If the Russian goal in all of this was to sow dissension and mistrust, they have won. If Hillary, in her attempt to cheat her way to the Presidency, created the dossier with no Russian help (something that may have happened given the facts as we know them now) then she is as close to a traitor as we can get without crossing the line. It seems wherever she goes and whomever she touches, she creates chaos, corruption and destruction. You can add America to that list.
James Comey’s assistant quit and wrote an article on the way out whining about how he doesn’t like being picked on. The trouble is he never addresses the small coup attempt Comey was involved in or his part in that illegal effort. All kidding aside, it’s like a bank robber complaining people are mad he and his buddies rob banks.
Over at RawStory, which I will not link to, I was able to interact with some of the posters, hoping that common sense would make them see how big of a problem this is. Their visceral hatred of Trump blinds them. In the end, after I answered all their questions, pointed out the danger all of us are in because of this government employee’s soft coup, I was called a “Russian Bot.” I kid you not. I don’t even know what that means, and I don’t think they do either.
However, back in the real world the fallout continues. I am praying Trump orders another special counsel (from outside DC) investigation into the NSA/DOJ/FBI/State political appointee’s attempt to undermine OUR free elections. I want people to go to jail. Enough is freaking enough.
Well you would think that, but according to one person, all Trump did when he highlighted the corruption of abuse of power was piss off FBI agents who threatened to use their power to attack Trump…which kind of shows their abuse of power is real…and.. jeezzzz..you cannot make it up.
Friday on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” network counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd warned the FBI was going to push back against President Donald Trump’s release of the House Intelligence Committee memo and further suggestions of corruption existing within that agency.
Mudd noted the long-running operation of the FBI versus Trump’s 13 months as president and noted the FBI was vowing “to win.”
Former CIA counterterrorism official Phil Mudd: The FBI people “are ticked” and they’ll be saying of Trump, “You’ve been around for 13 months. We’ve been around since 1908. I know how this game is going to be played. We’re going to win” http://cnn.it/2GEPZD3 pic.twitter.com/fByOLNrh0I
“The president is talking about basically corruption at the FBI today, but we oppose the leadership,” he said. “The workforce is going to look at this and say, this is an attack on our ability to conduct an investigation with integrity. There are hundreds of agents and analysts working on this investigation. It’s not just Christopher Wray, the FBI Director.”
Okay, if I were the boss, I would find out who was against making my “company” better and fire them on the spot.
American Thinker has a good summation of what is going on with some decent links. I’ll let them update this mess.
As the “Russian Collusion” story disintegrates, it takes with it any reason to rely on the Fourth Estate, which in large part assisted in Obama administration wrongdoing. It has proven to be a handmaiden of those who concocted a big lie to bring down a political opponent. As Josephus said of Haman — Antiq., 50:2, c. 6,) “without a remark upon the almighty power, and admirable justice of the wisdom of God; not only in bringing Haman to his deserved punishment, but in trapping him in the very snare which he had laid for another, and turning a malicious invention upon the head of the inventor.” This time, it’s not only Haman — the FBI and DOJ officials involved in lying to the FISC and unmasking what they learned — but their hangers-on in the press that are trapped as well.
1. Prelude to the Devin Nunes Memo’s Release
As she so often does, Kimberley Strassel nailed it:
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1) I’ve covered politics a long time. I’ve never — never — seen anything approaching the desperations Ds have to keep this memo quiet. And as we know that worry about law enforcement (Snowden/Manning) is not their biggest worry, this memo must be damning to the core.
2) Have been in journalism all my life. Have never — never — seen the press corps fight so hard against transparency. Same media that after election wondered if it was out of touch with avg Americans, now ignoring the legit worries so many have about govt. accountability.
3) Every journo should be asked if they’d be fighting this hard against disclosure if it was a Bush DOJ/FBI accused of wiretapping abuses. Of course not. They’d be leading the charge to put it all out. 4th estate is supposed to enlighten the people. Not cover for govt. officials.
Others took up the same tack. Notable among them was Mark Penn, a long-time Clinton pollster. He notes the shocking calls by the NY Times and Washington Post for prior restraint — blocking the release of the memo House Intelligence Chairman Nunes prepared based on what witnesses told the committee and official documentation about the spying on the Trump campaign. The hypocrisy of their efforts is astonishing — these are some of the same people who argued successfully that the public was entitled to see (and then to publish) the “Pentagon Papers.” Penn observes, as we must, that the dossier is nonsense, and has been discredited — not as the press is wont to say, “unverified.”
So mainstream journalism today tells us we should see the dossier, even if it’s filled with junk, and read the Comey memos, even if they have no verification — and, yet, be prevented from reading the report of the House Intelligence Committee based on documents that it took the committee six months to pry out of the FBI and Justice Department.
I believe in the First Amendment, and I thought that mainstream media did too. I did not see it as a doctrine of convenience that applied only to documents that buttress one side but then not applied if it might conceivably help the other side.
The effect of this, he concludes, is to keep the public seriously in the dark about what shocking things have occurred — something to remember when some of your friends and family seem to be on a different planet than you are:
So it’s a fact that six senior leaders of the FBI or Justice Department have been either reassigned or fired based on facts that have come out largely from the work of this committee and of the inspector general of the Justice Department. Yet, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is being branded almost as a lunatic. The hypocrisy here is not confined to newspaper editorial pages. We have seen a veritable news blockade on information coming out of these investigations on the front pages.
In the last Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, we read people a list of recent facts that have come out and almost all of them were unknown to the public, even when prompted. A majority did know that Comey had drafted the memo on the Clinton investigation long before the investigation was over. But most people did not know who paid for the dossier, and most had not heard about the text messages and their reference to an “insurance policy” in case Trump was elected. After hearing this information, 75 percent said it was significant and 63 percent said the FBI needs to be investigated.
People are waking up. They sense something went horribly wrong. That scares the administrative state more than anything. We pay them to exist. We realize they are hurting our nation, we stop paying them, they have to get a real job or stop existing.
It is all about the money. And the power.
However, the media refuses to help. They rant about transparency, but work hard to protect the liberal agenda. What they know is what they fear- the Obama FBI/DOJ fine tuned the systemic corruption of the permanent government bureaucracy. What is stunning, and heartbreaking, is how easily the employees went for the deal. Strzok’s text messages reveal he was more concerned with advancement AFTER Hillary won than finding mysterious Russian figures in the Trump campaign. In fact, after ten months he said there was no “there, there” and wanted a chance to be an assistant director. Comey retires, McCabe moves up, Strzok moves up. Simple.
Money, power, prestige. Shallow, sad, but dangerous men.
Mark Steyn’s opinion.
The memo discloses a sordid tale of “state corruption,” says Mark Steyn.
In the “national security” sphere, the entire system is ex parte. Carter Page, the peripheral Trump campaign volunteer who was the target of the surveillance, was not represented in court. In fact, he did not even know he was on “trial”. A year and a half after he attracted the attentions of Deputy Director McCabe and his chums, Mr. Page has not been charged with a single crime, never mind (to be old-fashioned about these things) convicted of one. Indeed, the only reason he is even aware that he is/was under 24/7 surveillance by the panopticon state is because McCabe’s FBI found it politic to leak that fact to the newspapers — via the coy disclosure that he briefly came under FISA surveillance as “Male-1” five years earlier.
Mr. Page has committed no crime and been charged with none, but is routinely spoken of in the press as if he has been. In it is interesting to contrast his treatment with, say, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), whom the Department of Justice designated as “unindicted co-conspirators” in a major terrorism-funding case, but which designation is apparently no obstacle to their continued respectability in the media, their invitations to speak at small-town libraries, churches and schools (for example, a CAIR operative will be spreading the word at Firelands College in Huron, Ohio next month), and even their influence upon Robert Mueller’s FBI. [snip]
The DoJ/FBI did not “inform the tribunal of all material facts” but misled the judge, seriously, on fundamental matters necessary to “enable the tribunal to make an informed decision”. They misled him/her as to the nature of the document, its provenance, its credibility, the motivations of its author, and his financial ties to the Clinton camp. They did, however, argue that the dossier had been independently “corroborated” by a September 2016 story in Yahoo News — even though that Yahoo story came from the same guy who authored the dossier: in effect, the Government got its surveillance warrant by arguing that its fake-news dossier from Christopher Steele had been independently corroborated by a fake-news story from Christopher Steele. Either the FBI is exceedingly stupid, which would be disturbing, given their lavish budget. Or the same tight group of FBI/DoJ officials knew very well what they were doing in presenting such drivel to the FISA court.
They’re really the two choices here: either “the world’s premier law enforcement agency” was manipulated by one freaky Brit spook, or “the world’s premier law enforcement agency” conspired with the freaky Brit spook to manipulate the judge.
I wish it were so simple. Glenn Greenwald says since its beginning FISA courts have reviewed over 200k applications and turned down 12. That is a rubber stamp. Judges do not want to be the guy who refused a warrant that allowed another 9/11 to occur. So they err on the side of letting the FBI take the blame with a bad warrant. Like more than one person has said- Lawyers are the bane of society.
Linked in the AmThinker piece is the NRO’s Andy McCarthy. His take shows he’s just disappointed. He knows the feds, he was one for years. But there is a threshold, and then there is a new threshold and apparently Obama fined tuned this last crew into a group that had no threshold. They were, and are, out of control. Please understand, the group involved in this were greedy and arrogant, but they were not monsters. They believed they were doing something for “the greater good”, which of course also advanced their lives. That is the most dangerous kind of ideologue in human history. The dead and destroyed from the hands of those seeking “the greater good” number into the hundreds of millions just in the last century. Autocrats and authoritarians and tyrants all share the same belief- they are justified in doing great harm for the greater good.
Obviously, the obscure Page was not the main target of the investigation. What animated the government was the possibility of Russian collusion with the Donald Trump presidential campaign. It is also what animated Steele in crafting the dossier. Yet, the Intelligence Committee’s memo notes former FBI director James Comey’s acknowledgement in June 2017 Senate testimony that these dossier allegations were “salacious and unverified.” It appears that they always were. The FBI’s assistant director Bill Priestap told the committee that efforts to corroborate Steele were in their “infancy” when the first warrant was sought. Very shortly thereafter, following a Mother Jones interview of Steele published on October 31, 2016 (i.e., ten days after the initial warrant was issued), Steele was suspended and then terminated as an informant for violating his agreement not to disclose his status as an FBI informant. The memo says that after Steele’s termination, the bureau assessed the corroboration of his claims to be “minimal.” Yet, high-ranking FBI and Justice Department officials continued to approve warrant applications to the FISA court based significantly on Steele’s claims. The memo states that, for the FBI, director James Comey approved the first three, and deputy director Andrew McCabe the last one; for the Justice Department, the warrant applications were approved by Deputy Attorneys General Sally Yates (of the Obama administration, presumably two times), Dana Boente (as “acting” DAG during the Trump administration), and Rod Rosenstein (President Trump’s appointed DAG). On one occasion, according to the memo, the Justice Department and FBI attempted to address the lack of verification of the dossier’s claims by what turned out to be circular reliance on a media report. The news story, published on September 23, 2016, by Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff, was based on information from Steele. That is, the Justice Department represented to the court that the information it alleged in the FISA warrant application was reliable because it was independently corroborated by sources in Mr. Isikoff’s story. Unbeknownst to the FBI, Steele was Isikoff’s source. Steele was retained for the Democrat-funded anti-Trump project by the research firm Fusion GPS. At Fusion, he collaborated with Nellie Ohr, the wife of then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr — a senior Justice Department official who worked closely with the deputy attorneys general who approved the FISA warrants. Steele met with Ohr both before and after he was terminated as an FBI source. In September 2016 (i.e., before the first warrant application), the memo recounts that Steele told Ohr he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” After formally terminating Steele, the FBI periodically interviewed Associate Deputy Attorney General Ohr, who reported on his meetings with Steele. In effect, this enabled the bureau indirectly to maintain Steele as an information source. Further, the memo elaborates that Ohr eventually transmitted to the FBI “all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS.” The FISA court was not informed that Steele was paid $160,000 by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, through Fusion GPS and a law firm. Nor was mention made of his stated determination to prevent a Trump presidency. While the FBI formally cut Steele off after the October 31 Mother Jones interview, the memo points out that he should have been terminated for an earlier round of media interviews in September 2016, including the one that resulted in Michael Isikoff’s Yahoo story. This evidently did not happen because Steele lied to the FBI about his contacts with journalists.
The Nellie Ohr/Fusion GPS relationship troubles me the most. What if we learn she had access to raw NSA data from her clearance through the FBI. Did she use it to create the dossier and give it depth? Did Fusion GPS gain access to those raw data file contents through Nellie? Nellie is the wife of Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ attorney, who kept meeting with Simpson on the sly after Simpson was officially booted by the FBI. What if they did and the “For the greater good” deep state hides it?
Folks you can’t make it up and as I have said a million times, my FIRST flip offer would be to Bruce and Nellie. Neither want to go to jail. Right now I doubt they are telling the whole truth -like a typical lawyer who thinks they can outsmart the other typical lawyer.
But I’m betting if they do, this whole thing falls apart like the final explosive end of the Star Wars Death Star. I use that analogy because apparently Trump pissed off the Empire and all the little Storm Troopers are mad.