Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Not a Lotta Russiagate

But more than I thought. Jerry Dunleavy at WaEx explains how Peter Strzok's claim about Russia investigation origins is contradicted by Mueller and DOJ inspector general
Fired FBI special agent Peter Strzok’s latest claims about the events leading to the bureau’s opening of the Trump-Russia investigation are contradicted by the timelines presented in reports by special counsel Robert Mueller and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

In a new interview ahead of the release of his book, Strzok claimed that Australian diplomat Alexander Downer was spurred to inform the U.S. government about a May 2016 conversation he had in a London wine bar with George Papadopoulos, in which the Trump campaign associate mentioned that Russia might have dirt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, after hearing Donald Trump’s controversial July 2016 comment: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” But Mueller and Horowitz concluded that Australia informed the United States of this conversation on July 26, 2016, which is one day before Trump’s press conference comments about Russia.
I have no doubt, however, that Trump's comments pissed off Strzok and his colleagues, and spurred them to greater efforts to take down Trump. Also remember, Strzok was an interface between the FBI and the CIA:
At AmThink, Monica Showalter dumps on Strzok's comments that all the errors in the FISA warrants occurred because the agents were being overworked: A pitifully 'overworked' FBI lovebird
This is downright comical.

If the agents were overworked, most likely a warrant that should have been done would not have been done. Some bad guy would have escaped. That's the nature of overwork.

In his case, they were busy beavers, issuing warrants that shouldn't have been issued. That takes extra work, an industrious amount of work; it's got to be exhausting spying on extra people you're not allowed to spy on in addition to the ones you are.

The whole claim falls apart right there.

But in Strzok's case, the idiocy builds when one recognizes what he did spend his time on: texting with his illicit girlfriend at the time, Lisa Page, and leaving a vast trail of evidence from it. According to this AP report, it was 19,000 text messages. He spent so much time texting that it's a miracle if he could do anything else.

And it wasn't just lovebird stuff; it was politics stuff, conniving with Page about an "insurance policy" to ensure that Trump would never be president, along with plenty of time for asides, such as that comment he made on Walmart shoppers, whom Strzok said he could just smell their fealty to Trump from.

The real question was whether he did anything but text in his über-sensitive counterintelligence job. Based on those texts alone, he had to have been overworked — on his love affair.

As for the excuse-making for the faulty FISA warrants, give us a break.

Hannity, BIDEN BOMBSHELL: New Documentary Explores ‘The Bidens’ Chinese Secrets’. Breitbart, Gordon Chang: China Seems ‘to Be Favoring Joe Biden’ in Presidential Election. They paid for the tool. They damn well intend to use it.

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