Thursday, May 14, 2020

Continuing Russiagate Coverage

I feel much better after a shower and my umpteenth cup of coffee...

Continuing fallout from Rick Grenell's declassifications: Dan Chaitin at WaEx, Trump spy chief declassifying documents showing CIA Director John Brennan 'suppressed' Russia intelligence: Report and  Matt Margolis at PJ Media, Richard Grenell Drops Another Bombshell on the Obama Admin's Involvement in SpyGate. Expect that not to be covered by the NYT, WaPoo, MSNBC crowd, or at least relegated to the back pages and late nights. Capt. Ed at Hot Air, Hmmm: Grenell To Declassify Intel Analysis Showing Russia Wanted Hillary To Win?. Ace,  Ed Henry: Intelligence Sources Say John Brennan Deliberately Hid Evidence That Putin Favored Hillary, In Order to Make His Coup Frame-Job Stick. To summarize, from Front Page Mag, John Brennan: The Traitor-in-Chief. It's all been a lie from the start.

Fox reads WSJ Editorial Board: All the Adam Schiff transcripts – Chair knew there was no proof of Russia-Trump collusion.

Another myth lie busted as Hidden Over 2 Years: Dem Cyber-Firm's Sworn Testimony It Had No Proof of Russian Hack of DNC. Ace, Hidden For Two Years: Crowdstrike Admitted Under Oath That It Had No Evidence At All That the DNC Servers Were Hacked by Russia
But we had been told that there was no doubt that Russia hacked the DNC servers, and this, in turn, required us to have no doubt that Russia wanted Trump to win (which in turn led, ipso facto, to the conclusion that Trump was a Russian Sleeper Agent).

But the first dot in this line of connected dots is in fact false.

There was never any evidence that Russia hacked the DNC emails -- but the Democrats and their media partners lied to us about this for three fucking years and turned the country upside down with their lunatic conspiracy theories and coup efforts.

Not only did he have no evidence that Russia intruded into the servers, he had no evidence that any information was moved off (downloaded from) the servers.

Also -- this never leaked.

A strictly rhetorical question. More Ace, Oh Wow: Devin Nunes Says That Criminal Referrals Are Coming.
Not Just for the FBI/CIA Coupists.
But for Mueller's Team of 13 Angry Democrats.

I'm experiencing so many emotions over this.

I guess I'm currently feeling a mix of skepticism, of intrigue, and of erection.
Sadly, Nunes' referrals have a long history of going nowhere.

And there's prospects for more declassifications as Senator Chuck Grassley Writes Letter To DOJ and DNI Requesting More Declassification… (sundance at CTH).
With the DOJ deciding to drop the Flynn prosecution Grassley notes there are three more buckets of classified documents he would like to see declassified and presented soon:

(1) The Flynn/Kislyak transcript. (2) The Susan Rice Memo to file. (3) The original and mysteriously missing Flynn 302 authored by FBI agent Joe Pientka. [Grassley Press]
Conrad Black at AmGreat, Democrats Charge Into a Political Cul-de-Sac
Trump’s opponents are advancing down several cul-de-sacs simultaneously. They are standing firmly on the legality and propriety of the prosecution of General Michael Flynn and the applications for warrants to conduct espionage against junior Trump campaign aide Carter Page and the campaign and transition team.

This position cannot be sustained. The prosecution was an outrage which the Justice Department has withdrawn as not only the prosecution of an innocent person, but a prosecution of one whom the prosecutors knew to be not guilty.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) activity, as Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has determined, was in gross breach of department practices and customs. It is not his position to determine legality, but he pointed out 17 areas that were, he determined, illegal. The whole operation was based on the infamous Steele dossier, which was exposed years ago as a tissue of lies funded and shopped to the media via the intelligence agencies in a sequence of monstrous improprieties, to influence the election and then destabilize the incoming administration.

There is no longer any serious doubt about any of this and those who follow these things are waiting for the special counsel’s indictments. But this past weekend, former President Obama leaked to the country his view that when someone has pleaded guilty to a criminal offense if the charge is withdrawn without being tried, this shakes his confidence in American justice. At about the same time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a press statement accusing Attorney General William Barr of using the Justice Department to maintain “the president’s cover-up.” This is both bizarre and insane conduct.

Obama was intimately familiar with the entire investigation of Flynn and knew what bunk it was; he received—with then-Vice President Biden—the full summary of these activities on January 5, 2017, from then-FBI director James Comey. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates was astonished to learn that the president was aware of the interception of (innocuous) telephone conversations between Flynn as national security advisor-designate and the Russian ambassador.

Pelosi betrayed the addiction of the Democrats to what, in more civil times, was called the “character issue.” The Democrats cannot run against Trump on any basis other than the aggressively shouted supposition that he is an unindicted criminal. The speaker did not specify what the president is covering up. He’s not now under investigation. Obama, Biden, their Justice Department and CIA, and the Clinton campaign are. . . 
John Solomon at home JTN, Impeachment Boomerang: Contacts exposed between US embassy, Hunter Biden-connected Ukraine firm. Did Ambassador Yovanobitch lie to Congress about her contacts with Burisma/Biden? Sure looks like it.

Meanwhile back at home, Sauron's eyeball reports Paul Manafort released to home confinement amid coronavirus threat in prison. If you don't want to give Mordor the clicks, Capt Ed, Freed: Manafort Gets Early Release To Home Confinement Over COVID-19 Risk

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