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Washington Post - voice of the swamp.

Deap

Only card carrying Democrats are lulled by media excuses. Most others sense something very dirty and self-serving had been going on in the Obama Whitehouse - as much a result of Obama's leadership neglect, as by any partciularly evil intent.

Obama had a dark view of America, rightly or wrongly based on his own unique experiences. But that dark tinge undermined everything he did or said for 8 year. Even hope and change really meant my way or the highway.

Trump's 20i6 election was more a vote against this oppressive aura that had engulfed America, more than it was about any particular experience Trump would bring to the job. Supporters were buying Trump's body language and his swagger, that they wanted unleashed against this vague but deep malaise many were feeling at that time.

Now we learn that vague malaise had real underpinnings. It was real and it needed lancing. Trump is a slugger and just what was needed. A blunt force object.

Somewhat like the "disease with no name" in the 1960's that Betty Freidan uncovered among her former college classmates when she wrote Feminine Mystique, that foreshadowed the "women's liberation movement" of the 1970s'. A generalized malaise that something had gone wrong and change was necessary.

FakeBot

It's not just WaPo, it's Fox News is independently making this claim too:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/flynn-not-masked-report-on-key-calls-with-russian-ambassador

They cite a congressional source on this. What are the odds it's Adam Schiff? 1:1?

BillWade

My nickname for President Trump has always been "President in the nick of time".

Deap

From Judicial Watch - who wants to have fun speculating about the identities of "redacted" in this initiating document for CROSSFIRE HURRICAINE


BEGIN QUOTE:

Title: (S/ / CC/NF) CROSSFIRE HURRICANE
Re: [Redacted] 07/31/2016

BEGIN EMAIL

(U/ /) Legat [Redacted] information from [Redacted] Deputy Chief of Mission

Synopsis:
(U/ /) Legat [Redacted] received information from the [Redacted] Deputy Chief of Mission related to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s website/server.

Details:
(S/ /[Redacted] On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Legal Attaché (Legat) [Redacted] was summoned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) for the [Redacted] who will be leaving [Redacted] post Saturday July 30, 2016 and set to soon thereafter retire from government service, advised [Redacted] was called by [Redacted] about an urgent matter requiring an in person meeting with the U.S. Ambassador. [Note: [Redacted]. The [Redacted] was scheduled to be away from post until mid-August, therefore [Redacted] attended the meeting.

(S/ [Redacted]) [Redacted] advised that [Redacted] government had been seeking prominent members of the Donald Trump campaign in which to engage to prepare for potential post-election relations should Trump be elected U.S. President. One of the people identified was George Papadopolous (although public media sources provide a spelling of Papadopoulos), who was believed to be one of Donald Trump’s foreign policy advisers. Mr. Papdopoulos was located in [Redacted] so the [Redacted] met with him on several occasions, with [Redacted] attending at least one of the meetings.

(S/ [Redacted]) [Redacted] recalled [Redacted] of the meetings between Mr. Papdopolous and [Redacted] concerning statements Mr. Papadopolous made about suggestions from the Russians that they (the Russians) could assist the Trump campaign with the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton. [Redacted] provided a copy of the reporting that was provided to [Redacted] from [Redacted] to Legal [Redacted]. The text is exactly as follows:

(Begin Text)

(S/ [Redacted]) 5. Mr. Papadopolous [Redacted] also suggested the Trump team had received some kind of suggestion from Russia that it could assist this process with the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Mrs. Clinton (and President Obama). It was unclear whether he or the Russians were referring to material acquired publicly of through other means. It was also unclear how Mr. Trump’s team reacted to the offer. We note the Trump team’s reaction could, in the end, have little bearing of what Russia decides to do, with or without Mr. Trump’s cooperation.
(End Text)

(s/ [Redacted]
[Redacted]
(s/ [Redacted] Legat requests that further action on this information should consider the sensitivity that this information was provided through informal diplomatic channels from [Redacted] to the U.S. Embassy’s DCM. It was clear from the conversation Legal [Redacted]
had with DCM that [Redacted] knew follow-up by the U.S. government would be necessary, but extraordinary efforts should be made to protect the source of this information until such a time that a request from our organization can be made to [Redacted] to obtain this information through formal channels.

END EMAIL

(S/ / ) Based on the information provided by Legat [Redacted] this investigation is being opened to determine whether individual(s) associated with the Trump campaign are witting of and/or coordinating activities with the Government of Russia.

END QUOTE (Judicial Watch - donations to this organizaiton well deserved)

Deap

Some follow-up questions to the predicate for spying on the Trump campaign:

1. Why not spy on the Russians instead? Unless they really wanted to spy and entrap Trump.

2. Why not ask Hilary Clinton, is there anything you have done that could be exposed by the Russians that would be negative to your campaign? And when she answers nothing at all, then case is closed. No exposure.

(Ha, ha, ha)

The Twisted Genius

Richard Grenell agreed with the WaPo reporter. The IC doesn’t have the Flynn-Kislyak transcripts. He stated today that, “The IC doesn’t have all the transcripts/summaries....it wasn’t our product.” But he does agree “They [transcripts/summaries] should be released in full, though. The public deserves to see it.” BTW, Judge Sullivan also wanted to see those transcripts. DOJ wouldn’t release them saying they weren’t material. However in their motion to dismiss, those transcripts were central to their argument. Still the transcripts were not included in the motion. We should see those transcripts along with those 15+ NSA reports that spurred those unmasking requests and with the justifications for those unmaskings.

blue peacock

"We should see those transcripts along with those 15+ NSA reports that spurred those unmasking requests and with the justifications for those unmasking."

TTG

Yes, indeed! And also all the FISA applications as well as all the communications among the top echelon at the FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA, DNI and State in both the Obama & Trump administrations relating to Russia Collusion. And all the communications and memos among the Mueller team. We should also see Rosenstein's communications and memos relating to the appointment of Mueller.

We need to also ask Trump why he hasn't declassified it all.

JP Billen

I believe Crowdstrike's Shawn Henry testified that they had some evidence of Russian/DNC exfiltration, but they never found "concrete" evidence.

Note that Crowdstrike's 2020 Global Threat Report still lists Russian Federation supported threat actors to be the most active and destructive among adversaries. Those threat actors include not just Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, but also Voodoo Bear (focuses on energy sector) and Venonmous Bear (focuses on embassies, NGOs, & education).

Crowdstrike also lists China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Vietnam, and both North & South Korea as sponsoring hacking on adversaries or economic targets.

Teakwoodkite

LJ Grenell in saying “it wasn’t our product” as to who had the recording. Under oath Peter S said the CIA “had the pen” so perhaps Brennan knows but by now that item is swimming with the fishies...
Who knows maybe it show up....Makes me wonder why Shitty Shift was dogging DNI Grenell to release all the calls.....

turcopolier

teakwoodkite

It seems likely to me that the actual collection was done by GCHQ at the request of Brennan and Clapper and given to these characters as the fruit of foreign collection against the Russians. Why Schiff wanted them released is beyond my ken.

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