US Russian saga continues

The drip feed of information about possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign continues, but more is emerging about unsatisfactory FBI handling of issues over Hillary Clinton as well.

CNN  Exclusive: Email shows effort to give Trump campaign WikiLeaks documents

Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.

The September 4 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race — on the same day that Trump Jr. first tweeted about WikiLeaks and Clinton.>

“WIKILEAKS: Hillary Clinton Sent THOUSANDS of Classified Cables Marked “(C)” for Confidential,” he tweeted, sharing a story from the Gateway Pundit, a conservative, pro-Trump website.

The email came two months after the hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee were made public and one month before WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked emails. It arrived less than three weeks before WikiLeaks itself messaged Trump Jr. and began an exchange of direct messages on Twitter.

Trump Jr. told investigators he had no recollection of the September email.

Meanwhile from Washington Examiner: Dossier author was in contact with Obama Justice Department:

It’s been 10 months since Washington learned that former British spy Christopher Steele, author of the so-called “Trump dossier,” took the Hillary Clinton-funded opposition research document to the FBI, which considered sponsoring the anti-Trump work at the height of the 2016 presidential campaign. Now, congressional investigators have made what is perhaps an even more consequential discovery: Knowledge of the dossier project, during the campaign, extended into the highest levels of the Obama Justice Department.

The department’s Bruce Ohr, a career official, served as associate deputy attorney general at the time of the campaign. That placed him just below the deputy attorney general, Sally Yates, who ran the day-to-day operations of the department. In 2016, Ohr’s office was just steps away from Yates, who was later fired for defying President Trump’s initial travel ban executive order and still later became a prominent anti-Trump voice upon leaving the Justice Department.

Unbeknownst to investigators until recently, Ohr knew Steele and had repeated contacts with Steele when Steele was working on the dossier. Ohr also met after the election with Glenn Simpson, head of Fusion GPS, the opposition research company that was paid by the Clinton campaign to compile the dossier.

Word that Ohr met with Steele and Simpson, first reported by Fox News’ James Rosen and Jake Gibson, was news to some current officials in the Justice Department. Shortly after learning it, they demoted Ohr, taking away his associate deputy attorney general title and moving him full time to another position running the department’s organized crime drug enforcement task forces.

The news also stunned some of those who had been investigating the matter. Yes, they knew that knowledge of the dossier extended to some officials in the FBI. That was bad enough; how could the FBI endorse and consider underwriting one campaign’s dirt-digging operation in the middle of a hotly contested election? But now investigators know that nearly the highest levels of the Obama Justice Department were also aware of the dossier.

Investors Business Daily: Did A Corrupt FBI Give Hillary Clinton A Free Pass? Sure Looks Like It

Until August 31, 2016, with the presidential election in full swing, former FBI director James Comey gave the impression that he hadn’t arrived at his decision to let Clinton off the hook until after he had all the facts.

But in late August we learned that, in fact, Comey and his team began drafting his get-out-of-jail-free statement for Clinton in April — right around the time President Obama publicly declared Clinton innocent of any crimes, and well before the FBI had interviewed dozens of key witnesses, including Clinton herself.

Then, in early November, we learned that an early draft of that memo had accused Clinton of being “grossly negligent” in handling classified material because she used an unsecured private email server while Secretary of State.

At some point during the editing process of that memo, “grossly negligent” became “extremely careless,” which is how Comey put it in the final version.

The change was monumental. The criminal statute regarding mishandling classified material specifically cites “gross negligence” as a violation of the law, even if there is no intent involved. Had that language remained, Comey’s claim that “no reasonable prosecutor” would take the Clinton email case would have been laughable.

So changing the language was obviously meant to clear the path for letting Clinton off the hook, whatever the facts might be.

This week, the other shoe in the memo story dropped, when it was reported that Peter Strzok had made that particular edit.

Strzok, for those who don’t know, had been kicked off the Trump/Russia investigation this summer — a fact we also only learned about in the past few days — after it turned out that he’d been sending anti-Trump, pro-Hillary texts to an FBI colleague.

So the key person who made a material change in a memo exonerating Clinton was a big Clinton supporter and a Trump hater.

The US looks badly broken, with no sign of a fix.

33 Comments

  1. David

     /  December 9, 2017

    And still absolutely no evidence that Trump colluded with Russia or for that matter that Russia had any influence.
    Meullers investigation is looking really compromised and you have to ask when your given the most political of assignments you stack your investigating teams with Hilary donors, Hilary supporters, lawyer who have represented Hilary and now it turns out even the FBI investigators were boots and all in with Clinton.
    So far after 10 months we have Manafort charged with stuff done years before Trump, a Greek fella who lied to the FBI and then it comes to Flynn who was fired for lying is charged with lying. Now if Meuller is going to charge Flynn and have him as a witness you would have thought the last thing you would want to charge him with is lying cos liars dont make good prosecution witnesses.

    • And still absolutely hardly anything revealed by the investigation about what information they have, which is a normal and prudent situation.

      They could have nothing – or they could have a stack of incriminating evidence and testimony. There’s no way of us knowing at this stage.

      • wackAmole

         /  December 9, 2017

        “which is a normal and prudent situation.”

        There is nothing normal or prudent about this investigation. Its stacked fill of “Im With Her” swamp creatures gunning for the populist leader who represents everything that Globalists fear and hate.

        • Gezza

           /  December 9, 2017

          It’s no necessarily a bad thing if the populist leader is a moron with a 5 second attention span, a stupid mouth, a spoilt child’s personality, & an easy susceptibility to flattery.

          • wackAmole

             /  December 9, 2017

            If that were true, he would be a man after your own heart.

            • Gezza

               /  December 9, 2017

              Wrong again. My attention span is longer than 5 seconds, Ieven if yours isn’t, I’m not a child, & I’m not so susceptible to flattery such as yours, which, as flattery goes, you still need to do more work on, imo.

      • MaureenW

         /  December 9, 2017

        They’re too busy at the moment sorting out their own corrupt investigation team

  2. Gezza

     /  December 9, 2017

    The Dems would be better off going after Trump for deliberately stoking the fires of hatred & violence in the Middle East over Palestine, letting himself be manipulated by the execrable land-stealing Bibi, his own equally insidious son-in-law & daughter, & the wealthy American Zionist cabal, & the military contractors who profit from the Iaraelis & who buy & own Congress. But they can’t – because they’re just as bought as the Republican on this issue.

    Going after Jared is worthwhile.

    • David

       /  December 9, 2017

      It doesnt matter where the embassy is the whole thing is an excuse for Trump haters and middle east stirrers to kick off. Note they didnt fire up when St Obama said the same thing.

      • Gezza

         /  December 9, 2017

        Obama & all his precessors are just as bought by the lobbies I refer to above as Trump. When did Obama say the same thing as Trump?

        • Conspiratoor

           /  December 9, 2017

          Obama dithers, Trump acts. Are you beginning to see a pattern here?

          “President Barack Obama on Thursday delayed for another six months a plan approved by Congress in 1995 to shift the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem”

          • Gezza

             /  December 9, 2017

            Ah … so he didn’t say the same thing as Trump, he just quietly applied the usual common-sense Pesidential brake on the US & Israeli Zionists’ endless attempts thru bought Representatives to avoid stoking up murder & mayhem in Palestine.

          • You’re missing quite a bit of the picture.

            President Clinton, President Bush and President Obama all exercised the Presidential Waver due to concerns about what the move might provoke.

            How Palestinians, Israel and the Arab world acts now in response is important for the Middle East, and what Trump does with the mess he has created.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  December 9, 2017

              And you are missing an unpleasant reality that ‘President Clinton, President Bush and President Obama’ are all abject failures in their feeble attempts to bring a lasting peace to this region. Trump will undoubtedly stoke the flames but with his support Israel will extinguish them …by force if necessary

            • Trump may succeed where al before him have failed. But the overwhelming odds are he won’t. I’ll be very pleasantly surprised if he manages to improve things.

              Doing things by force haven’t turned out very well so far.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  December 9, 2017

              Doing things by negotiating with terrorists haven’t turned out too well either. And to be fair Trump has only used force in one conflict thus far, and that was used to up the ante against ISIS. I don’t see too many towns still under their control

            • Gezza

               /  December 9, 2017

              I see Iraqis & Syrian Kurds clearing the towns of ISIS, not Trump or US troops. And they started those assaults under Obama.

              As for negotiating with terrorists, they persistently arm, agree with and/& go along with the illegal & occupation activities of the Israeli government terrorists, thus contributing to the chaos, to the obvious glee & satisfaction of the Christian fundamentalists & Zionists among & within them. I don’t mind you deluding yourself that America has been an honest broker in negotiating “peace deals” in Palestine, but please don’t try and delude others. The US has never been an honest broker in this conflict.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  December 9, 2017

              Accusing others of delusion is a weak tactic my friend …one that might wind others up but not I

              “I see Iraqis & Syrian Kurds clearing the towns of ISIS, not Trump or US troops. And they started those assaults under Obama.”

              Agreed …so do I. And your point is?

            • Gezza

               /  December 9, 2017

              Obama upped the ante against ISIS. Trump just ordered the firing of dozens of cruise missiles (one an expensive dud) at a Syrian Air Force Base.

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  December 9, 2017

            What we learned from trump being a man-of-action about Jerusalem:

            – He is desperate to hold onto his so-called Christian fundamentalist base, who unquestioningly support Israel

            – His interest in ‘the ultimate deal’ between Palestine and Israel is non-existent

            – He has no regard for the opinions of the U.S.’s closest allies

            – His knowledge of international law is limited

            – He has no regard for the safety of U.S. personnel abroad

            – His understanding of the complexities of the Middle East are far beyond his interest or ability to comprehend, and

            – His belief in human rights is selective

        • MaureenW

           /  December 9, 2017

          He said it here, along with Bill Clinton and George W

          • Gezza

             /  December 9, 2017

            Thanks Maureen. That only reaffirms my statements that all US Presidents & Congress have been bought by wealthy US Zionists & their supporters. But they have had the sense to know the dangers of actually giving in to them. Joe Bloggs accurately sums up above what’s wrong with Trump’s announcement.

            • MaureenW

               /  December 9, 2017

              You’ve got to be kidding – the Iraq invasion was about what exactly?

            • Gezza

               /  December 9, 2017

              If I was kidding there’d have been a smiley face emoji. Iraq is a different issue to Palestine.Take it to OF if you want to have a crank up on that one.

            • Gezza

               /  December 9, 2017

              In fact to be fair I won’t continue about Palestine here either – the only link to Russia investigation is that Jared’s in the frame there & becos of his being an agent of Bibi I’m happy for him to get screwed over in the Mueller investigation.

  3. MaureenW

     /  December 9, 2017

    CNN said …… Lol

  4. MaureenW

     /  December 9, 2017

    CBS said …

  5. MaureenW

     /  December 9, 2017

    The good thing about the Meuller investigation is that it’s uncovering the corruption from the previous administration – bit of a own goal.
    http://thehill.com/homenews/media/363746-fox-legal-analyst-jarrett-mueller-investigation-illegitimate-and-corrupt

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 9, 2017

    Inside the Mueller investigation: the Obama swamp animals hunting Trump and protecting themselves:
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/obstruction-of-congress-1512691791

  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 9, 2017

    Trump wins again, Progressives despair:
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/commentary-trumps-good-fortune/