Tag Archives: Russiagate

The FBI hand behind Russiagate

Source: Antiwar.com
by Ray McGovern

“Ironically, the Strzok-Page texts provide something that the Russia-gate investigation has been sorely lacking: firsthand evidence of both corrupt intent and action. After months of breathless searching for ‘evidence’ of Russian-Trump collusion designed to put Trump in the White House, what now exists is actual evidence that senior officials of the Obama administration colluded to keep Trump out of the White House — proof of what old-time gumshoes used to call ‘means, motive and opportunity.’ Even more unfortunately for Russia-gate enthusiasts, the FBI lovers’ correspondence provides factual evidence exposing much of the made-up ‘Resistance’ narrative — the contrived storyline that The New York Times and much of the rest of the US mainstream media deemed fit to print with little skepticism and few if any caveats, a scenario about brilliantly devious Russians that not only lacks actual evidence — relying on unverified hearsay and rumor — but doesn’t make sense on its face.” (01/12/18)


Trump declines to say whether he would sit for interview with Mueller’s team

Source: Washington Post

“President Trump on Wednesday declined to say whether he would grant an interview to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team, deflecting questions on the topic by saying there had been ‘no collusion’ between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. ‘We’ll see what happens,’ Trump said when asked directly about meeting with the special counsel. Trump then questioned why he would be interviewed, arguing again there had been “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia. … Mueller’s team told Trump’s lawyers in December they are likely to request an interview with the president, The Washington Post has reported, as part of its investigation into Moscow’s [alleged] meddling in the election and whether any Trump associates conspired with Russian agents.” (01/10/18)


Democratic report warns of Russian meddling across Europe

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A new report by Senate Democrats warns of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe and concludes that even as some Western democracies have responded with aggressive countermeasures, President Donald Trump has offered no strategic plan to bolster their efforts or safeguard the U.S. from again falling victim to the Kremlin’s systematic meddling. The report commissioned by the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is the first from Congress to comprehensively detail Russian efforts to undermine democracies since the 2016 presidential election. It wastes no time in calling out Trump personally for what it describes as a failure to respond to Russia’s mounting destabilization activities in the U.S. and worldwide. The report was obtained by The Associated Press in advance of its public release Wednesday. ‘Never before has a U.S. president so clearly ignored such a grave and growing threat to U.S. national security,’ the report warns.” [editor’s note: These stories just get sillier – SAT] (01/10/18)


Feinstein releases Fusion GPS transcript, escalating dispute with Republicans over Russiagate circus

Source: Los Angeles Times

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday released the full transcript of the panel’s interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the firm that researched President Trump during the 2016 campaign. The lengthy transcript was released over the objections of Republicans, who have been sharply critical of Simpson’s firm, Fusion GPS. … Fusion GPS, which was hired first by Republicans and later Democrats, studied various aspects of Trump’s background, a typical function for opposition researchers during presidential campaigns. However, the research became more focused on Trump’s ties to Russia when Fusion GPS contracted with a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to probe deeper.” (01/09/18)


In the Russian collusion debate, who’s fooling who?

Source: The American Conservative
by Scott Ritter

“That the FBI would have used the Downer cable as the catalyst around which it would launch a criminal investigation into Trump’s campaign is facially absurd — a single uncorroborated source, based upon an alcohol-fueled conversation that had transpired two months before the cable was drafted, is not the basis upon which such a politically sensitive initiative would be undertaken. One of the principle tenets of assessing raw intelligence information, such as that contained in the Downer cable, is whether the actors involved could plausibly have had access to that which is claimed. Russia, like the United States, treats intelligence derived from communications intercepts — including cyber operations — as among the most sensitive, and therefore highly classified, sources. The notion that the existence of information that would amount to the crown jewels of the Russian intelligence service would be handed over to an obscure non-Russian professor to share with a low-level American campaign advisor represents the kind of red flag that any intelligence analyst worthy of the title would raise when evaluating the Downer cable.” (01/08/18)


The Russia thing

Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Day

“In a recent interview, journalist Luke Harding failed to substantiate the central thesis — indeed, the title — of his bestselling book, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win. That Putin ‘helped Trump win’ is prima facie plausible, but what is the empirical evidence? … The Democratic Party too has become captivated by the fantasy that collusion will someday be not only proven but somehow sufficient to oust the President from the Oval Office. It is not obvious how this Russian cloud – increasingly black, but persistently insubstantial – might produce enough rain to wash the Trump era away, nor whether President Pence is a ray of sunshine worth hoping for. Journalists, Democrats, and concerned Americans would be prudent to reconsider not only the evidence, but the politics of such wishful thinking.” (01/08/18)


Pompeo tries to rekindle fire under dying Russiagate scare

Source: US News & World Report

“The head of the Central Intelligence Agency said on Sunday that Russia and others are trying to undermine elections in the United States, the next major one being in November when Republicans will try to keep control of Congress. U.S. intelligence agencies have [claimed, thus far without credible evidence] that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to try to help President Donald Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails embarrassing to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and spreading social media propaganda. … ‘Yes, I continue to be concerned, not only about the Russians, but about others’ efforts as well,’ Pompeo said, without giving details. ‘We have many foes who want to undermine Western democracy.'” (01/07/18)


All of Hillary’s foreigners

Source: The American Spectator
by George Neumayr

“The media’s cheerleaders for the investigation into the Trump-Russia fable claim that its importance lies in keeping American elections pure of foreign interference. They have been posturing as great defenders of American sovereignty, a stance that normally makes them uneasy. But even as they pretend to worry about foreign interference, they seek to sanitize an investigation that is the product of foreign interference: the Obama administration, according to increasingly desperate reports, relied on the ‘intelligence’ of a shifting array of foreign spies and diplomats to launch its probe into Trumpworld. … Hillary, far from the victim of foreign interference, was the beneficiary of it. She had not only the John Brennans working for her but also the Christopher Steeles, effete diplomats, and other assorted foreign busybodies. The media says repeatedly that the American people deserve government elections untainted by foreign meddling. Shouldn’t that also apply to government investigations of candidates?” (01/03/18)


Manafort sues DoJ, Mueller over Russia probe authority

Source: CNN

“Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman indicted on money laundering and other charges, filed a lawsuit challenging the broad authority of special counsel Robert Mueller and alleging the Justice Department violated the law in appointing Mueller. The suit brought Wednesday in US District Court in Washington where Manafort and another former Trump campaign aide are charged, challenges Mueller’s decision to charge Manafort with alleged crimes that they say have nothing to do with the 2016 campaign, but rather relate to lucrative lobbying work Manafort and his deputy did for a former Russia-friendly government in Ukraine. That work ended in 2014, the suit says. Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates deny the allegations in the charges. … The Manafort lawsuit alleges Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Mueller have unlawfully exceeded the authorities allowed under the law governing special counsel appointments.” (01/03/18)


The Republicans’ fake investigations

Source: New York Times
by Glenn R Simpson & Peter Fritsch

“A generation ago, Republicans sought to protect President Richard Nixon by urging the Senate Watergate committee to look at supposed wrongdoing by Democrats in previous elections. The committee chairman, Sam Ervin, a Democrat, said that would be ‘as foolish as the man who went bear hunting and stopped to chase rabbits.’ Today, amid a growing criminal inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, congressional Republicans are again chasing rabbits. We know because we’re their favorite quarry.” (01/02/18)