Skip to comments.Trump, conservatives demand probe into Clinton-Steele-Moscow links
Posted on 11/19/2018 11:22:53 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
President Trumps frustration last week over special counsel Robert Mueller not investigating the Democrats links to Russia election meddling is aimed at Christopher Steele, the British ex-spy who compiled and imported the unverified dossier.
The only Collusion is that of the Democrats with Russia and many others, he tweeted Nov. 15.
Mr. Steele is a paid Democratic Party operative who spread among Washington power elites pre-Election Day Trump gossip originating from Moscow.
Mr. Mueller has made a theme of enforcing the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), which requires people working on behalf of foreigners to register with the Justice Department or face criminal liability. He also has charged Russian nationals with fraud against the U.S. by interfering in the 2016 election.
The Steele issue has reached Mr. Mueller. An attorney for one indicted Russian firm, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, accused Mr. Mueller of selective prosecution.
Why is Concord charged with election interference, but Mr. Steele is not? asked Washington attorney Eric Dubelier.
Mr. Mueller responded by saying Mr. Steeles actions are not on a par with elaborate Russian social media trolling and computer hacking. But his court argument didnt explicitly say Mr. Steele is innocent of interference.
U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich rejected the Concord argument. She upheld the Mueller indictment in a ruling last week, saying it is indeed a crime for foreigners in this case troll farming Concord to meddle in U.S. elections. Foreigners face restrictions on what roles they can play in U.S. elections.
Some conservatives disagree with Mr. Mueller brushing aside Mr. Steeles actions. They make the case that Mr. Steele not only influenced the 2016 election but also infected the entire political system with unsubstantiated felony charges against Trump people that remain publicly unverified today.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
” They make the case that Mr. Steele not only influenced the 2016 election but also infected the entire political system with unsubstantiated felony charges against Trump people that remain publicly unverified today.”
Which means the entire way our political system works must be overhauled so this never happens again. Let’s start with scrubbing the voter rolls to only living people who are proven citizens of this country. Go from there.
Don’t forget the EU....
Jonathan M. Winer, the Obama State Department official who acknowledged regularly interfacing with the author of the controversial Trump dossier, served as senior vice president of a firm that did lobbying work for Tenex, the U.S. subsidiary of Rosatom, the Russian state corporation headquartered in Moscow.
In 2010, Rosatom infamously purchased a controlling stake in Uranium One, the Canadian uranium mining company with operations in the U.S. The purchase was approved by the Obama administration in a decision that is currently being probed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
After his name surfaced in news media reports related to probes by House Republicans into the dossier, Winer authored a Washington Post oped in which he conceded that while working at the State Department he exchanged documents and information with dossier author and former British spy Christopher Steele.
Winer further acknowledged that while he was working at the State Department, he shared with Steele anti-Trump material passed to him by longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, whom Winer described as an old friend. Winer wrote that the material from Blumenthal which Winer in turn gave to Steele originated with Cody Shearer, who is a controversial figure long tied to various Clinton scandals.
While writing in the Washington Post of his concerns about Russian influence in the U.S., Winer failed to disclose that he worked for a firm that did lobby work for a nuclear company whose parent is owned by the Russian government. (Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...
I would suggest that Mueller would say that the difference between the two is the impetus;
Russian troll farms and Russian email hacks start from the foreign source.
The Steele dossier was started from domestic interests, mostly Trump’s political opponents, but also hybrid legal/media organizations surrounding the DNC, Hillary, and certain media outlets who had a vested interest in seeing Trump look bad.
But here is the problem with that differentiation; -— Entrapment -—
While the impetus for the acts against Trump didn’t have Russia purely as it’s origin, it is a much more egregious crime against our democracy than foreign influence. China, for example, probably has a much more intricate system of spying and infiltrating the political/electoral system in our country as of late than Russia does. But having one political party install spies into the campaign of another party, and then send in trolls that were meant to appear (or even actually did) to have links to foreign adversaries as a means to ensnare them in criminal liability as well as to abuse the FISA court for more spying is 100x more devious than breaking into a political party’s hotel room to snoop for documents, because it subverts the integrity of the intelligence services of our government as well as the judicial branch all for the purpose of election politics.
It’s not just 100x more devious than Watergate, it’s also far worse than Russians spamming facebook.
FBIs 37 secret pages of memos about Russia, Clintons and Uranium One
The Hill ^ | 10/01/18 | JOHN SOLOMON
FR Posted on 10/1/2018, 6:05:19 PM by yesthatjallen
Eight years after its informant uncovered criminal wrongdoing inside Russias nuclear industry, the FBI has identified 37 pages of documents that might reveal what agents told the Obama administration, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others about the controversial Uranium One deal.
Theres just one problem: The FBI claims it must keep the memos secret from the public. Their excuses for the veil of non-disclosure range from protecting national security and law enforcement techniques to guarding the privacy of individual Americans and the ability of agencies to communicate with each other.
Its a lot like the initial reasons the bureau was reluctant to turn over documents in the Russia collusion investigation, such as FBI official Peter Strzoks stop Trump texts or the revelation that Clinton and the Democrats funded the Steele dossier.
The FBIs declaration and list of withheld documents entitled simply Uranium One Transaction were posted recently inside its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online vault.
The bureau actually released a handful of documents, but it wasnt a big stretch of either freedom or information. It actually just released already-public letters from members of Congress demanding answers in the Uranium One case.
I was the reporter who first disclosed last fall that a globetrotting American businessman, William Douglas Campbell, managed to burrow his way inside Russian President Vladimir Putins nuclear giant, Rosatom, in 2009 posing as a consultant while working as an FBI informant.
Campbell gathered extensive evidence for his FBI counterintelligence handlers by early 2010 that Rosatoms main executive in the United States, Vadim Mikerin, orchestrated a racketeering plot involving kickbacks, bribes and extortion that corrupted the main uranium trucking company in the United States. That is a serious national security compromise by any measure.
The evidence was compiled as Secretary Clinton courted Russia for better relations, as her husband Bill Clinton collected a $500,000 speech payday in Moscow, and as the Obama administration approved the sale of a U.S. mining company, Uranium One, to Rosatom. The sale made famous years later by author Peter Schweizer and an epic New York Times expose in 2015 turned over a large swath of Americas untapped uranium deposits to Russia.
Mikerin was charged and convicted, along with some American officials, but not until many years later. Ironically, the case was brought by none other than current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein a magnet for controversy, it turns out.
But the years-long delay in prosecution mean that no one in the public, or in Congress, was aware that the FBI knew through Campbell about the Russian bribery plot as early as 2009 well before the Obama-led Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approved Uranium One in fall 2010.
Since the emergence of Campbells undercover work, there has been one unanswered question of national importance.
Did the FBI notify President Obama, Secretary Clinton and other leaders on the CFIUS board about Rosatoms dark deeds before the Uranium One sale was approved, or did the bureau drop the ball and fail to alert policymakers?
Neither outcome is particularly comforting. Either the United States, eyes wide open, approved giving uranium assets to a corrupt Russia, or the FBI failed to give the evidence of criminality to the policymakers before such a momentous decision.
Campbell tells me his FBI handlers assured him they had briefed Obama and then-FBI Director Robert Mueller, now the Russia special prosecutor, on Rosatoms criminal activities as part of the presidential daily briefing and that agents suggested to him that politics was the reason the sale was allowed to go through.
After I broke the Campbell story, a predictable pattern occurred. President Trump and the Republicans took note. On the flip side, Democrats attacked the credibility of the informer despite evidence the FBI had given him a hefty $50,000 award of thanks after the case was finished.
And the Jeff Sessions-Rod Rosenstein Justice Department, likely feeling the heat of President Trumps watchful eye, announced that a prosecutor from Utah was named to look into the matter.
Campbell was interviewed by the FBI, but that was 10 months ago. Since then, nothing has been made public to address the overriding public interest issue.
Perhaps the FBIs unexpected release and I use that word loosely, since they gave up no public information of importance in the FOIA vault was a warning flare designed to remind America there might be evidence worth looking at.
One former U.S. official, who had access to the evidence shared with CFIUS during the Uranium One deal, said this to me: There is definitely material that would be illuminating to the issues that have been raised. Somebody should fight to make it public.
That somebody could be President Trump, who could add these 37 pages of now-secret documents to his declassification order he is considering in the Russia case.
Or, those Republicans leading the charge on exposing failures in the Russia probe could use their bully pulpits to pressure for the release.
From what we now know, either the CFIUS process was corrupted or broken, or the FBI dropped the ball.Either outcome is a matter of national interest.
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 Hills executive vice president for video.
Feel the schadenfreud.
The global weeping and gnashing of teeth.....knowing that whatever the Clintons promised will not be forthcoming.
A huge paper trail exists......criminal evidence that is now in the control of Pres Donald Trump.
The report....From Russia With Money Hillary Clinton, the Russian Reset and Cronyism.....
raises serious questions about the cash connections between the Clintons and participants in Hillary's
State Department-eras failed five-year effort to improve, or reset, US-Russia relations.
A Moscow-based Silicon Valley-styled developer of biomed, space, nuclear and IT technologies called Skolkovo allegedly poured tens of millions of dollars into the Clinton Foundation.
Hillary Clinton was at the center of these efforts author Peter Schweizer argues. Of the 28 US, European and Russian companies that participated in Skolkovo, 17 of them were Clinton Foundation donors or sponsored speeches by former President Bill Clinton, Schweizer told The NY Post.
<><> Hillary presented the flawed "reset button" to Russia in 2009.
<><> Circa 2010--Ex-Pres Clinton has NO official US govt position---just a tax-exempt foundation----is in Moscow
having a laugh w/ Putin. Bill also got a $500,000 speaking fee in Moscow.
<><> A Jan 2014 document shows that Hillary's campaign chair, John Podesta, transferred more than 25,000 of 75,000 shares in a Russian company to Leonidio Holdings LLC, an address listed as his daughter Megan Rouses Shannon Court home in Dublin. Rouse operates Megan Rouse Financial Planning from that same address.
Circa 2010--Ex-Pres Clinton in Moscow doing his hokey hillbilly act for Putin as strategic US uranium deposits
were sold off to Russia for Big Bucks facilitated by Obama and Secy Clinton. Bill globe-trotted to set up the deal.
NOTE: Bill had no official US govt duties---just a tax-exempt foundation.
"Hahahaha. Well, ah'll be ding donged. Aint that a pig in a poke, as they say in Arkansas."
"Obama and Hillary worried about US ntl security? Hahahaha. You gotta be kidding, Vlad."
Can a case be made that the Mueller chasing shadows for two years has had an adverse effect of the President’s administration of nation’s business?? By soaking up large amounts of energy and resources the President has been seriously hampered in doing the work of the office in which the people elected him to do. I am mad as hell about it. What about it folks??
EXCERPT The taxpayer financed-Skolkovo Scandal
While serving as secretary of state, Clinton oversaw a program meant to reset relations with Moscow and improve ties. The program centered around the Russian city of Skolkovo near Moscow with the stated aim of identifying areas of cooperation and pursuing joi nt projects and actions that strengthen strategic stability, international security, economic well-being, and the development of ties between the American and Russian people.
Hillary's State Dept program transformed Skolkovo into a technology hub akin to a Silicon Valley. Sensitive American technology was transferred to the Russians, substantially enhancing their military and cyber capabilities. The US Army and the FBI concluded that Russia had exploited the program for military applications. The FBI warned American technology companies doing business in Skolkovo that the Skolkovo project was a means by which the Russians would acquire dual use technologies and apply them for military ends. According to investigative author Peter Schweizer, Russian and American companies and individuals involved in the Skolkovo fiasco had major financial ties to the Clintons.
Moreover, during the Russian reset period, those entities provided the Clintons with tens of millions of dollars in the form of contributions to the Clinton Foundation, paid for speeches by Bill Clinton, or investments in small start-up companies with deep Clinton ties.
PROOF POSITIVE THAT OBAMA KNEW
Obamas CYA maneuver of January 3, 2017-the signing of NSA Data-Sharing Order Section 2.3 by AG Lynch is the coupe detat to blow out The Deep State. Obamas after-the-fact ex/order contains some unusual language particularly the convoluted language WRT The Strategic Delay of Section 2.3 of Obamas Executive Order 12333:
NOTE WELL: Prior to the formal signing of Section 2.3, greater latitude ALREADY existed within the White House in regards to collection of information especially in relation to the Trump Campaign. However, once signed, Section 2.3 granted broad latitude to inter-agency sharing of information.
But by the time Obamas new executive order was signed on January 3, 2017, all that information was already in the possession of Obama White House.
Thus, Susan Rices January 20, 2017 email to herself takes on an even greater significance b/c no one was ever supposed to know about the REAL meaning of Obamas retroactive CYA.....until Rice stupidly laid it all out in an official email.
When Susan Rice stupidly wrote a CYA memo to herself, she inadvertently confessed to a series of crimes that added the time line and inferences about what the outgoing Obama administration illegally concealed from incoming President Trump and his aides. CYA memos are rarely a good idea. Most often, they reveal things the author never intendedala Susan Rices now-infamous email to herself.
WHY SUSAN RICE WROTE AN EMAIL TO HERSELF........the extraordinary email Obamas National Security Advisor Susan Rice wrote to herself at 12:15 on January 20, 2017........within minutes of President Trumps inauguration must have been her last act, more or less, before she vacated the White House. So obviously the email was important to her. But why would it be important to send an email to herself (the only person copied was one of her aides)? If you read the email, along with Senator Grassleys letter to Rice, it is obvious that it is a CYA memo. But the question is, whose A is being Cd?
Most attention, so far, has focused on the first two paragraphs of the email, which describe a meeting that occurred around two weeks earlier. The participants included
<><> Sally Yateswho turns up like a bad penny whenever skulduggery is afoot
Rice made sure to underscore that Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities by the book. Rice writes Obama stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.
This is pure boilerplate.
It represents, obviously, the company line. But Rice did not
write her email to cover Barack Obamas rear end. If she or anyone else had wanted to document the claim that Obama said to proceed by the book, the appropriate course would have been an official memo that copied others who were present and would have gone into the file. (My guess is that such a memo was written, but we havent seen it.)
The important part of the email is not the paragraph that purports to exonerate Obama, but the paragraphs that follow: From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.
The next paragraph of the email remains classified and has been redacted. The email concludes:
The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would.
CONCLUSION Why did Susan Rice send herself an email purporting to document this part of the meeting? Because she was Cing her own A. Rice was nervous about the fact that, at the presidents direction, she had failed to share information fully as it relates to Russia with President Trumps incoming national security team.
Her actions violated longstanding American tradition. Outgoing administrations have always cooperated in the transition to a new administration, whether of the same or the opposing party, especially on matters relating to national security.
Susan Rice is far from the brightest bulb on the tree, but she was well aware that by concealing facts ostensibly relating to national security from her counterpart in the new administrationGeneral Michael Flynnshe was, at a minimum, violating longstanding civic norms.
If she actually lied to Flynn, she could have been accused of much worse. So Rice wanted to be able to retrieve her email, if she found herself in a sticky situation, and tell the world that she hid relevant facts about Russia from the new administration on Barack Obamas orders.
What were the secrets that Obama wanted to keep from the new administration? We can easily surmise that the fact that the Steele memo was paid for by the Democratic Party; that the FBI had to some degree collaborated with Steele; that the Clinton campaign had fed some of the fake news in the dossier to Steele; and that Comeys FBI had used Steeles fabrications as the basis for FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign were among the facts that Obama and his minions didnt want Michael Flynn and Donald Trump to know. Susan Rice, we can infer, was told to keep these secrets, and if anyone ever asked why she had failed to disclose them to Michael Flynn and others on Trumps team, or even lied to those people, she would have the defense that President Obama ordered her to do it.
There may be more to it than this. The redacted paragraph likely contains more information about what it was that Rice wasnt supposed to tell the Trump team. One of these days, we will learn what was blacked out.
The fact that Michael Flynn was Susan Rices counterpart in the incoming administration may also be significant. We know that the FBI agents who interviewed General Flynneven Peter Strzok!reported that they didnt think he had lied about anything. And yet, Obamas DOJ and Bob Muellers investigationbasically a continuation of Obamas corrupt Department of Justice under another, less accountable namepersecuted Flynn to the point where he finally pled guilty to a single count of lying to the FBI in order, as he says, to end the madness and the financial drain.
Why were the Democrats so determined to discredit General Flynn?
Perhaps because they wanted to pre-empt any outrage that may otherwise have followed on revelations that the Obama administrations National Security Advisor hid important facts from her successor during the transition, and may have lied to him about those facts, in violation of all American tradition.
Trump has two options—
A very large special counsel headed up by Joe DiGenova or military tribunals. America is headed into a 1000 years of darkness if something is not done quickly
I heard Joe on WMAL this morning. They asked if he would take the AG job if offered and he said “in a New York minute”.
I did too. Joe knows what’s going on at the DOJ and NONE of it is good. The radical left are in complete control of the DOJ and the rest of our administrative state. And they’re not only defying the POTUS, they’re running a coup against him out of the DOJ.
What a country, eh?
Good series of posts by Liz. In the entire Washington DC Metro Area Trump is about the only one not in bed with Russia, not to mention China, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, and Qatar.
John Podesta, the Clintons’ brain and fixer, was a Russian lobbyist. The Russians poured money into his bank account, for what, exactly?
Fusion GPS was simultaneously on contract with DNC and Russia. This allowed Russians, DNC, and FBI to come and go at their building with reasonable deniability. Of course, if you’re also in bed with FBI, who else do you need to hide it from? The infamous Russian Lawyer who targeted the Trumps was Fusion GPS, brought in by Obama’s DOJ.
Since Steele was supposedly paid six figures for his signature on the “dossier”, and Fusion was paid $9 million, where did the rest of the money go? And the Russian funds received... again, for what exactly?... whose pockets did it wind up in?
And then, of course, the Clintons themselves, receiving nose-bleed-inducing levels of bribes in return for a series of decisions benefiting Russia.
Now, Democrats like to point out that Uranium One required signatures from 8 or 9 other bureaucrats, which is true. But aside from Clinton, the others were all Obama hacks who would do as they were told. The only one who really mattered was Obama himself.
And in the end, despite what we say about Clinton, Uranium One was Obama’s deal. He was president. So, I always wonder, did Obama share in the $145 million laundered through the Clinton Foundation, or did he have his own pot of money?
Trump has another option. He should appoint a Presidential Commission on DOJ/FBI Corruption that would have much of the investigation already done by the House Intelligence Committee. The HIC’s investigation has already forced the demotions, retirements and firings of DOJ/FBI officials so their legitimacy is already established. But the best attribute a Commission would have would be a more bi-partisan shield. And I would nominate Joe DiGenova to head the Commission.
I actually question how much Steele had to do with the “dossier”. Its useful for us to pretend to believe he wrote it with Russian help, because that is prima facia proof the DNC was “colluding” with Russia.
But just as likely they (Fusion or other Clinton hacks) wrote it themselves, and then just paid Steele to sign it and defend it for two reasons. First, his credentials as MI6 lent it credibility, and second, it shielded them from responsibility for it. Everything they say and do is designed to protect them from perjury charges.
Steele refuses to stand behind it, he says “its raw intelligence, who knows if its true”... and the supposed Russian sources have to be protected... their lives are in danger!!
Russian sources are only necessary if the information is true. If it is fiction, then no Russians are needed, except as patsies to avoid perjury charges.
Fusion refused to stand behind it, pointing at Steele, who pointed at Russia.
I don’t think any of it is true. And they are all in bed with Russia even without Steele’s non-existent sources.
Another tie to Russia is Steele, who worked for Oleg Deripaska. But even Deripaska refused to stand behind the “dossier”. But Steele was on his payroll.
Like I say, in the entire metro area, Trump is the only one who wasn’t on Russia’s payroll.
Conspiracr to overthrow the government is obstruction of governance
The conspiracy is very broad and incldes everybody from secretaries to the deputy assistant assistant to adam schiff
(smirk).....so many ways to answer that. Here's one........
Then-F/L Michele, her mother and daughters in the Moroccan palace.
Look at that smile----Obama gave her $100 million tax dollars----"to teach Muslim girls in Morocco." (OUCH)
AND GET THIS: The $100 mill is to be held by the Obama Foundation, to be doled out when necessary (cue laugh machine here).
NOTE WELL: The $100 million "for Muslim girls" came out of the Millenium Challenge Fund at the State Dept----Hillary's fave slush fund.
ACTION NOW: Demand the books be opened-----taxpayers demand to know where the Millenium funds are going.
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