Who Was the First to Use the ’17 Intelligence Agencies’ Lie? Hillary Clinton of Course During a Presidential Debate

Guest post by Joe Hoft

In President-to-be Donald Trump’s first presser after accepting the Republican nomination for President in July 2016, President Donald Trump showed his excitement after the historical week where he and his stellar family was on display for all of America to see.  President-to-be Trump let into Ted Cruz for his disrespectful act the day before in not supporting the President-to-be and then he let Hillary Clinton and her campaign have it.  In doing so he shared to the media’s shock:

He [Russian President Putin] doesn’t respect our President [Obama].  And if it was Russia, which it’s probably not, nobody knows who it is.  But if it is Russia, it’s really bad for a different reason because it shows how little respect they have for our country when they would hack into a major party, and get everything.

But it would be interesting to see, I will tell you this, Russia if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing!

The future President was referring to the 30,000 emails that Hillary Clinton deleted and did not provide to special prosecutors who asked for her emails.  Hillary had stored emails on a private server disregarding government regulations that require government employees to house government related emails on government email systems.

The Clinton team knew they had a problem with Hillary’s emails which were kept outside of government oversight.   A short time later Hillary’s Campaign Manager John Podesta’s emails were released by WikiLeaks and they included an email from Obama’s Cheryl Mills to Podesta which stated:

We need to clean this up…emails…they do not say state .gov”

Another of Podesta’s emails showed that the Clinton team discussed the illegal act of deleting Hillary’s emails rather than provide to government investigators.

The Democrats knew they had an issue with Hillary’s emails and so they manufactured a story to change the subject.  During a Presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Hillary stated that the Russians hacked Americans and gave that information to WikiLeaks:

This [Russians hacking and giving emails to WikiLeaks] has come from the highest levels of the Russian government, clearly from Putin himself, in an effort as 17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed to influence our election.”

Crooked Hillary was the first to use the lie during the second presidential debate.

Unfortunate for Hillary, her comments were immediately refuted by WikiLeaks and have been to this date:

The National Review also corrected Hillary on her false statement.
The Corner reported:

What Clinton said was false and misleading. First of all, only two intelligence entities – the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – have weighed in on this issue, not 17 intelligence agencies. And what they said was ambiguous about Russian involvement. An unclassified October 7, 2016 joint DNI-DHS statement on this issue said the hacks.

. . . are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow — the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europa and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.

Saying we think the hacks “are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts” is far short of saying we have evidence that Russia has been responsible for the hacks. Maybe high-level officials would have authorized them if Russian hackers were responsible, but the DNI and DHS statement did NOT say there was evidence Russia was responsible.

The lie that Hillary Clinton started that 17 government intelligence agencies confirmed Russia stole DNC emails and provided them to WikiLeaks is finally confirmed a lie.

Who else but Hillary could have started such a tall tale.

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