Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Russiagate: Unmasking not Unmasked

It's hard getting started today. So, what accumulated while I was out harassing the convict bass of the Honga River?

I guess the biggest news, and the biggest disappointed is that the investigation into the "unmasking" of everything Trump under the sun, by every high and low lever Obama official is ending with a whimper. No indictments, no report: Fox, Unmasking' investigation closes without report or charges: report, WaPoo, ‘Unmasking’ investigation commissioned by Barr concludes without charges and Chuck Ross at Da Caller, Report: DOJ Closes ‘Unmasking’ Investigation. This isn't entirely unexpected. The unmasking is a legal function, and while it was clearly being abused, it's hard to judge exactly which times it was being abused, and the DOJ is generally, and probably correctly, loath to make those value judgements against other government officials. The correct response for the Trump administration should be to start doing it willy-nilly to old Obama officials, with the results being leaked, and find out how they like it. The government only gets reformed when it bites Democrats. 

A book advertisement at TNP FARNAN: How The Russia Lie Doomed The Durham Investigation

How can that be? Well, hate to say it, but once Republicans conceded that Vladimir Putin meddled in the election, it gave the bad guys an airtight alibi. This is their story, and they’re sticking with it . . .

Drew Holden at Da Fed asks Will All The Name-Brand People Who Pushed The Russian Collusion Conspiracy Get Off Scot-Free? Yeah, probably, except that their reputations for honesty have been ruined, to the extent that they had one.

Fox, Johnson, Grassley press FBI for all McCabe texts, call delay 'unacceptable'. Sundance at CTH, Senators Grassley and Johnson Demand 300 Pages of Hidden McCabe Text Messages – FBI Has Refused Production for Two Years… Why would they stop using a strategy that has proven successful for so long? Similarly, Tristan Justice at Da Fed, Gina Haspel Blows Off Senators’ Demands To Quit Stonewalling Congress On Russiagate Oversight. Sundance, Senator Grassley: CIA Cirector Gina Haspel “May be part of this conspiracy as well”…. Oh, it's a near certainty at this point. 

Chuck Ross at Da Caller, Declassified FBI Spreadsheet Shows How Investigators Tried To Verify The Steele Dossier and John Solomon at JTN, Declassified FBI spreadsheet exposes folly of Steele dossier's uncorroborated claims

An FBI spreadsheet that evaluated the credibility of Christopher Steele's dossier found almost no corroborating evidence from official intelligence reporting, leaving analysts to grope after flimsy sources like a Democratic operative, a Russian propaganda news site and U.S. news media story leaks that amounted to circular reporting.

In one entry, FBI analysts tried to evaluate one of Steele's most lurid claims — later debunked — that Trump was videotaped committing lewd sex acts with prostitutes at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow. "There is no confirmation that Trump stayed here," they found. "There is no 'Presidential Suite' currently listed."

The 94-page document was obtained Monday by Just the News in a mostly declassified state, with some redactions. You can read it here . . .

At Am Great, Lloyd Billingsley tells how  Trump ‘Can’t Happen Again’ Says Former FBI Official, calling for a "bipartisan" committee to vet presidential candidates, meaning swamp creatures to make sure no presidential candidates allowed who threaten the feed trough. 

John Sexton at Hot Air reports that Democrats’ Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against President Trump Is Dead and the WaPoo whines that Supreme Court won’t revive congressional emoluments case against Trump. It was never serious to being with; just another harassing attempt by "the resistance." Meanwhile, from John Solomon at JTN, Federal tax judge allows whistleblower case against Clinton foundation to proceed.

Joe Klein at Front Page, Pelosi Uses Trump’s Coronavirus Treatment to Launch Another Coup Attempt. Trump understands the value of having unattractive enemies. Maybe he learned that from the WWF. 

Capt. Ed at Hot Air, NY Post: We Have A “Smoking Gun” Proving The Bidens Lied About Burisma

Given to them by Rudy Giuliani, no less. According to the New York Post, an e-mail found on a laptop in a Delaware repair center shows that Hunter Biden introduced Burisma executives to Joe Biden a year before Biden intervened in Ukraine to demand the firing of their top prosecutor. That contradicts an number of denials from Joe Biden, who has insisted that he had never gotten involved in his son’s business dealings, in Ukraine, Romania, China, or anywhere else while he was vice president.

Twitchy, ‘SMOKING GUN’: NY Post publishes damning emails on Ukraine purportedly recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop. As if the issue were really in doubt.

So maybe it's time for State Department to Crack Down on Foreign Influence at U.S. Think Tanks (Wa Free Bee). Long past time for sure. 

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