Lies About Russia Nonetheless Matter – a Lot

Clinton marketing campaign supervisor Robbie Mook lately admitted underneath oath that previous to the 2016…

Clinton marketing campaign supervisor Robbie Mook lately admitted underneath oath that previous to the 2016 election Mrs. Clinton personally permitted feeding the media a bogus story that Donald Trump had a again channel to Alfa Financial institution in Moscow.

Because the Editorial Board of the Wall Road Journal put it after Mook spilled the beans in federal court docket:

The Russia-Trump collusion narrative of 2016 and past was a unclean trick for the ages, and now we all know it got here from the highest – candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. … whereas this information is hardly a shock, it’s nonetheless bracing to search out her fingerprints on the political weapon.

I hope that these not glad with the widely sparse company protection accorded the blatant “October Shock” of Alfa Financial institution/Trump will likely be helped by what follows:

Lawyer David Sussmann, who was a key participant in concocting the Alfa Financial institution-Trump legend, was on trial final week. He had been indicted for telling the FBI – orally and in writing — he was not working for any consumer whereas he peddled the Alfa Financial institution fable.

However Sussmann had been billing the Clinton marketing campaign for his work on this. As for the FBI, it appears just about sure that the Bureau was no extra “shocked” at Sussmann’s lie than Casablanca’s Capt. Renault was at studying of “the playing occurring in right here.” Regardless of these curiosities and the preponderance of proof, a Washington, D.C., jury returned an harmless verdict (an consequence hardly surprising, given the jury pool in Washington, the place Clinton obtained 90 % of the vote).

Was Particular Prosecutor John Durham oblivious to the seemingly consequence? Or is there “methodology in his insanity”? I feel the latter. Different proof revealed on the Sussmann trial have left deep dents within the physique armor that, so far, has protected Hillary Clinton. True, there have been some critical chips, however no proof fairly as granular as what Mook reveals.

Grateful for Small Favors

We have to be grateful for small favors. It appears that evidently many malefactors nonetheless worry that by mendacity underneath oath they danger ending up in jail. That applies, for my part, to functionaries like Robbie Mook.

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It additionally applies to co-conspirators like Shawn Henry, the top of the cyber-sleuth-firm CrowdStrike, who promoted the fiction of Russian “hacking” – that’s, till he was put underneath oath. For causes that FBI Director James Comey by no means persuasively defined, he selected to defer to CrowdStrike to analyze THE trigger celebre – the one which launched Russia-gate – the well-known “Russian hack” of the DNC emails ultimately printed by WikiLeaks. Sen. John McCain known as it an “act of struggle” by the Russians.

Sean Henry, in closed-door sworn testimony to the Home Intelligence Committee on Dec. 5, 2017, admitted that there isn’t any technical proof that the DNC emails have been hacked by Russia or anybody else. Henry testified: “We didn’t have a sensor in place that noticed information go away. We stated that the information left primarily based on the circumstantial proof.” Circumstantial = per what Russia (and others) do.

Inadvertently highlighting the tenuous underpinning for CrowdStrike’s “perception” that Russia hacked the DNC emails, Henry added: “There are different nation-states that acquire such a intelligence for positive, however the – what we’d name the ways and strategies have been per what we’d seen related to the Russian state.”

In reply to a query, Henry then delivered this traditional:

“Sir, I used to be simply making an attempt to be factually correct, that we didn’t see the information go away, however we consider it left, primarily based on what we noticed.”

Not Actually Humorous

Home Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff saved Shawn Henry’s Dec. 5, 2017 testimony locked up for two and a half years. He was compelled to launch it on Might 7, 2020 – two years and one month in the past in the present day. (See additionally New Home Paperwork Sow Additional Doubt That Russia Hacked the DNC) Most of my outdated mates can’t convey themselves to consider the official report of Henry’s testimony, as a result of it has not appeared in The New York Occasions, and so they nonetheless consider the NY Occasions carries all of the information that’s match to print!

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It will get nonetheless curiouser: Shawn Henry is a a protégé of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, for whom Henry served as head of the Bureau’s cyber crime investigations unit earlier than he retired in 2012 and took a senior place at CrowdStrike. When CrowdStrike may discover no technical proof of a hack of the DNC, did he neglect to inform his outdated boss, who was simply starting his investigation into Trump collusion with Russia? Hmm.

As well as, deputy head of FBI counter-intelligence Peter Strzok had nearly actually instructed Mueller what he instructed his paramour Lisa Web page; specifically, that after months of searching for Trump-Russia collusion, Strzok had come up empty, satisfied “There’s no massive there there.” (Strzok was on Mueller’s crew for the primary few months.) It beggars perception that these of us weren’t speaking to 1 one other. In my opinion, there was loads of “collusion” proper there amongst U.S. prime legislation enforcement and intelligence officers.

On August 4, 2018, I gave a chat in Seattle titled “Russia-gate: Are you able to deal with the reality?“

It was simply three months earlier than the US mid-term elections, and (duh!) therein lay the reply to a query I couldn’t determine on the time: What was taking Robert Mueller a lot time? Was he nonetheless looking for some “there there”? I’m now persuaded Mueller and crew have been deliberating delaying launch of their findings (of no conspiracy) till after the mid-term elections. Hold Trump underneath a heavy cloud of investigation, and the Dems would win massive in November. Which, after all, they did.

August 2018 was an fascinating time limit for Russia-gate. Whereas few of my progressive viewers appeared to have the ability to “deal with the reality,” it turned out that my discuss obtained a complete lot of YouTube seems and in the present day presents a helpful backdrop for the present revelations. Most new information have come from the courts, since investigative journalism seems “principally useless” (as coined by Billy Crystal in The Princess Bride).

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If Particular Prosecutor John Durham is given his head and allowed to go deeper, we’re prone to be taught extra – maybe even earlier than the approaching mid-terms.

Mercouris, Nixon, and McGovern

In the meantime, I refer you to what I consider was an fascinating dialogue/dissecting of the newest occasions, amongst Alexander Mercouris, Garland Nixon, and myself final Saturday:

In my opinion, Alexander is kind of proper in labeling the Alfa Financial institution episode a “plot” – not only a hoax.

Final however hardly least: It ought to go with out saying that 5 years of the Russia-gate plot and publicity have confirmed consequential. A big majority of Individuals have been brainwashed to hate Russians – not solely by media promoters of Russia-gate, but in addition by safety and intelligence officers of the “deep state”, who’ve tons to cowl up – and wars to advertise.

Ray McGovern works with Inform the Phrase, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. His 27-year profession as a CIA analyst contains serving as Chief of the Soviet International Coverage Department and preparer/briefer of the President’s Day by day Transient. He’s co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

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