In 2016, former President Barrack Obama was briefed on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's ploy to link then-presidential candidate Donald Trump to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
This is one of the revelations from the recently-released report of Special Counsel John Durham.
The more than 300-page report details Durham's findings after completing a multi-year investigation into the origins of the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" probe. That's the name that the FBI gave to its investigation of the Trump-Russia collusion allegation.
Ultimately, Durham found that the FBI lacked sufficient information to launch the "Crossfire Hurricane" probe and that the "FBI failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law."
As reporters continue to sift through the 300-page report, more and more details are emerging.
The latest detail to emerge is that then-President Obama and then-director of national intelligence James Clapper knew about Clinton's plan.
According to Durham's report, in the summer of 2016, the U.S. government received intelligence about Clinton's plan to link Trump to Russian interference in the presidential election.
Fox News reports:
On Aug. 3, 2016, within days of receiving the Clinton plan in late July, then-CIA Director John Brennan met with Obama, Joe Biden (who was vice president at the time), and other senior officials to discuss Russian efforts to interfere in the election.
The briefing included Clinton's plan to link Trump to this Russian interference. Fox goes on to add that "FBI personnel beyond then-Director James Comey, who was present at Brennan's briefing, became increasingly aware of the intelligence at some point later that month."
At the time of this writing, Obama has not commented on the matter.
The Democrats, in general, are trying to either ignore or dismiss Durham's findings.
The FBI said this:
The conduct in 2016 and 2017 that Special Counsel Durham examined was the reason that current FBI leadership already implemented dozens of corrective actions, which have now been in place for some time. Had those reforms been in place in 2016, the missteps identified in the report could have been prevented. This report reinforces the importance of ensuring the FBI continues to do its work with the rigor, objectivity, and professionalism the American people deserve and rightly expect.
Trump, in his own statement on Durham's findings, said, "there must be a heavy price to pay for putting our country through this."
However, it is looking as though just about all of those individuals involved in Clinton's plan are going to escape punishment.