The new CIA director, Gina Haspel, was the London station chief for the CIA in 2016, a busy year and location for undermining a future president.
Senator Rand Paul asked Gina Haspel questions about the Steele dossier—about her and the CIA’s knowledge of the dossier.
His questions, at first, were about whether the CIA put candidate Donald Trump under surveillance.
Earlier today, I sent the @CIA a letter inquiring about Ms. Haspel’s involvement or coordination in possible surveillance of then-candidate @realDonaldTrump. I await a response. pic.twitter.com/BncHW1KJvY
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 15, 2018
As the process continued, however, Senator Paul moved on to questions about the Steele Dossier.
Cassandra Fairbanks writes at the Gateway Pundit, “EXCLUSIVE: Gina Haspel Refuses to Answer Senator Rand Paul’s Questions About CIA Involvement in Steele Dossier.”
Senator Paul’s initial letter focused on the practices of the CIA during the 2016 presidential election. They heavily imply that the senator believes that the CIA was involved with the dossier that launched the Russian collusion investigation. Though the agency may not have been the one running the operation, Haspel is an acolyte of former CIA Director John Brennan — a fierce opponent of President Trump who, according to new reports, worked claims from the unverified dossier into then-President Barack Obama’s Presidential Daily Brief.
She answered some of Paul’s question, and seemed to evade others. When asked, she clarified, but she did not address many or Rand Paul’s eight subsequent questions.
“With regard to the current questions raised in your letter regarding Christopher Steele: for Question 3, I was not personally aware of Mr. Steele’s efforts when it was publicly reported in the press,” Haspel continued.
She added that, “As you know, this matter is currently under review by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) as part of their investigation into Russian active measures in the 2016 election — CIA is supporting those efforts. Additionally, many of your question relate to matters that fall within the jurisdiction of the FBI not CIA. I would refer you to SSCI for any additional questions you may have on this issue.”Advertisement - story continues below
Haspel did not answer any of the other questions posed by Senator Paul, including if the CIA aware of the efforts of Christopher Steele to collect information on the Trump campaign prior to Election Day or if the CIA received information from Steele’s investigation.
Senator Paul responded with one additional question, but has not yet received a response. He asked, via email, if the CIA received any information from British intelligence about Donald Trump, his campaign, or campaign associates.”
Though Haspel has been confirmed, it does not mean that she cannot be fired if she is found to have been lying in her responses to Senator Paul. If she was working with James Comey, she could and should receive the same fate. The CIA Director serves at the pleasure of the president.
Crossfire Hurricane was the codename for Brennan and Comey’s operation in London
Strzok, Steele, Downer, Papadopoulos, Misfud, Halper, and Page meetings were all based in London
Who was the CIA London Station Chief in 2016?
— Jack Posobiec???????? (@JackPosobiec) May 17, 2018