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Whereas the former House Intel Chair (Republican) Devin Nunes has been openly obstructionist, the Republican Senate Intel head has acted as a clandestine spy-mole for Trump. This allowed the Trump administration to know who was being investigated so that they could know what measures to take to impede the investigation-obstruct justice.
“On March 16, 2017, the White House Counsel’s Office was briefed by Senator Burr on the existence of “4-5 targets” in “the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference…” (“Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election“, Special Counsel Mueller March 2019, p. 52)
US Senator Wyden alluded to this in his statement: “Finally, the Senate Intelligence Committee must thoroughly investigate counterintelligence, including Donald Trump’s financial entanglements with the Russians, issues that were outside the scope of the special counsel’s inquiry. Given evidence from the Mueller report, the committee must take steps to ensure its investigations do not leak to the executive branch.” (US Senator Wyden, 18 April 2019) https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/wyden-statement-on-the-special-counsel-report-
From the report:
“On March 9, 2017, Corney briefed the “Gang of Eight” congressional leaders about the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference, including an identification of the principal U.S. subjects of the investigation. 307 Although it is unclear whether the President knew of that briefing at the time, notes taken by Annie Donaldson , then McGahn’ s chief of staff, on March 12, 2017 , state, “POTUS in panic/chaos … Need binders to put in front of POTUS. (1) All things related to Russia.” 308 The week after Comey’s briefing, the White House Counsel’s Office was in contact with SSCI Chairman Senator Richard Burr about the Russia investigations and appears to have received information about the status of the FBI investigation. 309”
The HOM (harm to ongoing matter) blot out in the original appears to be Roger Stone.
“309 Donaldson 11/6/17 302, at 14-15. On March 16, 2017, the White House Counsel’s Office was briefed by Senator Burr on the existence of “4-5 targets.” Donaldson 11 /6/17 302, at 15. The “targets “ were identified in notes taken by Donaldson as “Flynn (FBI was in – wrapping up –> DOJ was looking for phone records”; “Comey –> Manafort (Ukr + Russia, not campaign)”; [HOM (Harm to Ongoing Matter)]; “Carter Page ($ game)”; and “Greek Guy” (potentially referring to George Papadopoulos, later charged with violating 18 U.S.C. § 1001 for lying to the FBI). SC_AD_00l98 (Donaldson 3/16/17 Notes). Donaldson and McGahn both said they believed these were targets of SSCI. Donaldson 11/6/ 17 302, at 15; McGahn 12/ 12/17 302, at 4. But SSCI does not formally investigate individuals as “targets”; the notes on their face reference the FBI, the Department of Justice, and Comey; and the notes track the background materials prepared by the FBI for Comey’s briefing to the Gang of 8 on March 9. See SNS-Classified-0000140-44 (3/8/17 Email, Gauhar to Page et al.); see also Donaldson 11 /6/17 302, at 15 (Donaldson could not rule out that Burr had told McGahn those individuals were the FBI’s targets).
Searchable file but huge pdf – 133.9 MB: https://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2019/images/04/18/mueller-report-searchable.pdf
“Trump Supporter Or Investigator? 5 Problems For Devin Nunes And Trump White House” March 28, 2017 10:40 AM ET, by DOMENICO MONTANARO https://www.npr.org/2017/03/28/521776396/trump-supporter-or-investigator-5-problems-for-devin-nunes-and-the-trump-white-h