Meanwhile, none of the members asked the pertinent question: Who ordered this investigation, which began in July shortly after Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch for a 45-minute discussion of their grandchildren?
For nine months, the media has let the Democratic Party get away with saying President Trump and the Яussians are in cahoots.Comey stressing that FBI investigation could go on a long time. Which to some Washington insiders means: Months, years, fizzle.— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 20, 2017
Comey's testimony shows they are not in cahoots, Calhoun County, or Kalamazoo.
Campaign Clinton pushed forth the notion that Trump is Putin's pawn as a way of distracting attention from the foreign governments that illegally financed her campaign through the Clinton Foundation money-laundering operation.
Indeed, Bill Clinton took a million dollars from the Russians. The Saudis and other despots kicked in. Even Norway gave. They paid for access to a Hilary presidency that will never be.
After she tanked, the "charity" evaporated and shut its doors. Nobody wants to be near her now. Pay-to-play requires holding public office.
Robby Mook -- Hillary's campaign manager -- created the Russian lie knowing the media would never bother to check it out independently. I mean, it wasn't like a Republican said it so why check it out? Nine months later, this lie still floats out there in media minds -- poo floating in a swimming pool.
From Byron York:
A key talking point in the theory that Donald Trump and the Russians conspired in the 2016 election is the allegation that last summer, during the Republican convention, the Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to weaken its stance on Russia's aggression in Ukraine.
It's been cited many, many times. The only problem is, it's all wrong.
The wildest expression of the theory came, as it often does, from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who told viewers on March 8 that "something weird" happened to the GOP platform on "that Ukraine and Russia thing" when the Trump team "jumped right up on that and they insisted that that plank only, that one, had to be taken out, that language could not stand."York actually read the platform, and lo and behold it contained this:
Repressive at home and reckless abroad, their policies imperil the nations which regained their self-determination upon the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will meet the return of Russian belligerence with the same resolve that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will not accept any territorial change in Eastern Europe imposed by force, in Ukraine or elsewhere, and will use all appropriate measures to bring to justice the practitioners of aggression and assassination.If Trump is Putin's puppet, then Putin is the worst puppeteer in history. The guild should kick him out.
Trump's complaint about being wiretapped has Congress investigating. Uh-oh, Spaghetti-O's.
And the media has in the past indicated he was wiretapped.
From John Nolte:
From Heat Street -- November 7, 2016:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia
Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.Nolte goes on to note:
As of this writing, Heat Street's Louise Mensch, a fierce Trump critic, has not retracted this story about the F.B.I. receiving a surveillance warrant that would allow them to "examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign"The column also cites similar stories in the Guardian, the New York Times, the BBC, and McClatchy newspapers.
As we disprove the Яussians are coming fallacy, there should be fallout.
Lefty blogger Glenn Greenwald worried this weekend that the Obama wing of the Democratic Party is playing with matches in a room filled with gas vapors by pushing this false narrative.
From Glenn Greenwald:
Key Democratic officials are clearly worried about the expectations that have been purposely stoked and are now trying to tamp them down. Many of them have tried to signal that the beliefs the base has been led to adopt have no basis in reason or evidence.
The latest official to throw cold water on the MSNBC-led circus is President Obama’s former acting CIA chief Michael Morell. What makes him particularly notable in this context is that Morell was one of Clinton’s most vocal CIA surrogates. In August, he not only endorsed Clinton in the pages of the New York Times but also became the first high official to explicitly accuse Trump of disloyalty, claiming, “In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”
But on Wednesday night, Morell appeared at an intelligence community forum to “cast doubt” on “allegations that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.”
“On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire at all,” he said, adding, “There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark. And there’s a lot of people looking for it.”But Obama is pressing forward, as he wants to get back at President Trump for the birther rubbish.
The problem with that is the two are not equal. Donald Trump as a private citizen could say what he wants.
However, Obama was president when he began accusing Trump of ties to Russia.
Obama -- who wiretapped reporters, a congressman, and heads of states of our allies -- stands accused of wiretapping Trump.
Going down this Russian rabbit hole is dangerous because it underscores the very real possibility that Obama wiretapped Trump.
No matter how legal that may be, it is unethical as hell and could bring down the party.
Not that Obama cares.
But CIA operatives past and present do because it casts a tall shadow on them and their credibility.
Obama’s former CIA chief also cast serious doubt on the credibility of the infamous, explosive “dossier” originally published by BuzzFeed, saying that its author, Christopher Steele, paid intermediaries to talk to the sources for it. The dossier, he said, “doesn’t take you anywhere, I don’t think.”
Morell’s comments echo the categorical remarks by Obama’s top national security official, James Clapper, who told Meet the Press last week that during the time he was Obama’s DNI, he saw no evidence to support claims of a Trump/Russia conspiracy. “We had no evidence of such collusion,” Clapper stated unequivocally. Unlike Morell, who left his official CIA position in 2013 but remains very integrated into the intelligence community, Clapper was Obama’s DNI until just seven weeks ago, leaving on January 20.
Perhaps most revealing of all are the Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee — charged with investigating these matters — who recently told BuzzFeed how petrified they are of what the Democratic base will do if they do not find evidence of collusion, as they now suspect will likely be the case.
“There’s a tangible frustration over what one official called ‘wildly inflated’ expectations surrounding the panel’s fledgling investigation,” BuzzFeed’s Ali Watkins wrote.That is a polite way of calling it a lie.
Only one candidate last year definitely had ties to Russia.
Maybe Congress should take a look into that.
Meanwhile, this fellow Comey makes no sense.
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