From the beginning of all of this, my concern has been if/ when no solid evidence of Trump <–> Putin collusion materializes (remember, Watergate had tapes and even Lewinsky had ah… um, dress), then Donald Trump has been handed a lifetime get out of jail free card.
What I mean is this: if it turns out – and the actual evidence we have available strongly suggests it will – the real collusion is the Democratic party and the intelligence community conspiring to take down Trump, then Trump supporters are going to martyr him.
Anytime and everytime thereafter, Trump and his Trumpets are going to yell “But Russia!!!” when he is accused of anything and everything. Yes they will. And we may be in for 8 years of Trump.
Mueller’s gone fishing for charges to pin on Trump: the usual charges of obstruction of justice, perjury, etc are all based on the premise Trump interfered in the investigation itself.
If the investigation itself is bogus – as in there is no tangible evidence of Russian collusion between Trump and Putin to rig the 2016 presidential election – then how could the gone fishing procedural charges matter? The investigation itself that spawned them is bogus.
This scenario is what I have feared for the last two years. Not only will Trump walk, he’ll be bulletproof thereafter. Not only will the Democratic party’s plan to nail Trump have been a “witchunt” from its inception, any new charges revealed against Trump ever after will hit the non-stick frying pan and get turned like flapjacks.
Please keep in mind, I have no idea who these people Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton are. They sound like porn names. As in MILF Meats the Pizza Man. Straight up porn films. Krystal Balls and Stormy Daniels Buck Sex Tons. The movie titles write themselves.
Also, the man they are speaking with in this video is Mark Meadows, who I wouldn’t trust to mow my lawn.
However, the man who wrote this article is John Solomon. He’s legit and has good leads on Russigate investigation in the past. So there’s that.
Therefore, my guess is the DNC’s attorneys are going to be busy… concocting stories to attempt plausible deniability. We know they rigged the Democratic primary. Yes they did.
We could have voluntarily decided that, ‘Look, we’re gonna go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way,’” Bruce Spiva, lawyer for the DNC, said during a court hearing in Carol Wilding, et al. v. DNC Services Corp., according to court filings.
We know the DNC paid for the Steele report. The one with the “pee tapes” in it. Yes they did.
We know John Brennan met with Barack Obama, and the DNC bought “opposition research” to begin this investigation. No matter what you think of Donald Trump – and I think he’s a Chauncey Gardener-level idiot – Russiagate sure as hell looks orchestrated and a mission to “Get Trump.”
Where were you bozos twenty years ago when Donald Trump and his dad, Fred, were stealing all this money? Why didn’t the Trumps matter to the FBI, IRS, and CIA during the time they were doing crime? Because filthy rich people get off the hook?
Mmm hmm… and now it’s too late for the alphabet soup to do its job, put the Trumps in a cell with Al Capone and no penicillin. Isn’t it? So we have to manufacture something else, don’t we?
After Hillary Clinton amazingly lost to the worst presidential candidate in the history of presidential candidates, the vortex of lies and power plays spiraled into the dimension of the absurd. In all seriousness, we’d be talking about impeachment of Barack Obama, John Brennan, and Hillary Clinton at the end of all of this, if they were still in office. This is where we are headed.
And here we are now. Flapjack Theater!
By John Solomon
Congressional investigators confirmed a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump’s campaign.
Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee’s private law firm.
That’s the firm used by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to secretly pay research firm Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative, to compile a dossier of uncorroborated raw intelligence alleging Trump and Moscow were colluding to hijack the presidential election.
The dossier, though mostly unverified, was then used by the FBI as the main evidence seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant targeting the Trump campaign in the final days of the campaign.
The revelation was confirmed both in contemporaneous evidence and testimony secured by a joint investigation by Republicans on the House Judiciary and Government Oversight committees, my source tells me.
It means the FBI had good reason to suspect the dossier was connected to the DNC’s main law firm and was the product of a Democratic opposition-research effort to defeat Trump — yet failed to disclose that information to the FISA court in October 2016, when the bureau applied for a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“This is a bombshell that unequivocally shows the real collusion was between the FBI and Donald Trump’s opposition — the DNC, Hillary and a Trump-hating British intel officer — to hijack the election, rather than some conspiracy between Putin and Trump,” a knowledgeable source told me.
Baker was interviewed by lawmakers behind closed doors on Wednesday. Sources declined to divulge much about his testimony, other than to say it confirmed other evidence about the contact between the Perkins Coie law firm and the FBI.
The sources said Baker identified lawyer Michael Sussman, a former DOJ lawyer, as the Perkins Coie attorney who reached out to him and said the firm gave him documents and a thumb drive related to Russian interference in the election, hacking and possible Trump connections.
Information gathered separately by another congressional committee indicate the contact occurred in September, the month before the FISA warrant was approved.
A spokeswoman for the FBI declined comment. Spokespersons for Perkins Coie and the Justice Department did not return a message seeking comment.
The sources said Baker’s interview broke new ground both about the FBI’s use of news media in 2016 and 2017 to further the Trump case and about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s conversations in spring 2017 regarding possible use of a body wire to record Trump.
“The interview was one of the most productive we had and it opened up many new investigative leads,” one source said.
Another said Baker could not answer some questions about FBI media contacts, citing an ongoing investigation by the Justice Department inspector general into alleged illegal leaks, during and after the election, about the Trump collusion probe and other matters.
These revelations illustrate anew how much the FBI and Justice Department have withheld from the public about their collaboration and collusion with clearly partisan elements of the Clinton campaign and the DNC, Fusion and Steele, that were trying to defeat Trump.
The growing body of evidence that the FBI used mostly politically-motivated, unverified intelligence from an opponent to justify spying on the GOP nominee’s campaign — just weeks before Election Day — has prompted a growing number of Republicans to ask President Trump to declassify the rest of the FBI’s main documents in the Russia collusion case.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), veteran investigator Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and many others have urged the president to act on declassification even as FBI and Justice Department have tried to persuade the president to keep documents secret.
Ryan has said he believes the declassification will uncover potential FBI abuses of the FISA process. Jordan said he believes there is strong evidence the bureau misled the FISA court. Nunes has said the FBI intentionally hid exculpatory evidence from the judges.
And Meadows told The Hill’s new morning television show, Rising, on Wednesday that there is evidence the FBI had sources secretly record members of the Trump campaign.
“There’s a strong suggestion that confidential human sources actually taped members within the Trump campaign,” Meadows told Hill.TV hosts Krystal Ball and Ned Ryun.
John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption. He is The Hill’s executive vice president for video.