relative to candidates going into 2020. But we do not have evidence at this time that our adversaries are directly looking at interfering with vote counts or the vote tallies.”
Pierson, appointed in July 2019 by then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, has worked with intelligence agencies including the CIA, the FBI, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to identify anyone seeking to interfere with U.S. elections.
Pierson told NPR that the U.S. didn’t know exactly what the Russians were planning, but she said it’s not just a Russia problem. “We’re still also concerned about China, Iran, non-state actors, hacktivists and frankly — certainly for DHS and FBI – even Americans that might be looking to undermine confidence in the elections.”
Conservatives and left-of-center journalists alike have condemned the vague and unsubstantiated allegations of Russian interference, saying they would sow distrust in candidates and institutions only further — a possible goal of Putin.
“The menacing agency interfering in Our Elections isn’t the KGB/FSB. It’s the CIA,” wrote The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, referring to the leak that Sanders had been briefed weeks earlier about Russian support for his campaign. That leak was reported just hours before the Nevada caucuses began.
The Intercept last year compiled a list of media failures and false reports concerning Russian efforts.
Added journalist Aaron Mate, referring to Pfeiffer’s remarks: “This captures why Russiagate fear-mongering was never about a real threat, or about stopping Trump. It was about defending the privilege of neoliberals who lost to Trump in 2016. Bernie is now their biggest threat, so Russiagate is deployed once more.”
“You should simply write off anyone in the media who’d run wild with a new evidence-free ‘Russian interference’ story at this point,” commentator Michael Tracey said. “Such journalists and pundits deserve contempt, mockery, and anger for ‘undermining our democracy.’ THEY are the ones ‘sowing discord.'”
“Another misinformation campaign is being launched by Democrats in Congress saying that Russia prefers me to any of the Do Nothing Democrat candidates who still have been unable to, after two weeks, count their votes in Iowa. Hoax number 7!” Trump tweeted last week, responding to the initial reports.