Cheatin’ Hillary’s Crooked Enablers

You don’t need to master some secret art of literary exegesis to see that the terse four-page Nunes memo—released Friday, despite unprecedented establishment apoplexy over its declassification—was assuredly not the “end of American democracy,” as some hysterics predicted. Nor was it the end of the story.

But what a barn-burner of a story of political corruption and international intrigue it is so far! It reveals a possible metastasis at the heart of what’s become American government (nowadays called the “deep state”) that needs urgent attention. Blocking the memo from the public would have been like blocking a patient from seeing an MRI bearing bad news.

Forget myopic news cycling on the memo itself. Consider the memo in its broader context of the political reality of the time of the FISA warrant applications it discusses. This is a diverse cast of characters ranging from Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) at the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile at CNN, and Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Andy McCabe at the FBI. Never mind ex-British spy Christopher Steele, with his anonymous sources tied to the Russian government, consulting for opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

Hillary sure is lucky to have so many hyperpartisans “With Her” in key places of authority and opportunity all around the world, right? They were willing to cross all real and perceived ethical boundaries (and maybe even break laws). Hey, whatever it takes to help a gal win the presidency!  

Granted, the FBI isn’t supposed to be employed to get a particular candidate elected, least of all with the help of unsubstantiated opposition research misrepresented as legitimate raw intelligence by politically motivated spies and sources in hostile governments, paid for by that candidate’s campaign and party apparatus.

Such behavior is expected from the Russian KGB of old, revived by Putin’s FSB perhaps, but not the American FBI.

Hillary, however, is a forward thinker along these revolutionary lines who has a long history of affection for the political utility of that uniquely powerful institution.

We All Need Somebody to Lean On

After beating back the Bernie Sanders insurgency within her own party, Clinton needed a lot of help from inside the FBI, in order to stay out of hot water for her grossly negligent extremely careless handling of national security secrets. This, at a time her unlikely GOP opponent was rising in the polls and WikiLeaks was revealing just how rigged the DNC was against Bernie Sanders from the beginning.

Something had to be done. FBI Director  James Comey’s otherwise inexplicable gyrations at the time belied some internal missteps by her agents in the bureau as some of them grappled dramatically with the increasingly obvious need for an “insurance policy” should the impossible happen and Trump become president.

It bears asking: Does anyone believe the information in the Nunes memo or thousands of texts describing the political motivations and scheming of her allies in the FBI would ever have seen the light of day if had Hillary won?

Like Debbie and Donna, poor Strzok and his comrades at the FBI are probably feeling a bit used and discarded these days. Their names are front and center in the Nunes memo, inasmuch as they’re the agents responsible for, among a great many other related things, pulling Carter Page—a person of interest to the FBI since 2013 on account of his curious, but so far not criminal Russian business connections—back to the FISA court, this time under the pretense that he was a Russian spy in the Trump campaign’s outer circle.

Now, alleged evidence of this exists only in the “salacious and unverified”—not to mention anonymously sourced, if not entirely fabricated, and in any case publicly discredited—“Trump Dossier” published by BuzzFeed around the time its existence was first illegally leaked. The dossier also conveniently claimed (without any evidence) that Russia was behind the WikiLeaks revelations of the DNC’s embarrassing emails.

We now know for a fact from the memo that this dossier was just opposition research masquerading as raw intelligence, paid for in large part by the Clinton campaign and the DNC—and then contemporaneously used by the FBI, at least as a partial basis, for their now-controversial FISA warrant applications.

But this is not the real bombshell buried in the memo’s understated prose.

We also know Nellie Ohr, wife of Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, was one of a handful of employees at Fusion GPS. She was feeding the FBI more such (ahem) intelligence after they caught Christopher Steele peddling his dossier to news outlets to create the circular loop necessary to make the dossier look to the FISA court to be more corroborated than it was.

With Nellie Ohr in place, Steele could be safely dropped as a liability and his FBI consulting bill left unpaid, because there was a redundant inside asset inside Fusion GPS—and no one would ever be the wiser because Hillary Clinton was guaranteed to win anyway, right?

In fact, according to McCabe’s sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, but for that dossier, the FBI would not have sought a FISA warrant for Page in connection with the Trump campaign.

Put another way: it was essential for the partisans helping Hillary at the FBI to make that connection, and many others, which the dossier conveniently provided all tied up in a nice, pretty bow.

One question nobody seems to be asking, though now it seems reasonable: Is the need for that link the reason why the dossier, with its many unsubstantiated claims, mentions Carter Page in the first place? Might not some of these claims have come from the Clinton campaign itself, gussied up by Steele to appear to be foreign intelligence?

And more to the point: what was the larger utility of the FISA warrant at the time to Hillary Clinton?  Why would she risk  funding such a collection of lies by foreign spies at a time when it looked like her victory still inevitable, thanks to an old Access Hollywood tape that had mysteriously appeared as Trump clinched the GOP nomination?

We know that presidential candidates after their nomination obtain access to certain raw intelligence products typically found in the presidential daily briefing. There was some ballyhoo, you may recall, when candidate Trump turned down some of those briefings, for whatever reason.

As nominee of the governing party, and former secretary of state of the sitting president’s administration, would she not have had access to information contained in the daily briefing, including intelligence related to a FISA application? Despite Clinton’s corrupt email server woes, did she have that access at the time the warrants were granted? This is an important question.

Because knowing what the Trump campaign was doing at all times would have been even more useful to her campaign than knowing the questions in a debate in advance, now wouldn’t it?

Trump-Russia Collusion: A Case of Entrapment?

Despite some extraordinarily bizarre attempts to dismiss the Nunes memo as a great big all-bread, no-beef nothing burger, a careful reading by anyone reasonably informed about the 2016 campaign reveals a handsomely stocked smorgasbord of deep state skullduggery at the very genesis of the dubious “Trump-Russia collusion” narrative.

The mainstream media echo chamber has been inflicting this narrative on the American psyche for well over a year, fed entirely by illegal leaks from within the Justice Department and FBI to journalists.

The ill-advised and profoundly naïve Trump Tower meeting by Donald Jr. and Jared Kushner with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya on the promise of dirt on Hillary is, according to current reports, the immediate focus of Robert Mueller’s probe, which apparently only cares about whether Team Trump told the truth about this meeting.

It is now common knowledge that Veselnitskaya worked for, and met with, Fusion GPS’s founder Glenn Simpson immediately before and just after that brief but bizarre meeting.

But no. What matters to Mueller, according to reports, is whether Team Trump lied to reporters about it.

If this (illegal!) leak is to believed at all, it represents a curious focus for a probe supposedly given wide berth to examine any and every perceived or real attempt by Russia to influence our elections. Unless its real goings on have been entirely fabricated by the media, or are part of some unlikely but brilliant counterintelligence operation conceived by who-knows-whom, it sure seems to be chasing after illusory evidence and ignoring hard evidence at every possible turn.

Whatever hamfisted PR and possibly legal mistakes the Trump team made once they realized the real clandestine purpose of that meeting—alas, too late—doesn’t begin to compare to the guile that went into setting it up with the obvious purpose of ensnaring Trump’s inner circle in some kind sensational claim of direct Russian collusion.

Why? Because it was clearly orchestrated by the actual nexus of Russian collusion in the 2016 election, namely, the nexus between the Hillary campaign, foreign spies, Fusion GPS, and now (thanks to Nellie Ohr) the FBI!

The irony of this can’t be understated. While the media and Democrats have never stopped short of accusing the Trumps of treason for merely agreeing to meet with a Russian lawyer Clinton was herself paying a British spy with open political motivations and murky connections to figures in the Putin regime a lot of money to fabricate a dossier then used by the FBI to obtain a FISA warrant, through the very same firm for whom this Russian lawyer worked.

It’s really hard, if not impossible at this point, not to see this meeting at Trump Tower as a complete set up.

If Mueller isn’t interested at all in this obvious collusion with Russians, he isn’t interested in justice, period.

Is it Time for Political Chemotherapy?

The story of the most audacious abuse of the American federal justice system and the partisan perversion of its fearsome surveillance powers for fraudulent electoral purposes is still being written.

But already we know the black hats have lost, because the white hats are finally, if somewhat slowly, realizing what’s up and exposing their schemes-within-schemes.

Whether the culprits will be held accountable in the fullest sense of the term remains to be seen, but in terms of what they hoped to achieve, they have failed nonetheless. Hillary is not president, and real evidence of what actually happened is coming out.

Unfortunately, this is high drama playing out in real-time, in the fog of an unprecedented propaganda war in the media and popular culture intended to obscure it. Nor do we even yet know who are all the black and white hats in this complex story. Not everything is what it seems.

Anything can still happen. But whatever does happen, history will record this time as one of the darker chapters of American history unless the full scope of the deliberate political corruption of our too-powerful federal agencies comes to light. It needs to be rooted out and the people’s sovereignty exercised through the constitutional and political process must be restored.

About Bob Calco

Bob Calco is a verified Deplorable who lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife, two sons, and four cats. A successful software architect by trade, and an inveterate polyglot and world traveler at heart, he studied political philosophy until it was clear that to pay bills he needed a marketable skill. His passion on issues related to trade and economics go back to his formative college days, when he learned to distrust, and independently verify, literally everything he was taught.

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48 responses to “Cheatin’ Hillary’s Crooked Enablers”

  1. ‘But what difference does it make?!’ Nasty evil foul to the core witch!

  2. In one sense the Democrats want us to believe the various reports, as long as the guilty stay out of jail. That’s because they want to scare citizens into silence. Comey and friends want to be untouchable by the law.

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  3. “It’s really hard, if not impossible at this point, not to see this meeting at Trump Tower as a complete set up.

    If Mueller isn’t interested at all in this obvious collusion with Russians, he isn’t interested in justice, period.”

    Didn’t Junior turn over all of his emails about the meeting, which show that he did nothing illegal in taking a meeting with FusionGPS’ special client Veselnitskya?

    • Trump Jr. could have run afoul of campaign finance law if Russia was offering an illegal campaign contribution that he agreed to accept. To be considered an illegal campaign contribution, what Russia offered must be considered “of value,” as defined by campaign finance law. There are reasons to question whether simply exchanging information with a foreign national would count.

      • What does campaign finance law say about a campaign indirectly paying a foreign spy for lies concocted by unnamed Putin government sources so that they could be used as a fraudulent basis for a FISA warrant? Sheesh. How can Trump Jr. meeting Veselnitskaya be a campaign finance violation when no money changed hands and by all account she snookered him into a meeting about the Magnitsky Act with false promise of campaign dirt, but Veselnitskaya’s employer orchestrating the meeting after being paid by the Clinton campaign for Steele’s dossier be no big deal? I’m OK saying Donald Jr. was foolish/naive to fall for it (Kushner realized quickly it was a trap and left almost as soon as he arrived, by all accounts), but the people orchestrating that meeting are the same people behind the bogus dossier, for crying out loud.

      • Its not illegal to do opposition research. The dossier was not sole source of the warrant fyi. Seems sketchy to have to change the story about the meeting so many times, no? Mueller is looking into whom and how the explanation was drafted by the white house.

      • You have got to be kidding me. So, Veselnitksaya says, “Hey we got dirt on Hillary” and Don Jr. falls for it, shows up, realizes the meeting is really about the Magnitsky Act and the meeting soon ends — and all of this is orchestrated by the very company that manufactured the pack of lies about Trump et al. that got FISA warrants approved (by the way, given how Veselnitskaya entered the country there is some evidence of “help” from the Obama administration in her trip, but I digress), specifically to manufacture a perception of direct Trump campaign contact with Russians (never mind they work for Fusion GPS, paid for by the Hillary campaign). No, the real problem here is how the Trumps dissembled when news of this investigative angle illegally leaked — not on the underlying entrapment, illegal leaking, and general skullduggery that begat this whole Trump-Russia hoax as a fig leaf for state crimes they hoped would go unnoticed after Hillary inevitably won, eh? What madness must have poisoned your mind, that you don’t see the mountain behind the mole hill here?

      • Who told you that the magnitsky act was the actual purpose?
        I dont think the 4 charged so far and flynn find it a hoax.

      • No Magnitsky was not the purpose of the meeting, it’s what she started talking about, when they got together, after promising dirt on Hillary, according to several news reports. The whole thing was a setup, intended merely to entrap Trump Jr and Kushner in a “nefarious” meeting with “Russians” by the same people who were paying spies for such dirt on Trump. That you can’t see this mystifies me.

        Regarding the 4 people charged, it is instructive to note what they are charged with. All process crimes, or crimes totally unrelated to the substance of the investigation, no relation to the substance of Russian collusion. I note who wasn’t charged: Carter Page, for example, who is begging for the FISA court proceedings involving his case to be released. (And who was a witness for the FBI in 2013 in a case against a Russian businessman.)

        There is no Trump-Russia collusion. Quite the opposite – Hillary took millions of dollars from Russian oligarchs at a time she was part of approving Uranium One (along with several of the Dramatis Personnae mentioned in the Nunes memo), and the FBI *knew* the Russians were actively seeking to bribe US officials over it. Who was FBI director when the FBI swept that under the rug? Oh right, Mueller.

        This whole thing stinks and when your mind fully grasps it, one of two things will happen: Nothing, because you’re an idiot; or you will feel deeply shamed, because none of what’s going on right now against Trump vis a vis this Russia collusion narrative is just (however much you may not like his tweeting style or the substance of his politics).

      • So he went for dirt, noted.
        Whom of merit said it was a trap?
        What did they lie about?
        Is there obstruction?
        Is there money laundering?
        Do you play poker? If so, do you tip your hand every time?
        I will clap when flynn gets jail time. You?

      • Someone should tell Glenn Simpson. He was drinking from the Veselnitskaya trough.

      • In his testimony he knew the dirty russian from before, dont think it was campaign related, do you have a cite for it?

      • Look it up yourself; I’m not your monkey.

        By the way his bank records were subpoenaed.

      • Apparently in some circles news articles are evidence.

      • Well you have provided no evidence. Im sorry I wish your merit was good enough to use “wmlady says so thats why”.

      • Starting in 2014, Simpson and Veselnitskaya had both worked on the same side of the Prevezon case, in which the Justice Department accused the Cyprus-based Russian company of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars via New York real estate.

        Hey lady, separate case.

      • They were both working to get Hillary elected in 2016.

      • That is not what you claimed earlier. But hey now you know the facts.

      • I said the Junior meeting was a set up. It was a set up in support of HRC, with Simpson waiting to see if he could get dirt from his Russian friend and benefactor.

      • It is just too creepy that you reply to me multiple times. Geez.

      • You were proven incorrect last claim you had. It is 2018, you can copy and paste links from a cell phone now. Geez,

      • MSM articles aren’t evidence, no matter how many links you copy.

      • Im sorry lady, you have provided nothing to counter them. I wish your word carried weight but alas, nada.

    • The Logan Act of 1799 bars citizens from engaging in “any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government . . . with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government . . . in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States.”

      • Hmmm. Someone better tell former Secretary of State Kerry about this.

      • Huh? Kerry just violated the Logan Act like two weeks ago. I have no idea why you even brought the Logan Act up.

      • Ill need a cite on that. It was in an article talking about the possible violations that don jr meeting had.

      • You’re kidding again right? You need this spelled out?

      • Yes, preferably by someone versed in law. No offense bob on the internet.

      • Anyone versed in the law knows no one has ever actually been prosecuted on the basis of the Logan Act, ever; but a plain reading of its text (which you quote) by anyone with a fourth grade reading level shows Kerry’s interference in formal US diplomatic strategy in the ME is much closer to its original intent than anything that happened, or didn’t happen, at Trump Tower. No offense rel0627 on the internet.

      • Re: Kerry, I would be even more interested in how a Russian agent like Veselnitskaya got a US visa from his State department.

      • But you claimed logam act violation by him? What happened to your defense of that?

      • ”Him” who and what’s “that?” Your speech patterns are so imprecise.

      • You know why…. these dummies can’t think one step ahead of their absurd talking points.