| Washington Examiner
Former Vice President Joe Biden was "manipulating intelligence" during the final days of the Obama administration, according to President Trump's ex-spy chief.
Richard Grenell, who declassified documents related to the Russia investigation during his monthslong tenure as acting director of national intelligence, told Newsmax TV that the Obama administration "weaponized intelligence" between the 2016 election and Inauguration Day.
He claimed Biden, who is now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, played a leading role in an effort to undermine President-elect Trump.
"We now know that the vice president of the United States, Joe Biden at the time, was in January ... looking for information, manipulating intelligence," Grenell said on Thursday. Grenell served as Trump's acting spy chief from Feb. 20 to May 26, overseeing the 17-member U.S. Intelligence Community. He also was the U.S. ambassador to Germany and remains as the special presidential envoy for Serbia and Kosovo peace negotiations.
During his time overseeing the U.S. Intelligence Community, Grenell declassified a list earlier that showed Obama administration officials, including Biden, who received information in response to "unmasking" requests targeting retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn during the presidential transition period before he became Trump's national security adviser.
Details about Flynn's conversations with a Russian envoy during that time were leaked to the media, leading to a controversy that cut short his stint in the White House and got him caught up in a false statements criminal case.
"Now, we also know that some of that manipulation — political manipulation of intelligence was leaked halfheartedly to reporters," Grenell said.
Biden has sought to distance himself from the FBI's investigation into Flynn, even as more declassified notes show he at least mentioned the Logan Act during an Oval Office discussion in January 2017 about that inquiry. Biden said the controversy being stoked by Trump's reelection campaign and its allies ”is all about diversion” and a way to divert attention “from the real concerns of the American people.”
U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is investigating whether there were any crimes during the Russia investigation, is reportedly looking into the leaks about Flynn.
Since leaving ODNI, Grenell has become a vocal critic of officials who leak classified intelligence and the politicization that follows. Last month, he condemned the leaks of "partial information" related to intelligence about a Russian spy unit offered secret bounties to Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops and other coalition forces in Afghanistan. READ MORE