“The “truth will defend itself” and that is starting happening with special counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the FBI’s probe into whether former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia, former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Sunday.
“What’s important here, [former CIA Director] John Brennan’s own notes reflect, and the other document that I declassified, show that our intelligence community and our FBI knew this ahead of time, that we had specific intelligence, that Hillary Clinton was creating a plan to vilify Donald Trump, to falsely accuse him of ties to Russia, and that the intelligence community and the FBI knew this,” Ratcliffe told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo.
His comments were in reaction to the arrest of Igor Danchenko, the analyst considered the primary researcher of the Steele dossier that sparked the FBI’s investigation.
Danchenko has been charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI, and Ratcliffe said more indictments will follow.
“When I became the director of national intelligence I said, ‘Listen, I want to see all of the intelligence about this supposed Russian collusion,'” Ratcliffe said. “And what I found was, and as you’re finding out is, there was, of course, no Russian collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. But what I did see in intelligence documents, some of which I have now declassified, that there was collusion involving the Clinton campaign and Russians to create a dossier.”
He said then-President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were briefed in early August of 2016 and the investigation should have stopped then.
“Everything related to the Steele dossier was known to be untrue, but it was the predicate for moving forward with an unjust, unfair, and ultimately, now everyone accepts, a criminally negligent investigation against the Trump campaign,” Ratcliffe said. “It was a crime to investigate Donald Trump, because there was no probable cause, as FBI Director Christopher Wray has admitted under oath. There was no probable cause for the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) applications, because they used the Steele dossier and it was phony.”
Meanwhile, then-FBI agent Peter Strzok was to have been investigating the Steele dossier, but he buried the parts related to Clinton and used the document – “which he knew to be false” – to get the FISA warrants to investigate the campaign, Ratcliffe said.” newsmax
Comment: I do not think so. Durham is living in the shadow of the guillotine. If not, then Clinton, Obama and Biden should be prosecuted. pl
“Durham is living in the shadow of the guillotine. ”
Yes. I’m surprised they didn’t deep six him already. The Rino’s probably think they can cut a deal and let a couple years of economy destroying grift happen now so they can get back into the status quo. As if the ‘deep state’ and the left wouldn’t put them into the next tumbrel on the way to Place de la Change We Can Believe In.
They should be but there is less than 0 accountability for those in .GOV.
Yes, but there is a lot of internal backstabbing.
Usually the little folks get stabbed.
Hopefully some big game will get culled.
Not holding my breath but we can always hope.
The Federalist is also reporting Brennan’s Spy vs Spy declassified notes -Did Team Clinton’s sabotage get sabotaged by intentional Russian disinformation?
Recall a Comey story claiming he went running into AG Lynch’s office with some “letter” allegedly about the Russians planting misinformation into one of their investigations, and Lynch refused to respond – Comey claimed she just smiled.
The way I am reading this: They were all in on the Clinton Trump-Russiagate sabotage, but were suddenly worried the Russians knew about what they were doing – and (1) could expose them and/or (2) the Russians could plant their own disinformation into Clinton’s coup attempt against Trump leaving them with mud on their faces?
Was that a Comey CYA story?
On related administration news Biden Approval pluments to 38%. Kamala’s is even worse.
It is nice of John Ratcliffe to state on TV that the intelligence he saw points to a Clinton campaign operation to smear the Trump campaign. The question I have is why didn’t the Trump administration prosecute the FBI, DOJ and other government top officials including Trump-nominee Rod Rosenstein who signed the FISA affidavits? They all knew this was a false-flag operation.
The obvious question: why wasn’t a grand jury empaneled the second after Ratcliffe declassified this, when Trump was president, Barr the AG and they had the goods on Barry, Biden, Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Yates, et. al.? Jeepers Creepers.
And of course Hillary and her henchmen and women?
Why ignore the elephant in the room — this obvious question? Why wasn’t a grand jury empaneled back then?
And within a week: indictments brought when Trump was in charge of the DOJ and FBI — and why didn’t Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo show, this morning, ask Ratcliffe that to his face?
I watched her interview Ratcliffe, it was OK as far as it went.
She didn’t ask and Ratcliffe did not say why. Why and Why?
And now Durham is living in the shadow of the guillotine — cleaning up the mess made by Barry; and not cleaned up by Donald when he was in charge.
And to be fair, where was AG Loretta Lynch? Why didn’t she immediately empanel a grand jury back in Aug. 2016?
If her excuse is: I dinnit no nuffin — well, then, why didn’t Sally Yates?
We already have that answer: she, among the criminal conspirators pushing Logan Act on Flynn, along with Biden!
How can Magnificent Merrick even be in charge of Durham, seeing as Garland, as a judge, had the chance to end the Flynn travesty, but instead, on that infamous En Banc panel hearing the Writ of Mandamus — voted to allow Emmett Sullivan to continue prosecuting Flynn?!
How is it that Sessions was even investigated in the first place, by Mueller? This is among the biggest WTFs in all of this sordid tale.
Why weren’t those “investigating” Session not nailed to the wall and/or horse whipped, as it were?
The most outrageous thing about Washington DC is that nothing is outrageous.
And to gild the lilly, rather than guillotine Durham, I suppose another option is for the Biden Silhouettes to preemptively just pardon everybody with legal exposure at this time, or whenever.
What if that happens?
All those queries lead to the question that’s been there since the start. Why didn’t President Trump himself make greater efforts to clear it up when he had the chance?
I suspect most of 45’s lackadaisical response to all this is due to his decades of barking orders and having his loyal employees do his beck and call. I personally believe at least 75%+ of those either in his WH inner circle, or those taking orders from his inner circle, simply shrugged their shoulders and gave Trump lip service at best.
That is, Trump may have been wanting this, ordering this, but nothing getting filtered down to the worker bees, and/or the worker bees were actively not doing what they were told.
IF he gets back in, he needs to literally fire every non-union executive branch employee day 1. Then start the union firing process on day 2.
Trump is/was a terrible manager. He never really mangaged more than a small family firm and he employed managers there.
He is a deal-maker and salesman – both skills antithetical to management skills.
Barring the unexpected be was due for re-election. Then Covid.
You don’t reckon he’d been thinking “I’ll get that cleared up during the second term?”
Had he been re-elected Durham would have been a start on that.
The entire leadership of the current administration are professional politicians. They are all incapable. Conrad Black’s take on the VA election is telling.
“Virginia Paves the Way for Trump’s Return”
Against all odds and obstruction, Trump did start getting The Wall built and it was beautiful. Reason enough to give him another term to get it finished.
Trump got an amazing amount of things done considering how they were lying in wait for him at every turn. That is the legacy NoTrumpers will have to run against.
Durham is living in the shadow of the guillotine.
If Durham could be politically destroyed but left alive, that would be a tragedy for the republic. If Durham could be blackmailed into stepping down quietly, that would be a huge tragedy. But if Durham were killed in an obvious manner, the poor people (black, white, brown, or other) would forget their differences momentarily and laud him as a martyr. It would be chaotic enough if just the poor people were shouting “F Joe Biden” in the street — what if the police were to join in, perhaps leading the chant from their patrol car bullhorns?
If Durham were to die of “Arkancide” — two bullets in the back of the head, but the police calling it a suicide — then everyone with a security clearance would be living in the shadow of a guillotine. The poor people, the forgotten people, the disrespected people — are under tremendous tension. They could ignite chaos if given an appropriate spark.
The common people are not incapable of causing chaos. The common people cannot launch nuclear strikes, but they can disrupt daily life. Proctor and Gamble employees recently released a video saying that if they were to strike, they could cause enough pain to make every American feel the chaos.
Southwest airline pilots can refuse to fly. US military personnel can refuse to obey. Urban police can refuse to patrol the streets. The internal supply chains of the USA are already stretched.
I think it’s reasonable to argue that the reason we have legal systems, isn’t so much to be considerate of the powerless, but to provide some balance among the powerful. Constructing a civil structure that enhances power, rather than constantly stabbing each other and going nowhere.
So when they do lose sight of the need for balance at the top, the structure crumbles.
The greatest danger to power is their own corruption.
“Durham is living in the shadow of the guillotine. ”
This is true I think, but only under certain conditions. Looking at the US from across the Atlantic I see a White House that has become dysfunctional and in that power vacuum there appear to be two main factions fighting it out for power within – an Obama faction and a Clintonite one. If I am right, and I think I am, it is in the interests of the Obama people to keep the Durham investigations going. Why? because the results of Russiagate enquiry are clearly implicating Clinton allies and could lead to the lady herself eventually. If the Durham investigation does get the chop prematurely, that would surely be a sign that the Clinton faction has come out on top.
Truth never defended Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
The Jan. 6 US House of Representatives Fascist Operation [Select Committee] — successor to Obama-Gate/Russia-Gate/Crossfire Hurricane. . . And has subpoenaed Flynn, Bernard Kerik, Trump Attorney John Eastman, ex White House aide Bill Stepien, spokesman Jason Miller, and campaign worker Angela McCallum.
[[“The Select Committee needs to know every detail about their efforts to overturn the election, including who they were talking to in the White House and in Congress, what connections they had with rallies that escalated into a riot, and who paid for it all,” Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said in a statement.]]
Trump impeached after he left office. And this Select Committee, to harass US citizens exercising first amendment rights.
Had I attended the Jan. 6 event, by now, I’d be either and/or:
1] In Jail
2] Fired from job
3] Slandered and Libeled to death
4] Subpoenaed to appear before Chairman Bennie Thompson
Yes, that Bennie Thompson.
[[[[[Rep. Bennie Thompson was one of thirty-one House Democrats who voted to overturn the results of the 2004 presidential election]]]]]
I hope the truth will out. This kind of thing cannot be allowed to be normalized.
But its very hard to believe that if it was truly a threat to those who initiated it that Mr Biden would not shut it down.
On the topic of Alec Baldwin’s gun, JK/AR offered a link to an article by Jonathan Turley, discussing Baldwin’s legal woes.
Even more interesting was another article on Turley’s website that listed all the connections to Brookings Center and Brookings personnel that are showing up in the Durham Investigation.
If all of these people, institutions and elected officials were dealt with in a manner similar to the Charlottesville 12 or the Jan 6 insurrectionists, not only would the current administration be toppled, its key supporters would be exposed, perhaps ruined, perhaps never to be active in public life.
Of particular interest was mention of Norm Eisen, who played a key role in the Voter Protection Program that ensured the election of a Democrat.
Seeing as how you’re mentioning “connections” and my offering a link – put on a pan and cook yourself up a heaping batch of popcorn.
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