Here is a thread by burntheships today that further buttresses that this meeting was a setup.
Turns out that McCabe was emailing people two days before the CNN story that it was coming out.
So lets go through the timeline of what we now know.
In early January, before the comey briefing on January 6, 2017, we know that the Director of National Intelligence Clapper was discussing the dossier
with Jake Tapper from CNN (and would later lie to congress about this).
We know that after this meeting, Clapper himself recommended to James Comey, head of the FBI, that he breif Trump on the slacious details of the
dossier, such as the pee story. The reason clapper gave Comey for this was that he knew CNN knew of the story, and was looking for a news hook to run
Januray 6, 2017. Comey briefs trump on the pee details of the dossier (not the rest of it though that was important and could have helped trump stop
potential russian influence) because he claims he is worried that if the story comes out it could damage the President.
January 8, 2017. McCabe, the second in command at the FBI, sends out emails saying he knows CNN is about to run the news story on the dossier, and
will use comeys breifing as the hook for running it.
January 10, 2017. CNN does just that.
This is damning.
Now people will say as they did on the other thread, that this does not prove Cklapper, Comey, McCabe etc. intended the meeting as a setup.
But I feel this new info on this thread buttresses that it in fact was a setup.
Put yourself in Clapper or Comeys shoes.
Lets take them at their word; that they were woriied for trumps sake that CNN had this story and was going to run it. SO they want to breif trump to
let him know that CNN is just looking for a reason to run the story.
Then they find out two days after the briefing and two days before CNN runs the story that they have made an incredible blunder; that CNN is not only
going to run the story, but they are going to use the Clapper suggested, Comey carried out briefing as the very news hook Clapper and Comey were
worried that they would get.
Now at this point, if you are Comey or Clapper, and as you have claimed you are truly concerned with this smearing the President, wouldnt you be
pissed beyond belief? Details of your breifing were leaked by someone in your office, and used to hurt the President.
The first thing you would do is try to find the leak. But as Comey admitted in his interview with Bret Baier, he didnt try to do that at all. This
makes no sense.
Also, wouldnt you have another briefing with the President when you found out CNN was about to run this story on January 8th, to say something like
"Mr. President, I am sorry. Someone from our office has leaked details of my briefing with you, and they are now using it as the news hook they needed
and will be running that story shortly. You need to be prepared to deal with this"
Yet we have no evidence that took place, and at this point, someone in trumps camp would have surely explained that discussion did occur.
Also you feel that Comey and especially Clapper, who discussed the dossier with CNN, and then recommended briefing trump, would be absolutely livid
with CNN. So what does Clapper do? He ends up taking a job with CNN!
All of this points to one conclusion; Clapper (who leaked to CNN) and Comey didnt care at all that this story was coming out and might hurt trump.
That means they LIED to trump when they said they were worried about this coming out and hurting him. Which means that there is a very good chance
that they in fact set trump up with this meeting to give CNN an excuse in the first place to run this story.
Think about the gravity of this.
Many of the heads of the intel community were at worst setting trump up maliciously, and at best for them lying about caring about the story hurting
trump and acting with some maliciousness (Clapper leaking dossier details to cnn, some high level official leaking details of the briefing) and
extreme incompetence (giving cnn the very hook they were looking for, and then not looking for the leaker of those details).
Our Presidents own intel community working against him. This needs to be investigated NOW.