In today’s world, where the outsider Trump is just driving the establishment crazy, there will be no peace. Getting the politics out of this Russian investigation is as futile as us putting a mongoose and a cobra in a box together and expecting them to build something.
Fox News is now reporting that the unmasking of private American citizens started in 2015 as a way to hurt and embarrass Trump and his people BEFORE he declared his campaign. Which means the Obama administration made the effort to go after Trump early and often, using spy agencies. Which also means- Trump was right! (Of course he’s right. Only in the Orwellian world of the Left would they think the sitting PRESIDENT doesn’t have access to all the files!)
Anyway, Nunes knew. Here is the details from the report.
The U.S. intelligence official who “unmasked,” or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world,” a source told Fox News on Friday.
Intelligence and House sources with direct knowledge of the disclosure of classified names told Fox News that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now knows who is responsible — and that person is not in the FBI.
For a private citizen to be “unmasked,” or named, in an intelligence report is extremely rare. Typically, the American is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or has to be named to explain the context of the report.
“The main issue in this case, is not only the unmasking of these names of private citizens, but the spreading of these names for political purposes that have nothing to do with national security or an investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election,” a congressional source close to the investigation told Fox News.
The unmasking of Americans whose communications apparently were caught up in surveillance under the Obama administration is a key part of an investigation being led by Nunes, who has come under fire from Democrats for focusing on that aspect.
Nunes has known about the unmasking controversy since January, when two sources in the intelligence community approached him. The sources told Nunes who was responsible and at least one of the Trump team names that was unmasked. They also gave him serial numbers of reports that documented the activity.
This was long before Trump sent out his now-infamous March 4 tweets claiming then-President Barack Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower during the 2016 election.
Nunes had asked intelligence agencies to see the reports in question, but was stonewalled.
He eventually was able to view them, but there was only one safe place to see the documents without compromising the sources’ identities — the old executive office building on White House grounds, which has a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) required to view classified or top secret reports. The White House did not tell Nunes about the existence of the intelligence reports, but did help him gain access to the documents at his request, the source said.
Over at Hot Air, they highlight the slight- and silly- shift by Joe Scarborough, who is getting heat from his intel buddies that he and his liberal friends are refusing to address the whole scandal. Now to be sure, Joe and his ilk have accepted as fact the lie the “Russians hacked the election” which is the liberal meme created by anti-Trumpers, and now solidified in our consciousnesses.
This “fact” may be a lie. It is based on lies, that much we know. The players so far are-
Crowdstrike, a company that is pro-Ukranian/Anti- Russian, which sees Russia as the culprit in almost every case. But is often wrong. This is the company the DNC insisted on using after preventing the FBI forensic experts from looking at their servers. Of all the cyber-security companies that could look into the “hacking” of the DNC, it picked Crowdstrike- the question is why?
Crowdstrike has a CTO on the Atlantic Council according to reports. Evelyn Farkas is also a member. (Somebody check their list against people inside our government quick!)
The Atlantic Council is also pro-NATO/Anti-Russian.
Trump has no real interest in restarting the Cold War with Russia, or get into a shooting war, with the Russians, in Syria, over Assad. Flynn agreed.
John McCain, who is now slightly batty, but wants a Cold War with Russia, is the one who pushed the dossier onto the FBI after it had been discredited, as an “act of a good citizen” which is of course bullshit, but forced (or allowed) the Obama DOJ to make the FBI open and investigation following the dossier as a template according to reports.
So how do we know for sure any of this is true or a huge scam? All elements appear to be in favor of Russia being thrown out of the Ukraine, and Trump isn’t interested in doing that. If Obama was listening to Trump in 2015, how hard would it be to start the scandal of Russian hacking and drive it at Trump?
I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but if the tin foil hat fits….
Another iron in the fire here. PJ Media’s lead story. The pro-Ukrainians think it is our moral obligation to stop the Russians. The spokesman is General Rasmussen of NATO, who is a member or associated with…The Atlantic Council.
How do you know the arrow found the pig and made it squeal? You listen to the defenders of Obama’s spying are NOT saying. Here Schiff, who is a HUGE advocate of Obama, HRC and the Dems, and has MF’ed everyone and everything forever about the lie that Obama spied on Trump, is now arguing over procedure instead content.
From Schiff’s twitter;
The reason the NSA staffers are trying to keep their identity secret is because they know they will be attacked by the Left in America if they try to prove Obama was in fact spying on Trump. They will be harassed, demeaned and even destroyed by the Left, which doesn’t care about truth or justice, in order to keep promoting their agenda. Remember, ideologues have murdered hundreds of millions of people throughout history, a couple of NSA staffers are nothing to them.
NBC’s article about this event is a classic example. Nowhere in the entire article is a question raised about the now fact the Obama administration may have been spying on Donald Trump and his team for over two years! If this were on the other foot, NBC would be leading with this story every five minutes! Instead, they let Schiff complain about the process and say Nunes can’t prove Trump himself was being spied on. This is them walking back their positions until finally they will have no wiggle room.
Eventually, it will come out that upper level Obama people ordered or guided surveillance on Trump’s people and passed around his data carelessly and illegally. Andy McCarthy as the NRO horrifyingly points out that mismanagement of intelligence and using it to go after your political enemies is not illegal! (I know WTF?!) But the giving out of that intelligence is. So if an upper level person- say Ben Rhodes- tells the NSA to spy on Trump- he can only be sanctioned. If he gives that data to some schmoo under him to give to the Post, the schmoo is going to jail.
That’s screwed up.
The question is will Trump allow the Establishment to cover up the misdeeds as all other administrations have done, or will he force all of this into the light.
That remains to be seen.
VDH at the NRO makes a great case. Take the time to read.
The real scandal is probably not going to be Trump’s contacts with Russians. More likely, it will be the rogue work of a politically driven group of intelligence officers, embedded within the bureaucracy, who, either in freelancing mode, or in Henry II–Thomas Becket fashion (“Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?”) with Obama-administration officials, began monitoring Team Trump — either directly or more likely through the excuse of inadvertently chancing upon conversations while monitoring supposedly suspicious foreign communications.