Sunday, March 7, 2021

Some Slow Rolling Russiagate

With the now historical crimes of the Deep State against Donald Trump a history whose story is yet to be full told, tt seems that a worthwhile collection takes about a week to accumulate, and Sunday seems like a good day to clear the deck. 

Too late for last week's, Nice Deb at Am Great reminds us John Durham Resigns From U.S. Attorney’s Office; Is Expected to Continue Investigation Into the FBI’s Russia Probe. But will he be allowed to continue, and will his report, if written, will be released to the public? I'm skeptical. From Sundance at CTH, Peter Navarro Guarantees At Least Three Indictments From John Durham Investigation, Along With Current FBI Resignations

Meanwhile, from Chuck Ross at Da Caller, Wray: FBI Has ‘Slowed’ Disciplinary Process For FISA Abuse In Order To Assist Special Counsel’s Probe, at least that's his excuse:
“Because we’re cooperating fully with Mr. Durham’s investigation, at his request, we have slowed that process down to allow his criminal investigation to proceed,” Wray told Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

“At the moment, that process is still underway in order to make sure that we’re being appropriately sensitive to the criminal investigation.”

Wray told Kennedy that he had not fired any of the FBI employees identified in a Justice Department inspector general’s report that blasted the bureau for making “significant” errors during its investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

Jerry Dunleavy at WaEx, FBI director says Crossfire Hurricane disciplinary action delayed at John Durham's request

Also from Sundance, Rosenstein Now Admits Recording Trump Was Discussed with Andrew McCabe

“I had a conversation with Andrew McCabe about an investigation that he was conducting involving the president. And there was a discussion about whether or not the president would be recorded in the course of that investigation. I never intended to wear a wire, and I think that if Mr. McCabe asked me to wear a wire, we would’ve had to reconsider the whole thing. Because you can’t run an investigation and serve as a witness,” Rosenstein said in an episode of the Siege on Democracy podcast published last month.” (read more)

More on Rosenstein, back in his earlier days as a US Attorney in Maryland, surveilling journalist Sheryl Attkisson, Lin Wood Whistleblower Connects VERY IMPORTANT Dot on Deep State Surveillance and Rosenstein Activity With FBI To Compromise People

The Lin Wood whistle-blower outlines how the Deep State was conducting electronic surveillance on political interests in order to compromise people. Shawn Henry was the head of Crowstrike, a known FBI contractor with access to the NSA database as outlined in the 2016 admissions by NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers. The database was compromised by FBI contractors conducting political surveillance.

Both the Lin Wood whistle-blower and the tipster to Sharyl Attkisson are noting that Rod Rosenstein was one of the organizers of the operations from his role as U.S. Attorney in Maryland. Now all of the compromises are pictured, and all of the motives behind all of these players starts to make a lot more sense.

I'm still ambivalent about Rod Rosenstein, but if he did, indeed, order, or even just go along with a higher up's suggestion that they bug and plant false evidence on Sheryl Attkisson, he should go to jail. 

More FBI abuse from Chuck Ross, ‘Frightening’: Devin Nunes Says FBI Informant ‘Made Up A Bunch Of Lies’ About Michael Flynn. A reminder of how Stefan Halper helped the FBI to spread false rumors about Michael Flynn and English student Svetlana Lokhova. Byron York at WaEx, Senate sick of FBI stonewalling. About the Capitol incursion, but it still applies. 

From John Solomon at JTN, a very amusing account of how the FBI's cozy relations with reporters often backfired, ending with inaccurate scandal stories, starring Peter Strzok, who clearly never heard of the Gel-Mann Amnesia effect: 

“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.” – Michael Crichton (1942-2008)

Dan Chaitin at WaEx, Trump White House received declassification wish list, ex-investigator says

A declassification wish list was sent to former President Donald Trump's White House by members of Congress, according to a former Pentagon official who also served as a top investigator for the House Intelligence Committee.

On that list, Kash Patel said, was a classified House Intelligence Committee report that criticized the analytic tradecraft in the Obama administration's 2017 intelligence community assessment’s conclusions about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivations in the interference campaign leading to the 2016 election. However, despite an eleventh-hour declassification order by Trump before he left office last month, it has remained outside the public's view.
And while Trump was strong, the Deep State was stronger, In Final Days, Trump Gave Up On Releasing Russiagate Files, Nunes Prober Says "The House Intelligence Committee's Kash Patel said senior intelligence officials 'continuously impeded' their release – usually by slow-walking their reviews of the material."

Meanwhile, there appears to be a breakdown in the House regarding the Intelligence Committee, also from Dan Chaitin, Devin Nunes: Missing House Intelligence Committee appointments a 'big mystery'.Rep. "Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the panel, said this week only himself and Chairman Adam Schiff have been appointed to the committee so far, and there is no explanation for why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding off on naming additional members." Will Eric 'Fang Fang' Swallowell be allowed back on? My guess is yes, because China wants him. 

AP reports that Giuliani probe awaits Garland as he nears AG confirmation I guess we'll find out how non-partisan Garland is. I'm not optimistic. 

Ken Ryesky at Am Think  Nobody's Tax Returns are Confidential Anymore. Not while Congress is in session. 
I am not familiar with District Attorney Vance's suspicions that Donald Trump may have committed financial crimes, but if indeed the former President has, then his tax returns (which, as I have previously noted, no doubt comprise hundreds if not thousands of pages) would likely contribute some significant evidence to help secure a conviction.

As matters currently stand, the Supreme Court's allowance of disclosure is a precedent for future abuses by prosecutors nationwide. Nobody's tax returns can truly be confidential anymore.

But if Vance's accusations against the former President prove baseless, then Trump may well have additional arrows in his quiver. I.R.C. §§ 7213(a)(3) effectively felonizes the wrongful disclosure of all federal tax return information, even if obtained through channels not authorized by the Internal Revenue Code. The chances are excellent that, given the number of people in Vance's shop who will have access to Trump's tax returns (especially if the return information is presented to a grand jury), there will be someone who will illegally leak the information somewhere, and there may be hell to pay if, like Grover Cleveland, Donald Trump nonconsecutively serves another term in the Oval Office.
If I were Trump, I'd have my lawyers filling out the paperwork for a suit against Vance to be filed ASAP. 

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