Sunday, April 19, 2020

Some Sunday Morning Russiagate

Bill Priestap, the FBI’s former chief of counterintelligence, told Justice Department investigators he agreed not to disclose information he learned about Christopher Steele as a precondition for a meeting with British government officials regarding the former MI6 officer, according to recently declassified information.

Priestap and his deputy, Peter Strzok, traveled to the United Kingdom in November and December 2016 to assess the reliability of Steele, a former MI6 officer whose dossier the FBI used for its investigation into the Trump campaign.
From James V. DeLong at AmThink, The Russians did it -- Revised Version
For three years, the left has been peddling the story that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election in collaboration with the Trump campaign, with the ridiculous Steele Dossier cited as the proof.

Now, the Party Line has shifted.

The Russians still did it, says the new line, possibly working with the Clinton campaign, only they fed disinformation to the gullible Christopher Steele, who than helped deceive the innocents at the CIA and the FBI. So if these agencies spent three years conducting a sham investigation that hamstrung the American Presidency and embittered political relations -- well, it was still the Russian’s fault. Perhaps Putin himself made up the more salacious details.

One can imagine some Russian intelligence operative amusing himself by making up kompromat about U.S. political figures and throwing it out into the world, sort in the tradition of the old Mad magazine “Spy vs Spy” comic strip. But it is hard to take the idea seriously, largely because no rational Russian could have thought that U.S. government agencies would take the Dossier seriously. (“Come on Boris! You want the FBI to believe that Trump got two prostitutes to pee on a bed?”)
The FBI and DOJ were willing collaborators in the Russian disinformation campaign. J.B. Shurk also at AmThink, Was Trump the Only One in Washington Innocent of Russian Collusion?
Catherine Herridge confirmed recently that the FBI ignored warnings that the primary evidence used in securing a FISA warrant against Carter Page, Christopher’s Steele’s “dossier,” is unreliable “Russian disinformation.” Herridge is as fine an investigative reporter as they come, but my gut reaction was, “Haven’t we known that for years now?”

Then reality smacked me in the face, and I remembered: we’re still pretending as a country that Barack Obama’s FBI and CIA didn’t work with Fusion GPS, Hillary Clinton, and the Democrat party to frame Donald Trump as an agent of the Russian government.

I suppose the longer the attempted coup against the president has endured, the easier it is to forget that the U.S. government has done everything in its power to cover up the criminality of its intelligence agencies and preferred political players, while obfuscating the public record with a steady stream of disinformation from the corporate news.
But CNN whines, GOP seizes on newly declassified material to raise further questions about Steele dossier. You'd think they'd be weary of that cliche by now. From Jim Hoft at the Gateway Pundit, IT’S HAPPENING: At Long Last John Solomon Says Indictments May Be Coming This Week in Obama’s Spygate Scandal (VIDEO)
The Russians are Coming! NBC News Analyst Claims U.S. Lock-Down Protests Created by Russians…, without evidence.

Via the Wombat's Late Night With In The Mailbox: 04.17.20, Vox Popoli: Jury Fraud & Fake Justice
The railroading of Roger Stone continues:
The federal judge overseeing the trial of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone on Thursday denied his motion for a new trial, which was based on a claim of juror bias.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone's lawyers failed to demonstrate that a woman selected as a juror was biased against President Donald Trump, that she failed to disclose those views during jury selection and that she should not have been allowed to serve.
"The defendant has not shown that the juror lied; nor has he shown that the supposedly disqualifying evidence could not have been found through the exercise of due diligence at the time the jury was selected," the judge said.
The fact that the defendant showed the juror lied and that she was biased, was, of course irrelevant. This is why The Trial of Roger Stone has to be read in order to be believed. The corruption of the justice system is even worse than you probably imagine.

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