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Is Trumprussia boomeranging?

As Rush, Hannity, etc. have been pointing out lately, eight months of baseless Trump-Russia collusion allegations seem finally to be blowing up in the faces of the Democrats, Controlled Media and Deep State.

In a recent poll, 73% of Americans said the investigations are causing Congress to lose focus, 64% said they’re hurting the country, 56% said it’s time to move on, and 52% said they don’t believe Trump did any collusion.

And the story itself is taking a few turns. First, I’d like to give the background on something called the Trump Dossier.

  • It’s a salacious report on candidate Trump that was put together (in 2015 or 16?) by a former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele.
  • His work was sloppy, containing (among other things) provably-false tales of Trump associates meeting Russians in Europe, and probably-false tales of Trump doing bizarre sexual practices. (OK, tame practices by gay standards.)
  • Steele was paid to produce the dossier by a company called Fusion GPS.
  • Many suspect that Fusion GPS was paid ultimately by Democrats and/or #NeverTrumpers, and was hired precisely to do a hit piece (something shoddy and salacious).
  • The dossier was passed to the FBI and other U.S. agencies. Although they knew it was false in its most serious claims (or should have known), they appear to have used it as a basis for investigations on Trump and as a roadmap for questioning witnesses.
  • Also, some suspect that the Obama administration may have used the dossier to obtain their secret FISA warrants and/or NSA surveillance on Trump, during and after the 2016 campaign.
  • We need to know on that last point because, *if true*, it would be explosive: one would have to “connect the dots” of Hillary or DNC paying a foreigner for a bogus report on Trump, Obama using the report as a bogus reason to spy on candidate Trump, Susan Rice “unmasking” the data and distributing it within the Obama government, and then leakers possibly leaking Trump campaign secrets to media, DNC and/or Hillary. Quite a trick.

It’s backfiring on the Democrats because at long last, the Senate Judiciary committee is investigating Fusion GPS and who was behind the bogus dossier.

Next, I’d like to discuss The Washington Post’s blockbuster article last Friday on Russian election hacking, a game-changer.

WaPo is known for “burying the lede”: putting a title/frame on a story that tries to mask the important revelations within it. This article is titled “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault”. Thus, WaPo’s frame is: Russian election hacking is real and isn’t Obama a lonely hero for having tried to punish Russia?

But the article’s details tell a different story.

  • Everyone agrees, still, that Russia didn’t change a single vote. In that respect, the 2016 election was perfectly fair and un-hacked.
  • The CIA did report to Obama in 2016 that Russia was trying to do cyber-crime on various U.S. targets, including both the DNC and RNC.
  • For five months, Obama dithered and considered various responses and, in the end, he did…nothing. Until after the election (when he expelled some Russian diplomats, tightened some sanctions, and fanned the flames of protest and questioning Trump’s legitimacy).

“It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend,” said a former senior Obama administration official involved in White House deliberations on Russia [in the months before the election]. “I feel like we sort of choked.”

I want to make clear that I still do not take this “Russia hacking” narrative at face value. My reasons:

  • Still no evidence. The WaPo article doesn’t actually provide any.
  • After Wikileaks Vault 7 (including revelations that the CIA itself routinely hacks things and leaves Russian fingerprints), there is no reason to take the CIA’s word on anything – without evidence.
  • Also, Russia could have tried to hack into stuff – but with little or no effect.
  • In regard to the “DNC emails”, at least, it is still very plausible the leaker was Seth Rich, a DNC insider. Because Wikileaks dropped many hints about it. (At this point, yes I trust their hints more than the CIA’s.)
  • And it still doesn’t matter who leaked the “DNC emails” because they were 100% true and relevant information that American voters deserved. If it was Russia, they did not attack our nation or our democracy; only our 2 major-party Establishments. (Big difference.)
  • It is still exceedingly odd that the DNC denied FBI investigators access to their computers after the leaks. Instead, the DNC spoon-fed the FBI a report on supposed Russian hacking from another shoddy, DNC-paid company, CrowdStrike.

But let’s say it’s all true. Most observers agree that the major countries all try to hack each other (or spy), and to influence each other’s elections. And that Russia and the U.S. have been doing it to each other for 70 years or more. Why should 2016 be an exception? In that case,

  1. It is all the more strange and inappropriate that the DNC didn’t let the FBI in to look at their servers and network, after the alleged “DNC email” hack.
  2. It is strange and inappropriate that Obama didn’t defend the U.S. constitution (as his oath requires) by telling the American public. Obama was no stranger to stirring up trouble with Russia (see: Ukraine coup, 2014). Why wouldn’t he, here? Some guesses:
    • He’s just ineffectual?
    • The Russian interference was routine (see above); much less of a deal than WaPo is now making of it?
    • Obama didn’t want to draw attention to Hillary’s corrupt Russia dealings?
    • He didn’t want to draw attention to Democrats having serious problems with security; like, you know, Hillary’s e-mail scandal?
    • He didn’t want to draw attention to Hillary’s hypocritical interference in Russian elections?
    • He thought Hillary would win, and didn’t want any Russia messes tainting her presidency in the public’s mind? (This is WaPo’s theory. But then, when Trump won, Obama was suddenly OK with tainting the next President?)
    • Or: Deep down, Obama didn’t want Hillary to win? (This is Rush’s theory.)
  3. It is still strange and inappropriate that leading Democrats want to blame Republicans – and the American people – in all this. For example, from Rep. Adam Schiff:

    He said many groups inadvertently abetted Russia’s campaign, including Republicans who refused to confront Moscow and media organizations that eagerly mined the troves of hacked emails.

    In other words, damn the American people for opening their eyes and reading those 100% genuine DNC emails!

In short: If WaPo’s story is true, then instead of Trump-Russia collusion, we should be looking at Obama-Russia collusion and Obama-Hillary collusion. This is the game-changer.

Trumprussia was always “mostly bullsh*t”, as we learned Tuesday. The real story would be if the Russian government interfered in U.S. elections – and President Obama let them. Then made a big deal of it later – just to undermine President Trump. Now *that’s* attacking American democracy.

In every plausible version of this mess,

  1. Someone in the government spread around the fake Trump dossier (when they should have ignored/discredited it).
  2. The DNC hid an alleged crime scene from FBI investigators.
  3. Susan Rice wrongly “unmasked” data on domestic political opponents.
  4. Obama failed to do a thing about Russian interference; until it was time for him, and various Deep State leakers, to undermine a lawful new President whom they just didn’t like.
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20 Comments

  1. Well done, ILC!

    I like your balance and openness in reporting this complicated story.

    Here is my sort version: There is no There there. No crime, no factual evidence, no nuttin’. The DemonzingRats knew that Trump was NOT under investigation by the FBI, but that did NOT stop Warner, Schiff, and Schumer declaring he was. Even Boxer was coy on the point. The DemonizingRats played the game of demanding that we prove our negative assertions about their charges are correct. Applying Occam’s razor would lead any objective observer to conclude that there is no there there.

    Now here is another wrinkle. “Did the FBI retaliate against Michael Flynn by launching the Russia probe?” It is a “must-read” which adds clarity to how the Deep State has possibly/probably been trying to upend Trump from several directions. But once the Comey, Brennan, Clapper and the DNC began to expose themselves, the whole scheme started to unravel. Furthermore, there is the question of Obama’s changing the information sharing rules just two weeks before the inauguration which then led to a gush of leaks from within the Deep State. [ Why would the FBI not insist on examining the DNC server? It is unheard of for the FBI to take the word of an outside investigator when the primary evidence is clearly available to the FBI. Again, Occam’s razor says that the FBI didn’t want to be exposed to possible contradictory discoveries on the DNC server, such as the “Fusion GPS” stuff or other illegal shenanigans.]

    It is now becoming nearly impossible for the left to order everyone to “move along, there if nothing to see here.”

    Comment by Heliotrope — June 28, 2017 @ 3:29 am - June 28, 2017

  2. Based on the narcissistic nature of Obama, he did not want another “historic” presidency after his. It would tarnish his legacy. He would, however, want a failed presidency after his “historic” one. This would provide a greater chance of his legacy staying intact.

    Comment by tnnsne1 — June 28, 2017 @ 6:16 am - June 28, 2017

  3. The whole Russia hacking the election for Trump was easily recognizable to anyone stopping to think about. Putin would have far preferred Hillary, who has a long history of selling out her country so long as she gets her cut. As president, Hillary would have easily been blackmailed into cooperating with Russian interests. The DNC e-mail hack and subsequent revelation was definitely not a Russian operation. The Russians would have added the information to Hillary’s blackmail file and said nothing.

    Comment by Jay Dee — June 28, 2017 @ 7:02 am - June 28, 2017

  4. Ahh, …fond memories.

    Reminds me of thet odd-moment during Trump’s Inaugural Address when young military officers unexpectedly assembled in the aisle to his back. Yay! he about to declare the birth of the First Galactic Empire!! The assembled leadership of both Parties are going to be frog-marched-off to an “undisclosed location” — to thunderous applause. But sadly, no. They were just distributing disposable rain-ponchos.

    …Be still my heart!

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — June 28, 2017 @ 7:46 am - June 28, 2017

  5. Oh Ted B., if only we had the Galactic Empire!

    Comment by John F in Indy — June 28, 2017 @ 8:49 am - June 28, 2017

  6. I love capitalism, you have zero future in the democrat party-media complex. that says so much positive about you.

    Comment by salg — June 28, 2017 @ 9:07 am - June 28, 2017

  7. ” a former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele”

    I’m having trouble keeping track of who’s who. Did he used to be Danielle Steel before the operation?

    Comment by Sathar — June 28, 2017 @ 9:44 am - June 28, 2017

  8. Anyone else notice the absence of TrumpRussia cheerleader lil letter mike?

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — June 28, 2017 @ 12:07 pm - June 28, 2017

  9. TnnsNe1 – was thinking the same thing 🙂

    Helio – Interesting article. Flynn and the FBI’s politicized leadership – McCabe – have a longstanding conflict? Wow. I just googled this: McCabe is a hardcore Democrat under 3 distinct investigations: http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/06/28/mccabe-hatch-act-investigation/

    JD – Good point. Russia’s way would have been to keep the hacked DNC emails quiet; just add them to the blackmail files.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 28, 2017 @ 12:14 pm - June 28, 2017

  10. Thanks Jeff, I linked to this post… good stuff, and it rounds out my simplistic Hannity video with more depth.

    Comment by Papa Giorgio — June 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - June 28, 2017

  11. The dog and pony show the Anti-Trumpers have been putting on since it became obvious Trump was going to win the R nomination, has done far more damage to our Democracy than the Russians could have possibly imagined.

    When you boil it all down, the anti-Trumpers have colluded with the Russians, not Trump.

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — June 28, 2017 @ 1:08 pm - June 28, 2017

  12. I wish I had as many Russians under the bed as these “journalists” do

    Comment by Steve — June 28, 2017 @ 2:01 pm - June 28, 2017

  13. The left loved Russia until ethnic Russians took it back.

    Comment by Steve — June 28, 2017 @ 2:02 pm - June 28, 2017

  14. So the witch hunt the Democrats thought was going to somehow get them a Hillary presidency (way to think that one through, guys) is going to dig their electoral hole even deeper.

    Good. Let them rot.

    Comment by Sean L — June 28, 2017 @ 3:13 pm - June 28, 2017

  15. Democrats are stuck with this investigation, no matter how absurd it gets because their violent, poorly-informed base was promised Impeachment. Only a 9-11 scale event would distract their voters at this point, and maybe only temporarily.

    And now Susan Rice is saying the only reason they’re investigating her is because she’s black and woman… so, the race card has been thrown.

    Comment by V the K — June 28, 2017 @ 3:27 pm - June 28, 2017

  16. All the race cards that the Dems were collecting expired with Obama’s presidency. Rice is SOL. Corrupt Hillary found out that gender politics were a non-issue.

    Comment by Hanover — June 28, 2017 @ 7:38 pm - June 28, 2017

  17. Drudge has just ScreamLined that now a long-time Trump bodyguard is under investigation: the link leads to ABC News-

    Congressional investigators now want to interview Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard-turned-White House aide, as part of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, sources familiar with the investigation told ABC News.

    Get that – sources familiar with the investigation ….. ?

    Years ago there was Drew Pearson and then his protege, Jack Anderson. Both wrote columns sourced by unidentified Washington gossip. They had high enough batting records to be considered “in the know.” Later, Evans and Novak refined the process a bit, but their by-lines and boxed columns separated their offerings from hard news.

    Now, all news is punditry and soft news based on “reliable sources” known only to Wile E. Coyote. When the WaPo let Woodward and Bernstein follow the leads from “Deep Throat” it was a completely different sort of journalism normally relegated to unserious publications.

    Now everyone is a pundit with anonymous sources who writes in florid language and buries an inconvenient lede near the end of the tale they are spinning, spinning, spinning.

    Couple that with Congressional investigations out on a fishing expedition and you have the state of affairs that Jonathan Swift satirized.

    Comment by Heliotrope — June 29, 2017 @ 9:14 am - June 29, 2017

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