Lies, Damned Lies, and Clinton Smears: FBI Confirms No Trump-Russia Connection


Things are not going very well for the Democratic Party’s queen-bee, Hillary Rodham Clinton. A woman many believed destined for greatness has achieved  little more than disappointment for her followers. For those of us opposed to Hillary Clinton and the Left, the recent revelations about the extent of her corruption and incompetence are wholly unsurprising. The FBI’s decision to reopen their investigation of Hillary Clinton  has obscured another bombshell: that absolutely no connection between Russia and Donald Trump exists. This, after months of speculation and insinuation by the Left that Mr. Trump was somehow a Kremlin plant. We should have seen through such a bizarre accusation from a mile away. After all, the Clinton camp is also the source of the  original Birther claims about President Barack Obama. But, of course, when it comes to the Clintons running for President, the pathway to the Oval Office will be paved by lies, damned lies, and smears of their opponents.

How did we get here?

What began as an innocuous and passing remark by Donald Trump over a brief, chance encounter with Vladimir Putin ballooned into a bizarre conspiracy theory over whether or not Mr. Trump was some kind of a sleeper agent. To be sure, Donald Trump has  praised Vladimir Putin for his “decisiveness” (especially when he could use it as an opportunity to knock Obama for his lack of it) but it has always been a morally neutral kind of praise. Trump has also justified these sorts of compliments about  Putin because Putin has made complimentary comments about Trump. On top of that, Trump has made it known that he does  not wish to view Russia as an enemy and that he thinks it would be wise to reassess our relationship with NATO (he thinks that they need to pay more for the military defense that we provide for them). Trump has also made headlines recently with his assurances that Mr. Putin will not take Ukraine in the coming months, despite rampant media speculation to the contrary. Also, Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort (and some of Manafort’s colleagues), possesses questionable business contacts with the Putin regime. Lastly, Mr. Trump has done real estate deals with some Russian oligarchs in the past.

In this murky morass of intrigue and unsubstantiated rumors, the Clinton campaign, dutifully abetted by their friends in the press, has proffered one of their most pernicious smears: that Trump must be some kind of a Russian agent. While Manafort’s Russian connections remain questionable, the fact is that he was removed from the campaign months ago. As a national security expert, I would argue that Trump should further explain his controversial NATO comments. We ought to know whether he does or does not believe that we need NATO. But his comments on reframing our relationship with NATO do not automatically disqualify Mr. Trump from the presidency. And the fact that Donald Trump, a real estate developer who happens to run an international real estate firm, may have sold property to Russian investors in the past is not, on its face, proof of nefarious activitywhatever the media is asking us to believe. What’s more, these suggestions appear all the more suspect in light of the media’s glossing over the fact that as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton engaged in a pay-to-play scheme with Vladimir Putin’s government!

Meanwhile, Trump’s assurances that Russia will not take Ukraine may be nothing more than coded language for Putin to understand that a Trump Administration will not allow Russia to act aggressively in Ukraine. Of course, the Leftist media and the corrupt Clinton campaign make it sound like Trump has some kind of a direct line to the Kremlin. Trump has indeed heaped modest praise upon Vladimir Putin, as Putin has done the same to Trump. So what? If you read what was actually said, both Putin and Trump offered several caveats along with their complimentary remarks about each other. Trump has rightly pointed out that it is essential for both the United States and the Russian Federation to have amicable relations with one another, given both countries’ nuclear arsenals and geographic size. Republicans and Democrats over the last fifty years have also made similar declarations. Yet, when Trump says it, the Left insists that it’s because he’s a Russian plant. As you can see, none of this adds up to Donald Trump being beholden to Putin’s Russia in any way.

The most damning scandals of 2016 have been in the form of the ongoing WikiLeaks email dumps. The international hacktivist group led by renegade outlaw Julian Assange has managed to acquire explosive evidence that proved, among other things, that the Democratic Primary in 2016 was rigged in Hillary’s favor. They also have shown that Clinton and her inner circle of advisers are woefully corrupt and guilty of activity demonstrating vile and hateful character (their views on Catholics are especially offensive). The WikiLeaks documents have, frankly, just embarrassed the Hell out of the Clintons at a critical time in the election. Meanwhile, the FBI has reopened its investigation of the Clintons, Congress is demanding further information on intelligence mishaps from when Hillary Clinton was running the State Department, and James O’Keefe at Project Veritas recently uncovered proof that the DNC and the Clinton campaign hired rent-a-mobs to terrorize and shut down Donald Trump rallies.

Panic has set in over at the Clinton campaign. This explains their false narrative that Trump is Putin’s stooge while implying that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are Russian front operations.

To be fair, there have been reports that Assange and his organization have had questionable contacts with the Russian government. This last summer, the German newspaper BILD, published a story in which Russian Duma Senator Franz Klintsevich (a former Soviet military intelligence officer and long-time ally of Vladimir Putin) claimed that NSA whistleblower, Ed Snowden, isa Russian FSB collaborator. Klintsevich claimed Snowden was advised to flee to Moscow by fellow Russian agent, Julian Assange. However, no one really knows for certain whether Assange is a Russian agent or if he is just using them to protect his operations from the West.

Yet, these claims do not explain why no one who can challenge the veracity of the Clinton email leaks has stepped forward to refute them. That, in and of itself, is quite telling. All that the Left has done is to remind people that the information was provided by those who may have ties to Russia. This means that the Clinton campaign can cast aspersions and doubt over Mr. Trump without ever falling into Bill Clinton’s trap of being caught lying to the public about their own misdeeds, as President Clinton was in the 1990’s. It’s very clever but it’s also corrupt. Therefore, it’s a classic Clinton tactic.

People in the media and throughout the country have extrapolated from these disparate stories that Russia must benefit from Hillary losing the election. But, how can that be when under Hillary’s direction, the State Department allowed for the largest transfer of America’s finite uranium cache to a company controlled by Vladimir Putin’s Russia? For the uninitiated, uranium is a key component toward the creation of nuclear weapons. What has Trump done other than proffer some laudatory remarks for Vlad and sold a few Russian oligarchs prime real estate in Palm Beach? To paraphrase Mrs. Clinton, what difference, at this point, does it make that Assange and WikiLeaks might be a Russian front organization? Apparently that which they are leaking about the Clintons is true! The lack of denial from the Clintons speaks volumes on the reliability of the leaks. WikiLeaks’ motives for embarrassing the Clintons might be suspect, but their truthfulness is absolutely not in question.

As for the WikiLeaks information: there is evidence suggesting that the hacks are not coming from Russia, but quite possibly from either one or a group of disgruntled U.S. intelligence agents who simply do not want Hillary Clinton to become President. Moreover, while hacking is a key component of the WikiLeaks operation, whistleblowing is also a primary driver for the WikiLeaks organization. This is what WikiLeaks is far more known for: taking purloined classified information from others who have stolen it and making it public, as they did with Army Private First Class Bradley E. Manning (now, Chelsea Manning, after a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation).

There is reason to believe that this is precisely what the WikiLeaks organization is doing against Clinton today. While there is certainly hacking going on, some of the information that WikiLeaks is releasing may have been acquired from informants who have become disenchanted by the extent of the corruption within the DNC. But, we will never really know for sure, because the Hillary backing press refuses to investigate the possibility. Since July of this year, four suspected whistle-blowers from within the DNC have turned up dead under suspicious circumstances. I am not a purveyor of conspiracy theories and I am not trying to say that that’s what’s going on here, but it is interesting to note that Julian Assange has come out publicly after the death of Seth Rich, one potential WikiLeaks informant, offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of his murderer. Assange has repeatedly implied that Seth Rich was murdered by elements linked to the Clintons. The point is that we do not have any proof that Russia is behind these leaks. As a corollary, we certainly have no proof that Russia is leaking this information to the press to empower the Trump Campaign. But we do have ample proof regarding Hillary Clinton’s corruption and mendacity.

All of this combines with the recent FBI announcement, as reported in The New York Times, that there is no questionable connection between Donald Trump, Russia, and the spate of harmful hacks and damaging leaks about Hillary Clinton. So, what’s really going on here? The Clinton campaign is scared. They are desperate to avoid the appearance, no matter how impractical it might be, of impropriety. They will say and do anything to win this election. If they do manage to win, Hillary Clinton may be the first President in history to have to pardon herself from indictment. A Clinton Administration could begin in an unprecedented constitutional crisis. So, let us put to bed these ridiculous claims that Donald Trump is a Russian agent. The FBI certainly has.

Instead, why don’t we focus on the very real extent of Hillary Clinton’s corruption? If we did—certainly if the media reported it fairly—perhaps we could y see through the lies, damned, lies, and smears of the Clintons. In such a world, every reasonable American would vote against the Clinton carnival of corruption and for the restoration of the American people to their rightful and sovereign place.

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About Brandon J. Weichert

A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.href="https://twitter.com/WeTheBrandon">@WeTheBrandon.