Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Accusations and Investigations Looking for an Undefinable Crime

 Prior to Trump becoming President, he like many Presidents before him reached out to other countries and their leaders so they could understand what positions and policies they would have to contend with. This is not any attempt to usurp the authority of the President, it is simply taking advantage of the 2 months between the election and swearing in of a new President.  These so called back channel network are very common (what to you think the Russian "red phone" is?), it's very likely Obama had one to Russia, the UN, Germany, Saudi Arabia (and quite probably Iran for his secret treaty negotiations) as Obama was probably the most secretive and leak paranoid President the US has ever had). There is no ethical or criminal violation of the law, as there only purpose is to screen out Intelligence players to prevent the leaks that have become so prevalent. It is the speculated nefarious purposes of such a network (even though it appears it was never followed through with) from the secretive informants, that is the fake news. Obviously there has been an avalanche of  fake news, many of which have been debunked, including the Russian (golden shower) dossier, that Comey asked for more resources for his investigation from DOJ before we has fired by Trump, which was debunked by then Deputy Secretary of the FBI, Andrew McCabe; and it is “Totally false,” from DOJ spokesman Ian Prior and from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "I want to address the media claims that the FBI asked for additional resources for the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. I'm not aware of any such request. (Comey would have needed to go to Congress for more resources, not DOJ). Speaking of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, unnamed sources said he wanted to resign as a result of Trump saying he based the firing of Comey based on his uncomplimentary report; something Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also denied.

There is also fake news from again "unidentified sources" that the FBI investigation  into Russian interference was zeroing in on Trump; again a named source, Andrew McCabe told Trump the media coverage of the FBI investigation was very overstated or a fabrication; Trump also said then FBI head Comey told him he was not a subject of their investigation, something Comey has not denied.

The media is now directing an attempted coup to to try and remove President Trump, using the same tactics and have the same goals they accused the Russians of; the goals are to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, and denigrate Trump. Not to be burdened down with responsible reporting (during the Nixon investigation, the Washington demanded that all the information be verified by at least three people, who where both named and quoted; today it is any information from unnamed sources or not, that is designed to show collusion between Trump and Russia. The media then reports this unverified information as factual (accept for a disclaimer buried in the article that that  no evidence has been found the shows any collusion between Trump and Russia).  Not only that, the media can not even even describe what is was the Russians needed from Trump, to aid them with their so called "interference" in the 2016 election; it's not as if Trump could supply the Russians with intelligence they didn't already have or help with hacking computers or even increase access to social media; nothing that the media has claimed led to the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election. In other words we are dealing with the media claiming nefarious actions by Trump, but they still can't explain what Trump brought to the table with his so called collusion (or example of what Trump could have possibly done to aid the Russians in hacking the election), nor can they even define how the collusion would have resulted in the loss of the election. The result is accusations and investigations looking for an undefinable crime. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Left's Hatred of Trump, Hypocrisy and Lies Now Threatens US National Security

The left continues with it's wishful thinking. The FBI is investigating the possibility that Russia interfered with the Presidential election, not Trump. After 10 months the FBI have found no evidence of any collusion between Trump and the Russians, so much so that both McCabe and Comey have said the FBI is not even investigating Trump at this time. Further the reports that Comey had asked for additional resources from DOJ for his FBI investigation is once again the result of leaks from unnamed "congressional officers". Those directly involved, while those directly involved Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and then Deputy FBI Director McMabe have said not only did this absolutely not happen, but there would have been no reason for Comey going to DOJ for more resources, becasue congress is who could give the FBI more money or resources, not DOJ. Further there was as a report by anonymous sources that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein threatened to quit when Trump said Comey's firing was based on his letter; something Rosenstein vehemently denied.

So the question is, why would Trump be accused of obstruction of justice of an investigation he is no longer a party to? Further, even the Democrats have demonized Comey and have called for his ouster. Yes, it sounds questionable that Comey was fired regarding his handling of Hillary Clinton's criminal behavior. but that really doesn't matter becasue Comey simply wasn't doing his job and needed to go. It's also intellectually dishonest to suppose that if Comey was fired, an FBI investigation would be compromised, as if Comey was an independent prosecutor, not an administrator of an investigative organization that will continue to follow through with whatever it is doing regardless of who is charge. IOW, it's not as if Comey has information that is not the result of the FBI personnel that actually does the investigation.

There is also the recent information about Comey's notes with the Michael Flynn investigation and the obvious spin by the Democrats.

"According to the director’s notes, Comey did not respond directly to the president’s entreaties, only agreeing with Trump’s assertion that Flynn “is a good guy.’’ The notes also described how the president said that he wanted to see reporters in jail for leaks and expressed his dissatisfaction with what he viewed as the FBI’s inaction in pursuing whoever leaked , according to Comey associates." 

 Once again no one has seen these notes, the information is coming from more (or perhaps the same) anonymous sources.  Trump was telling Comey to concentrate on the leaks more than Flynn's actions (nothing of which has been determined to be illegal), but in no way was this proof that Trump was pressuring Comey to end the inquiry into Flynn. It should alos be noted that if Comey believed we was be pressured to stop his investigation of Flynn, he would be mandated to report the offense to the DOJ. The idea that Trump has some how tried to obstruct Comey in his investigation is also contrary to Comey's sworn testimony in March.

 “So if the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation? ..."Has it happened?"” Hirono asked.

Not in my experience,” Comey responded.

This is 2 two months after the dinner between Comey and Trump, where Trump allegedly tried to get Comey to stop his investigation on Flynn.

It's no different than the fact that Trump compared information with the Russians about ISIS bomb makers; it's as if WP has forgot we are at war with ISIS, not Russia. First you have the Washington Post (WP) claiming Trump gave the Russians classified intelligence information, when 1) the President can decide what information can be declassified and 2) even though it may have been technically classified, the information was already in the public domain and according to the very well respected H.R. McMaster and National Security Advisor to Trump, "denied that Trump had revealed the intelligence sources and methods used to glean this information. But when asked by a reporter on Tuesday whether Trump revealed the city from which the ISIS plot was detected, McMaster replied that what Trump discussed with the Russians about the Islamic State "was nothing you would not know from open-source reporting...All of you are familiar with the threat from ISIS," McMaster said on Tuesday. "All of you are very familiar with the territory it controls. If you were to say, 'Hey, from where do you think a threat might come, from territory that ISIS controls,' you would probably be able to name a few cities...It had all to do with operations that were already ongoing and had been made public for months," he said.

McMaster also said the WP printing leaked information from an intelligence meeting between the US and Russian intelligence personnel has done more damage to US national security and the trust of other countries sharing intelligence with the US, than anything Trump might have said. These intelligence agencies need to know that their conversations with the President will not end up on the Front Page of a newspaper the next day. What has become obvious is the lefts hatred of Trump overshadows US National Security.