Post by billbowden Post by rumpelstiltskin Post by arthur wouk
Democratic senator Dick Durbin has questioned the timing of
President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey, saying it
raises concerns as to whether the FBI investigation of Russian
interference in the last presidential campaign will be
compromised as a result.
Does anybody actually believe those morning-mist stories
about "Russian interference" in the US election anymore,
especially considering how routinely and how casually
we're lied to by the "classified" government?
I supported Marine LePen in the recent French election,
so I suppose that means I was a "foreign influence" on
the French election.
As far as I know, the whole thing is about secret Clinton emails brought to
light by Russian hacking. What's wrong with that? If the establishment won't
give us the facts, we can get them from other sources, assuming it's not
fake news. But that's easy to prove. . .
You seem confused. There are two issues. The issue of Clinton emails
has been brewing for a long time and was brought to light by the
Benghazi committee. This was about Clinton keeping her email
correspondence on a private server. Subsequent investigation found that
there were a few emails that, after the fact, were determined to contain
classified information. Ten days before the election, the FBI
discovered copies of some of the Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner's
laptop, presumably because his wife, an assistant to Clinton, used that
laptop to print out copies of emails to give to Clinton. It was later
announced that there was no emails that had not been examined before on
that laptop, but there has been a lot of controversy about Comey
releasing that information and biasing the result of the election. No
Russian hacking was involved.
A separate FBI investigation was focused on Russian hacking of the email
account of the Democratic National Committee website to acquire
information about Bernie Sander's campaign, especially financial and
donor information. John Podesta, campaign manager for Clinton, also had
his gmail account hacked. It is claimed that the Russians did this and
leaked the information as a planned effort to either help Trump or to
discredit Clinton or both. This issue is further complicated because
NSA regularly monitors contact with foreign agents and discovered that
several members of the Trump campaign had been in contact with Russian
intelligence agents. They evidently recorded some of these phone
conversations. This leads to the suspicion that there was collusion
between the Trump campaign and the Russians resulting in release of
hacked information at critical points in the campaign.
The investigation into collusion with the Russians has since uncovered
financial dealings between members of the Trump organization and
campaign that are sufficiently troubling to have encouraged the FBI to
begin the process of convening grand juries to decide if there was
criminal activity. Comey requested more resources to pursue this
investigation. These revelation by Comey last week appear to have been
the motivation for Trump to fire him (although that is not the reason
that Trump cited). The Washington Post disclosed yesterday that they
had obtained information from 30 officials at the White House, the
Justice Department, the FBI and on Capital Hill that Comey was fired
because of his pursuit of Trump organization collusion with the Russians.
All of this has nothing to do with Clinton emails, but the Republicans
keep wanting to distract people with that red herring.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is leaking like a sieve, either
because they cannot get their stories straight or because people are
covering ass. Parallels are being drawn to the Nixon Saturday Night