Hillary Clinton personally signed off on the Russiagate farce to distract attention from her email scandal, according to a Russian intelligence analysis that was obtained by U.S. intelligence agencies in July 2016.
That is the bombshell allegation that National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe has just dropped on the Senate Judiciary Committee, with the first presidential debate just a few hours away and with former FBI director James Comey scheduled to testify before that Committee tomorrow morning.
Ratcliffe’s letter to Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R., N.C.) asserts that in late July 2016, American intelligence agencies “obtained insight” into an analysis by Russian spies, which alleged that Democratic “U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a plan to stir up a scandal” against her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. The plan involved “tying [Trump] to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee.”
Let’s put this information in context.
Mrs. Clinton was cleared of criminal charges in a July 5, 2016, press conference by then-director Comey. This prompted outrage over whether the Obama administration had distorted the criminal law applicable to mishandling classified information in order to give Clinton a pass. The email scandal would dog Clinton throughout the campaign.
On July 25, less than three weeks after the Comey press conference, the 2016 Democratic National Convention began in Philadelphia. Just three days earlier, on July 22, the hacked DNC emails began being published. By that point, former British spy Christopher Steele had been commissioned by the Clinton campaign (through a lawyer for the campaign and the DNC) to compile research tying Trump to Russia. Steele ran a London-based private intelligence business, whose clients include Russian oligarchs. Moreover, as I detailed in my column over the weekend, in compiling the dossier, Steele relied heavily on Igor Danchenko, a man the FBI investigated in 2009-10 on suspicion that he was a Russian spy.
Days after the hacked DNC emails began being published, Steele generated a dossier report alleging that Trump was in “a well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” with “Russian leadership.” The “evidence of extensive conspiracy between Trump’s campaign team and [the] Kremlin,” Steele claimed, included the hacking and publication of DNC emails: “[T]the Russian regime had been behind the recent leak of embarrassing e-mail messages, emanating from the [DNC] to the WikiLeaks platform.” This “operation,” Steele maintained, “had the full knowledge and support of Trump and senior members of his campaign team.” In exchange, Trump had purportedly committed both to downplay Russian intervention in Ukraine and raise American defense commitments to NATO as campaign issues.
Further, Steele ludicrously claimed that Trump had “moles within the DNC and hackers in the US as well as outside in Russia.” On the Trump side, Steele added, the conspiracy was “managed” by Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, who was purportedly using campaign adviser Carter Page as an intermediary.
This story was absurd, through and through.
Only the ignorant, the coconspirators and those practicing sedition believed and supported the Steele dossier.
@Randy C Fritz: Relying on the Steele dossier was an act of desperation.
@Deplorable Me: Yes and I believe I should have gone to bed instead of watching part of the Biden fiasco.
it is called sedition, and treason. did you see that creepy joe was wearing a wire?
@MOS#8541: Where is that treasonous greggie the rock this morning.?
@Randy: Mainlining MSLSD and CNN for talking points for his inane posts.
@kitt: I often forward them to friends for laughs. His posts continue to reinforce the idea that the left is totally out of control and their intelligence levels are quite low. All of these lefty college graduates have degrees that qualify them for little except protesting for causes for which they do not know the issues. greggie the rock has become a daily joke among my slew of friends. If I do not forward greggie’s comments, they actually ask me for the joke of the day!
I have a leftist friend who spent almost $300K sending her daughter to a tony Ivy League university where the kid majored in “Women’s studies” and now she wonders why her daughter can’t find a job anywhere. #l, why did her daughter have to attend a tony university to learn how to be a girl? So they are stuck with a mid twenties kid living at home with nothing to do but go on the internet and seek out the most radical groups in existence. My response? Well, duh!!!
@retire05: Well, that situation represents the mentality of the left. The thoughts of how they will make a living is not a consideration when they chose a specific educational tract. The only thing left is to participate in peaceful protests where they burn down the businesses where people with real skills work.