Sunday, December 10, 2017

RussiaGate Update 2

Almost eighteen months 
after Obama’s Justice Department 
and the FBI launched the Russiagate investigation, 
and seven months 
after Special Counsel Robert Mueller 
took the investigation over, 
they found nothing illegal,
with the Trump campaign, 
or any collusion, with anybody:

(1) Indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates which concerns long ago prior financial dealings, 


(2) An indictment for lying to the FBI of George Papadopoulos, the junior volunteer staffer of the Trump campaign, does not touch on collusion, and

(3) An indictment for lying to the FBI of Michael Flynn arising from his perfectly legitimate and entirely legal contacts with the Russian ambassador after the 2016 Presidential election, which also does not touch on collusion allegations, and was brought about by an act of entrapment

There is no criminal offence of “collusion” known to US law.


There is the crime of conspiracy to perform a criminal act.


Should it ever be established that members of the Trump campaign arranged with the Russians for the Russians to hack the DNC computers and to steal the emails from those computers so that they could be published by WikiLeaks, a criminal conspiracy would be established.


This the crime Mueller is supposed to be investigating.


But. there is no evidence either of criminal acts or secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence which might have placed the national security of the United States in jeopardy has come to light. 

The legal meeting between Donald Trump Junior and the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya is not such evidence.

Why then is the investigation still continuing?


Because Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, are engaging in "fishing expeditions". 


The recent indictment of Michael Flynn may have been to shield Mueller from dismissal, and to keep his Russiagate investigation alive.

Indictments against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos were issued directly after the Wall Street Journal published an editorial saying that Mueller should resign. 


It is now becoming increasingly clear Mueller's
"Team of Democrats" can't be trusted to lead an
unbiased investigation.


In 2016, the FBI does not seem to have even considered investigating Hillary Clinton for obstruction of justice after it also became known that she had actually destroyed the electronic files of every eMail that passed through her private server.

FBI’s then Director – Mueller’s personal friend James Comey – broke protocols by the way he announced that Hillary Clinton had been cleared.


Failing to bring charges against Hillary Clinton meant the FBI ensured that she would win the Democrat Party’s nomination. 


Opinion polls suggests that if the election had been between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, Sanders would have won.


Instead of independently investigating the DNC’s claims that the Russians had hacked the DNC’s and John Podesta’s computers, the FBI simply accepted the opinion of – Crowdstrike paid for by the DNC, 

which it is now known was partly funded and entirely controlled by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

It is now known that the FBI also met with Christopher Steele, the compiler of the Trump Dossier, who is now known to have been in the pay of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  

The first meeting apparently took place in early July 2016, shortly before the RussiaGate investigation was launched. 


It is now known that Steele was in contact with the FBI throughout the election and continued to be so after, and that the FBI gave credence to his work.


Steele was also directly in touch with Obama’s Justice Department, a fact disclosed recently. 



The The Justice Department’s Bruce Ohr, a career official, served as associate deputy attorney general at the time of the campaign. 


That placed him just below the deputy attorney general, Sally Yates, who ran the day-to-day operations of the department. 


Yates was later fired for defying President Trump’s initial travel ban executive order.


Ohr had repeated contacts with Steele 
when Steele was working on the dossier. 

Ohr also met after the election with Glenn Simpson, head of Fusion GPS, the opposition research company that was paid by the Clinton campaign to compile the dossier.


When this was leaked, Ohr was demoted, taking away his associate deputy attorney general title, and moving him full time to another position running the department’s organized crime drug enforcement task forces.

The FBI – on the basis of information in the Trump Dossier – obtained at least one warrant from the FISA court which made it possible for it to undertake surveillance of Trump campaign officials before and after the election.


However the FBI and the Justice Department have so far failed to provide, in response to these Congressional subpoenas, information about the precise role of the Trump Dossier in triggering the RussiaGate investigation.


There was an angry exchange between FBI Director Christopher Wray and Congressman Jim Jordan during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. 



Wray refused to say officially whether or not the Trump Dossier played any role in the FBI obtaining the FISA warrants.

Officials of the FBI – including former FBI Director James Comey – have slipped out in earlier Congressional testimony, saying that it did. 


This information is not classified.


FBI Director Christopher Wray and of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be held in contempt of Congress because of the failure of the Justice Department and the FBI to comply with Congressman Nunes’s subpoenas.



Peter Strzok is the senior FBI official who is now known to have had a leading role in both the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s misuse of her private server and in the Russiagate investigation.  


Strzok is now also known to have been the person who changed the wording in Comey’s statement clearing Hillary Clinton for her misuse of her private email server to say that Hillary Clinton had been “extremely careless'” as opposed to “grossly negligent”.


Strzok – who was the FBI’s deputy director for counter-intelligence – signed the document which launched the Russiagate investigation in July 2016.


Strzok was also the person who supervised the FBI’s questioning of Michael Flynn.  


Flynn’s interview with the FBI on 24th January 2017 was a set-up intended to entrap him by tricking him into lying to the FBI about phone conversations the NSA had recorded (all conversations with the Russian Ambassador).

Special Counsel Mueller removed Strzok from the Russiagate investigation, supposedly after it was discovered that Strzok had been sending anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton messages to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair. 

These messages were sent during the election, but apparently only came to light in July this year.


Since then Strzok has been working in the FBI’s human resources department, in spite of the fact he had been the FBI’s former deputy director for counter-intelligence and considered an expert on Russia.


Former FBI officials incredulous that Strzok could have been demoted or such a trivial reason.  


Congressman Jim Jordan recently said on TV, that if 

you get kicked off the Mueller team for being anti-Trump, there wouldn’t be anybody left on the Mueller team. 

Adding to the mystery about Strzok’s demotion is why the FBI took five months to confirm that in July 2017,
Strzok was removed from his previous post of deputy director for counter-espionage, and transferred to human resources.  


The June 2017 article in the Washington Post confirms that it was the Trump Dossier provided the information which the CIA sent to President Obama in August 2016 which supposedly ‘proved’ that the Russians were interfering in the election.

It is highly likely the Trump Dossier provided the information which the FBI used to obtain all the surveillance warrants the FBI obtained from the FISA court during the 2016 election and afterwards.


Strzok’s position as the FBI’s deputy director for counter-intelligence makes it highly likely that he was the key official within the FBI who decided that the Trump Dossier should be given credence.


On the strength of a fake Dossier paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign the Justice Department, the FBI and the US intelligence community carried out surveillance during the election of US citizens who were members of the campaign team of Hillary Clinton’s opponent.



It is Robert Mueller’s investigation 

which is the cover-up.

The "surveillance of the Trump Tower" 

is the real wrongdoing.

Congressman Jordan has called 

for a second Special Counsel 
to be appointed. 

Surveillance of US citizens 

by the US national security bureaucracy 
during the election 
would be the primary focus 
of a second Special Counsel.

Friday, December 8, 2017

How the Hillary Investigation was "fixed' (update)

Update of a September 18, 2017 blog article.

Hillary Clinton broke more laws 
than Republicans claimed she did.

She received not even one slap on the wrist
as her punishment.

That result was decided in advance 
by the Obama Administration.

The clues are listed in this article.

Either there was a fake investigation, 
or the FBI was incredibly incompetent.

You can decide for yourself.

If the intended to be secret 
30 to 40-minute meeting 
of Bill Clinton 
and Attorney General Loretta Lynch 
was not part of any real investigation.

The claim that they talked about "golf" and "grandchildren" sounds like BS. 
My first thoughts were: 
Does Lynch play golf? 
Does Lynch have grandchildren? 
Does Lynch normally like to talk about 
golf and grandchildren? 
No one in the liberal-biased press asked.

The FBI investigation 
of Hillary Clinton's illegal, 
private email server, 
used to evade 
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, 
was a fake investigation.

I strongly suspect Hillary 
was hiding more than 
the claimed 30,000 
innocent, personal eMails. 

Of course 30,000 is the "Clinton number" 
-- the real number could have been 300,000, 
for all we know
 -- only gullible people would trust a Clinton.

I suspect Hillary was hiding work 
she and her staff were doing 
for the Clinton Foundation 
and/or its contributors, 
during government work hours.

Please remember that Bill Clinton 
made $9 million for giving speeches 
to foreigners 
while Hillary was Secretary of State! 
( source: Wall Street Journal )




No punishment for Hillary 
was telegraphed in advance 
by President Obama, 
who obstructed justice in April 2016
by publicly announcing 
Hillary had no "intent" 
to compromise US security, 
and violated no laws.

The intended-to-be-secret meeting 
of Bill Clinton 
and Attorney General Loretta Lynch,
on her plane, 
a week before the "James Comey decision", 
was most likely to confirm 
everyone involved with the investigation 
was following President Obama's 
April 2016 "signal" to his employees: 
  No punishment for Hillary Clinton.

Unprecedented in US history, 
FBI director James Comey,
unilaterally made himself judge and jury, 
and decided the outcome on TV, 
on July 5, 2016, 
instead of Justice Department prosecutors, 
who had that authority, 
and never granted it to Comey.

"Comey's decision" 
was exactly what Obama had stated 
in April 2016, 
which was parroted in Comey's 
April 2016 draft of his "decision", 
which was written before key FBI interviews! 
   (Details: FBI Director James Comey wrote a draft of a 'speech' exonerating Hillary Clinton in April 2016, knowing the only FBI task was to investigate -- Justice Department prosecutors are supposed to make the decision on whether or not to prosecute ... yet Comey made his own "no prosecution of Hillary" decision on TV, without even asking permission from the Justice Department to make that speech).




Evidence of a fake Hillary Clinton investigation, 
with the result decided in advance: 
-- FBI arbitrarily cut off key areas of inquiry, 

-- FBI made immunity deals, yet received nothing in return ( immunity is normally granted to force testimony 
to a grand jury ), 

-- FBI did not use a grand jury to compel evidence, 

-- FBI agreed to limit searches of computers 
(to avoid key time-frames when obstruction of justice occurred),

-- FBI agreed to destroy physical evidence 
(Hillary aides' laptop computers),

-- FBI failed to charge the many witnesses who made false statements, including Huma Abadeen and Hillary Clinton, and 

-- FBI allowed subjects of the investigation to act as lawyers for other subjects of the investigation 
(making some evidence off-limits due to the attorney-client privilege).




By April 2016, enough obstacles were already in place to ensure that any incriminating information from witnesses could be buried.

James Comey was writing a draft in April 2016, of what he would say to the public on July 5, 2016.

All Obama administration officials, including Comey, followed their leader, President Obama. 

What Obama said in April 2016, and what Obama’s Justice Department leaked to the press in May 2016,
was a false narrative that Hillary was not guilty because there was no “intent” -- rather than applying the actual espionage statute, as it was written 
( intent is not required ).

The Comey "decision" was first written in April 2016, before the puzzling immunity deals with Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, along with Platte River Networks people ( the Clinton server owners ), and before the FBI was scheduled to interview the following 17 witnesses:
1.      May 3, 2016 – Paul Combetta (Platte River)
2.    May 12, 2016 – Sean Misko
3.    May 17, 2016 – Unnamed CIA employee
4.    May 19, 2016 – Unnamed CIA employee
5.    May 24, 2016 – Heather Samuelson
6.    May 26, 2016 -- Marcel Lehel (aka Guccifer)
7.    May 28, 2016 – Cheryl Mills
8.     June 3, 2016 – Charlie Wisecarver
9.   June 10, 2016 – John Bentel
10.  June 15, 2016 – Lewis Lukens
11.  June 21, 2016 – Justin Cooper
12.  June 21, 2016 – Unnamed State Dept. Employee
13.  June 21, 2016 – Bryan Pagliano
14.  June 21, 2016 – Purcell Lee
15.  June 23, 2016 – Monica Hanley
16.  June 29, 2016 – Hannah Richert
17.     July 2, 2016 – Hillary Clinton




The "investigation" of Hillary Clinton, for destroying all eMail electronic files after a Congressional subpoena demanded their preservation, was a fake investigation.

Hillary Clinton: 
- Received and sent all eMails using only her home server, to:

---- Avoid Freedom Of Information Act requests, but also allowing confidential documents to be much more easily hacked, and 

---- Hide all private eMails sent while on the job, including Clinton Foundation personal business. 

- Personally decided which eMail hard copies to send to the State Department, in response to a FOIA request, and sent hard copies of them,

- Permanently destroyed all her eMail electronic files using special BleachBit software, 


- Hillary admitted she decided about half her eMails, including lots of work-related eMails according to the FBI, were no one's business but hers 
( the real percentage might have been 90% 
- we'll never know, 
but we do know a Clinton number can't be trusted ! ) 

Monday, December 4, 2017

The focus of this blog is...

... questionable ethics,

apparent lying to prevent criminal charges,

apparent obstruction of justice, 

what appears to be sleazy political activity
that has not been properly punished,

and claims of criminal behavior,
that don't appear true.

That all adds up to a post-Election Circus.

I expect politicians to lie frequently
and make campaign promises they can't deliver.

That could be the subject of two other blogs,
one for Donald Trump alone!

Stupid Tweets is another subject I ignore.

This blog is also not for policy issues.

I'm a libertarian who'd like to see 
smaller government
and balanced budgets.

So I end up not agreeing with big government
Republicans and Democrats!

I expect policies I don't agree with, 
such as the tax cut Trump wanted,
and the "free college" Bernie Sanders 
and Hillary Clinton said they wanted.

Those subjects would be analyzed
in my economics newsletter
and blog, for subscribers only,
not here. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

RussiaGate Update

THE  BIG  PICTURE:
The FBI has no idea how 
stolen Democrat National Committee (DNC) emails reached WikiLeaks:

-- WikiLeaks says the eMails were stolen by a DNC insider, and handed to their representative in Washington DC, on a flash drive.

-- The DNC hired a Democrat-headed computer forensics company, owned by Russians who hated Putin, who claimed "Russia did it" after one day on the job, 
as if they were hired just to say that !

-- The FBI was never allowed to investigate the DNC computers to verify the "Russia did it" claims (Note: the home locations of hackers not caught in the act are almost always wild guesses).

The "RussiaGate" investigation was used to justify placing high level members of the Trump campaign under surveillance BEFORE the 2016 election (something you'd expect only in some "Banana Republic").

Democrats have bellowed about dozens of (weak) arguments to keep people interested in RussiaGate -- they all add up to a "nothing burger".

Americans are still being manipulated by Democrats in the media who want Trump impeached -- a well known 'hack' reporter at ABC TV was just suspended for a month for lying about Michael Flynn.

After a year and one-half of various investigations, there is still no evidence of collusion between anyone in the Trump campaign, and any Russians, before the election, or after.

Talking to the Russian Ambassador after the election, and asking Russia to do things that would benefit the US, is not collusion.

That's what Michael Flynn was told to do, 
and that's what he did.  

Collusion, by the way, is not a crime.

As I have said on this blog from the beginning, 
Special Council Robert Mueller should be fired.

Mueller should not have been appointed in the first place: If the FBI was good enough to investigate Hillary Clinton, then they were good enough to investigate Donald Trump. 
   

Mueller has yet to state what specific crime, concerning Russians influencing the 2016 election, that he is trying to prove.

Mueller has yet to explain why he hired so many Democrats, including Andrew Weissmann, a Democrat infamous for his multi-decade pattern of gross prosecutorial overreach.  


DETAILS:
As I have been saying on this blog since Fall 2016, Donald Trump is not the colluding type -- 
Trump barely colluded with the Republican Party, 
who he was supposed to "collude" with, 
to win the election.

Another important fact is that 
collusion is not a crime, 
unless bribes are involved.

There is no evidence that Donald Trump illegally colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election -- he doesn't collude with anyone -- that's why so many people don't like him!  

When WikiLeaks began releasing stolen DNC eMails, the Democrats almost immediately blamed Russian hackers, in an effort to divert attention and counterattack the Trump campaign.

WikiLeaks denies the eMails were hacked. 

In an October 2016 debate with Trump, Hillary Clinton claimed “17 intelligence agencies” concluded Russia was behind the WikiLeaks releases.

Hillary Clinton was lying, as usual !

The truth: 
  The "conclusion" was only by the dishonest Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, and two dozen CIA, FBI and NSA agents he hand-picked.

Clapper, you should remember, lied under oath to Congress when falsely denying that the US government collects metadata from all cell phones used in this nation (they do!).

No one on Clapper's team, or anyone else in the US government, was ever allowed by the DNC to examine, 
or even touch, DNC computers and servers.

Not even after the election = very suspicious!

James Clapper is not only a liar, he is also a known Russia hater: Clapper had said in the past: 
“It is in their (Russian) genes to be opposed, diametrically opposed to the United States and to Western democracies.”

There is no hard evidence Democrat emails were hacked, much less that Russians did it -- the FBI has no idea how stolen DNC emails reached WikiLeaks.

Yet anti-Russia sentiment was used to manufacture support for anti-Russia sanctions by Obama after the election, troops along Russia’s border, and NATO expansion.

The RussiaGate investigation WAS used to justify placing members of the Trump campaign under surveillance BEFORE the 2016 election.




Democrats also claim Russia used a propaganda campaign to get Trump elected, including RT America airing anti-establishment opinions from Americans who mainstream media outlets ignored, and $100,000 in Facebook ads.

$100,000 of ads would have had almost no effect on a $6.8 billion election!

In fact, the Facebook ads rarely mentioned the election, and most were seen after the election! 

There are lots of claims about how Trump has “financial ties to Russia”, but his company has financial ties with many other foreign countries.

That's not a crime!

Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted for things that had nothing to do with Trump, or Russia.

I give them the assumption of innocence until there is proof they are guilty.

George Papadopoulos was a low-level Trump campaign volunteer, whose frequent attempts to arrange meetings between campaign officials and Russians would not have been a crime even if they had happened.


In fact, 100% of Papadopoulos' requests were rejected by Paul Manafort and/or other Trump campaign officials.

Who is Robert Mueller ?

THE  BIG  PICTURE:
Robert Mueller’s lifetime work record shows many examples of poor judgment. 

In my opinion, Mueller’s current investigation will never find any proof that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election, because that did not happen.

If there was any evidence that Trump colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election, using hackers and propaganda, the US intelligence community would have found it in 2016 and leaked it to the New York Times or the Washington Post

Mueller isn’t going to find anything in 2017, 
or 2018, that couldn’t be found in 2016. 

Smarmy Democrats speak as though Trump-Russia collusion is already an established fact.

But authoritative assertions from leftist-biased pundits, who speak and write with a confident tone, 
are fake news, 
not facts!


DETAILS:
This blog has previously said:
(1) Mueller should not have been appointed, and
(2) Mueller should have been fired for hiring so many Democrat lawyers.

Mueller’s lifetime work record 
shows many examples of poor judgment.

Mueller bungled the biggest US terrorism investigation since 9/11.

Mueller had been a Marine rifle platoon commander in Vietnam, federal prosecutor, senior Justice Department official, and FBI director from 2001 to 2013.


HELLS ANGELS BUNGLED PROSECUTION:
The government filed racketeering charges against 33 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club in 1979, alleging bombings, murders and the manufacture and sale of illegal drugs. 

The first trial, of 18 defendants, ended with only five convictions. 

All convictions were overturned on appeal. 

Mueller, who led the U.S. attorney’s special prosecutions unit, then took over the case. 

Mueller dropped many of the charges.

In October 1980, Mueller led four prosecutors for the second trial, with 11 defendants.

After four months the jury was deadlocked, 
and the judge declared a mistrial. 

Mueller did not to ask for a retrial.

Richard B. Mazer, who was a defense lawyer at both trials, said the government "made a mess of it”.
Mueller returned to private practice.



2001  ANTHRAX  ATTACK  BUNGLED  PROSECUTION
In 1998, President Clinton appointed Mueller as US attorney for the Northern District of California.

In July 2001, President George W. Bush nominated him as FBI director.

His first day on the job was Sept. 4, 2001, one week before 9/11.

Within weeks, a handful of letters with powdered anthrax killed five people and sickened 17 others.

“The director (Mueller) was always the leader of the anthrax investigation, period,” said Michael Mason, former head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

The FBI focused on Steven Hatfill, a virologist at the U.S. Army’s laboratories at Ft. Detrick, Md. 

Hatfill had no experience handling anthrax. 

Nor did he have access to anthrax stored at Ft. Detrick or elsewhere. 

After media leaks fingered Hatfill, he sued the FBI and the Justice Department on privacy grounds.

In June 2008, the government agreed to pay Hatfill about $5.8 million because he was innocent.

After seven years under Mueller, there was no conviction, and the government paid a $5.8 million fine!

Later, Bruce E. Ivins, an Army microbiologist at Ft. Detrick who specialized in handling anthrax, committed suicide after his lawyers informed him he was about to be charged with murder for the anthrax letter attacks.



The FBI’s Inspection Division conducted a three-week examination of the Directorate of Intelligence, a unit that Mueller created prevent terrorism.

“They inspected it, and they wrote the inspection report, and it said the whole thing’s broken — set it on fire and start from scratch,” said a former official familiar with the report.




KHOBAR  TOWERS  BUNGLED  INVESTIGATION
The 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers apartment complex in the Saudi city of Khobar killed 19 US military men who worked at the Dharan air base three miles away.

Robert Mueller and his longtime ally James Comey claimed the Khobar Towers bombing had been a Hezbollah operation run by the Iranian Government - helping to develop the case that Iran “is the foremost state sponsor of terrorism.”

But several independent investigative journalists kater found out the Khobar Towers bombing was a fundamentalist-Sunni operation, led by Al Qaeda, which hates Shia and which also hates America’s military presence in the Middle East.



I think a real 2016 Russian collusion crime is the $10 million that the DNC and Clinton campaign spent on the Trump Dossier -- paid for with real money that went to Russian sources before the election.

Is anyone investigating that?



MUELLER  HIRED  SMARMY  ANDREW  WEISSMAN 
TO  LEAD  TRUMP  PROSECUTION  TEAM
Mueller’s lead prosecutor, Andrew Weissman, is well-known for tactics that resulted in at least one fellow federal prosecutor filing ethics complaints against him.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, well-known for his legal moral compass, pointed out that Weissman seems to have no legal scruples whatsoever, essentially filing criminal charges willy-nilly and then letting the courts sort out whether or not his actions were legal. 

Wrote Turley:
"Mueller raised some eyebrows early in his tenure as special counsel by hiring prosecutors with controversial reputations for stretching the criminal conduct to the breaking point." 

"His chief aide, Andrew Weissmann, has been widely criticized for a pattern of “prosecutorial overreach” in cases like Enron." 

"Weissmann’s work against the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen is one such example." 

"The convictions that he secured at any cost in that case were unanimously reversed by the Supreme Court." 

Likewise, Weissmann secured convictions against four executives with Merrill Lynch by stretching the criminal code beyond recognition - the Fifth Circuit reversed them. 

He also resigned from the Enron task force in the midst of complaints over his tactics. 

One should recall that the Enron prosecution was characterized by prosecutorial misconduct throughout the case, including subornation of perjury, lying to the judge and jurors (not to mention the public), and withholding exculpatory evidence. 

That Mueller would reach into that prosecutorial cesspool and pull out the one prosecutor who was deemed even too dishonest for that (Enron) probe says clearly that Mueller is not going to allow truth to seep into his prosecution."




It was Weissman who orchestrated the infamous Gestapo-like pre-dawn raid on Paul Manafort in his home, holding him and his family at gunpoint (all were unarmed and posed no threat to federal agents). 




The real target of Mueller’s investigation is obviously President Trump.


Paul Manafort and Rick Gates might offer to tell Mueller what they think he wants to hear — even lies — to lesson their prison exposure.