Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Russiagate: CIA, Haspel in the Crosshairs

I'm starting out with the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.05.20, Sean Davis at Da Fed presents Intel Sources: CIA Director Gina Haspel Banking On Trump Loss To Keep Russiagate Documents Hidden

“It’s far more important for Haspel to block any embarrassment of herself or her agency than to have full transparency and accountability,” another senior intelligence official told The Federalist. “She’s just hoping she can get past the election so the documents will never come out.”

“This is not a source protection issue, it’s an embarrassment issue,” the intelligence official added.

Officials also accused Haspel of repeatedly lying to the White House about the status of documents that are in the pipeline for declassification and release. These officials said that Haspel has consistently provided baseless excuses for her failure to produce certain documents, falsely claiming that she can’t physically locate documents, or that her agency doesn’t technically own them and therefore cannot release them.

“Haspel has repeatedly lied to the president about the status of documents to be declassified,” one intelligence community source said. “She will claim they don’t know where they are, or which agency technically owns them, and then we’ll find out she had them the entire time and just didn’t want them to see the light of day.”

“The frustration with Haspel is reaching nuclear levels,” one official said, noting that White House and top U.S. intelligence community officials have been taken aback by the ferocity of Haspel’s refusal to release documents.

 Prompting John Hinderacker at Power Line to ask Is the CIA Still Covering Up? 

The first rule of bureaucracy is that officials in any agency will prioritize protecting their organization over any other objective. It seems to be a rule of human nature.
“Haspel and [FBI Director Christopher] Wray both want Trump to lose, because it’s the only chance they have of keeping their jobs,” one senior intelligence official told The Federalist. “They’re banking on Biden winning and keeping them where they are.”
I find this sadly plausible. Why have the CIA and, especially, the FBI not cleaned house, given what we now know about malfeasance in those agencies during the Obama administration and the first years of the Trump administration? Well, to be fair, the top level of the FBI is pretty well cleared out. But how about the CIA?

Chris Farrel at Gatestone,  CIA Director Haspel and the Anti-Trump Conspirators

What is most interesting is the timing of Gina Haspel's last tour as London Station Chief -- from 2014 to early 2017. That is the same timeframe (specifically, the late summer of 2016) when the FBI approached foreign policy academic and "utility government operative" Stefan Halper to begin the operation targeting Carter Page and George Papadopoulos in an FBI-designed foreign counterintelligence operation, against Team Trump, to be launched in Cambridge, England.

The CIA Station Chief is the top intelligence official in any given country. The FBI must inform the Station Chief of what they planned to do and get Station Chief approval. The FBI hates that, but those are the rules. Because the various intelligence agencies are sensitive, they do not use the word "approved." Instead, they use the word "coordinated." Jargon aside, nothing would have happened without Haspel's okay.

That carried forward to a more sophisticated and aggressive plan to carry out a soft coup against President Trump. People around President Trump were prosecuted and/or had their lives destroyed based on a scheme of U.S. government lies. Who appears to have been "in on it" from Day One? Gina Haspel.

The FBI is not allowed to penetrate and subvert a presidential campaign. Executive Order 12333, Section 2.9, "Undisclosed Participation in Organizations in the United States," prohibits it in plain language... That legal prohibition is the reason the FBI felt the need to manufacture a "foreign counterintelligence threat" in the UK and then "import" the investigation back into the United States.

Therefore, a big hmmm... to this one from Matt Palumbo at Bongino, President Trump Working on Declassifying “Spygate” Documents From Hospital. Could this be Gena's secrets getting ready to come out? Also, from Chuck Ross at Da Caller, Trump Working On Declassification Of Intel Documents From Hospital, Chief Of Staff Says

Scott Johnson at Power Line discusses Devin Nunes threat: Time to shut down the agencies

We haven’t yet gotten to the bottom of the biggest political scandal in American history and, if Joe Biden is elected president, we never will. That Biden himself was a guilty actor in the underlying events is of approximately no interest to the media adjunct of the Democratic Party that itself played the role of a protagonist in the scandal.

Sundance at CTH notes U.S. Attorney Responsible for Obama Unmasking Investigation Abruptly Resigns… It may mean nothing, but it may be some significant carbuncle getting ready to pop.

Well, this is interesting…. very interesting…

U.S. Attorney John Bash, from the Western District of Texas, was given the responsibility by AG Barr of looking into the illegal unmasking by Obama-era officials in July of this year. Not only the illegal unmasking of General Flynn, but more extensive unmasking. Today Bash announced his abrupt resignation. “Abrupt” because he announced today, and he leaves on Friday. However, he does say he informed Barr last month . . .

I dug this up from the recent past at Red State, from Stu Cvrk, Political Implications of No Durham Indictments Before 3 Nov

There are good reasons for Durham delaying indictments: Mueller SCO criminality and direct Clinton ties to Spygate.

Durham is almost certainly pursuing conspiracy and RICO charges against the Spygate conspirators and their funders.

The political implications of deferring indictments until after 3 November could actually favor the President.

As a chaser, a lack of indictments does not preclude a guilty plea or two before 3 November. That’s entirely possible, too.

Charles Ortel at Am Think thinks James Comey and Robert Mueller have Massive Clinton Foundation Problems. I don't think Mueller is in any danger; Comey on the other hand . . .

For almost 18 years, Comey and Mueller have been covering for powerful Republicans and Democrats, letting serious crimes go unpunished. Many of these involved fake charities that operate internationally, including the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

These are perfect conduits to trade donations for influence, especially for foreign governments who, in theory, are barred from investing in U.S. politicians.

We are approaching a "put up or shut up" moment, where President Trump must deliver on the most important campaign promise he made in closing arguments during the 2016 campaign: that justice would finally be administered to each American, without fear or favor.

This hard deadline is not Nov. 3, 2020 but 13 days later when many Clinton charities must file I.R.S. returns that are complete and truthful. None can do so, yet each must.

John Solomon at JTN,  State Dept. officials told they broke law by monitoring Americans during Ukraine scandal. Also, suck it up, sit through the ads to watch the video.

State Department officials were explicitly ordered in spring 2019 to stop tracking 13 prominent Americans' social media accounts for information about the Joe Biden-Ukraine scandal because the monitoring violated federal law, according to emails that were originally redacted to hide the concerns from the American public.

"We are barred by law from actively monitoring the accounts of American citizens in aggregate — and particularly from identifying and monitoring individual, selected accounts," a State Department official wrote in an April 1, 2019 email to officials in Washington and the U.S. embassy in Kiev

The unredacted emails, obtained by Just the News, raise new questions about the accuracy of State Department officials' testimony during President Trump's impeachment proceedings. They also provide a window into how the department used redactions in a Freedom of Information Act case to hide the potentially explosive information just weeks before Election Day 2020.

The emails show State Department officials under Trump openly worried a year before the 2020 election that the emerging storyline that Vice President Joe Biden may have engaged in a conflict of interest by presiding over Ukraine policy while his son worked for a corrupt Ukrainian gas company might prove to be "the mother load [sic] and main thread to play out, possibly thru Nov. 2020."

The illegal monitoring was, in fact, ordered specifically to counter that narrative as well as another storyline that involved the liberal megadonor George Soros, the newly unredacted passages of the emails show.
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After a protracted legal fight, the State Department released memos to the group last month confirming the embassy did in fact monitor the accounts of 13 Americans, including Fox News personalities Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Lou Dobbs, the president's son Don Jr., his lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as this reporter, whose articles in The Hill first shined a light on the Bidens' possible conflict of interests in Ukraine.

Brianna Kraemer at JTN, Former Trump adviser Page wants McCabe subpoenaed to testify before Senate. Yep.

Jed Babbin at Am Spec, Worse Than Watergate, Part 3 "Just how much worse was confirmed last week — but unlike in Watergate, the perps this time will likely get away with it."

She’s old, obsolete, and irrelevant, but when you search for who’s at the bottom of almost any political corruption, Hillary Clinton always manages to slither back into the spotlight. The September 29 letter from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is only the latest example.

The letter makes three points:
  • That in July 2016, U.S. intelligence, deriving its facts from Russian intelligence we obtained, had reason to believe that Hillary Clinton had personally approved a campaign plan to tie her opponent, Donald Trump, to Russian President Putin and Russian interception of Democratic National Committee emails. (The letter says that the intelligence community didn’t know the accuracy of the allegation.)
  • That Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan briefed Obama and other national security officials on the Clinton plan. That Brennan did so was contained in handwritten notes written by Brennan, saying that the briefing to Obama was on “alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.”
  • Because it believed the allegation against Clinton was both credible and serious, on September 7, 2019, U.S. intelligence officials asked the FBI to investigate Clinton’s plan to vilify Trump. That request went to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok.
Instead of investigating Clinton’s scheme, Comey and FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe — probably at Obama’s direction — buried it under the infamous “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into Trump and his 2016 campaign that was already under way.

And the attempts to derail Trump  by the NY AG continue, at WaEx, New York attorney general will depose Eric Trump for Trump Organization investigation

Eric Trump's deposition is part of an investigation concerning whether the Trump Organization received tax benefits by improperly inflating the value of its assets. James filed legal action in August revealing an investigation that focuses on the years prior to President Trump's time in office. A court filing said the investigation began in March 2019 after longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen testified in Congress. At the time, Cohen said that the president had used self-reported "Statements of Financial Condition" to augment the value of his properties and mislead lenders and insurers," according to the Washington Post.

In September, Eric Trump derided the investigation, claiming that the New York attorney general's "targeting of my family violates every ethical rule she was elected to protect." He called the investigation "an anti-Trump fishing expedition that she promised during her campaign."

So far, the track record of prosecutors against Trump family have been pitiful. It seems they must know better than to commit crimes

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