Saturday, September 26, 2020

Moving on With Russiagate

More or less continuing where we left off yesterday, via Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.25.20, Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway at Da Fed present ‘Get Trump’: FBI Whistleblower On Mueller Team Details Real Reason Flynn Was Targeted

FBI Special Agent William Barnett told Department of Justice (DOJ) investigators that the handling of the probes troubled him so much that he threatened to quit working on it in one case, and threatened to go to the Inspector General in another. According to the summary of Barnett’s interview, he said there was never any basis for the bizarre “collusion” theory the agency and the special counsel relentlessly pursued, to the point that agents made jokes about how they could take any piece of information and claim it was evidence of collusion. He said the Special Counsel Office (SCO) pursued Flynn simply as a means to “get Trump” and viewed FBI investigators as a “speed bump” slowing down the work of the attorneys leading the inquisition.

Capt Ed at Hot Air, FBI Agent: Mueller Team Had A “Get Trump” Attitude On Case Built On “Supposition Upon Supposition”. Show me the man, I'll show you the crime Weissman. 'Shipwreckedcrew at Red State, FBI Agent in Charge of General Flynn Investigation Thought It Was a Joke and Was to “Get Trump”

The final comment is about Andrew Weissmann. Barnett said it always seemed like someone at the SCO had a story about how some particular episode was going to be proven out and establish the collusion between Trump and the Russians, but every time the claimed episode ended up not being true or leading only to a dead end. He recalled Weissmann claiming that evidence about a meeting on a yacht off Greece would be the key to proving the quid pro quo between Trump and the Russians, only to have the story about the yacht turn out to not be substantiated.

Dr. John at Flopping Aces, FBI whistleblower – Mueller and Weissman were out to “get Trump”. Behind the Black, It WAS a coup attempt

They all knew there was no evidence against Flynn, and to get his conviction required blackmail against him as well as the faking of evidence, both of which were done. Those acts by the way are outright crimes.

Next we learn that, according to a high-ranking FBI investigator, the investigation run by Robert Mueller into collusion by Trump and Russians knew there was no evidence at all, but had an agenda to “get Trump.”

Reinforcing this agent’s claim is the revelation, also this week, that Mueller investigators illegally wiped more than two dozen phones clean of data to prevent the inspector general from reviewing them. These lawyers thus consciously obstructed justice by destroying evidence. That is another crime, by the way.

Finally, the most important story of all. It appears that the only source of information justifying all the FISA warrants and the Mueller investigation into the so-called Trump collusion with the Russians came from a source whom the FBI had previously investigated as a Russian spy.

Sundance at CTH posts that the  Flynn Family Releases Statement Following Documentary Evidence of FBI, DOJ and Special Counsel Abusive Intent…. But will Judge Sullivan do the right thing?

And a reminder from Fox that the Source of Steele dossier was investigated by FBI for Russian contacts, Barr says. Mary Chastain at LI, FBI Suspected Primary Sub-Source for Steele Dossier was Russian Agent, ‘Threat to National Security’. Also via Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.25.20, theVictory Girls: Crossfire Hurricane Team Knew Steele Dossier Was Bogus. Ace, Revealed: Christopher Steele's Primary Subsource Was Branded a National Security Threat in 2009 and Was Subject of a Counterintelligence Investigation And the Crossfire Hurricane Team Knew This

And of course -- they failed to inform the FISA court (or note it in any intelligence assessment) that Steele's primary source for his Pee Pee Prostitutes story and various other claims was a man arrested on multiple occasions for public drunkenness and disorderly behavior, and on top of all that -- just might have been a RUSSIAN ASSET HIMSELF.

They knew all this.

They concealed all this.

They are criminals and should be in prison.

Question: Did Andrew Weissman know this and choose to keep it out of the "Mueller" report...?
Paul Sperry at RCI, Secret Report: How CIA's Brennan Overruled Dissenting Analysts Who Concluded Russia Favored Hillary
Former CIA Director John Brennan personally edited a crucial section of the intelligence report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and assigned a political ally to take a lead role in writing it after career analysts disputed Brennan's take that Russian leader Vladimir Putin intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump clinch the White House, according to two senior U.S. intelligence officials who have seen classified materials detailing Brennan’s role in drafting the document.

The explosive conclusion Brennan inserted into the report was used to help justify continuing the Trump-Russia “collusion” investigation, which had been launched by the FBI in 2016. It was picked up after the election by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who in the end found no proof that Trump or his campaign conspired with Moscow.

The Obama administration publicly released a declassified version of the report — known as the "Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent Elections (ICA)” — just two weeks before Trump took office, casting a cloud of suspicion over his presidency. Democrats and national media have cited the report to suggest Russia influenced the 2016 outcome and warn that Putin is likely meddling again to reelect Trump.

The ICA is a key focus of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing investigation into the origins of the “collusion” probe. He wants to know if the intelligence findings were juiced for political purposes.

RealClearInvestigations has learned that one of the CIA operatives who helped Brennan draft the ICA, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, financially supported Hillary Clinton during the campaign and is a close colleague of Eric Ciaramella, identified last year by RCI as the Democratic national security “whistleblower" whose complaint led to Trump’s impeachment, ending in Senate acquittal in January.

The two officials said Brennan, who openly supported Clinton during the campaign, excluded conflicting evidence about Putin’s motives from the report, despite objections from some intelligence analysts who argued Putin counted on Clinton winning the election and viewed Trump as a “wild card.”

The dissenting analysts found that Moscow preferred Clinton because it judged she would work with its leaders, whereas it worried Trump would be too unpredictable. As secretary of state, Clinton tried to “reset” relations with Moscow to move them to a more positive and cooperative stage, while Trump campaigned on expanding the U.S. military, which Moscow perceived as a threat.

Zero Hedge, Secret Report Exposes CIA's Brennan Overruled Dissenting Analysts Who Concluded Russia Favored Hillary. Ace, in red font, with a flaming head, Suppressed House Intel Report: Analysts Believed That Russia Favored Hillary Clinton in 2016. But John Brennan, Ultra Clinton Partisan, Overruled This Conclusion and Inserted His Own Partisan Narrative. 

We're gonna need a bigger rope.

This is a House Intelligence report which was locked in a literal safe by Adam Schiff.

Why it's almost as if The Democrats Fought Against A Peaceful Transfer Of Power In 2016 (Jeff Dunetz at the Lid).

The Wapoo finally gets around to noticing the new revelations with Justice Dept. disclosures cast fresh doubt on Trump-Russia investigation, and handle it as a case of "Rethuglicans Pounce."

The Justice Department has released a pair of documents casting fresh doubt on the judgment of senior law enforcement officials who investigated possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016, showing that one of the FBI case agents thought prosecutors were out to “get Trump” and that a key source of allegations against the president had been previously investigated as a possible Russian asset.

The disclosures come as President Trump and his allies await the results of an investigation by Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham into how U.S. intelligence agencies examined Russian election interference four years ago. Instead, Thursday night saw one disclosure made to Congress and another made to the courts.

It’s still uncertain whether Durham will issue any findings before Election Day, but the two releases may serve a similar purpose: providing fresh ammunition for conservatives’ arguments that the FBI’s pursuit of the president was unfair and unfounded.

Also from WaPoo, Mueller prosecutor’s testimony about Roger Stone disputed by supervisors

Although the extent of the dispute is unknown, the supervisors’ account is notable because Zelinsky conceded to lawmakers that he did not discuss the Stone case directly with Barr, Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen or then-acting U.S. attorney Tim Shea. Rather, he said, it was his supervisors who explained why the department was “treating Roger Stone differently from everyone else.”

Also via Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.25.20, American Greatness' Christopher Gage goes on about Hunter Biden’s Millions. I don't blame Hunter. It's hard to pay for hookers and coke without some help from Dad. 

From Da Wire, DOJ Investigating How FBI Handled Allegations Of Clinton Foundation Corruption, Report Says. It's not just about time. It way late.

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