Trump’s Kabuki Part 9. The last 5 hrs. of I-Rex, today begin at the ​bottom, after Trump tweets about Podestas Draining The Swamp.

  1. Please. His threads are utter nonsense 100% wrong AND I’d like to know how much money he’s been able to make from it.

  2. And as people mocked ‘The Apprentice’ Trump caricature he created, REAL Donald Trump quietly gathered the intel with his network of spies.

  3. Imperator_Rex Retweeted Stealth Jeff

    ‘Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt’ – Sun Tzu 👇

    Imperator_Rex added,

  4. Imperator_Rex Retweeted Seth Abramson

    Someone with class would admit he was wrong & apologize to the good people he has hoodwinked, but not crazy Seth. 👇

    Imperator_Rex added,

  5. Replying to

    No, you’re just a gossip and rumor monger, taking advantage of good people. You are also detached from reality & making a fool of yourself.

  6. Retweeted

    ςサi⃘lིlི Retweeted ςサi⃘lིlི

    The Podesta Group was ZTE’s lobbyist for this. 13 people “bleached” the databases. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I’m sure it’s Russia’s fault and Podesta doesn’t even know what ZTE is.

    ςサi⃘lིlི added,

  7. Retweeted

    Miranda Devine Retweeted Donald J. Trump

    Bravo America! C’mon Aussie, we can do it too

    Miranda Devine added,

  8. Replying to and 3 others

    LOL! The Dems thought they won ages ago, drank the cellar out & are now about to experience a brain-numbing delayed hangover.

  9. /..feasible fact-based theories (NOT BS conspiracy) for group analysis. An iterative process. The more ppl we can get doing this,the better.

  10. It’s hard work but amazing what you can find online. It’s not about being 100% right, more about putting out /..

  11. /…payments? If you see a pattern that you think is interesting, put a thread together and our gang will be able to fill in gaps etc.

  12. Replying to

    Rob, why don’t you start by looking for dates that connect Mercury, Iraqi oil contracts, Obama admin decisions & Clinton Foundation /..

  13. Replying to

    Thanks, but I think we need dates, names, docs – evidence to back this up. Over to you Rob!

  14. Imperator_Rex Retweeted Chet Cannon

    Tragic. And let’s be honest, for once, about people in our midst who wish us harm. ✝️😢

    Imperator_Rex added,

  15. Replying to and 2 others

    Great thread and agree 100%. But until I see the Podesta indictments drop and some kingpins in cuffs, I’ve got the champagne on ice.

  16. Imperator_Rex Retweeted Stealth Jeff

    I’m still only whispering it, but VA Day – Victory in America – may well be in sight, friends. 👇

    Imperator_Rex added,

  17. Imperator_Rex Retweeted Bill Mitchell

    Pretty much. Suspect the $ figure will be far higher once everything is added up. It’s treason.

    Imperator_Rex added,

  18. Retweeted

    Thomas Wictor Retweeted K J Gillenwater

    Correct. Trump set up people who were trying to set HIM up.

    Thomas Wictor added,

  19. Replying to

    Good question. Could be Ukrainians.

  20. Retweeted

    Nick Short 🇺🇸Retweeted ςサi⃘lིlི

    Podesta Group never filed under FARA for their lobbying on behalf of Sberbank…

    Nick Short 🇺🇸added,

  21. Retweeted

    PRICELESS: Hillary Clinton’s 2011 State Department hand-picked George Papadopoulos, who lied to Feds about Trump-Russia. LOL I’m sure Hillary and her campaign had no idea. 👌🏻

  22. Imperator_Rex Retweeted AmericanDigitalNews

    Good Lord. If true (looks well researched), astonishing. 👇👇👇

    Imperator_Rex added,

  23. Imperator_Rex Retweeted AmericanDigitalNews

    WOW. If true, Putin used a logistics company to export U1 uranium to Russia.At same time, $ flowed to Clinton via Podestas.Classic kickback.

    Imperator_Rex added,

  24. I agree. is fantastic, everyone should follow him. I understand he accepts donations for his investigative work, too.

  25. Retweeted

    Paul Manafort was under a FISA court investigation before Trump hired him and the FBI didn’t give Trump a heads up? What’s going on here?

  26. Replying to

    Imperator_Rex Retweeted Imperator_Rex

    Hi all – if anyone wants to read my tweet this article was copied from (w/o attribution), here it is

    Imperator_Rex added,

  27. Imperator_Rex Retweeted Donald J. Trump

    Reminder – Trump only tweets what he already knows & can back up : with evidence. Which is why this will terrify the Dems. Buckle up!

    Imperator_Rex added,

  28. Imperator_Rex Retweeted End the Deep State

    Thank you. Surprising GP would do this.

    Imperator_Rex added,

  29. Imperator_Rex Retweeted

    I see have copied & pasted directly from my tweet without attribution (POOR FORM), but anyway please read 👇

    1. Retweeted

      ….came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!

    2. Retweeted

      The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manaforts lawyer said, there was “no collusion” and events mentioned took place long before he…

    3. Retweeted

      ….earth shattering. He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled. Fake News weak!

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Trump’s Kabuki Part 8. Drain The Swamp…

http://dystopiausa.com/the-storm-week-3-the-reckoning-sticky-post-check-often-for-updates/

10/30/17

Thinking Out Loud

Not even going to bother writing in article form right now with so much to pore over. I’ll do what sportswriter Bruce Jenkins called the Three Dot Lounge.

To check over my theories from all angles, let me post some lingering doubts…If Mueller is legitimately going after Trump, which on the surface you would believe because he sure has been dirty and implicated in many Deep State misdeeds, it would be expected he is covering up for his old cronies including the Podestas…in Mueller’s report there is a reference to lobbying firms: Company A and Company B, presumably Mercury LLC and The Podesta Group…Mercury LLC’s big name is neocon Swamp Critter and former congressman Vin Weber…Podestas require no introduction…anyhow, one can read Mueller’s report and think he is shielding Companies A and B and laying it all on Manafort and Gates…I personally don’t, but it is a valid argument.

…Lobbyists, btw, are pure filth…they will take money from anyone, no matter how destructive it is to the peoples of the countries involved…dollars have no patriotism or loyalty…whether Manafort and Gates are part of the plan or are being sacrificed, I hope they end up getting their due …Podestas are orders of magnitude worse even…

…If Mueller were truly going after Trump, why would Trump not have axed Mueller given the opportunity provided by the Uranium One revelations? …He could have fired Mueller for his conflicts alone, packing his team with nothing but left-leaning prosecutors…Makes little sense…fear of what the media would say? When was the last time Trump was concerned with that?…Why would Jeff Sessions recuse himself and allow Uranium One-compromised Rod Rosenstein to be in charge of appointing a Special Prosecutor with carte blanche unless there was a plan already in place? We know Trump is hardly stupid…we know Sessions is a loyal soldier and the first major political figure to back Trump…again, makes no sense whatsoever…so I’m sticking with my guns that this is a highly-orchestrated sting,

…who leaked the grand jury info? Both the announcement of the timing and the reports that it was Manafort, Gates, and Papadopoulos had to come from somewhere…that’s a strict no-no…

Tony Podesta Resigns

The plot thickens as they say. As I was typing the post below, this big bit o’ news drops.

More in a bit. I haven’t even digested it yet.

“[Tony] was very magnanimous and said, “This is an amazing group of people,” a source said of Podesta’s remarks. Podesta also told staff he “doesn’t intend to go quietly, or learn how to play golf.” He said he “needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn’t want the firm to fight it.”

Today’s gone about as expected, so far.

Not Sure What to Make of This One

So which is it?

this?

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or this?

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10/31/17

The Donald with a series of pointed tweets directed at the Podestas…

….earth shattering. He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled. Fake News weak!

The biggest story yesterday, the one that has the Dems in a dither, is Podesta running from his firm. What he know about Crooked Dems is….

“What he know (sic) about crooked Dems is earth shattering. He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled.”

Podesta seemed perturbed, perhaps even scared. He brought up Pizzagate in a tweet, which seems like an attempt to draw parallels between Trump’s comment and what the MSM media perceives (suppresses?) as a conspiracy theory.

Not bad enough that I was the victim of a massive cyber crime directed by the Russian President (1/3)

Now I’m the victim of a big lie campaign by the American President (2/3)

  

Pizzagate crazies: you can keep it up but it’s 100% false. Watch your man Alex Jones grovel and then get a life http://bit.ly/2zkIq3M 

Julian Assange could not resist a dig at Podesta:

John, you used “Runner4567” and “p@ssw0rd” as passwords. Are you sure it wasn’t Barron Trump, a blind dog or a plate of lobster risotto?https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/john-podesta-cybersecurity-hacked-emails-230122 https://twitter.com/johnpodesta/status/925380283171516416 

How Podesta became a cybersecurity poster child

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman joins the roster of senior government officials and political operatives who have failed to take basic protections for their sensitive data.

politico.com

10/31/17

More Thinking Out Loud

I’m starting to think Goldstone and Papadopoulos are/were Fusion GPS assets. Don’t take it for anything other than rambling at present. Could be entirely wrong and bears much more digging and thinking. Just a way to get the brain cells churning. More when I get back.

10/31/17

More About the Threats Against Tucker Carlson by Tony Podesta’s Lawyers

From Fox News Insider

“The letter demands that this show ‘immediately cease and desist disseminating false and misleading reports about Mr. Podesta and the Podesta Group,’” Carlson said. “It demands we retract and delete all our prior reporting on the Podesta Group and warns that if we don’t do this ‘Mr. Podesta may pursue legal action, including for damages, in order to fully protect his rights.’”

He said Garinther’s letter also claims that Manafort did not work with the Podesta Group in its representation of the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.

“Apparently that lawyer hasn’t read the Manafort indictment yet,” Carlson said.

He argued that Garinther is simply trying to threaten his show and shut down his reporting on the Podesta Group.

“It’s an effort to use fear to control press coverage,” Carlson said. “We’re not intimidated. We have ample evidence from Mueller’s indictment, from a number of confidential sources to paint a pretty clear picture of exactly what the Podesta Group was doing for years here in Washington.”

He added he’s confident that Mueller’s investigation will be revealing a lot more about Tony Podesta’s lobbying practices.

10/30/17

Tucker Carlson With a Few Relevant Tweets

Tony Podesta threatened “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after resigning. Wanted our reporting shutdown. @FoxNews

We’re confident the Mueller probe will reveal a lot more about Tony Podesta’s lobbying practices in the near future @FoxNews

If Carlson’s source from this article is legitimate, then we’re surely on the right path.

ANTIFA Threats #1. In God We Trust. Everyone else keeps your hands where I can see them.

We need this, because if we are just seriously considering

The November 4th ANTIFA threats and what if?

I needed something to suggest,

other than ‘Land of The free Home of The Brave” !!

Rules For A Gunfight

by Drill Instructor Joe B. Fricks, USMC

1. Forget about knives, bats, and fists.

Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns.

Bring all of your friends who have guns.

Bring four times the ammunition you think you could ever need.

2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammunition is cheap – life is expensive. If you shoot inside, buckshot is your friend. A new wall is cheap – funerals are expensive.

3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.

4. If your shooting stance is good, you’re probably not moving fast enough or using cover correctly.

5. Move away from your attacker and go to cover. Distance is your friend. (Bulletproof cover and diagonal or lateral movement are preferred.)

6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a semi or full-automatic long gun and a friend with a long gun.

7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.

8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running. Yell “Fire!” Why “Fire”? Cops will come with the Fire Department, sirens often scare off the bad guys, or at least cause them to lose concentration and will…. and who is going to summon help if you yell ”Intruder,” “Glock” or “Winchester?”

9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on “pucker factor” than the inherent accuracy of the gun.

10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.

11. Always cheat, always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.

12. Have a plan.

13. Have a backup plan, because the first one won’t work. “No battle plan ever survives 10 seconds past the first contact with an enemy.”

14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible, but remember, sheetrock walls and the like stop nothing but your pulse when bullets tear through them.

15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.

16. Don’t drop your guard.

17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees. Practice reloading one-handed and off-hand shooting. That’s how you live if hit in your “good” side.
18. Watch their hands. Hands kill. Smiles, frowns and other facial expressions don’t (In God we trust. Everyone else keeps your hands where I can see them.)

19. Decide NOW to always be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.

20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet if necessary, because they may want to kill you.

22. Be courteous to everyone, overly friendly to no one.

23. Your number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.

24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with anything smaller than ”4″.

25. Use a gun that works EVERY TIME. “All skill is in vain when an Angel blows the powder from the flintlock of your musket.” At a practice session, throw your gun into the mud, then make sure it still works. You can clean it later.
26. Practice shooting in the dark, with someone shouting at you, when out of breath, etc.

27. Regardless of whether justified or not, you will feel sad about killing another human being. It is better to be sad than to be room temperature.

28. The only thing you EVER say afterward is, “He said he was going to kill me. I believed him. I’m sorry, Officer, but I’m very upset now. I can’t say anything more. Please speak with my attorney.”

Finally, Drill Instructor Frick’s

Rules For Un-armed Combat.
1: Never be unarmed.

*****

Trump’s Kabuki Part 7. CAN YOU SAY, “THE CHAIR”?

‘The important question is:

> Why does a team assembled

under the mandate

to investigate foreign influence

in the 2016 elections (?)

> seem to be less of a panel

of election law experts (?)

>and more of a legal hit team assembled

to tear to pieces an international crime ring

stuffed to the brim with expertise in financial,

corruption, terrorism, and white collar crimes? ? 

CAN YOU SAY, “FOR THE CHAIR”?

The Conservative Explorer

Band of Brothers

or

Harbingers of Doom?

Mueller’s Team Enigma

If you’ve been paying attention, there is a lot of media furor being focused on the enigma that is Special Counsel Mueller and the team of investigators, lawyers, and FBI veterans that he has gathered for his probe into, well, something about Russia, something about the election, and collusion?

What exactly he is supposed to be investigating seems to change every time it’s being mentioned by a different outlet, but the one thing that every group agrees on is that the scope of his investigation can turn basically whichever direction he sees fit with only a little oversight from the DoJ that appointed him.

It’s not clear who exactly he answers to, if he answers to anyone at all, or whether he even pays attention to requests and demands for how the investigation should go.

It’s not even entirely clear whether the myriad of other election investigations in the House, Senate, FBI, and however many other agencies, overlap and feed into Mueller’s investigation or if he’s even following those developments.

With all this confusion, the only thing that can really be done is to look at the exact makeup that is the Mueller Team Enigma.

This article won’t try to sell any prognostications or predictions or theories or hypotheses, this is just what is actually known about the team itself and its roster, though expect a tiny bit of speculator commentary on the roles and experience the various members bring to the table.

First, to bat, the namesake of the MTE, there is Robert Mueller himself.

A 12 year head of the FBI, he took the helm the week after 9/11 through to 2013 before handing the reigns over to his protégé James Comey.

Mueller is noted for being respected on both sides of the aisle.

But in some circles he is reviled as a resident ‘swamp creature’ having been FBI director during the tenures of both Bush and Obama, both presidencies having vastly expanded the domestic surveillance apparatus that the FBI had full access to, though Mueller and Comey both opposed parts of it.

He was an officer in the Marines for three years during Vietnam, in which he received a purple heart, and as a lawyer worked in public practice, served in various state attorney positions, and headed the DoJ criminal division.

In a notable twist, after President Trump fired James Comey, Mueller was actually interviewed again for the role of FBI director by President Trump himself in a little-reported meeting literally the day before he was appointed as Special Counsel.

There is a question to be asked about why exactly Trump was bringing Mueller into an interview for a job that he had already served the full term plus a few years for, especially since Trump had fired his protégé, Comey.

But again, this article will not contain speculation, only information.

Aaron Zebley, an FBI terrorist hunter from the years before 9/11 when the FBI’s terrorist pursuit team consisted of a single-digit roster, also served as the chief of staff to Robert Mueller when Mueller was given a 2-year extension on his term as director.

He followed Mueller to the law firm WilmerHale after Mueller’s tenure at the FBI ended.

His inclusion on the MTE is no surprise, given that besides James Comey there is only a handful that has worked with Mueller as closely in the FBI, and, since he left government work to follow Mueller, it is logical he would follow Mueller again into this latest adventure.

James Quarles III, one of the prosecutors from Watergate himself, is one of the inclusions in the MTE that is giving pundits all the ammo they want for comparing the probe to Watergate.

He also is following Mueller from WilmerHale and is a specialist in campaign finance research, a potential area of interest given the accusations from across the spectrum of financial malfeasance by campaigns, campaign staffers and advisors, and foundations.

Jeannie Rhee, a final addition from WilmerHale to Mueller’s team, is a veteran of the DoJ, having served in a variety of roles both at the federal level and as an attorney in Washington DC itself.

Reported to be a specialist in white collar crimes, she wins in court include the successful prosecution of officers of the Washington Teachers Union in which she flipped several embezzlement and corruption conspirators within the union into witnesses.

Andrew Weissman, the prosecutor of the Genovese, Colombo, and Gambino crime families as well as the director of the task force in charge of investigating Enron. Another big-name pick in a team full of big names, with the most experience so far in prosecuting crime families apparently.

Michael Dreeben, the deputy solicitor general and the second person in history to have argued 100 cases before the Supreme Court. In his first case before the Supreme Court, he was mocked by Scalia (yes, that Scalia) and schooled by John Roberts (yes, Chief Justice John Roberts) in a 9-0 decision. It seems likely that at least some aspect of this case will probably make it to the Supreme Court, so having the person with the most experience arguing in front of those justices on the team is a logical move.

Peter Carr, experienced as a spokesperson for the DoJ and other roles, including (unremarked by the media) a 5-year stint as the spokesperson for Orrin Hatch, a Republican Senator out of Utah. He is, of course, enlisted as a spokesperson for the MTE, not that they’ve been releasing much information yet.

Rush Atkinson, noted by many articles to be in the DoJ’s criminal fraud division, but if this is the same one as found in the cited article it would appear he was initially recruited into the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, in the Office of Intelligence.

So who we might be looking at is a young early 30’s researcher, which is a lot more intriguing than simply being out of the criminal fraud division.

If this is the same Rush Atkinson, then he also is the youngest member of the MTE thus far.

Zainab Ahmad is a bit of a doozy.

She is a noted specialist in counterterrorism cases and extraterritorial cases.

The latter makes sense given the international scope of the investigation, but the former seems a bit out of place, though no further out of place than Aaron Zebley whose career was also based around the hunting of terrorists.

She has prosecuted foreign and US terrorists alike and has racked up an impressive amount of wins against them.

It should be noted in 2016 she was moved at the direction of Loretta Lynch to dealing with transnational organized crime, returning briefly back to DC before being recruited by Mueller into the MTE.

Lisa Page, another veteran of the FBI and an expert in money laundering an organized crime.

While she’s the first to be noted as a specialist by any media organizations in money laundering, there is a surprising number of organized crime specialists.

It is almost like the MTE is getting staffed up to go after an international crime ring with financial ties to terrorist organizations, not a campaign collusion interference we’re-not-really-sure-so-we’re-going-to-scream-treason investigation.

Elizabeth Prelogar is the first member of the team so far to have notable ties to Democrats outside of campaign contributions, given she clerked for both the Notorious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) and Elena Kagan.

She also comes from the solicitor general’s office, probably following Michael Dreeben.

Despite her probable partisan leanings, it would make sense to bring her on for her connections to two current sitting Supreme Court Justices from the liberal wing of the court in case the investigation starts entangling Democrats in its litigation.

Aaron Zelinsky, an attorney out of the Maryland Attorney General’s office and the first real evidence that current administration officials have some sway over the Mueller probe or at least personal connections to it. Aaron Zelinsky served in Maryland under Rosenstein for 12 years and was probably recommended for the MTE by Rosenstein himself.

Rosenstein was the one who appointed Mueller special counsel, after all, it might very well be Zelinsky was added to the team so Rosenstein had someone he trusted personally inside of it.

Andrew Goldstein, another VERY interesting pick for the MTE, notable because of his status as the leader of one of New York’s Public Corruption Units.

I will  “Prosecutors on the public integrity side of the Unit are responsible for investigating and prosecuting all types of crimes committed by public employees, elected officials, candidates for public office, and others who hold the public trust.” While there is an obvious public corruption angle to the election investigation, its notable that his office under his leadership has successfully prosecuted top Democrats AND Republicans in New York, making him a somewhat nonpartisan pick in terms of his pursuit of justice, and if former administration officials start getting swept up by the MTE Goldstein is another recruit who will doubtlessly come in handy.

Adam Jed joins as apparently the second youngest member of the MTE after Rush Atkinson.  

His experience that he brings to the team is rather unique, given that he’s been arguing civil cases in front of a variety of lower courts over recent topics like the ACA, providing contraception as part of the ACA, and implementation of the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage.

 Its possible his inclusion is to provide more legal muscle for any cases the MTE has to work through lower courts, or it could be he is spending his time reading up on FEC opinions and rulings to work as a pinch hitter if the investigation has to deal with laws and rules from the FEC.

Brandon Van Grack, who as recently as May was already involved in probes from the Department of Justice national security division as a prosecutor with a specialization in espionage investigations.  

Probes he was involved in according to the New York Times revolve around Flynn and the Flynn Intel Group over lobbying work done for Turkey’s Erdogan as apparently confirmed by acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  

McCabe, of course, is noted for having a longstanding grudge against Flynn over Flynn coming to the aid of a junior FBI agent in a sexual discrimination case.

His recruitment into the team, for now, seems to be the only addition with notable experience in the influence of foreign governments on elections, the 2016 election in particular.

Finally, the latest member of the MTE which has apparently grown to over 25 members and support staff since it began though many of those names haven’t been released is Peter Strzok, a leading member of the FBI Clinton Email investigation which looked into Hillary’s private email server and found “that Clinton exchanged nearly two-dozen top secret emails from her private server in 2011 and 2012 with her deputy chief of staff, Jacob Sullivan, her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. The State Department said the contents of the 22 emails were so highly classified that not even the subject matter could be disclosed.”

 He also apparently was a part of the initial Russian probe after the Clinton Email investigation closed down, making him only the second official link to the rest of the government’s Russian investigations to be added to the team, and the first to have been directly tied to an investigation of Hillary Clinton.

The latest word is that the MTE may grow further in the future, but in the meantime what has been assembled at face value is an absolutely terrifying group of legal veterans and workhorses with specializations in virtually every aspect of law that might be used against a criminal organization, though with notably few mentions of anyone specialized in election law or in prosecuting or investigating interactions with foreign governments, with an exception or two.  

Of note, as well, is the much-covered bias involving donations to political parties, with donations to Democrats over Republicans occurring at a 10-1 ratio, though it is notably this is over a 10 year period and involved less than half of the members of the MTE.  

At best count for this article, there’s around $54000 donated to Democrats over that 10 year period, with many of those donations going towards Democrat organizations and Obama’s campaigns, a small fraction of those having been to the Clinton campaign, and many of the Republican donations having been made by those who also donated to Democrats.  

Of note is also the several Republicans including Mueller himself who are on the MTE.

Really, with this much legal firepower assembled under one tight organization and filled with highly experienced and battle-tested (in Mueller’s case quite literally battle-tested) leadership, who a few of the individuals threw money

it isn’t really important.  

The important question is why does a team assembled

under the mandate to investigate foreign influence in the 2016 elections

seem to be less of a panel of election law experts

and more of a legal hit team assembled

to tear to pieces an international crime ring

stuffed to the brim with expertise in financial,

corruption, terrorism, and white collar crimes?

*****

Trump’s Kabuki Part 6. The Mother of All Scandals HAPPENED, so ‘What Happened?’ is not just a DUMB Question, anymore.

The Mother of All Scandals

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/10/_the_mother_of_all_scandals.html#ixzz4x200LDXw
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There is an answer to Hillary’s question,

“What Happened?” 

And yes, it should be considered a dumb question

rather than a book title. 

But the short answer to her question is: 

She fooled almost the entire left, for over two decades. 

Oh wait, that was a book title, not a question.

And therein lies her biggest problem.  She’s not really asking the question as she should be, she’s not reflecting.  Instead, she’s wagging a finger and blaming everyone else for her loss.

Back to the Clintons fooling the left.  Let’s start counting the ways.  She was not just smart, she was the smartest woman ever.  She was fully competent and capable in everything.  She fought bravely for all the right issues.  She was more qualified to be President than anyone who preceded her.  She was, and is, the bright moral compass pointing the way forward to the left (who they believe should be all of us).  She was the Yin to her husband’s Yang.  They were the best power couple ever, a beacon of truth shining in the darkness.

Except they weren’t.  She has proved that over time, and her book tour is confirming it.

And the left is about to melt down as she and hubby finally are revealed for who they are.  Who are they?  In a nutshell, they are the left’s version of Elmer Gantry: frauds who love adulation, and even more, love money, power, and fame.  If you think the left melted down when Trump won, wait until they have the scales fall from their eyes as this new scandal engulfs her and her party. 

Because this is the mother of all scandals.

Trump has used his branding genius on this scandal already.  He called it this generation’s Watergate.  Which has to grate on the left, the media has once again been duly trolled.  After all, nothing was worse than Richard Nixon.  Ever.  Now, most have heard the media scoundrels use the term dog-whistle.  It’s overused, and abused on the left, a smirk, a knowing wink and they all come alive, cackling when they use it.  Well, Trump just whistled for them.  “Watergate, Modern Age.”

Watergate.  The Holy Grail of the left’s media triumph.

But he has done more than just dog-whistle, or throw the media a tweet to drive them crazy.  He’s been slowly amassing information and evidence about the mother of all scandals.  Tom Clancy at his best could not have written a more exciting thriller.  Which is what we are watching. 

I have a burning question.  What did the President (Trump) know, and when did he know it?  Because if there has ever been a more exquisite time to bear down and stay on this scandal, it’s now.  My take:  He has slowly amassed a giant dossier of evidence, but this one isn’t fake, it’s very real.  He announced it.  Listen to the dog-whistle.

“Watergate, Modern Age.”

Trump has many sides, and one of them is his rough and tumble, shoot from the hip side.  Say things that shouldn’t be said, tweet at four in the morning to drive his enemies crazy.  Keep moving, keep pressing, never back down.  Never surrender to political correctness.  Show them shiny objects as distraction, but stay the course.

Another side, seldom paid attention to, is his ability to craft a long-term strategy.  Couple that with his highly developed instincts about how to implement that strategy, and you have one formidable opponent on your hands.  One who loves to win.  One who formulates a goal, and pursues it relentlessly. 

Ask his GOP primary opponents.  Ask Hillary.  On second thought, don’t, because she will never know what happened to her, because she never wanted to know what was happening.  She was too busy luxuriating in her ill-gotten gains.  While she was breaking out rare champagne on her campaign plane, Trump was busy visiting the battleground states.  While she celebrated prematurely, he was in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the early morning of November 8, with a final push to eke out that state’s electoral votes.

It’s this side of Trump that we are witnessing.

The left’s being fooled began a long time ago, but the country began to see it when they had a massive hissy fit about Hillary losing.  Safe spaces and therapy were all they had to comfort them.  And “resisting.”  We all have witnessed their psychosis for the better part of a year now.  One ugly toddler tantrum after another.  And it’s not just their leaders and media stooges. 

As a nation we have just endured, and will continue to endure the Weinstein scandal, and have seen the squalid underbelly of the left’s cultural greats.  The collusion to hide just how ugly, hypocritical, and immoral the culture of the left, as embodied by Hollywood, is out there for the entire country to see.  This is who the left is.   Ugly, hypocritical, greedy, and without conscience.

And on the left they’re shocked, shocked to see just how squalid they all are.  All the actors and actresses who benefited from their silence suddenly are not so silent.  So brave, all these years later.  But they put up with everything they preen on about hating, and put up with it for decades while making money and having fame.  The left has been in CYA mode for weeks now over this scandal, trying so hard to get people to look elsewhere, anywhere but linking it to one of the Democratic Party’s most faithful fundraisers and bundlers.  He was the Clinton’s good friend.  This was a big wound to the left, and will fester.

The big shoe dropped when Trump branded the Uranium One scandal in his impromptu press conference.  It had to be covered.  And Hillary Clinton has now responded.  With denials.  Sarah Huckabee Sanders has doubled down, saying:

“I think that this further proves if there was anyone that was colluding with the Russians to influence the election look no further than the Clintons and the DNC. Hypocrisy at the highest level and a new low in politics. Everything the Clinton campaign and DNC were falsely accusing the president of doing the past year they were doing it themselves.” 

And now the FBI witness has been cleared to speak to Congress.

And now there are calls for new congressional investigations.  And calls for special counsels to investigate the Uranium One deal.

And the Republicans have grown a spine, joining in these calls.  The theory of evolution is proven.  Jellyfish evolve.

As the weekend began Friday night, the reaction came: word was leaked that a charge has been referred to a grand jury by Special Counsel Mueller, with an indictment and arrest expected as early as today.  It is a choreographed diversion, providing an excuse for Hillary’s media allies to avert their gaze from the unfolding trap.   The question is, is it the “deep state” Mueller trying to shift away from the Clinton scandals that have erupted, or is Mueller simply doing his job well? 

Leaks over the weekend also suggest this is about Manafort’s associations with the Podesta Group, and not Trump.  Leaks suggest it is about illicit money transfers, aka money laundering, back in 2012 and even in earlier years.  Obviously, that has nothing to do with Trump.

Either way, all of Trump’s ducks are lining up.  Even if Mueller is indicting someone to obfuscate and change the news cycle, the jig is up.  There is too much information exploding about Uranium One, and it’s not going away.   If he indicts Manafort over his ties to the Podesta Group, then the news cycle is about to explode.  I suspect this is what is happening, but we should know today.  
Trump’s position looks good, he looks happy when he talks, and has for many weeks.  He is in control.  He sees the long game, and knows he is holding all the cards. It appears he has entrapped them all in this scandal called Uranium One.   The FBI and the Deep-State.  James Comey.  Eric Holder.  Loretta Lynch.  The Clintons.  Barrack Obama.  The leftist news media.  Real collusion, with a real crime.

And it really is the mother of all scandals.  Allowing the sale of 20% of US uranium for money.  The biggest breach in national security since the Rosenbergs gave away the atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.

All of Trump’s ducks are lining up.  Trump looks happy when he talks, and has for many weeks.  He is in control.  He sees the long game, and knows he is holding all the cards.

It appears he has entrapped them all in this scandal called Uranium One.   The FBI and the Deep-State.  James Comey.  Eric Holder.  Loretta Lynch.  The Clintons.  Barrack Obama.  The leftist news media.  Real collusion, with a real crime.

And it really is the mother of all scandals.  Allowing the sale of 20% of US uranium for money.  The biggest breach in national security since the Rosenbergs gave away the atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/10/_the_mother_of_all_scandals.html#ixzz4x1ynutxI
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Trump’s Kabuki Part 5. Don’t Try to Use Your Passport. Don’t Try to Leave the Country. It’s Manafort and Gates & Why Tony Podesta is Next.

The Storm, Week 3:

The Reckoning,

Continued

Now, Week 4 UPDATE: 

10/30/17

Here’s Why Tony Podesta is Next:

He didn’t file the FARA paperwork

(only retroactively years later in a move that fooled no one)

that got Manafort and Gates busted

for the self-same ties to the European Centre

for a Modern Ukraine referenced earlier in this thread.

From Mueller’s report: 

(click here for better view)

1 1 1 manafort gates

Exactly as planned folks.

10/30/17

It’s Manafort and Gates. No reason to sweat.

Conspiracy to launder money. This is related to their activities in Ukraine, folks. I believe Tony Podesta will be next since the investigation into his malfeasance was reported about two months after FBI agents raided Manafort’s home.

Gates is the lesser known. His claim to fame in the Trump campaign? Approving Melania’s speech at the convention where she was accused of plagiarizing a speech given by Michelle Obama.

This is what I said on Saturday, and it still applies:

Maybe Mueller arrests Manafort to keep the drama and investigation going a little longer. This would be spun as a victory for the Dems initially. But Manafort is a thread that eventually leads to the Clintons NOT Trump.

If Manafort is indeed arrested, it’s likely because Manafort is both dirty AND because he will turn evidence on his prior association with the Podesta Group in their shady dealings with the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.

A Special Counsel who was given carte blanche by Trump’s own DOJ might be doing so to follow this chain:

  1. Get Manafort. Now you have legal cause to obtain his records.
  2. Those records led to the Podesta Group. Found that they didn’t file FARA paperwork for Ukraine dealings.
  3. Now you have legal reason to investigate the Podesta Group’s records.
  4. You then get Tony Podesta’s records, some of which are surely joint records with John Podesta.
  5. John Podesta, whom, as we know, has been tight with the Clintons for decades and was Hillary’s campaign chair in 2016.
  6. The Clinton campaign and DNC paid for access to the Steele/Trump dossier.
  7. A dossier which was commissioned by Fusion GPS, whose bank records are being defended like a cornered wombat protecting its young.
  8. Fusion GPS also worked with Russian interests concerning the Magnitsky Act.
  9. Natalia Veselnitskaya “lobbied” concerning Magnitsky Act before Trump Jr. with Manafort in attendance. “Coincidentally” the setup was in the brief duration when he was Trump’s campaign manager. The time when Trump’s campaign was at its nadir.

The point is, it is an incestous circle of influence and corrupt dealings; the Clinton Foundation of which is at the heart.

Neither one is any loss or threat to Trump. I said I would worry if General Flynn was in handcuffs. That didn’t happen.

10/29/17

Another Possible Hollywood/Washington Pedophilia Connection

Actor Kevin Spacey has been accused of making a sexual pass at a 14 year-old male child actor back in 1986. 

Normally, allegations are just that. But in Spacey’s case there’s so much smoke…

Spacey was on convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s “Lolita Express” -that’s especially jarring since Spacey seems to be liking boys.

Perhaps “Catamite Express” is more fitting.

He is also a friend and supporter of Bill Clinton, an “Orgy Island” regular, andcampaigned for Ted Kennedy.

P.S. – Yes, I am well aware that Trump was on the plane once too. But he banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago upon receiving a complaint by the young daughter of another patron who said Epstein propositioned her.

Maxwell fled the United States on the eve of her deposition and never testified in Epstein’s case. In fact, several of the Jane Doe lawyers, who spoke off the record because the case is ongoing, said that every key person investigators wanted to interview — especially those with potential knowledge of what took place on St. James Island — eluded subpoenas on technical grounds.

There was one exception: Donald Trump.

* * *

Edwards, the lawyer for Roberts and about 10 other Jane Does, said that after he served Trump with the subpoena in 2009, Trump immediately contacted him.

“During the conversation, Mr. Trump was open and forthright,” Edwards said. “I cannot discuss the substance of the conversation. But I will say that it was obvious to me that he was in no way involved in any untoward activity.”

It appears that Trump cut ties to Epstein a few weeks after the non-prosecution agreement was reached. On October 15, 2007, the New York Post reported that Mar-A-Lago had barred Epstein because he hit on a masseuse at the club. Epstein denied to the the Post that he had been banned. One of the Jane Doe attorneys told VICE News a slightly different account, saying that he had been told Trump broke ties with Epstein after Epstein tried to pick up the underage daughter of a Mar-A-Lago club member.

The point is, Donald Trump

knows everything about everyone in power

and has for years.

His connections are that vast.

Even amongst the unseemly elements.

It’s one of the reasons he is the perfect vehicle for draining the swamp.

10/29/17

0Hour1 Dropping Bombs on Fusion GPS, Clinton, McCain

Evening, folks. I’m all rested and ready for the big day tomorrow.

If you have a little free time until then – or a case of insomnia – check the Twitter feed of 0Hour1. He’s doing yeoman’s work digging into Fusion GPS and the misdeeds of HRC and John McCain.

I envy him his researching stamina.

*****

Trump’s Kabuki. Part 4. “Did FBI rely on a document that looks like the National Enquirer prepared it?”

Trey Gowdy tweeted:

“Did FBI rely on a document

that looks like

The National Enquirer prepared it?”

Implausible Deniability

The aftermath of the 2016 election has revealed the criminality of the Democrats, the perfidy of the Deep State, the corruption of the press, and the bought and paid for motives of the scribblers in the conservative pundit class.

And Trump won despite all that. In many ways it reminds me of a Soviet operation called The Trust.

If you missed Reilly — Ace of Spies, Edward Jay Epstein describes how the Soviets created a fake anti-Soviet group called The Trust and used it to nab dissidents plotting to overthrow the regime.

Fusion GPS’ dossier was a replay of a classic Soviet disinformation campaign.

“The Trust was not an anti-Soviet organization, it only imitated one.”

In reality, he continued, the Trust was a creature of the Soviet secret police.

Its purpose was not to overthrow Communism, but to manipulate real anti-communist organizations into misleading the West.

In much the same way, I believe,

Russian agents working for the Clintons and the DNC

through Fusion GPS and its hireling Christopher Steele 

provided fake information in a dossier

which the FBI (headed by James Comey)

and the Department of Justice (headed by Loretta Lynch )

used to craft an affidavit

 to obtain a FISA warrant

 authorizing electronic surveillance

on people connected, however tangentially,

to the Trump campaign.

This, after previous such warrants, had — and this is unusual —

been turned down by the FISA court. 

Then-president Obama

allowed the surveilled communications

to be widely circulated throughout the government,

so that the names of the targets

caught up in the surveillance and their communications

were thus widely available for leaking,

and were leaked.

As Byron York noted in a series of tweets,

here were some of the dossier’s sources:

1/6 — Looking at dossier itself, sure seems Kremlin-linked Russians

were participating in anti-Trump effort… 

2/6 — For example, dossier Source A is described as

‘senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure.’ 

3/6 — Dossier Source B is described as

‘former top level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin.’ 

4/6 — Dossier Source C is ‘senior Russian financial official.’ 

The Trust was funded by émigrés who believed it was legit.

And the Russian anti-Trump phony dossier was, we now know,

funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC,

which would have us believe that their lawyer Marc Elias,

who received over $9 million for unspecified work,

did this without their consent or knowledge.

(Fusion GPS was also funded during the nomination period —

and before Fusion GPS and Steele were poking around Russia,

by Washington Free Beacon,

something that it — like Elias —

admitted shortly before a likely court ruling

that Fusion’s bank account information

had to be provided to congressional investigators.)

In any event, their work with Fusion GPS ended

with the nomination of Trump.

They had nothing to do with the hiring of Fusion GPS

and the creation and distribution of the dossier.

The Washington Free Beacon is a right-of-center publication, and certainly has done some fine work in the past, but its links to the anti-Trump crowd of the right is unmistakable.

The publication is largely funded by hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, who strongly supports gay rights and open borders.

Among its original board members were Bill Kristol, and both the present editors, Michael Goldfarb (formerly deputy communications director for John McCain) and Matthew Continetti (Kristol’s son-in-law) both worked for the Weekly Standard while Kristol was its editor.

Kristol, as you may recall, worked hard to promote others to run against Trump for the nomination.

Singer financially supported Marco Rubio for the nomination.

 His aide, Dan Senor, was a senior advisor to vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan and reportedly retains strong ties to him.

I seriously doubt that any candidate Paul Singer would prefer could ever have won the general election.

Singer strongly opposed both Ted Cruz and Trump.

The dossier was a means for the Russians at no cost the them to provide the Democrats with disinformation to be used against Trump.

Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist

does the most thorough job of clearing the air on the dossier

Space and copyright limitations keep me from quoting more of it,

but here are the ten things about the dossier

Hemingway thinks you should know:

 “1) Russian officials were sources of key claims in dossier”

“2) No, the Russian dossier was not initially funded by Republicans”

“3) The dossier is chock full of discredited information”

“4) The dossier was used as a basis for wiretaps on American citizens”

5) The FBI also paid for the dossier

When Trump asked about the FBI payment, many political journalists feigned shock and outrage that he would make such a claim.

They should not have.

Their outlets had already reported that the FBI had tried to pay for the dossier and had, in fact, reimbursed expenses for the dossier.

We do not know if those expenses include the payments to the Russian officials for salacious stories on Republican nominee for president Trump.

6) Dossier publisher Fusion GPS works with shady outfits”

7) Fusion GPS’ ties to media are problematic

The principals at Fusion GPS are well-connected to mainstream media reporters.

They are former journalists themselves, and know how to package stories and provide information to push narratives.

They are, in fact, close friends with some of the top reporters who have covered the Russia-Trump collusion story.

Fusion GPS has placed stories with friendly reporters

while fighting congressional investigators’

attempts to find out the group’s sources of funding.

Fusion GPS leaders have taken the Fifth and fought subpoenas for information about the group’s involvement with Russia. 

8) Jim Comey personally briefed Trump on the dossier,

shortly before CNN reported it

What really got the ball rolling

on last year’s Russia-Trump conspiracy theory, then,

was not the dossier itself

but the briefing of it by Obama intelligence chiefs

to President-elect Trump in January.

Former FBI head Jim Comey 

admitted under oath

that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

asked him to personally brief President Trump about this dossier.

The fact of that meeting was quickly leaked to CNN.

Given the dossier’s many problems,

was the entire purpose of the meeting 

to produce the leak that the meeting happened? 

9) Mueller investigation spurred by dossier

and illegal leaks from intelligence operatives about Trump.

We know from previous reporting

that the dossier of Russia-supplied information or disinformation

was used by the FBI to secure a warrant

to spy on an American citizen

advising an opposing political party’s presidential campaign.

We know that this dossier was funded at least in part by the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the FBI. The firm that produced the report was itself funded by Russians.

10) The Steele dossier was a Clinton/DNC-funded operation supported by the FBI and influenced heavily by Russian operatives in the Kremlin The Clinton campaign, the DNC, and the FBI all worked wittingly or unwittingly with Russians to affect the results of the 2016 election. Far from just meeting with a Russian and not getting dirt on a political opponent, these groups wittingly or unwittingly paid Russian operatives for disinformation to harm Trump during the 2016 election and beyond.

Worse, these efforts perverted our justice system by forcing the attorney general to recuse himself for the crime of having served as a surrogate on the Trump campaign, spawning a massive, sprawling, limitless probe over Russia.[/quote]

Fusion GPS was also doing work directly for the Russians, which makes its claims doubly suspect:

You see, the Russian lawyer — often carelessly presented as a “Russian government lawyer” with “close ties to Putin” — Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with Trump, [sic — actually it was Donald Trump, Jr.] also worked recently with a Washington, D.C. “commercial research and strategic intelligence firm” that is also believed to have lobbied against the Magnitsky Act. That firm, which also doubles as an opposition research shop, is called Fusion GPS—famous for producing the Russia dossier distributed under the byline of Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent for hire.[snip]

Yet at the same time that Fusion GPS was fueling a campaign warning against a vast Russia-Trump conspiracy to destroy the integrity of American elections, the company was also working with Russia to influence American policy — by removing the same sanctions that Trump was supposedly going to remove as his quid pro quo for Putin’s help in defeating Hillary.Yet it is rare to read stories about comms shops like Fusion GPS because traditional news organizations are reluctant to bite the hands that feed them. But they are the news behind the news—well known to every D.C. beat reporter as the sources who set the table and provide the sources for their big “scoops.” The ongoing transformation of foundering, profitless news organizations into dueling proxies for partisan comms operatives is bad news for American readers, and for our democracy. But it is having a particularly outsized effect on reporting in the area of foreign policy, where expert opinion is prized—and easily bought—and most reporters and readers are only shallowly informed. 

The record clearly belies the Clinton-DNC (Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and John Podesta) claim that they didn’t know about the dossier

In the first place, it is impossible to believe that they handed over $9 million to their lawyer without restriction or oversight. (Yes, I know the Department of State under then-secretary Clinton cannot account for $6 billion dollars, but this was their money, not ours, and I expect they paid more serious attention to it.) Once the bills are turned over to investigators, we’ll see who signed off on them. And we’ll find out soon whether Fusion was listed as a vendor in campaign-finance filings as the law requires.

Interestingly enough, one of Elias’ partners engaged Crowd Strike, ostensibly to review the claim that the DNC server had been hacked by Russia, and Comey’s FBI accepted their review without ever demanding to examine it themselves.

Daniel Greenfield once again does a fine job of analyzing the use made of the dossier and why Fusion GPS was engaged to dish the dirt.

The DNC, Hillary campaign and Obama Administration used former British intelligence agent Fusion GPS’ Christopher Steele as an interface to create deniability, allowing them, in effect, to launder the dossier and create a pretext for snooping on Trump and publicizing whatever dirt they might dig up on his campaign no matter how incredible the sources and product.

Hiring Fusion GPS and then Steele created two degrees of separation between the dossier and Hillary. A London ex-intel man is a strange choice for opposition research in an American election, but a great choice to create a plausible ‘source’ that appears completely disconnected from American politics. [snip]

The official story is that Steele was a dedicated whistleblower who decided to message an FBI pal for reasons “above party politics” while the Fusion GPS boss was so dedicated that he spent his own money on it after the election. Some figures in the FBI decided to take Steele’s material, offering to pay him for his work and reimbursing some of his expenses. Portions of the dossier were used to justify the FISA eavesdropping on Trump officials and were then rolled into the Mueller investigation. [snip]

But there isn’t supposed to be a link between the Democrats and the eavesdropping. 

That’s why Marc Elias, the Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer who hired Fusion GPS, had denied it in the past. It’s why Fusion GPS fought the investigation so desperately. Opposition research isn’t a crime. A conspiracy to eavesdrop on your political opponents however is very much a criminal matter.

A forensic examination of the dirty dossier’s journey shows us that this modern Watergate was a collaborative effort between an outgoing Democrat administration and its expected Dem successor. 

Greenfield details how the dossier was used to astroturf and create a demand for an investigation, which ultimately resulted in Sessions’ recusal and the appointment of a special counsel. He reminds us that the Obama administration had done such stuff before, spying on congressional opponents on the Iran Deal. (Recall how that spying was used to tar Congresswoman Jane Harmon); giving money to non-profit organizations to spur the media coverage, whispering tidbits to complaisant media shills, and smuggling billions to Iran. And, as he notes, there was the IRS shutdown of conservative groups (for which they finally apologized this week) and the lies about Libya.

Notably, when they thought the Russia “collusion” fairytale was not gathering enough steam, Steele personally briefed David Corn, the same propagandist who confected the story that Valerie Plame was a covert agent deliberately targeted by the Bush Administration as payback against her husband Joe Wilson. 

But even more damning is the fact that Hillary herself started tweeting about the dossier shortly after GPS was hired — even though she claims she knew nothing about it.

The first FISA request was made in June and was turned down. In July Fusion GPS was hired. According to James Comey, the FBI began investigating “collusion” reports in July of 2016, Beginning on August 15, Hillary started tweeting about Trump and Russia. She tweeted again on September 7, September 26, October 7, October 25, October 31. The second request was made in October. It was on October 31 when Corn, now at Mother Jones “broke the story of a ‘veteran spy’ who gave the FBI information on Trump’s alleged connections to Russia.” It wasn’t until Buzz Feed published the dossier that we could see how preposterous the story was. Mother Jones was just a small part of the media collaboration in spreading the manure — Slate worked it also, and larger outlets got involved.

Former CIA case officer Lee Smith reveals how shoddy was the dossier: 

The dossier was designed to dig up “dirt” on Trump and his associates, but, more to the point, it was clearly intended from the start to do so by manufacturing and nurturing a Russian angle. It sought to discredit Donald Trump and to deceive the public, which suggests that Trump has been right all along regarding something like a conspiracy against him which included the active participation of the FBI and possibly other national security agencies.

The president also comes across as credible vis-à-vis his critics because of what has become evident since the dossier was surfaced. The clearly politically motivated multiple investigations carried out so far in which no rock has been unturned have come up with absolutely nothing, either in the form of criminal charges or in terms of actual collusion with a foreign government. And, one might add, there has been little in the way of evidence to sustain the charge that Russia sought to influence the election and might even have succeeded in doing so. But there is one thing new that we do know now: Russiagate began within the Clinton Campaign headquarters. 

Trey Gowdy tweeted: “Did FBI rely on a document that looks like the National Enquirer prepared it?” Looks that way. Andrew McCarthy at National Review tweets “Trump DOJ should declassify & disclose FISA app to show what representations were made to court about source of dossier claims.”

That seems uncontestable.