Sunday, October 11, 2020

Russiagate in a Rush

Let's see if I can get this done and get to the beach before the rains get here. From Da Caller, former Senior National Security & Foreign Policy Advisor to Donald Trump J.D. Gordon thinks Russiagate Hoax Mastermind Must Be Exposed. I'm not sure there is a mastermind, although Hillary and Barack both played important roles in loosing the hounds of the domestic security apparatus. It was more like the uncoordinated and multifaceted attack of an immune system against what it perceived to be a new disease. Yes, Hillary probably initiated it, but without the FBI and CIA following through it would have gone nowhere. An example, from John Solomon at JTN, State officials viewed Steele intel reports as ‘flaky,' 'extreme' before dossier sent to FBI, and yet they sent it, and the FBI, at least nominally, took it at face value. Andy McCarthy at NR writes that Yes, Hillary Clinton Orchestrated the Russia-Collusion Farce

It was amazing to watch Democrats play Twister this week, as National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe added documentary corroboration to the disclosure he’d made the week before. In that first revelation, via letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ratcliffe explained that, because our spy agencies have very effective foreign-intelligence-gathering methods, they were able to “obtain insight” into a Russian intelligence analysis that concluded Clinton orchestrated the damaging political narrative. That is, Clinton actually did what she accused Trump of doing: She colluded with Russians (through yet another foreigner she recruited to meddle in the 2016 presidential campaign: the ludicrous former British spy Christopher Steele) in order to damage Trump’s campaign and cinch the election for herself.

As ever with the Clintonistas: When they’re moving their lips, they’re projecting.

He makes a pretty good case (he is a lawyer, after all), but I'm sure she initiated it, but it was like a snowball rolling downhill from there. 

Fox News, Trump's call to declassify Russia collusion, Clinton documents sparks fierce debate online. But to be fair, pretty much everything Trump does, including breath, sparks fierce debate on line. But the question is, will it matter? From John Solomon again, NSA O'Brien makes good on Trump promise, releases previously redacted Russia document

The memo was first flagged in a footnote of Mueller's final investigative report on the Russia collusion probe in spring 2019, in part because the Lavrov meeting became the subject of a news media leak that claimed Trump called James Comey a "nut job" during the gathering and told the Russian foreign minister the FBI director had just been fired.

The leak to the New York Times, which occurred nine days after the Lavrov meeting, was a stunning breach of the privacy that a U.S. president normally enjoys for non-public meetings with foreign leaders. The contents of such conversations are automatically classified to protect diplomatic sensitivities.

The leaked conversation was used by the news media to further the narrative that Trump was somehow too close with the Russians and colluding with them to the detriment of American national security. It was also tied in media reports to the ongoing Russia collusion probe.

The Washington Post for instance suggested in a May 21, 2017 article the meeting might have been an act of obstruction of justice.

Mueller, however, concluded that no American, including neither Trump nor anyone around him, had improperly conspired with Moscow, and the Department of Justice declined to recommend any obstruction of justice charges.

Ciaramella's exchange with Kelly — captured in the now unredacted email — shows the May 2017 meeting between Russian diplomats and Trump was simply a routine diplomatic courtesy afforded Lavrov after Putin had agreed to meet Trump's then-new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier that spring. Officials even wrote the meeting had nothing to do with the Russia probe.

"Can we please get a quick tick tock on how this visit comes together to make clear that it was planned for some time and has nothing to do with the recent events?" Kelly, a strategic communications official inside the NSC, wrote Ciaramella, a CIA analyst on loan to the NSC. "This is normal in the course of diplomacy and reciprocal for Tillerson visit. Need in next 45 minutes please."

Daniel Payne at JTN,  By two-to-one voters believe FBI should be prosecuted for its role in Russia probe "Related poll shows just one-third of voters aware FBI lied to a judge to obtain wiretaps against 2016 Trump campaign associates." Listen to the Scott Rasmussen podcast at the link. 

Well, the major media won't promote the story. And it's all but forbidden on social media. Insty has a THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

From Chuck Ross at da Caller, Pompeo: More Hillary Clinton Emails Could Be Released Before The Election. ET, Pompeo Says State Department Will Release Clinton Emails, Likely Before Election

But, as Sundance at CTH reports, Beltway Republicans Want President Trump to Drop The “Russiagate” Issue… They would, because a few of them are up to their necks in it, but yes, it doesn't resonate too well outside the beltway as Rasmussen podcast points out. Still, it would be infuriating to drop the biggest political crime in our history.
Take the intents in their best possible light, and the basic premise is that no-one cares about the abuses of power that took place. National Review article by Rich Lowry is here.

I have shared by own thoughts on this matter several times; and despite knowing this issue may not/will not drive the 2020 election; in my own contemplation I keep coming back to this central question: How can this be ignored?…

… How does the office of a U.S. president; and more importantly the republic itself; survive a coordinated coup effort involving all three branches of government; while simultaneously those in charge of exposing the corruption fear the scale is too damaging for them to reveal?
Sara Carter on how Flynn’s lawyer files EXPLOSIVE motion to disqualify Judge Emmet Sullivan, attaches declassified docs exposing set-up. But will it be explosive enough to move the DC Circus?

At Zero Hedge, David Schoen via, Why The Truth Behind Hunter Biden's Actions In Ukraine Matters To Us All
What then Vice-President Joe Biden knew about his son Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine at a time when Joe Biden was the Obama administration’s point person for Ukraine, whether the Vice-President helped facilitate his son’s actions, and just what Hunter Biden did are all matters of public importance. They impacted on the message our country sent around the world with respect to foreign affairs and our efforts to stamp out corruption. And the underlying facts provide an important window into Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden’s ethical compass.

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