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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Like Watergate 44 years ago, Obama's scandal slowly unfolds

We are now in the third month of Donald Trump's hard-fought and well-earned presidency.

The news media, by and large, has yet to accept his historic victory six months later. It's as if they are stuck on November 7, 2016, the day before We the People voted and crushed the news media's ego.

Some in the media almost sobbed on Election Night.

In his first bid for public office, President Trump defeated two political machines that between them had owned the presidency for two consecutive decades -- the House of Bush and the House of Clinton.

He did so despite being outspent two-to-one, and despite media coverage that by the end of the election cycle was 90 percent negative.

President Trump did so by openly challenging the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, and the media.

He won because all three are losers who failed the people miserably in the 21st century.

Consider Obamacare. The media wasted its credibility peddling this crap. Or the stimulus. Or the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Or the Iranian deal. Or the rise of the Islamic State.

The failures of the Washington Establishment paved the way for Donald Trump to win.

The media has lost its power, but doesn't realize it. He figured this all out in two seconds. He plays the media like the cheap little suckers they are.

The Hair On Fire coverage of the news media delights me. They are all Mister Jones now -- even Fox News -- unable to figure out what time it is.

Headlines from the Washington Post last night read:
  • EXCLUSIVE Blackwater founder met secretly in Seychelles to establish Trump-Putin back channel
  • The Fix: The White House is a smoke machine when it comes to Russia
  • Graphic: Here’s what we know so far about Team Trump’s ties to Russian interests
Trump has no connection to Putin.


The Putin story is a ruse that Barack Obama thinks provided cover for his illegal and unconstitutional espionage and surveillance of the political opposition. I have no doubt that Obama's web of espionage  extended well beyond Donald Trump.

The abuse of the National Security Agency to spy on Trump continued even after his election.

Yet the media thinks we are a bunch of dupes, and continues to pretend the victim is the villain.

From Juan Williams of Fox News:
Trump's risk of impeachment rises
Liberal Democrats could yet see their dreams come true.
Last week, a new poll from the liberal outfit Public Policy Polling (PPP) asked Americans if President Trump should resign if evidence emerges that his campaign worked with Russia to help defeat Hillary Clinton. A majority, 53 percent, said he should resign.
That is important because PPP also found that 44 percent of Americans already believe that Trump’s campaign did just that.
It is no fantasy to say the drip-drip-drip of the Trump-Russia investigations is draining this presidency of political capital. The president’s historically high disapproval rating — 51 percent in the latest McClatchy poll — tells the same story.
That’s why astute Republicans are starting to look out for themselves.
The first Republican to begin to run for cover was Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who decided to recuse himself from any role in the investigation. Last week Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, sought immunity in exchange for his testimony to congressional investigators.
A majority of Americans want a special prosecutor — including 39 percent of Republicans, according to one poll. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has called for Congress to form a bipartisan select committee to probe ties between Russia and the Trump camp.
I nominate Juan Williams for Fool of the Year, and it is only April.

Does he really think a Republican-held House will impeach President Trump over Barack Obama's abuse of power?

Does he really think Americans are so dumb they fall for this phantom menace of a Putin conspiracy?

Does he really think Americans don't know now what a Democratic poodle John McCain is?

But Fox News needs a liberal or two, and Juan Williams fits the bill. He would rather be seen by millions on Fox News than heard by thousands at NPR.

The truth is out there. And Eli Lake of Bloomberg broke from the pack and reported:
White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on “unmasking” the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like “U.S. Person One.”
The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review, according to two U.S. officials who spoke with Bloomberg View on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. In February Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. He brought this to the attention of the White House General Counsel’s office, who reviewed more of Rice’s requests and instructed him to end his own research into the unmasking policy.
The truth is slipping out, like water from a flooded bathroom leaking from the closed door.

From John Hinderacker: "Susan Rice in crosshairs as potential felon."

He's a lawyer.

Another lawyer, Kurt Schlichter, wrote:
If you’re stressed out about this whole Russian nonsense, relax – Donald Trump didn't do anything wrong, and he's not going be impeached, arrested, or ritually disemboweled. When the truth comes out and it explodes in the Democrats’ soft, girlish hands, we’ll all be laughing and toasting their humiliation with Stoli shots.
How do I know this with utter certainty? Because it's all so glaringly obvious, and it’s the only scenario that fits the facts. As Hugh Hewitt says, this scandal has three silos. The first silo is the question of whether the Russians somehow “hacked our election.” The second silo is whether any Trump people “colluded” with the Russians. The third silo, the one patriots care most about since it’s the one that isn’t a ridiculous fantasy, is whether anyone in Obama's administration used our intelligence apparatus to spy on his and Hillary’s political opponents. The answers are “No,” “No,” and “Yes.” The end results are going to be a stronger Trump, weaker Democrats, and various Obama minions exploring new career opportunities in the exciting fields of license plate-making, large-to-small rock transformation, and artisanal pruno distilling.
Russians didn’t hack the election. Liberals use the word “hacked” because they can claim they only mean “influenced” while implying to stupid people inclined to believe their conspiracy theories that the Russians broke into computers and changed votes from Hillary to Donald. Of course, they forgot to also change the Senate votes to the Dems, but whatev.
Even James Comey agrees that never happened, so now the Democrats are claiming that Russian social media bots used fake news to trick the previously Hillary-inclined electorate into voting against her. Basically, they’re saying Hillary’s supporters were easily duped idiots. Now, dummies have always been a key Democrat demographic. She clearly has a unique appeal to the stupid, the gullible, and the readily confused, making the voters she was counting on especially vulnerable to those cunning Russian clickbaiters operating from secret Macedonian villages.
I remember Watergate.

The Washington Post broke the story before the 1972 election, but pack journalists blew it of. They had sources in the White House who told them it was nothing.

Sam Ervin and company started an investigation in the Senate in 1973. The next year, the House began drafting an impeachment. Nixon got the hint and resigned.

Speak of the devil, the Washington Examiner reported:
The Washington Post's Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said earlier that he had briefed Trump on new information, unrelated to an investigation into Russian activities, that suggested that several members of Trump's transition team and perhaps Trump himself had their identities "unmasked" after their communications were intercepted by U.S. intelligence officials.
The revelation is notable because identities of Americans are generally supposed to remain "masked" if American communications are swept up during surveillance of foreign individuals.
Barack Obama might consider moving to Ireland or another nation that does not extradite.

As for Susan Rice, she needs to lawyer up. Fast. Evelyn Farkas too. And whatever else they do, they need to stay off TV. Those interviews they already gave have helped future Obamagate investigators immensely.

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  1. Thanks to the Democrats my investments in popcorn futures and clown makeup have made me a wealthy man. I believe my next investment will be in orange prison uniforms. - Elric

  2. Nixon was impeached for using campaign workers to spy on the dems. obama was using government paid workers to his spying. What is worse?
    People need to hang for this, or, it will be worse in the future. If there are no consequences for illegal action, why worry?

    1. Nixon resigned before he was impeached. The only Presidents ever to have been impeached were Andrew Johnson in 1867 and Bill Clinton in 1998 (Clinton on perjury and obstruction of justice).

    2. apologies for the typos. Her is a corrected version:

      Correct. Nixon resigned because the upcoming vote to impeach looked like a foregone conclusion. Furthermore, Nixon never "used campaign workers to spy on the dems." The sin/crime was the cover-up in which Nixon was complicit after he was informed of the break in. It is from that that the following two popular, and now oft quoted, phrases originated: "What did the President know and when did he know it? and "It's not the [event] it's the cover-up." -- T

    3. True story....the Watergate burgularly was an attempt to steal the DNC hooker list for the upcoming convention, so the GOP could "flip" some of the hookers to being informants. That's it. It was the political equivalent of a panty raid.

  3. Can we call it Obamagate yet?

  4. President Stampy Foot is in Tahiti, a part of French Polynesia, and I understand they don't have an extradition treaty with us. Coinkydink, you think?
    DJT may need to send the SEALs to extricate him from his tropical paradise with his fawning buttboys....with extreme prejudice!

    1. 0's is out for a quick dip in the warm
      sea. On the bottom are rough men in
      scuba gear. Cue the theme from "Jaws."
      "Welcome to the USS Sea Wolf." Mr. Obama...
      TG McCoy

  5. Just discovered Don Surber and love his columns. A breath of fresh and cogent thinking. The drama of all these events is positively Shakespearean. Riveting to watch all the various cockroaches running around trying to hide from the light. (I'm an ex-New Yorker and an expert on cockroaches.) Perhaps Obama will consider Ireland, but he's already self-exiled to Tahiti, another non extradition state, I believe. But it's only exile if he was in fact a citizen of USA. Hard to know anymore what we know for sure.

    1. Thank you!
      I chose Ireland becanuse he's Irish -- from the County O'Bama

  6. Let us also remember the 500 raw FBI files on Republicans that turned up in the Clinton White House in the hands of Craig Linvingstone. 1996. Thanks 1st lesbian Attorney General, Janet Reno. Hillary still has the files. Those Republicans still dance to her tune.

  7. I recall vividly the ridicule Sarah Palin got for daring to suggest that we need to be more concerned about Russia.
    The only thing the demonrats deserve is to ridiculed.
    Juan, can you see Russia from your house?

  8. The Drudge headliners are making the progs loose what is left of their $(*#. GOPe is not too happy either. Every day the drip gets bigger and nastier. When do we get to CNN news readers and Juan the paid blind shill Williams having convulsions on live TV so I can take the day off to watch, point and laugh?

  9. Unlike Watergate, the FakeNewsMedia is on Obungler's side. GOC

  10. Sam Ervin, yes what an astute fellow. Baker was just as much fun to watch. I learned so much from all of those men.

  11. Obama -- without Michelle and kids (cause he's such a good family man) -- is already in Tahiti, which has no extradition policy. It was supposed to be a 1 month vacation, but it was announced a week or so ago that he is staying indefinitely "to write his memoirs."
    Good timing. Lol

  12. Ireland, Don? Won't the Little People get sore about The Incredible Shrinking Man trying to muscle in on their racket?

  13. This is all full of sound and fury signifying nothing. Not because the spying didn't happen, and not because it wasn't illegal. But because absolutely nothing will happen to Obama.