Saturday, August 29, 2020

Russiagate with a Bang

Wow. The remnants of Hurricane Laura (now post-tropical cyclone Laura) arrived late last night with a bang, in fact many bangs, with an impressive thunderstorm that dropped 1.4 inches of rain before midnight, and another 1 by day break. It's overcast and rainy now, and will remain so for most of the day allegedly, although total rain isn't supposed to be much more.

Oh yeah, Russiagate. Well, there's a little. Tracy Beanz at UnCoverDC asks the question Is Kevin Clinesmith Cooperating with John Durham? but her article makes it pretty clear he is, or else.
However, this is where the juice lies, and again please pay close attention to the highlighted (and underlined) sections.
In closing, we were told Clinesmith wouldn’t be “earth-shattering” which I take to mean that he is the lowest fruit and the plea is for a lesser charge. We were told there would be more significant developments before the election, Clinesmith as the baseline. He is clearly cooperating/has cooperated if you read documents and don’t react emotionally, and the rest will follow in due course.

We were given a heads up about what was coming. It was an honest assessment. Why folks doubt Durham now given all of what we know and the fact that we have a plea deal is beyond me. I think we need less emotion and desperation, and transparent analysis of the facts in front of us, something that is sorely lacking.
Chuck Ross at Da Caller informs us that a Steele Associate Offered To ‘Feed’ Michael Flynn Story To WaPo Columnist, Ex-Spy Testified
Kramer was already known to have met with reporters to discuss the dossier. He has acknowledged providing the dossier to a reporter for BuzzFeed News, which published the salacious document on Jan. 10, 2017. But the Steele messages suggest Kramer played a more proactive role in trying to put negative stories in the media about Trump associates.

Kramer’s most eye-catching references are to David Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist who writes about national security issues.

“The Flynn calls story is picking up legs,” Kramer wrote to Steele, seemingly referring to a Jan. 12, 2017, column by Ignatius that revealed that Flynn spoke by phone weeks earlier with Sergey Kislyak.

According to text messages read at the trial, Kramer suggested to Steele that he would provide dirt on Trump associates to Ignatius.
“I think it’s time to get that other [Manafort] story out there,” Kramer wrote in a message to Steele, referring to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

“And Ignatius is the one I’ll feed it to,” he also wrote.

Steele insisted during his testimony that Kramer was suggesting feeding a story to Ignatius about Flynn rather than Manafort.

“It’s a Michael Flynn story, isn’t it?” Steele asked during the cross-examination.

He went on to say that the information regarding Flynn he discussed with Kramer was not found in the dossier.

“Any story here about Michael Flynn is completely independent of anything in the dossier,” said Steele.
At Da Fed, Margot Cleveland explains how The Michael Flynn Saga Reveals Democrats’ Near-Coup Use Of Federal Power
. . . Flynn’s fate, however, was sealed when Yates conveyed to the White House that Flynn had lied to Pence and had been questioned by the FBI. Even then, had Yates conveyed the truth—that the agents believed Flynn had not lied—the Trump administration might have resolved the situation differently.

Instead, though, Obama administration holdovers and partisan career employees succeeded in causing the ouster of the new administration’s pick for national security advisor. And that plot only succeeded because of illegally leaked classified intel. These facts shake the foundation of our constitutional republic and threaten the peaceful transitions of power, and will be a blot on our country’s history long after Flynn obtains some semblance of justice.

Further, the targeting of Flynn was but one thread of the Obama-Biden administration’s attempt to interfere with the Trump administration. The spying on the transition team, the failure to provide Trump defensive briefings, the attempt to sidestep Trump’s attorneys general—successful with Jeff Sessions, but not Barr—and the weaponization of whistleblowing laws to impeach the duly elected president represent the most destructive attack on our government ever.

Come November 2020, Americans should make clear that such interference in their freely chosen commander-in-chief will not profit.
 According to Tracy Beanz (again), Richard Grenell Reveals Stunning Information About Spygate During RNC Speech
Last night Grenell told the world that there were, in fact, whistleblowers inside of the Intelligence Community who spoke up about (and tried to stop) the illegal spying operation on the Trump campaign and then the Presidency, but those people were silenced.

It went largely unnoticed by many, however, the ramifications of this statement from a man in a position to know what happened should be echoing all over the land today.

Let’s break down some of what Grenell did as DNI, while working alongside Kash Patel, former lead on the HPSCI investigation entitled “Objective Medusa”, run by Devin Nunes when he was chair.

As discussed in acclaimed journalist and author Lee Smith’s new book “The Permanent Coup” Grenell and Patel were responsible for a stunning amount of transparency:
  • Declassification of all interviews before the HPSCI in regards to the Trump/Russia Collusion saga
  • Declassifying the footnotes in the FISA report that showed that the FBI knew that Steele Dossier was based on misinformation and more.
  • Declassified Rod Rosenstein’s scope memo for the Mueller Special Counsel Investigation.
  • Declassified a list of the Obama Administration Officials who had requested unmaskings of General Michael Flynn
  • Declassified the transcripts of General Flynn’s calls with Ambassador Kislyak, of Russia, which show that sanctions were never discussed, contrary to what the DOJ and FBI had previously said
  • Declassified the memo for the opening of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation
  • Declassified the January 4, memo closing the investigation into General Flynn, which showed that there was no derogatory information found.
  • Declassified the text messages between Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, and Joseph Pientka discussing the General Flynn case
And much more- these were just a few of the items that Grenell and Patel worked together to provide the American public.

So, when Richard Grenell tells us that there were “good” guys trying to stop a corrupt and weaponized intelligence apparatus from committing what the President called treason, and many have called sedition? We sit up and listen. This is brand new information and something we have not heard out of official channels thus far. It leads me to believe there is still information of significance that the public hasn’t seen yet- the story is bigger than we even understand. Grenell showed that last night.

I wonder why it is that Adam Schiff isn’t clamoring to praise and shield these brave whistleblowers, the way he jumped to protect Eric Ciaramella during the Democrats impeachment charade? The world may never know…
Spygate perpetrator James Comey inventing new things to worry about. Jeffrey Lord, Yes, Jim Comey: The Police Already Showed Up At My Polling Place In Pennsylvania

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