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23 November 2019

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Turcopolier

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I suspect that the various wings of The Swamp will hang together to prevent indictment of other than sacrificial goats. I would like to be wrong.

blue peacock

Col. Lang,

What do you suspect are Barr's motivations? He did of course spin up Durham. And he's on record in Congressional testimony that he believes the Trump campaign was spied on.

Do you think he would be afraid of the media firestorm against him for exposing The Swamp machinations contrary to their propaganda? Do you think he is afraid the Swamp media would launch stories of innuendo against his Dad and his association with Epstein?

Final question: Do you think Barr is the ultimate decision maker who will decide if some of the top members of the Swamp should be held accountable?

Diana C

I hope you are wrong, too. But I have long felt that the swamp can't be drained without an attack, or a complete rewrite, of civil service law and regulations. We sometimes can blow away some of the swamp gas; but it returns in no time.

Factotum

Excellent article - thanks for the link, Harpet. A must read, as the chips are now falling.

Some key paragraphs:

".....(Gang of 8 member) Reid's messages – released to the public during the final months of the presidential race – made explosive insinuations of illicit ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, putting the collusion narrative into motion.

"The prospect of individuals tied to Trump, WikiLeaks and the Russian government coordinating to influence our election raises concerns of the utmost gravity and merits full examination," Reid wrote on Aug. 27. Russia, he warned, may be trying to "influence the Trump campaign and manipulate it as a vehicle for advancing the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin."

Two days after Comey's "October surprise" announcement that newly discovered emails were forcing him to reopen the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while serving as secretary of state,

Reid followed up with even more incendiary language: "It has become clear," he complained to Comey, "that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors and the Russian government.".......

smoke

After reading, I found myself wondering: Is it possible that Brennan genuinely believed that Putin had a handle on Trump, because it fit his (Br's)world view? One thinks of stories of Angleton at the end of his career, seeing Soviet agents under too many stones.

Depending on what evidence Horowitz and Barr actually find, this could certainly be Brennan's and others' defense: We were just bad spies, worried about the nation's welfare. Would they even try?: We were duped. It was Russia's fault. There is always Smolenkov.

In that case, the argument would maintain that it was not an elaborate setup for political purposes, in order to stop Trump enacting policy changes toward Russia, with which Brennan and his chiefs strenuously disagreed.

I don't see how that argument could hold up, given what we already know. But probably someone could rearrange events fancifully to attach the necessary causal links.

The problem with such a defense is that it shows U.S. top spies to be fools and grossly incompetent. If it is that or partisan and corrupt to the point of treason, which does D.C. choose?

While Matt Taibbi does not dig into details, he does highlight how laughable was the credibility of the Steele dossier.

Why is Christopher Steele Still a Thing?
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/christopher-steele-britain-insanity-909539/

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