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Collusion Against Trump: A Timeline by The Elephant's Child

Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist who, she says, tries to give you the information others don’t want you to have. She has put together a timeline of the  FBI / CIA Investigation into “Russian Collusion” and the Trump Presidency, which she describes as a “work in progress.” I called it all a “long-running soap opera,” acknowledging that that is far too frivolous a title.

This is very serious stuff. We have had plenty of campaign scandals over the years, but never before one with the intelligence agencies of the United States colluding to investigate the duly elected President of the United States in an effort to find something criminal with which they can charge the president in order to bring about his impeachment and return governmental power to the Democratic Party where it “rightfully” belongs. Her Timeline helps to put all the disparate events and information into an intelligible order that you can get your mind around.

“Collusion against Trump” Timeline

2011

U.S. intel community vastly expands its surveillance authority, giving itself permission to spy on Americans who do nothing more than “mention a foreign target in a single, discrete communication.” Intel officials also begin storing and entering into a searchable database sensitive intelligence on U.S. citizens whose communications are accidentally or “incidentally” captured during surveillance of foreign targets. Prior to this point, such intelligence was supposed to be destroyed to protect the constitutional privacy rights the U.S. citizens. However, it’s required that names U.S. citizens be hidden or “masked” –even inside U.S. intel agencies –to prevent abuse.

2012

July 1, 2012: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton improperly uses unsecured, personal email domain to email President Obama from Russia.

2013

June 2013: FBI interviews U.S. businessman Carter Page, who’s lived and worked in Russia, regarding his ongoing contacts with Russians. Page reportedly tells FBI agents their time would be better spent investigating Boston Marathon bombing (which the FBI’s Andrew McCabe helped lead). Page later claims his remark prompts FBI retaliatory campaign against him. The FBI, under McCabe, will later wiretap Page after Page becomes a Donald Trump campaign adviser.
FBI secretly records suspected Russian industrial spy Evgeny Buryakov. It’s later reported that Page helped FBI build the case.

Sept. 4, 2013: James Comey becomes FBI Director, succeeding Robert Mueller.

For the rest, click here.

Sharyl Atkisson has two books available, the first is Stonewalled: My fight for Truth Against the Forces of Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.

The second is The Smear:How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What you Think, and How You Vote.

President Trump has railed against “Fake News” and the media scoffs, but Trump is right. He deserves a lot of credit for his accomplishments and fulfillment of his campaign promises in the wake of a national media that has forgotten it’s role in the government which, they apparently never learned in journalism school, is not to indulge in politics, but to simply try to tell the truth. Instead they have just become the mouthpiece of the Democratic Party.

Prowl around Sharyl Attkisson’s website. You can get her notifications in your email if you choose.

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Historian Richard Pipes Has Died at age 94. by The Elephant's Child

Richard Pipes, an invaluable historian of Russia, an aide to President Reagan, has died at age 94. He spent his entire academic career at Harvard, and took his place in the front rank of Russian historians with the publication of Russia Under the Old Regime in 1974.

He had a notable public career, but he regarded himself as first and foremost as a historian of Russian history, politics, and culture. He abandoned chronology and treated his subject by themes, such as the peasantry, the church, the machinery of the state and the intelligentsia. One of his most original contributions was to locate many of Russia’s woes in its failure to evolve beyond its status as a patrimonial state — nullifying the concepts of private property and individual freedom. Everything belonged to the head of the state.

You might want to start with his Modern Library book on Communism as a good introduction. I prize his Property and Freedom. He was a little uncomfortable taking on the subject as a departure from his Russian histories, but it was an important book.



The “Talking Points” Are Plain Leftist Propaganda by The Elephant's Child

Democrats operate on “talking points” which are supplied by their wordsmiths.  They depend on controlling the conversation, and if many speak in the same words, their “talking point” dominates. The more it is repeated, the stronger it becomes. It is, of course, all about power and control. It’s simply pure propaganda, a weapon in their political goal.

Whoever sends out the “talking points” managed to screw up rather badly yesterday, attempting to turn Israel’s celebration of the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the legitimate capitol of their country by moving our embassy there into a negative. Trump was wrecking the “Peace  Plan.” President Trump has sent Jared Kushner and Ivanka to Jerusalem as his representatives. Of course Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza, arranged a major demonstration, hoping to breach the wall and kill large numbers of Jews. Hamas pays residents of Gaza to demonstrate, and women and children are forced into the forward ranks, so that if the Israeli army resists the attack, Hamas will have the dead or wounded women and children as evidence of the evil of the Jewish people of Israel.

Odd that no one mentions all the Palestinian children treated in Israeli hospitals, or for that matter, both Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestine and his wife have been treated in Israeli hospitals.

Israel gave the Palestinians Gaza, which is a prime piece of real estate with lovely beaches, and could be a major tourist destination, but Hamas is only interested in eliminating the Jewish State. The Associated Press has willfully and deliberately reported false casualty figures in Gaza out of fear of Hamas”s retribution. And the New York Daily News, spotting an opportunity to attack Trump, really went way too far. It was disgusting, and very deliberate. They knew better.



Peter Thiel: The Decline of Western Civilization by The Elephant's Child

This is a fun commentary on today’s world. Food for thought, which is always welcome. Congressmen are just ordinary folks who don’t know very much? Yet are designated to make the laws that govern us? Perhaps we should think a little more deeply about just whom we elect to office. We have had great eras of ideas and invention. What is the situation that creates and encourages those ideas? Is it the desire for profit? The simple desire to carry an idea through to fruition?



New Twists in the Plot of Our Soap Opera! Can You Keep Up? by The Elephant's Child

It continues. There was an FBI mole in the Trump campaign.  The Inspector General’s report is due out soon. The FBI can’t tell the House Intelligence Committee who they are getting their information from, since it would be dangerous and people would die, but under pressure they are showing it to Nunes and Gowdy. The idea that the FBI planted a mole in the campaign which they opposed politically, is damning. Comey cannot stop babbling, and how did he ever get appointed Director anyway? So we have lost whatever respect for the FBI that we once had. They clearly cannot be trusted if they are playing politics with an election, and trying to effect the outcome, when they are supposed to be responsible public servants.

Hillary announced that she lost because she is a capitalist and the rest of the Democrats are socialists. Nancy Pelosi said the first thing they would do when they take over after the mid-terms is to raise taxes back to where they ought to be. Can’t have all this good economic news. The Deplorables might get ideas.

Questions have arisen over who is paying Avenatti, Stormy Daniels lawyer, and there are legal and ethical questions about how he got into Michael Cohen’s bank records, and how did he get records for two people named Michael Cohen who he wrongly accused in a seven-page dossier this week, and there are questions about a bankrupt Tully’s coffee chain and there is a legal complaint seeking Avenatti’s disbarment.

The Democrats want the Iran Deal back because legacy. California is going to require that all new homes install solar cells on their roofs because global warming, which will add at least $30,000 to the price of a new house,already so high nobody can afford to buy one and people are shipping out for anywhere where the cost of living is cheaper and Jerry Brown is not governor.

Our own legislature  here in Washington State has just wrapped up a session for “a stronger American democracy”, with automatic voter registration, which will allow more illegal aliens to vote.( A Border Patrol officer said they are happy to admit that they voted in the last election.) They also passed same-day voter registration, and voter pre-registration to let high school students make the decision to be voters and be ready to exercise their right to vote the very day they turn 18.
The 18 year-olds I know certainly should not be voting.

I’m tempted to make some snarky remark here, but real events are beyond snarky remarks. Perhaps we should drag out good old fashioned tar and feathers. That might even sway a few votes.



The Soap Opera of the Century! by The Elephant's Child

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This Mueller investigation has become the soap opera of the century. Some new twist every day. The inspector general’s report on the activities of the FBI is due out soon. It is said to be devastating to the most executive floor of the FBI. The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed the founding document of the entire investigation and the FBI is refusing to turn it over.

We flip over and back to questions of law and constitution and who can do what to whom. A special counsel’s investigation is supposed to start with a crime to be investigated, but this one just started with the hope that they would find a crime in the process.  They indicted Paul Manafort for things unrelated to the Russia thing, but although investigating collusion with the Russians to influence the election was the supposed reason for the whole mess, Paul Manafort was supposed to have done something illegal about something entirely different, at a different time.

Andy McCarthy who is invaluable for explaining matters of law in this kind of thing, said “The president’s job is more critical to the nation than Robert Mueller’s investigation.”  And added:

That does not mean Mueller’s investigation is insignificant; it is crucial that we fully uncover Russia’s interference in the 2016 election (the aim of the counterintelligence investigation Mueller was assigned to conduct) so that we can thwart the Kremlin in the future. But it does mean that Mueller’s desire for investigative secrecy and the ability to interview every witness who might have relevant evidence has to give way to other priorities.

President Trump apparently feels that he has done nothing whatsoever wrong, and would like to answer Mueller’s questions to get this thing over with, and his advisors tell him no, that it’s just a trap for the Democrats hope for impeachment. But yes, he could fire Mueller, but it would be bad politics, and so it goes. As I said, the soap opera of the century. We cannot ignore the whole thing, because there might be developments, but… on the other hand we can’t sit around waiting for something that will clarify the entire mess. Ive been around for quite a few administrations, but I have never seen anything like this.

While our attention is fixed on Mueller, North Korea has released their American citizen hostages to the Secretary of State, and the President and First Lady went out to welcome them home at 3:00 clock in the morning. The Iran Deal has been fortuitously dumped, John Kerry is running around trying to get the other partners to the “deal” to do something, but it was never a signed treaty anyway. The Paris Climate Deal has also been fortuitously dumped, and the Left is having vapors over that, but it would do nothing whatsoever for the climate except transfer a lot of advanced countries’ money to the poor countries, which was the idea in the first place. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s show which will undoubtedly have some development that won’t clarify anything.

 



More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Russian Collusion by The Elephant's Child

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The Daily Caller has reported that a”group of wealthy donors from New York and California have forked out $50 million to fund a Russia investigation being conducted by Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS and a former Senate staffer for Dianne Feinstein.”

This interesting little tidbit is made in a footnote to the House Intelligence Committee’s newly released report on Russian interference in the presidential campaign. Fusion GPS hired Steele, a former MI6 agent to investigate Trump’s activities in Russia. He would end up producing a 35-page report alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded the project. A law firm representing the two organizations hired Fusion GPS in April 2016. The dossier project failed to help Hillary, the former Secretary of State, to win the presidency, Fusion GPS and Steele have continued to investigate, according to a former Feinstein staffer named Daniel Jones who now runs a Washington D.C. consulting firm, PQG. The House report states that in March 2017, Jones told the FBI about a PQG project he is working on with Steele and Fusion GPS that is being funded with $50 million from 7 to 10 wealthy donors from New York and California.

Also from The Daily Caller: Chuck Ross reports that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Friday released a heavily redacted 253-page report laying out the findings of its 14-month investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The report came from committee Republicans and was approved for release on a party-line vote.

The report asserts that the investigation “found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.” The report notes that “the investigation found poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaigns.” It singles out Trump associates’ contacts with Russian nationals and groups like Wikileaks during the campaign.

The Committee also released a 99-page rebuttal written by Democrats upset with the Republican members handling of the investigation. Democrats, led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), claim that Republicans failed to interview relevant witnesses or issue subpoenas that might uncover evidence of Trump campaign collusion. The committee, chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-CA) conducted 73 witness interviews for the investigation and reviewed 308,000 documents. But who knows what one more witness and one more document might turn up. The investigation started in January of 2017, and looked at four main areas: Russian active measures; intelligence related to any links between Russian operatives  and political campaigns; the U.S. government’s response to Russia’s attempts to get into the political system; and leaks of classified information from the intelligence community.

Here is the House Intel’s Russia report by Chuck Ross on Scribd




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