Let me be as blunt as I can be right here and now. I do not care one iota if Russia purchased ads on Facebook during the 2016 election, just as I could give a damn if they had "bot" farms or whatever they are called to push trending hasthags on Twitter. I also do not care a bit if they were behind the DNC leaks, although Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who published those leaks, says Russia wasn't the source, but even if they were, I don't care. Neither Wikileaks (nor Russia or whoever leaked them to Wikileaks) altered the content, the leaks were very real emails, sent by the DNC and Clinton campaign, showing they rigged the primaries against Bernie Sanders, then they proceeded to collude with the mainstream media to influence the election in favor of Hillary Clinton. So, whoever leaked the information to Wikileaks, no matter who it was, helped inform the American public of what the MSM didn't.
Takes some mighty big stones to cry publicly about the American people being told the truth for a change.
Why don't I care? Two reasons.
Reason One - The U.S. has a long history of meddling in the politics and yes, the elections, in other countries. Historical data shows the U.S. has a "long history of rigging polls, supporting military coups, channeling funds and spreading political propaganda in other countries," and a break down of the data, shows that in 70 percent of those examples, the U.S. was the "meddling" entity.
Dov Levin, an academic from the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University, has calculated the vast scale of election interventions by both the US and Russia. According to his research, there were 117 “partisan electoral interventions” between 1946 and 2000. That’s around one of every nine competitive elections held since Second World War.
The majority of these – almost 70 per cent – were cases of US interference.
And these are not all from the Cold War era; 21 such interventions took place between 1990 and 2000, of which 18 were by the US.
So excuse the heck out of me if the hyperventilation on the left and the MSM over the fact that Russia, or whoever, bought some ads, hired some trolls and maybe revealed to Americans how corrupt the DNC and The Hillary Clinton campaign, and the American liberal mainstream media was, sounds a bit hypocritical to me.
Second Reason - The second and most important reason I don't care a fig about Russia is because the so-called "Russia meddling" was nothing, not even a blip on the radar, compared to the "meddling" in a U.S. presidential election by senior members of the DOJ, FBI, State department, the Obama administration, former British spy Christopher Steele, and the Hillary Clinton campaign and its allies, and the mainstream media, to manufacture and then perpetuate the real Russia Hoax upon the American people.
CRIMINAL CLINTON CABAL CRUMBLES
The real Russia Hoax wasn't that Russia attempted to sow discord through social media, ad buys, troll farms or even hacks into the DNC and the Clinton campaign, if they were behind those, which we truly cannot be sure if since the very same intelligence communities that made that claim, were full of senior members that we now know were part of the true Russia Hoax, which was accusations against the Trump campaign about "colluding" with Russia.
Considering the cornucopia of information that has been revealed since we first learned of senior FBI official Peter Strzok and his lover FBI lawyer Lisa Page's text messages, showing not only anti-Trump bias ran rampant at the top levels of both the FBI and the DOJ, where they actively plotted a "path" to clear Hillary Clinton of wrong-doing in regards to her private email server and classified email scandal, but they also arranged an "insurance policy," which we later discovered was the whole "Russia colluded with Trump" hoax, it has become apparent that there was huge conspiracy to frame Donald Trump on bogus charges, that included a whole host of top level Obama officials.
New Information: We now find out that two more people referenced by Strzok and Page in their text messages, have announced they are leaving their positions. They include the FBI's media chief, Mike Kortan, and the head of the Justice Department's anti-espionage section, David Laufman. These departures follow "FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump; former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; Comey’s chief of staff, James Rybicki; FBI General Counsel James Baker; as well as Strzok, who was booted off the special counsel investigation and sent to a job in the FBI’s personnel division," as reported by Politico.
From one of my long time (but now retired) AUSA pals: “David Laufman resignation is a big deal.
As Dep. Assist. AG for National Security Division, he was the Primary Supervisor over Counter-Intelligence work in Nat Sec. He would have had a hand in the approval of the FISA application on Page.
He likely had a role in the decision making on the Clinton email investigation since his section handled cases involving leaks of classified information. The decisions on granting immunity, and allowing conditions to be attached to the examination of computers, would have come from his office. I do not think those were conditions that the FBI would have wanted. On the immunity issue, FBI wouldn't have the authority -- that could only come from the prosecutors in Nat Sec.
The press reporting is that he offered his resignation yesterday, effective IMMEDIATELY.
That's what happens when you are told that your are the subject of an OPR or OIG investigation.
He was in the post since 2014 -- under Carlin, Yates, and Lynch in the chain of command.” This source isn’t perfect. None are. But very very accurate over many years.
This week we also found out from the Grassley/Graham Senate Judiciary Committee memo, that information obtained from a foreign source by a Clinton confidant, was fed to a State Department official, then handed over to Christopher Steele who was hired by Fusion GPS, paid by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, to help compile the much-talked about Kremlin sourced Steele dossier, which was then used, without verification, by FBI and DOJ officials under Obama, to obtain multiple FISA warrants on a Trump advisor Carter Page.
New Information: We now the names of the Clinton associate, and the State Department official and how the "media and law enforcement echo chamber of Russia collusion," as it is described by Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School, William A. Jacobson, al began and continued to feed the Great Russia Hoax of collusion.
The Clinton associate was Sidney Blumenthal, known as "Vicious Sid," and the State department employee was Jonathan M. Winer, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for John Kerry during the Obama administration, who admits he had a long-standing information sharing relations with both Christopher Steele and Sidney Blumenthal.
In September 2016, Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known as the “dossier.” Steele’s sources suggested that the Kremlin not only had been behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign but also had compromised Trump and developed ties with his associates and campaign.
I was allowed to review, but not to keep, a copy of these reports to enable me to alert the State Department. I prepared a two-page summary and shared it with Nuland, who indicated that, like me, she felt that the secretary of state needed to be made aware of this material.
In late September, I spoke with an old friend, Sidney Blumenthal, whom I met 30 years ago when I was investigating the Iran-contra affair for then-Sen. Kerry and Blumenthal was a reporter at The Post. At the time, Russian hacking was at the front and center in the 2016 presidential campaign. The emails of Blumenthal, who had a long association with Bill and Hillary Clinton, had been hacked in 2013 through a Russian server.
While talking about that hacking, Blumenthal and I discussed Steele’s reports. He showed me notes gathered by a journalist I did not know, Cody Shearer, that alleged the Russians had compromising information on Trump of a sexual and financial nature.
Why would a lawyer, that understands one has the right to remain silent in order to not self-incriminate, admit to this little circle jerk of sharing Kremlin sourced information? Because House intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes already knew about it and is targeting Winer in "phase two" of their investigation, which already produced the much talked about four-page FISA abuse memo, and Winer is trying to get the media spinning in his favor beforehand, and used the Washington Post to try to control the narrative.
Fox News reported Winer's connection and Representative Trey Gowdy confirmed Blumenthal's connection at the end of the interview video clip below.
Professor Jacobson captures the crux of the manufacturing of the Great Russia Hoax very succinctly in one paragraph when he writes "Hillary’s campaign and the DNC paid for the Steele dossier. Other Clinton operatives, such as Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, were spreading similar accusations and sharing information with Steele. Steele was also feeding accusations to the media. Employees of the FBI and possibly other agencies who hated Trump used that information both before and after the election."
TWO DEMOCRATS REALLY DID TRY TO COLLUDE WITH RUSSIA
New Information: We also learned this week that two of the loudest Democrats in Congress screaming Russia collusion against President Trump and his campaign members, ironically claiming that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia against Hillary Clinton, both attempted to colluded with Russia or Steele to obtain Russian sourced information against President Trump.
I kid you not.
One of the most vocal Democratic House members, and leaker, Rep. Adam Schiff was pranked by Russian hoaxsters that claimed to have nude images of Donald Trump, and he aggressively tried to obtain the non-existent photos to give to the FBI.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was pranked last year by Russian comedians who offered nude photos of President Trump.
Schiff thought he had been speaking with Ukrainian politician Andriy Parubiy, who offered potentially explosive information about Trump’s visit to Russia during the Miss Universe pageant in 2013, The Atlantic reported.
Schiff cautioned the man that “our Russian friends” could be eavesdropping on the call, and told him not to share anything he wouldn’t want them to hear.
But the man went on to say that the Russians had “pictures of naked Trump” and Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted Trump to know that “all those compromising materials will never be released if Trump will cancel all Russian sanctions.”
Schiff then told the man that his office would work with FBI to figure out “how we can obtain copies.”
The California Democrat, however, had actually been speaking with Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, two Russian pranksters known as Vovan and Lexus.
The second Democratic politician is Senator Mark Warner, who apparently "texted with Russian oligarch lobbyist in effort to contact dossier author Christopher Steele," as reported by Fox News.
Secrecy seemed very important to Warner as the conversation with Waldman heated up March 29, when the lobbyist revealed that Steele wanted a bipartisan letter from Warner and the committee’s chairman, North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr, inviting him to talk to the Senate intelligence panel.
Throughout the text exchanges, Warner seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop -- at least initially. In one text to the lobbyist, Warner wrote that he would "rather not have a paper trail" of his messages.
The extreme irony and hypocrisy of Democrats accusing the Trump campaign of "colluding" with Russia against Hillary Clinton with absolutely no proof of said collusion, claiming it is a crime, while at the same time they were "colluding" with Russia to obtain information against Donald Trump.... cannot be overstated.
One by one those implicated in attempting to rig the 2016 presidential election in favor of Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump, the "Criminal Clinton Cabal," are being investigated, resigning, being reassigned while investigations are pending against them, and being exposed publicly as their whole narrative of "Russia collusion with Trump" becomes a documented case of Clinton allies, senior level intelligence community members, the MSM and Democratic politicians, all colluding with either Russia or those obtaining information from Russia.
Watching the Criminal Clinton Cabal crumble has been intensely satisfying, seeing new revelations weekly, and in many cases even daily, and all this is happening before the final report from the year-long DOJ Office of Inspector General report has even been written.
What will be more satisfying is seeing indictments and charges filed against the Clinton cabal members of the intelligence community after the IG report is completed, flipping the low level fish in order to catch bigger fish, because make no mistake, seeing a few "sacrifices" at the bottom levels, are not going to be sufficient, when senior members of the Obama administration, that held positions of power, perhaps leading straight to the top, Obama himself, attempted to rig a presidential election by perpetrating one of the biggest hoaxes upon the American people, ever.
The deep state, Democrats and the MSM are in panic mode as their carefully planned conspiracy implodes.
Generally we either embed portions of interviews and clips, or even an opening statement which lays out the evidence documented to date, but below is the entire Sean Hannity show from February 8, 2018, where his initial monologue breaks down what is known at this point, and then he is joined by a number of experts.
It is worth watching in its entirety. (Update- Video was removed from YouTube. Replaced with two relevant segments.)