Friday, October 27, 2017

Real Russian Collusion

                It now appears the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were involved in a scheme to dig up dirt on Donald trump prior to the 2016 presidential election. The groups funded research resulting in the infamous “dirty dossier” containing allegations of possible collusion between Trump’s campaign team and the Kremlin. Marc Elias- a lawyer who represented both the Clinton campaign and the DNC- and his law firm retained Fusion GPS to do the dirty work. In turn, Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, former head of MI-6’s Russian Desk who has ties to the U.S. intelligence community. Steele wrote the salacious dossier that was promptly leaked and plastered all over the mainstream media. The Clinton camp and the DNC, via the law firm, continued funding Fusion GPS’s “research” until a few days prior to the election.
                When it was learned that Donald Trump, Jr. may have accepted an invitation to appear in the same room with someone who offered dirt on Hillary Clinton, Democrats and media members shouted, “Treason! By God, treason!” Yet when lengthy, intricate, massive collusion to discredit Trump is unveiled, these same parties yawn and say: “Boring old, garden-variety opposition research. Nothing to see here. So not news.”
                Elias denied involvement in the project for almost a year, even as he fielded questions from reporters. Recently, a pair of reporters said on Twitter that Elias- and others involved- had lied “with sanctimony” about their ties to the arrangement.
                But this is by no means the only collusion in which the Clintons and the DNC have been involved. The Podesta Group, the most powerful Democratic lobbying concern in Washington, D.C., founded by Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary’s campaign manager John Podesta, is now under investigation for possibly violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act. FARA requires those who lobby on behalf of foreign governments, leaders, or political parties to file detailed disclosures about their spending and activities with the Justice Department. Deliberate failure to do so is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison.  The Podesta Group represented the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, a pro-Russian, oligarch-funded Ukrainian political party with deep ties to Paul Manafort, but amended its FARA registration to more accurately reflect its work for ECMU only after the payments were reported by the media. And this after-exposure amending allegedly occurred on two separate occasions over the years.
                And this is nowhere near the worst of the alleged Democratic collusion with Russia. Russian nuclear officials directed millions of dollars to President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that granted a favorable decision to Moscow regarding American uranium, vital to the manufacture of nuclear weapons, according to a report in The Hill. In what could only have been a quid-pro-quo deal, Russia was given rights to one-fifth of all U.S. uranium, and the Clinton Foundation was given tens of millions of dollars by Vancouver businessman Frank Giustra, the founder of Uranium One, and his associates, who facilitated the transfer. Rosatom, a Russian company heavily involved in nuclear energy and backed by the Russian State, subsequently acquired Uranium One, which has substantial assets in the United States. Amazing! (In 2006, Giustra told The New Yorker that Clinton, “can do things and ask for things that no one else can.” Quite. Just ask Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones).
                Over $100 million was funneled into “The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation” to help those involved arrive at this Russia-friendly decision. This Clinton Foundation was only a charity in the sense that it greatly aided…the Clintons. The New York Post reported that, in 2013, the foundation took in $140 million in grants and pledges but spent just $9 million on direct aid. The rest was spent on administration, travel, salaries and “bonuses,” mostly to family and friends.
                The reason these entities coughed-up large sums to the Clinton Foundation is obvious: influence-peddling and a virtually sure bet. They naturally assumed that a Clinton would be president again in the near future. The Clintons knew they held the cards and that others would have to pay to play. When the unthinkable happened, and Hillary lost the election, their official government roles- and hence virtually all their power- were lost.

    So, they closed their foundation. There is no “charitable” term for that.

                Robert Mueller was FBI Director at the time of the uranium deal. The “probe” into these treasonous shenanigans started while he was in charge. It ended in 2015 under the direction of then-FBI Director James Comey. Say, these names sound familiar, don’t they. They are front and center in the current investigation of President Trump, oddly enough. Yet they managed to keep a tight lid on any untoward and inconvenient allegations or behavior involving Hillary, The Podesta Group, the DNC, Elias, Steele, and the FBI itself for six years.
                The Swamp reeks of privilege and partisanship, and is fundamentally anti-American. It disdains the rule of law, and despises the notion of a truly free, independent, and unbiased press.
                When there is rumor of its conservative opponent’s collusion with Russia, it goes nuts, and dons the mantle of patriotism, exclaiming: “How could you collude with our hated enemy?” When it is demonstrably proven that it is guilty of collusion with Moscow, its natural statist ally, it screams “Nyet!” and blames the Electoral College for all the country’s woes.
                What goes around, comes around. Key American political figures were colluding with Russia. It turns out that it wasn’t those originally targeted to be smeared with these allegations that were doing so, however, but those that made them. Delicious.
                It’s as if we found out Bill Clinton didn’t have sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office, but Ken Starr did. As if we found out that the Nixon administration didn’t bug DNC headquarters, but those that ended up investigating him did.


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