In a new report from The Hill about how Congress is reeling from the sexual harassment deluge, which details how Congressional leaders are conflicted and dealing with each new allegation about multiple members on a case-by-case basis, attempting to decide which newly exposed member should be asked to resign, balancing that with the need to offer due process and how to move forward, and how everyone in Congress is panicked and wondering who is next to be exposed, but it is towards the middle of the article we see how deep the rot is and how many "sewer rats" there truly are walking the halls of Congress.
The three bombshell resignations in a single week — Conyers, Franken and Franks — have created a panicked atmosphere on Capitol Hill. Rumors are running rampant. The latest ricocheting around the Capitol is that a major national news outlet will publish a list of 20 to 30 lawmakers accused of harassment in the coming days. One GOP source said the list could refer to secret Congressional Office of Compliance records of lawmakers who’ve privately settled sexual harassment claims in recent decades.
This past week we saw the announced resignations of three members of Congress over sexual harassment charges, allegations of inappropriate behavior, and paid settlements to hide sexual harassment. Democratic Senator Al Franken resigned after members of his party demanded it over groping women, Democratic Representative John Conyers after reports exposed him for paying out hefty settlements over sexual harassment claims, and Republican Representative Trent Franks who was about to be investigated by the House Ethics Committee for conversations with two female staffers in regards to becoming surrogates for he and his wife due to fertility issues.
In order to understand how massive a problem harassment claims in Congress truly are, the chart below, compiled by the Congressional Office of Compliance, released on November 16, 2017, showing the amount of money issued in settlements from 1997 to the date of the report in 2017, offers insight into how much taxpayer money goes towards secretly pay off the accusers.
The problem with that report and the chart is it does not inform the public of how many of those settlements were for sexual harassment claims, or who the accused is, or the accuser, and in fact it is not only the public that is unaware as we see a report from December 7, 2017, in USA Today, that even members of Congress cannot obtain that information from the Office of Compliance, because that information is "strictly confidential."
The once-sleepy Office of Compliance, which handles congressional labor and employment disputes, has no power to investigate sexual harassment complaints or enforce settlements. And it operates under a cloak of confidentiality that shields both accusers and the accused alike.
“So we’re not getting anything?” Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., asked at a House Administration Committee hearing on sexual harassment in Congress Thursday.
Brooks’ question came after she asked the compliance office to provide her with detailed information about sexual harassment claims made against House members or their staffs.
The compliance office provided this answer by letter on Thursday: “All counseling and mediation conducted by the Office of Compliance is ‘strictly confidential’ and all administrative proceedings and deliberations are ‘confidential’.”
Susan Tsui Grundmann, executive director of the compliance office, said she could only release information if a case had gone to a hearing officer and if the complainant had been consulted. Many cases are settled before they reach the hearing stage.
“The law doesn’t allow us to release anything to your committee,” Grundmann told Brooks on Thursday. Brooks participated in Thursday’s hearing because she is the chairwoman of the House Ethics Committee, which could investigate sexual harassment allegations if it had the names of accused lawmakers’ offices.
Let me get this straight. Congress has managed to build laws into their own system which prevents their own ethics committee from investigating settlements that have been paid out for members accused of sexual harassment. A special law to cover up the cover ups themselves?
Another issue regarding the chart above is doesn't separate how many of those settlements stemmed directly from the House of Representatives or the Senate itself because a portion of cases before the OOC come from employing offices in the legislative branch other than the House of Representatives or the Senate, according to their November 13, 2017 "Correcting the record" newsletter.
THIS MAY BE THE BIGGEST STING OPERATION IN HISTORY
Now lets take a step back for a moment and take a look at the bigger picture and a series of events that have occurred since President Donald Trump took office.
In Hollywood, celebrity after celebrity became embroiled in sexual scandals after Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial sexual harasser who had paid out millions in settlements, from rape to sexual assault, to molestation claims, as we continue to watch one domino tumble after another.
Now we see that Hollywood pedophiles and/or child molesters are being caught up, as veteran 58-year-old Disney executive, Jon Heely, has been suspended without pay, after it was revealed that he was arrested almost a month ago, charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. Zero Hedge reports "One of the reported victims was 15. The other was abused for four years starting at the age of 11, according to the charges."
I will note that loud mouth celebrities in Hollywood, spent the majority of the 2016 Presidential campaign attempting to use their "fame" to influence the public to vte for Hillary Clinton, while continuously bashing Donald Trump.
The Media then became embroiled in sexual scandals, where high profile journalists, self-declared male feminists, from a number of outlets have been terminated, suspended, or forced to resign, but the scandal didn't begin there because from the second President Trump took office, we have consistently seen an increase in the amount of "fake news" articles by some of the biggest names in the business.
Washington Post has been busted on a number of "fake news" articles, citing anonymous sources.
CNN has been caught botching the news, again based on unnamed sources, at least seven times just in 2017, the latest of which was on Friday, December 8th, after failing to verify what their "sources" told them, and falsely implying that the Trump campaign received information and an encryption key to Wikileaks data before it was released publicly, only to find out their "sources", two of them, read them the wrong date.
CBS got caught up in the CNN fake news scandal also on Friday, and are being taken to task for their coverage and their handling the aftermath by not admitting to their screw-up. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange even ripped CBS, tweeting out a challenge to CBS, stating "This is fake news, CBS, you pathetic excuse for a media organization. I challenge your controlling oligarchs, the Redstone family, to a $100k bet that "providing access through WikiLeaks" to our unpublished information is false."
Rather than accept Assange's challenge, CBS simply issued an editors note on their original fake news story, stating "Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the email was dated Sept. 4, 2016, instead of Sept. 14, 2016. The information was erroneously confirmed by a source, who subsequently sent the actual email to CBS News confirming the Sept. 14 date. The report has been updated to reflect the correct date, and the email is included in this update."
Last Friday, ABC News put out a false story which tanked the stock market causing an instant 350 point drop, before having to issue a clarification, then multiple corrections, then an official statement announcing that the reporter, Brian Ross, was to be suspended without pay because of it.
Those are just off the top of my head, there is more, but I think that should establish a pattern.
The CNN and CBS examples from Friday are extremely interesting because they highlight something we have noted, as have some of our readers, and that is that CNN claimed that two separate sources had given them the exact same "incorrect" information, meaning they both read the wrong date to CNN from the email they were reporting on. CBS, in their initial story, saved on Archive.is before the editors note, headline and text had been changed, claimed "CBS News has confirmed that Donald Trump Jr. received an email in September 2016 offering access to hacked Democratic Party data. The emailed offer was dated Sept. 4 and was for a decryption key and website address providing access through WikiLeaks for hacked the documents. The new revelation was first reported by CNN."
Think about that. CNN had two separate sources according to the writer in his on-air correction, and CBS claimed they "confirmed" the email was sent on September 4th, again not naming who their source was, so we have at least two, if the CBS source was one of the same CNN sources, and possibly three separate sources if the CBS source was not either of the two that spoke to CNN, people telling two major news organizations fake information.
Coincidence? Each source was unable to read a date from an email where they date is very clear, shown below?
Could these so-called "sources" be deliberately giving the MSM anti-Trump fake news, knowing their anti-Trump biases are so virulent that they will rush to report without bothering to insist seeing the data for themselves, then being forced to backtrack, retract, correct, edit, and handing the President and others that have lost all trust in the MSM these days, the perfect opportunity to call them "fake news?"
It is a much more logical conclusion than to think that all the MSM sources have lousy eyesight.
It has also been revealed that "A senior Justice Department official was demoted this week amid an ongoing investigation into his contacts with the opposition research firm responsible for the anti-Trump 'dossier'," via Fox News.
Once again, the same people that attempted to destroy Donald Trump before the election and have been trying to destroy him ever since he became President, are being exposed.
BOTTOM LINE - QUICK RECAP
Establishment politicians are embroiled in sex scandals, with resignations already happening, and the "sewer rats" are panicking because they believe a major news outlet is about to expose 20-30 more names of sexual harassers in Congress. Hollywood is eating their own as more and more names are being engulfed in sex scandals. The media is losing some of their top names over sexual harassment allegations and has been engulfed in fake news stories, one after another. The Deep State members in the DOJ and on Robert Mueller's team are being exposed as partisan anti-Trumpers.
All segments of society that fought tooth and nail against Donald Trump being elected, that have spent two years bashing him, that blatantly favored Hillary Clinton, and all of them are being exposed and destroyed publicly.
I am of the opinion that either President Trump, or a supporter or group of supporters, have initiated one of the biggest, wide ranging, take downs of globalists, establishment politicians, pedophiles, sexual abusers and lying media entities, and that we are witnessing the biggest sting operation in history happening right before our very eyes.