Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Some More Rainy Day Russiagate

Just what we needed, it was almost to the point that I could walk on the backyard without it being frozen.

Hot Air reads the NYT so you don't have to: In Closed Hearing, A Clue About “The Heart” Of Mueller’s Russia Inquiry
Comments by one of Mr. Mueller’s lead prosecutors, disclosed in a transcript of a closed-door hearing, suggest that the special counsel continues to pursue at least one theory: that starting while Russia was taking steps to bolster Mr. Trump’s candidacy, people in his orbit were discussing deals to end a dispute over Russia’s incursions into Ukraine and possibly give Moscow relief from economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies.

The theory was offered almost as an aside by the prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann, during a discussion of contacts between Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a longtime Russian associate, Konstantin V. Kilimnik, whom investigators have linked to Russian intelligence.
"Linked" and "proved" are two different things. And this says nothing about Trump's possible involvement.  USA Today comes to the sad realization that Robert Mueller has spent two years investigating Trump, and he hasn't said a word. It's possible he never will.  But, but, but, wasn't he supposed to be saving us from Donald Trump?

Dr. John at Flopping Aces reviews the evidence that The Russian dossier was concocted to frame Trump and conceal the Clinton/DNC/Russian collusion

Via Doug Ross @ Journal, Larwyn's Linx: Progressives Bearing Gifts, Sundance at CTH has three articles to review:

First, Judicial Watch Uncovers Email Between Clinton Lawyer David Kendall and FBI Lawyer James Baker Same Day FBI Was Forced to Re-Open Investigation…, a long and convoluted tail which adds incrementally to our knowledge of how the DOJ/FBI came to clear Hillary, the same team that engineered the Mueller investigation.

Second, The Question No-One Seems To Ask…
Democrats do not miss an opportunity to take advantage of any angle where they can criticize, attack and weaponize a narrative against their political opposition. So riddle me this… Somebody has been leaking congressional transcripts to Jon Solomon and The Epoch Times (Jeff Carlson). The unauthorized releases include testimony from: Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, James Baker, Bill Priestap and, most recently, Trisha Beth Anderson.

Question: Why aren’t the democrats framing a political attack narrative around these unauthorized, unlawful and unethical releases?



Obviously because they're largely responsible, or at least in no position to complain.

Third, and finally, Michael Cohen Cancels SSCI Testimony… Nominally delayed for "post surgery medical needs", but I still can't imagine any benefit to Cohen, already convicted of lying to Congress once, would ever go there again.

The New Yorker is pretty happy about Roger Stone’s and Jerome Corsi’s Time in the Barrel
A jury will resolve the question of Stone’s guilt, and Mueller will decide whether to charge Corsi, but the geriatric bad boy and the literary charlatan have a wider significance. Stone and Corsi are, respectively, the progenitor and the expositor of the world view of the current President of the United States. Stone’s vulgar narcissism and his insistence on claiming victory at all costs anticipated Trump’s. Stone has Richard Nixon’s face tattooed on his back and Nixon’s values imprinted on his soul; the amoral ruthlessness of the thirty-seventh President passed, through Stone, to the forty-fifth. Corsi tells stories the way Trump does, starting with the desired conclusion and then arranging facts to support it. He cultivated Trump’s obsessions, including genetic purity, as reflected in claims that Obama was born in Kenya rather than in Hawaii; contempt for the two-party system and the political √©lite, particularly the Bush and Clinton families; and fear and suspicion of the American intelligence agencies and their purported involvement in events such as the Kennedy assassination and the decision to invade Iraq. Through the crucible of the Russia investigation, the fates of these men have become linked, and their cases will help determine the outcome of the epic clash between the special counsel and the President.

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