Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Russiagate Turns a Page

Well, regular "Russiagate" has all but fizzled as it has become clear that it was all a setup from the Obama administration and its holdovers, a fact that the MSM refuses to report, or to make excuses for. Unwilling to get let the Russian "collusion" meme go, the NYT has opened a new chapter, in this case making a charge that intelligence community reported to Trump that Russians had offered a bounty on American soldiers lives, which had been collected in several incidents, and that Trump had ignored this, and welcome Putin to come back to the G7. According to a happy AllahPundit at Hot Air, AP jumped in with Yes, Trump Was Briefed On Russia Putting Bounties On U.S. Troops Earlier This Year, and the Bulwark Boyz cheered The Russian Bounty Scandal Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone.

But, given the fact that all the stories cited unnamed intelligence, and portions of the intelligence agencies appear to still be consumed with never-Trump fervor, the whole thing seemed a little fishy, and indeed, evidence soon emerged to counter the claim. US News,  Trump Denies Russia Bounty Claim as Bipartisan Outrage Grows on Capitol Hill
"Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP," Trump wrote in a late-night tweet on Sunday. He was referring to the story first reported in The New York Times on Friday and subsequently confirmed by other news organizations about the Russian scheme, including reports that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were briefed on it as early as March. Trump added in his tweet, "Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!"
 AP, GOP lawmakers urge action after Russia-Afghanistan briefing.
Eight Republican lawmakers attended a White House briefing Monday about explosive allegations that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan — intelligence the White House insisted the president himself had not been fully read in on.

Members of Congress in both parties called for additional information and consequences for Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, and eight Democrats were to be briefed on the matter Tuesday morning. Still, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted Trump had not been briefed on the findings because they hadn’t been verified.

The White House seemed to be setting an unusually high bar for bringing the information to Trump, since it is rare for intelligence to be confirmed without a shadow of doubt before it is presented to senior government decision-makers. McEnany declined to say why a different standard of confidence in the intelligence applied to briefing lawmakers than bringing the information to the president.

Republicans who were in the briefing expressed alarm about Russia’s activities in Afghanistan.
Fox, Pentagon says ‘no corroborating’ evidence to stand up NYT report on Russian bounties
“To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports. Regardless, we always take the safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan—and around the world—most seriously and therefore continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats,” Jonathan  Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.'
Tom Rogan at WaEx, The likely reason Trump wasn't briefed on Russia's Taliban plot
The New York Times correctly reported on Friday that U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia's GRU intelligence service paid the Taliban to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan. But even as he hasn't refuted the reporting, the director of national intelligence has confirmed the White House's statement that President Trump did not receive intelligence briefings on the matter.

A few things are going on here.

First, note that belief and some evidence do not alone make a presidential-level intelligence product. . . .
Monica Showalter at AmThink assembles at fine collection of evidence at Another Deep State hoax blown out of the water: Trump never briefed about Russian bounties —Herridge

Virginia Kruta at Da Caller, Herridge: Intel Official Says NSA Cannot Corroborate Russia, Taliban Story
Ace, Surprise: Latest Deep State Leak Pushed by Leftwing Media Is Another Huge Lie
There was never anything about Russians paying the Taliban bounties on American soldiers to report.

This was low-level gossip (at best) that was never corroborated even in a small way.
At JOM, Tom Maguire offers a plausible theory at Hold The Fake News Presses!
Wait, what?!? The big NY Times scoop about Russian bounties to the Taliban for killing Americans was raw intel the credibility of which was still being assessed? Whoa, Fake News Watch!

Although, don't rule out this scenario - Faction A is convinced the intl is legitimate. Faction B is convinced that the US/Russian relationship is complicated, we have no good responses, we don't need this aggravation right now, and anyway like most intel, this report has holes.

The upshot: Faction B is slow-walking, foot-dragging, and basically hoping to bury this under unanswerable follow-up questions. A frustrated Faction A leaks the mess to the press. And here we are, lost in the fog.
Whew, but a little of the old stuff keeps coming out. Monte Kuligowski at AmThink, Did Obama give a tell about Flynn investigation in his last press conference? Jed Babbin at AmSpec, It Was Obama All AlongWorse than Watergate: Part 3. Well, Obama, with his insiders in the intelligence community and the media.
It’s a great pity that you can’t impeach someone who is no longer in office, because Obama’s actions — clearly in violation of the law and of the constitutional rights of Flynn, Trump, Carter Page, and others — were entirely worthy of impeachment.
 Sundance at CTH sends along Sidney Powell Discusses In-Depth Background of Michael Flynn Case…., Long and nothing new, but well worth the listen:

And a little dirt on Hunter Biden from John Solomon at JTN, Air Biden: Secret Service provided security for Hunter Biden on 400-plus trips during Obama years. Of course they did, but Hunter could always reimburse the treasury with some of his Chinese billions.

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