I Told You Long Ago, Hillary’s Team Helped Fabricate the Trump Russia Collusion Lie by Larry C Johnson

Hillary and Putin

I hope you are sitting down and prepared to go into shock. Breaking news–"“In late July 2016, US intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against US Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the DNC." If you are not a regular reader of SST, yes, you will be shocked. But for you old timers, you already knew this.

Yes. I am taking another well earned victory lap. I was the first to write about this. You can find my piece here (published on 6 May 2019). Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe gave Senator Lindsey Graham a letter today detailing recently declassified intelligence outlining the Clinton Campaign's effort to manufacture a collusion narrative featuring Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Here's the letter:

Ratcliffe Letter to Lindsey Graham

Ratcliffe's letter, which is based on information obtained by the CIA, states that Hillary decided on 26 July 2016 to launch the Russia/Trump strategem. But the CIA was mistaken. The Clinton effort started in 2015–December 2015 to be precise.


Thanks to Wikileaks, we have a copy of an email exchange between Hillary's Campaign Manager, John Podesta and longtime Democratic operative Brent Budowsky talking about how Hillary should take on The Donald. Budowski tells Podesta:

Best approach is to slaughter Donald for his bromance with Putin, but not go too far betting on Putin re Syria.”

This was more then opposition research by Hillary's campaign. It entailed an extensive weaponization of U.S. and foreign law enforcement and intelligence assets that set out to identify and target members of Trump's campaign who could be used to feed the Russian collusion meme.  Hillary, for example, had a powerful and dangerous ally in a London firm comprised of former MI6 assets–Hakluyt:

there was a second, even more powerful and mysterious opposition research and intelligence firm lurking about with significant political and financial links to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her 2016 campaign for president against Donald Trump.

Meet London-based Hakluyt & Co., founded by three former British intelligence operatives in 1995 to provide the kind of otherwise inaccessible research for which select governments and Fortune 500 corporations pay huge sums. . . .

Hakluyt is described by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Henry Williams as “one of the more secretive firms within the corporate investigations world” and as “a retirement home for ex-MI6 [British foreign intelligence] officers, but it now also recruits from the worlds of management consultancy and banking … ”

It is no mere coincidence that Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, who was credited by the FBI as serving up the predicate to launch the investigation into George Papadopolous, also was closely tied to the Clinton Foundation and funneling Austailian money to the Clinton's. Back in 2006, Downer was Australia’s Foreign Minister  when he and Bill Clinton signed a $25 million Memorandum of Understanding, marking the first round of Australian taxpayer donations to the Clinton Foundation. 

The timing of Alexander Downer's "sudden concern" about Papadopolous is very suspect. Downer waited two months before informing US authorities about Papadopoulus's alleged drunken bragging about the Trump team working with the Russians to get Hillary. But why wait two months? Should we take it as nothing more than this being a coincidence with the fact that Hillary at the same time approved an effort by her campaign to tie Trump to Russia in order to divert attention from her email scandal. The alleged Russian hacking of DNC emails was front-page news around the world by June 15. Why did it take Downer four more weeks to comprehend the dire implications of Papadopoulus's intoxicated ramblings? Papadopoulos disputes Downer's account. Yet, per Mueller, this was one more event justifying the Russian interference meme.

It was Downer who told the FBI of Papodopoulos’ comments, which became one of the “driving factors that led the FBI to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russia’s attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trump’s associates conspired,” The Times reported.

Downer, a long-time Aussie chum of Bill and Hillary Clinton, had been on Hakluyt’s advisory board since 2008. Officially, he had to resign his Hakluyt role in 2014, but his informal connections continued uninterrupted, the News Corp. Australian Network reported in a January 2016 exclusive:

But it can be revealed Mr. Downer has still been attending client conferences and gatherings of the group, including a client cocktail soirée at the Orangery at Kensington Palace a few months ago.

His attendance at that event is understood to have come days after he also attended a two-day country retreat at the invitation of the group, which has been involved in a number of corporate spy scandals in recent times.

The Clinton Plot, aided and abetted by the CIA and the FBI, to destroy Donald Trump continues to chug along. But it is no longer avoiding scrutiny. The truth is coming out, albeit slowly. But this latest revelation should be considered in the context of news that John Durham also is taking a fresh look at the criminal conduct of the Clinton Foundation. I do not think these matters are unrelated.

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25 Responses to I Told You Long Ago, Hillary’s Team Helped Fabricate the Trump Russia Collusion Lie by Larry C Johnson

  1. blue peacock says:

    “..Russian intelligence analysis alleging that US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against US Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the DNC.”
    Larry,
    So what analysis did the US IC have not just in the Obama administration but also in the Trump administration? Why didn’t they get the intel on Hillary’s plan?
    All Trump appointees were in place by early 2017 – AG, DAG, FBI & CIA Director, DNI. Is the story now that the Russian IC knew about Hillary’s plan but the Trump IC did not?

  2. fakebot says:

    A well earned victory lap. It looks like Trump finally got some people who were willing to go there.
    In saying that, in the past, or at least immediately after he assumed office, he was reluctant to go after Hillary. And I think she has too much dirt on other people, too much leverage to be put down.
    I like this direction and I hope to see something happen.
    BTW, Trump is killing the debate. Killing it.

  3. Larry C Johnson says:

    Blue Peacock
    The fact that this was hidden is further evidence that the Deep State was hiding this info and trying to suppress it. The Russian meme is bullshit. What I mean by that is the narrative that Trump was colluding with the Russians. He wasn’t. It was a fabricated narrative and the evidence was being withheld. If Trump interfered in trying to release that info they were going to use it as evidence of “obstruction of justice.”

  4. James Lung says:

    Good News, Mr. Johnson. Politico reports that Ratcliffe duped by Russian Disinformation. Source: SSCI. Warner and his succubus Richard Burr investigated the matter. Nothing to see. Russian disinformation. Nothing to see here.

  5. Larry C Johnson says:

    James,
    Appreciate your humor. Politico is a disgrace. Ignore reality and whistle past the graveyard. We’ll see if the Little Old Lady from South Carolina finds his testicles tomorrow and presses the issue with Jimmy Comey. But facts are facts. There is zero evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC.

  6. Deap says:

    I recall Comey reporting he took a disturbing “letter” he had received to Loretta Lynch, when he was agonizing over either (1) disclosing the Carlos Danger Weiner emails or (2) the fake “exoneration” over the original Clinton email debacle.
    Can’t remember which event. . I believe Comey explained to Lunch, see what i am up against?
    Lynch apparently only gave Comey a very jaundiced eye, and made no comment. So Comey went ahead and did what he did on his own -either (1) re-open the Weiner emails; or (2) go forward with the pre-judged “exoneration”. (Memory fritz here)
    Does this ring a bell? Was this Clinton instigated Trump Russia hoax claim in the “letter” to Comey? Did this have anything to do with Bill Clinton’s “random” tarmac meeting with Lynch in this same time frame?
    The tarmac Lynch meeting would have coincided with the “exoneration” move by Comey.
    PS, thanks for keeping us on top of this still very evolving and breaking story – 3.5 years later. Way too many loose ends that have not yet come together, but odd events when put into relationship with other later disclosures help clear the fog.

  7. Deap says:

    …….”
    To be clear, this is not Russian disinformation and has not been assessed as such by the Intelligence Community. I’ll be briefing Congress on the sensitive sources and methods by which it was obtained in the coming days,” he (Radcliffe) wrote………
    From the net.

  8. Fred says:

    James,
    It gets better, Facebook labels the DNI’s letter as false information, and it only took them an hour to do so. Of course they turned it over to CNN’s former reporter Alan Duke, Editor-in-Chief & co-founder of “Lead Stories”.

  9. turcopolier says:

    Larry
    Congratulations on your early discernment of the centrality of the Clinton Group in this conspiracy. What was the date of your first piece on this? I would like to re-publish it.

  10. J says:

    Larry, Colonel,
    It’s seems that every time that investigation/prosecution of those involved in the Seth Rich murder is brought up, D.C. looks and runs the other way as fast as possible. What do you think is going on? Was Rich one more of the Clinton Group’s body count?

  11. Diana Croissant says:

    Larry,
    Yes, you DO deserve a victory lap. It’s too bad that your right to a victory lap is now confirmed so much later than it should have been. We could have had saved lots and lots of time and newsprint if others had listened earlier. D.C. really is full of swamp gas that the truth is often clouded over and ignored for a long time.
    So much time wasted and so much in the way of tax payors’ money spent over the years only to have this finally confirmed years later. My greatest wish would be that we never have to hear a word from HRC ever again.
    Thanks for taking “no quarter” on the perpetrators of this attempt to subvert our government.

  12. j. casey says:

    “[A]betted by the CIA and the FBI” and legions of MSM types tripping over each other to get their daggers bloody. If indictments go out (a big “if”) the people coordinating the MSM should be served, too.

  13. Mike46 says:

    Fred wrote:
    “It gets better, Facebook labels the DNI’s letter as false information, and it only took them an hour to do so. Of course they turned it over to CNN’s former reporter Alan Duke, Editor-in-Chief & co-founder of “Lead Stories”. ”
    The burden of proof is on your side. A letter is not proof. Anyone can write one.
    Show the evidence. Time to put up or shut up.

  14. Fred says:

    Mike46,
    “The burden of proof is on your side. A letter is not proof. Anyone can write one.”
    Christopher Steele wrote one, you’ll recall who was paying him. What was the result, oh, Clinesmith “writing” an email, or doctoring it, to get probable cause, it resulted in the Flynn case, with evidence like this:
    https://turcopolier.typepad.com/files/michaelflynn_clinesmith_nsl_email.pdf
    and this:
    https://turcopolier.typepad.com/files/michaelflynn_summary_nsl_razor.pdf
    It also resulted in Clinesmith taking the fall for the corrupt cast of characters surrounding Barack and Biden’s corrupt coup effort.

  15. Mike46 says:

    Fred:
    Interesting old news but immaterial to this discussion. I want to see the evidence for Larry’s current tale.

  16. Steve Richter says:

    democrats run rings around republicans. The house in 2017 never called Hillary or Obama to testify about their involvement in all of this.
    Now, when we finally get around to discovering what they did then, we are distracted from seeing how they are using ballot harvesting now to guarantee their election in Nov, 2020.

  17. Fred says:

    Mike46,
    Oh, that evidence of criminal conduct by the FBI and DOJ is immaterial? I wonder what you’ll need to be persuaded.
    Steve Richter,
    Democrat Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the house in 2017, and her fellow Democrats did not call Hilary or Obama to testify? That’s a remarkable observation.

  18. Deap says:

    The old Catch 22 — we have proof, but they will have to kill us if we reveal our sources. Looks like the game Gina Haskell is now playing – closing down rdeclassifications because they might …”reveal their sources and methods of surveillance”.
    If you can’t use the intelligence because of built-in prohibitions on ascertaining its reliability, should you even be harvesting it? Unless its only purpose is to run a deep state secret cabal with zero public accountability.

  19. akaPatience says:

    Is it possible CIA Director Haspel can’t declassify damning documents that Sean Davis of The Federalist alluded to yesterday due to their importance to the Durham probe? Or is it more likely she’s trying to cover up bureau misdeeds?

  20. fakebot says:

    The president remains badly served. Gina Haspel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s handpicked successor to lead the CIA, is blocking declassification of documents pertinent to the Russia hoax because, like the guest on Tucker Carlson made clear, it would expose her own role in the hoax:

    “Unfortunately those releases and declassifications according to multiple sources I’ve talked to are being blocked by CIA director Gina Haspel who herself was the main link between Washington and London,” Davis said.
    “As the London station chief from John Brennan’s CIA during the 2016 election. Recall, it was London where Christopher Steele was doing all this work. And I’m told that it was Gina Haspel personally who is blocking a continued declassification of these documents that will show the American people the truth of what actually happened.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/cia-director-haspel-personally-blocking-declassification-russiagate-documents-sean-davis

  21. Fred says:

    fakebot,
    Trump has given them all the rope they need to hang themselves, which is precisely what they are doing.

  22. fakebot says:

    The president will let the fishing line run in the hope these people run themselves out until they can’t carry on, like we saw with the Mueller probe. He needs to reel it in, so to speak, when they do make mistakes. Here’s his CIA director and NSA director with nowhere else to go, declaring Ratcliffe’s information Russian disinfo while blocking its release. Will Trump finally fire them? Trump should actually bring Graham into his administration since his Senate seat is looking less secure these days. He would certainly make a better director of the CIA than Haspel.

  23. J says:

    POTUS can order the immediate declassification of the documents and there is nothing Haspel can do about it

  24. Jim says:

    Thank you Larry.
    And, thank you Tulsi, who knew. . . .and said so.
    Eloquently.
    https://twitter.com/TulsiGabbard/status/1185289627936219136
    -30-

  25. TeakWoodKite says:

    LJ
    “Classical dynamics says if you know the state of the system at a particular time, this can tell us the entire history of the system”
    Germain Tobar University of Queensland Australia “The Grand father Paradox”
    In the released documents there is a reference from Brennan as cited by John Solomon in his article that “CITE alleged approved by Hillary Clinton a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service”
    Who was that “foreign policy advisor” ?
    …Or are we to run around the countryside yelling “Find that man” like some Fugitive movie?
    It’s always haunted me how your voice was collateral damage early on.
    NQ
    stay frosty brother.

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