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2016 Evelyn Farkas wrote: Intel Agencies Must Release Trump Info before Inauguration

Posted by FactReal on April 2, 2017

In December 2016, Evelyn Farkas, Obama’s Pentagon expert on Russia, wrote an article for Politico urging the intelligence community to release more information on the alleged Trump-Russia connection before Trump’s Inauguration.

This is the same Evelyn Farkas, who confessed March 2 on MSNBC how she and others collected and disseminated intelligence on Trump’s team.

HIGHLIGHTS OF FARKAS’ ARTICLE:
– “Before the president-elect takes the oath, the American people deserve to know what the intelligence community knows about his business history and entanglements with Russians and Russia,” Farkas wrote.
– “The information needs to be made public,” she urged the intel agencies, “before January 20,” because the “American public doesn’t have access to the data the intelligence community — all 16 agencies combined — have on the Russian government, its banks and oligarchs, and their relationships with Trump’s campaign, his business ventures, and the president-elect himself.”
– She claimed that the Trump team “would be motivated to eliminate means of collection and analysis.”
– “The intelligence community and policy officials should also begin disclosing what they know about whether Trump’s associates have been in contact with Russian officials, and what they’ve been discussing,” Farkas wrote.
– Farkas included of a list of questions as a roadmap of what the intelligence community had to release before Trump took oath:
— What we don’t know is how much Russian money is involved, and what Russian money.
— How did Trump get out of debt?
— To whom does he owe money?
— Who provides the collateral for his loans?
— Is he beholden to Russian oligarchs and banks who are under the thumb of the Kremlin and Russian security services?
— What did Russia do to interfere in U.S. elections?
— Did any American citizens collude with Russia to assist in the Kremlin’s efforts to interfere in elections? If so how, and were Trump associates, or Trump himself, aware?
— Have Russians given or loaned Trump and/or his businesses money, or provided collateral or other financial assistance to him?

COINCIDENCE? The media published these articles afterwards:
1/10/2017, CNN/Buzzfeed: Released a 35-page “dossier” full of unsubstantiated dirt on Trump (which Al Franken used the same day against Jeff Session during his confirmation hearing.
1/11/2017, The Guardian : “John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI”
1/12/2017, The New York Times: “N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications”
1/18/2017,  McClatchy: “FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump”
1/19/2017, The New York Times: “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides” – Examining Russian Ties – Business Dealings of Campaign Advisers Are Investigated.

PART OF FARKAS’ ARTICLE IN POLITICO: [Emphasis added]

2016-12-12 EvelynFargasUrgesIntelligenceToDiscloseTrumpRussia
Here’s What America Needs to Know About Trump and Russia
My time as the Pentagon’s Russia-watcher suggests we need much more disclosure, and soon.

By EVELYN FARKAS December 12, 2016

We are only beginning to process the fact that a foreign country interfered with American democratic elections. But when it comes to Russia and its relationship with Donald Trump, the election hacking may be only the tip of the iceberg. The American public doesn’t have access to the data the intelligence community — all 16 agencies combined — have on the Russian government, its banks and oligarchs, and their relationships with Trump’s campaign, his business ventures, and the president-elect himself. That must change before January 20. The information needs to be made public. […]

Given Russia’s capabilities and its recent patterns, it is not at all far-fetched to ask whether Trump is indeed the “puppet” Secretary Clinton mockingly named him in the second presidential debate. Is he financially and politically beholden to Russians close to the government and to the Kremlin itself? If so, is he prepared to accommodate Putin’s interests? […]

Today, we already have enough clues and too much undisclosed information to warrant worry about the puppet scenario. There are signs the Trump campaign was involved in coordinating this release of hacked information — then-adviser Carter Page’s trips and meetings in Moscow, and Russian statements that they were in touch with the campaign. And of course, Trump publicly called on the Russian government to continue hacking Hillary Clinton’s computers during a televised campaign appearance. His campaign dismissed it as a joke; it’s not clear everyone did. […]

We know, per Donald Trump Jr., that Russia makes up a significant amount of the family business. What we don’t know is how much Russian money is involved, and what Russian money. How did Trump get out of debt? To whom does he owe money? Who provides the collateral for his loans? Is he beholden to Russian oligarchs and banks who are under the thumb of the Kremlin and Russian security services? […]

…So before we even get to interagency debates on Russia, before the president-elect takes the oath, the American people deserve to know what the intelligence community knows about his business history and entanglements with Russians and Russia.

The intelligence community, especially the CIA, will be loath to reveal too much lest their sources and methods are compromised. But if our worst fears are realized, Trump has knowingly benefited from Kremlin help, but those means may be jeopardized by the next administration, anyway. His team would be motivated to eliminate means of collection and analysis and of informing others in the executive branch or Congress. As the public and legislators press for more clarity, there are a handful of specific questions they need to focus on:

1) What did Russia do to interfere in U.S. elections?

2) Did any American citizens collude with Russia to assist in the Kremlin’s efforts to interfere in elections? If so how, and were Trump associates, or Trump himself, aware?

3) Have Russians given or loaned Trump and/or his businesses money, or provided collateral or other financial assistance to him?

If the answers yield further evidence that the president-elect is indebted to the Russian government or individuals with Kremlin ties, the intelligence community and policy officials should also begin disclosing what they know about whether Trump’s associates have been in contact with Russian officials, and what they’ve been discussing.

There are U.S. government officials who know the answers to these questions; the most powerful among them, with the ability to declassify intelligence, will leave when power is transferred to Trump. It is bad enough that Trump has been labeled the biggest “Pinocchio” of all the presidential candidates by the fact-checkers at The Washington Post. But it would be far worse if his Geppetto, the man holding his strings, was Vladimir Putin—and if the people who were in a position to warn Americans did not do so.

RELATED:
Evelyn Farkas to Obama: Release FBI Info on Trump Dossier (Op-Ed on 1/12/2017)
Evelyn Farkas 2016: Trump Would be Impeached Pretty Quickly (Video)
2016 Farkas: Trump and Putin – Two Liars Separated at Birth
Evelyn Farkas, Obama’s Official, Urged Others to Collect Intel on Trump (video)

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