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Hillary: Trump Knows He Really Lost. Joy Behar: ‘He Has Every Criminal Working for Him.’ Baghdad Bob: ‘Saddam Won!’

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, stops in to speak to workers at a campaign office for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., left, in Davie, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

 

It’s a good thing I can type without seeing the screen. ‘Cause I’m wincing as I write this.

Yikes.

In my opinion, the worst thing you can do if you lose in a competition — the most effective way to humiliate yourself — is speak out against the person who beat you.

That’ll make you look:

  • immature
  • crazy

After a certain amount of time, if you’re still raging, “deranged” might be an appropriation addition to the list.

I’m not insisting those three characterizations apply in every situation, but I believe there are far less accurate guides.

Someone who apparently disagrees is Hillary Clinton, who went on The View Wednesday in order to illustrate that fact to the whole world.

Sheesh.

Last week, I covered the former First Lady ironically claiming President Trump is obsessed with her.

On the ABC talkfest, daughter Chelsea seconded that notion:

“He’s obsessed with her.”

Joy Behar concurred:

“He’s obsessed with you! Also, they’re chanting, ‘Lock her up.’ I mean, he has every criminal working for him and they’re worried about locking you up. What do you make of that?”

He has every criminal working for him??

What the $*@!?

In my view, at the national level, Democrats come across as unhealthily fixated on The Donald. They appear to be headed, therefore, toward a fate similar to the one Hillary’s still talkin’ about.

With barely a year to go before the election, there seems to be almost no attention to putting forth a superior candidate with superior ideas. Their most trumpeted efforts regard, rather, trying to undo 2016 goofily.

They’re even willing to lose Joe Biden as a candidate in order to push Ukraine in the attack against the President (here, here, and here).

The DNC is gonna be pushing at Trump for the next year, and then in November, he’s just gonna run between their legs and into the end zone.

And Hillary ain’t helpin’ ’em none.

Hit it, Hill:

“First, I do think that he knows that he’s an illegitimate president.”

The audience cheered.

“And because of that, he’s very insecure about it.”

Some would certainly say a man who sits on a golden toilet is insecure; others might assume he has an asstronomically high opinion of himself.

What do you think is the case?

Mrs. Bill Clinton didn’t really expound upon the idea; she was too busy saying she never really lost:

“Look what he’s trying to do now. Part of the Ukraine scandal that is slowly coming to light is he’s trying to figure out how to say, no, no, it wasn’t the Russians even though our intelligence community and everyone who has looked at this said yeah, it was the Russians. He’s trying to say no, somehow it was Obama, Hillary, whoever. So he’s obsessed with the fact that he was helped a lot in unprecedented ways.”

Still wincing.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here, here, and here.

See 3 more pieces from me:

Coocoo Coup: Elizabeth Warren Growls Impeachment – Of Kavanaugh, Too. But Craziness Won’t Make Her President

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All Pumped Up with Impeachment Fever, Schiff Demands Access to Trump’s Calls with Putin

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Where the #&%* is the IG’s FISA report? Because we need it now.

We knew this would happen. Once chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) got his hands on the transcript of President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, we knew it was only a matter of time before he began demanding others. And he did not disappoint.

Thrilled to be back in the spotlight once again and all pumped up with impeachment fever, Schiff is determined to obtain records of Trump’s phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders.

During a Sunday appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Schiff said, “I think the paramount need here is to protect the national security of the United States and see whether in the conversations with other world leaders – and in particular with Putin – that the president was also undermining our security in a way that he thought would personally benefit his campaign.”

What a terrible idea. It was unfortunate that Trump was put into a situation where he was forced to release the Zelensky transcript. Allegations in a whistleblower’s complaint suggested he had acted illegally and it had sparked a media firestorm. Believing it was best for Americans to see the transcript for themselves, he hoped this would prevent the complaint from becoming the focus of the news cycle for the next few months. There was a specific reason to release this document.

Schiff’s new demands access to the President’s phone calls with Putin or any other random leader would be nothing more than a fishing expedition. Schiff would simply be searching for the next crime to pin on Trump.

Contrary to the opinion of that obnoxious, shameless, soulless, pompous, repulsive reptile, the release of any additional conversations with world leaders would be detrimental to national security. What president, prime minister or dictator would feel free to speak honestly with Trump if they thought their conversation might one appear on the front page of the New York Times? And that would make America far less secure.

Moreover, it would diminish not only President Trump, but future U.S. presidents, in the eyes of foreigners if his phone calls suddenly became subject to Congressional monitoring. This is an unprecedented request. It is also unreasonable and outrageous.

Schiff added, “If those conversations with Putin or with other world leaders are sequestered in that same electronic file that is meant for covert action, not meant for this, if there’s an effort to hide those and cover those up, yes, we’re determined to find out.”

Schiff knows very well why the Trump administration has had to take such measures. Shortly after Trump took office, the contents of his conversations with the Australian Prime Minister and the Mexican President were leaked to the press. Since that time, it has become standard operating procedure for Trump’s phone calls with world leaders to be saved to a private server. But Schiff would rather use this to establish Trump’s guilt than admit why it’s necessary.

Hotair’s Jazz Shaw brings up another reason why this is a very bad idea. He wrote:

This will kneecap future presidents of both parties and limit their ability to conduct more subtle diplomatic negotiations. And Congress might start looking at taking a walk down memory lane, as well. Should we be able to retrieve and publish transcripts of all of Barack Obama’s calls with Putin to see what they were discussing after he told the Russian leader he would have “more flexibility” after his election? Something tells me the Democrats are opening a can of worms that they won’t be able to close again.

That would be a no, Mr. Schiff.

 

Watch the video. The relevant portion starts at 5:22.

(Just for fun: Below this video is a recording of Schiff being offered pictures of “naked Trump” by a hoaxer.)

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Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Once Again Says No To Running For Senate

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Even though Mitch McConnell really wants him to run, Mike Pompeo is happy right where he is now as Secretay of State.

In an interview that covered a number of topics, Pompeo was once again pressed on whether or not he would be interested in leaving the administration early and run for Senate in his home state of Kansas. He once again shot the idea down. Cold.

From the Washington Examiner…

Washington Examiner : You want people from Youngstown, Pittsburgh?

Pompeo: And Wichita. Yes, and small towns in Texas, and Alabama, and Mississippi, and Appalachia, and in Idaho and Montana. I want people to come from all around because we need those voices heard here at the State Department as well.

Washington Examiner : … and running for Senate?

Pompeo: I am going to stay here. I’ve talked about this. I’m focused on what I’m doing right now. You can go read about it. There’s lots of people talking about it. The only one who’s not talking about it—

Washington Examiner : Is you?

Pompeo: Is me. Precisely.

This is incredibly good news for the country and the Trump administration. Pompeo has been a steady hand at both C.I.A. and now at State. With the amount of overturn in this administrations cabinet, having the person at State Department being a valued asset to the President with North Korea, China, Hong Kong and Iran going on should be reassuring to most Americans.

Kansas is a usually reliable state for the Republicans. I fully understand why Senator Mitch McConell would want a candidate to run with the qualifications of Mr. Pompeo. However, if they can’t find another overly qualified person in Kansas to run on the GOP ticket than that should be worrisome to the overall chances for the GOP to retain control of that chamber in 2020.

For now, we have a steady hand at State during a critical time in U.S. Foreign policy and should be thankful for that.

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Russian Nuclear Monitoring Stations ‘Went Silent’ After Explosion At Missile Testing Site

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The Wall Street Journal has learned that, in the days following the accidental explosion at a northwestern Russian missile test site on August 8th, the two closest monitoring stations “went silent.”

In an email to the Journal, Lassina Zerbo, the head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, wrote that two days after the explosion, the monitoring stations in Kirov and Dubna “stopped transmitting data.” The stations had been “contacted immediately about the data disruption and Russian officials responded that they were experiencing “communication and network issues.”

Zerbo added, “We are pending further reports on when the stations or the communication system will be restored to full functionality.”

My colleague, Streiff, posted on this story here and here.

The first report from Russia’s state-controlled nuclear agency, Rosatom, called the incident a rocket engine explosion and said that five workers had been killed.  Two days later, Rosatom acknowledged that the “explosion occurred on an offshore platform during tests of a “nuclear isotope power source,” and that five nuclear engineers had been killed and three, wounded.

Little by little, information began to trickle in. The Guardian reported that “radiation levels in Severodvinsk, a nearby city, increased 20 times above normal for about a half hour after the explosion.” Then, it was reported  by a correspondent from the Israeli public broadcasting corporation, Amichai Stein, that “Locals in the Russian city of Severodvinsk have been told to take iodine tablets and stay indoor after massive explosion days ago. Residents only told an ‘incident’ took place.”

Kirov and Dubna are “part of an international network of hundreds of stations set up to verify compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear weapons tests globally.” Although the treaty has not been ratified yet, Russia claims they are “strictly observing the accord.”

According to the Journal:

The stations are designed to monitor everything from seismic shifts to sound waves for signs of nuclear activity. The two stations that went silent in Russia are designed to measure radioactive particles in the atmosphere, according to the treaty organization’s website.

Arms-control experts said the monitoring problem appears to be a Russian effort to conceal information about the accident and not an effort to hide evidence of a prohibited nuclear weapons test.

Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association, a nongovernmental organization promoting arms-control policies told the Journal:

It is a very odd coincidence that these stations stopped sending data shortly after the Aug. 8 incident.

It is probably because they want to obscure the technical details of the missile-propulsion system they are trying and failing to develop. But this is not a legitimate reason to cut off test-ban monitoring data transmissions.

It’s no surprise that Russia has been less than candid about the blast which many guess was the test of a nuclear-powered missile. President Trump believes it “involved an advanced nuclear-powered cruise missile, which has been dubbed Skyfall by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and which Russia calls Burevestnik.” In a tweet, Trump wrote that “the U.S. is learning from the missile explosion and said the U.S. has more advanced technology but did not elaborate.”

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Russia and Hong Kong vs. protesters

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It’s gotten some play in America but perhaps not enough. Both Russia and Hong Kong are currently imposing a major crackdown on protesters. And in both cases, the regimes in power are trying desperately to avoid cracks from developing in those foundations.

The Hong Kong clashes have been going on for months but picked up steam over the last few weeks as demonstrators directed their ire against the communist Chinese government. Hong Kong is supposed to have a bit of latitude when it comes to its government. Yes, it’s a part of China but the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 was supposed to keep Hong Kong from having to adopt any sort of communist political structure. Good in theory, but not necessarily in practice.

A brief aside regarding UK’s former governance over Hong Kong. You can blame the British Government in the late 1800s for agreeing to a 99-year “rent-free” lease of Hong Kong to the Chinese government. When Communist China decided to enforce the expiration of said lease, the British didn’t have the political or military will to demand an extension, but the deal was still supposed to allow for a “two systems, one country” lease on freedom.

What sparked the current anger is a bill backed by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam which would have allowed extradition to China for criminal suspects. The government promised the extradition would be on a case-by-case basis – but protesters rebelled. The fear is it would allow China’s version of communism to seep its way into Hong Kong’s way of life. Via Reuters:

Under a “one country, two systems” formula instituted as part of China’s sovereignty, the city was promised wide-ranging freedoms denied citizens in mainland China.

“We call this Hong Kong’s age of revolution,” said a masked protester who called himself K Lee. “This movement has been sparked by China’s refusal to respect Hong Kong’s freedoms, and the failure of authorities to listen to the people’s voice.”

After multiple weekends of unrest, the protests have continued to draw large and apparently growing ranks of protesters in increasingly violent stand-offs…

“I have no words for Xi Jinping, he is very arrogant in his belief in communism,” said a university student who called herself Miss Ho, referring to the Chinese president. “He is taking away our freedom, and that is something we cannot bear.”

The bill ended up being pulled, for the record, but it hasn’t calmed things down.

One thing The Economist reported is how protesters originally avoided criticizing the Chinese government – because of concern about how the Chinese would act. This has obviously changed.

Some of the anti-government protesters had argued, however, that demonstrating outside central-government offices in Hong Kong would be pointless and possibly counter-productive. They fear it would anger the party and stiffen its resolve to tighten control in the territory. Better, they said, to keep up pressure on the local government to scrap the extradition law entirely and launch an independent investigation into police violence against protesters. Tactics, however, appeared to shift at the protest on July 21st—a sign, perhaps, of demonstrators’ frustration with what they see as the Hong Kong government’s failure to offer satisfactory responses to their demands.

Some want the chief executive, Carrie Lam, to step down. She has indicated that she plans to stay on. And the party does not appear willing to sacrifice her—at least not yet. The central government office’s statement expressed “resolute support” for the Hong Kong government and its police force in their efforts to protect social stability.

The Hong Kong protesters should keep up the pressure on the local and national government – despite the dangers on the latter. It is possible some sort of resolution can be reached without China deciding to barrel into the territory. South China Morning Post reported the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office will make some sort of announcement on Monday. What said announcement ends up being is anyone’s guess.

As for Russia, it’s possibly another example of President Vladimir Putin exerting his muscle against those who do not agree with this governance. This includes a mysterious illness to the opposition leader. Via Associated Press:

Nearly 1,400 people were detained in a violent police crackdown on an opposition protest in Moscow, a Russian monitoring group said Sunday, adding that was the largest number of detentions at a rally in the Russian capital this decade.

OVD-Info, which has monitored police arrests since 2011, said the number of the detentions from Saturday’s protest reached 1,373 by early Sunday. The overwhelming majority of people were soon released but 150 remained in custody, OVD-Info and a lawyers’ legal aid group said Sunday.

Crackdowns on the anti-government protesters began days before the rally. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested and sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail for calling for Saturday’s protest against election authorities who barred some opposition candidates from running in the Sept. 8 vote for Moscow city council.

Navalny was unexpectedly hospitalized Sunday with a severe allergy attack, his spokeswoman said.

Kira Yarmysh said Navalny, who did not have any allergies beforehand, was taken from the Moscow jail to a hospital in the morning, arriving with severe facial swelling and red rashes. Hours later, she said Navalny was in a “satisfactory condition.”

It should be pointed out that Putin has a bit of an out when it comes to what happened in Moscow this weekend. Putin was taking part in a naval parade in St. Petersburg. The easy excuse is for him to simply say, “I’ll talk with my underlings and make sure they don’t do something like this again.”

Multiple countries have complained about police actions during the Moscow protests which Putin will probably just acknowledge and do nothing else.

The clashes between the government and protestors in Russia and Hong Kong show a troubling government response to dissent – something not typically seen in current times. These protestors are pushing for things that we would consider basic human rights: the ability to make choices without asking the state and without facing harsh retribution and possibly political imprisonment. The fact the students are sticking to their guns in Hong Kong against both government pushback and anonymous masked attackers is encouraging.

What happens next in both places will end up being interesting. The Russian round-up is one of the biggest in recent memory while the Hong Kong demonstrations don’t appear to be losing any steam.

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Biden: Russia wouldn’t have meddled in any elections on my watch or Obama’s

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Um, what?

Joe, my man, I have bad news.

This is the Democratic version of the Bush administration boasting in 2004 that they’d kept us safe from terror. True, critics replied — except for that one time.

Via Contemptor, what was Sleepy Joe *trying* to say here? Because if he was trying to say what he ended up saying then he really is too old to run.

“Let me put it this way, if he wins re-election, I promise you there’ll be no NATO in four years or five years.”

“No more NATO,” Biden said. “Why did we set up NATO, Chris? So no one nation could abuse the power in the region in Europe, that would suck us in the bay they did in World War I and World War 2. It’s being crushed.”

“Look at Putin. While Putin is trying to undo our elections, he is undoing elections in Europe. Look what’s happening in Hungary, look what’s happening in Poland, look what’s happening in Moldova. Look what’s happening. You think that would happen on my watch or Barack’s watch? You can’t answer that, but I promise it wouldn’t have, and it didn’t.”

Maybe he’s making a point about Putin expanding his influence campaigns abroad. Fine, okay, Biden might say, Russia successfully interfered in our election, but at least Barack and I would have cracked down afterward and tried to stop them from interfering in others.” Laying aside how pitifully lame that answers would be, though, is it remotely plausible? Russia famously walked all over the Obama administration.

Miller could have also included the time Obama wimped out after threatening to bomb Assad and then let Putin broker a chemical-weapons “disarmament” deal for Syria instead. We’re talking about a guy here whose most memorable foreign policy pronouncement during the 2012 campaign was mocking Mitt Romney to his face in front of 50 million people for believing that Russia was still America’s foremost enemy abroad. O and Joe weren’t just weak on Putin, they were denialists.

And so, to his point that Trump might try to withdraw the U.S. from NATO during his second term (a legit worry), one might reply that NATO will be toothless regardless of who wins next November. Whether there’s still a formal treaty in place or not.

To its credit, the media hasn’t been shy about noting how weak Obama’s response was in 2016 upon learning of Russian campaign interference. (Although that’s likely just because they’re miffed at him for having damaged Hillary’s chances by his inaction.) This WaPo piece from late 2017 is probably the most well-known story on the subject…

“It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend,” said a former senior Obama administration official involved in White House deliberations on Russia. “I feel like we sort of choked.”

“The punishment did not fit the crime,” said Michael McFaul, who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia for the Obama administration from 2012 to 2014. “Russia violated our sovereignty, meddling in one of our most sacred acts as a democracy — electing our president. The Kremlin should have paid a much higher price for that attack. And U.S. policymakers now — both in the White House and Congress — should consider new actions to deter future Russian interventions.”

…but BuzzFeed was on the same beat months earlier with a feature entitled “How Russia Hacked Obama’s Legacy.” You would think Biden would be sensitive enough to perceptions *on his own side* that he and O whiffed on Russia that he’d take care not to go into tough-guy mode when discussing Trump’s flaws, but no. I wonder if Harris or someone else will ding him for this at the next debate, knowing how sore a subject Russian interference remains for Democratic voters. If they’re looking for a president who’ll stand up to Moscow, clearly Biden’s not the guy.

Nice job here by ace reporter Chris Cuomo, by the way, allowing Biden’s bizarro “wouldn’t happen on our watch” comment to go completely unchallenged.

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Er, what’s the big secret that forced Mike Pence to cancel an event today?

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You don’t see a bulletin like this every day:

That triggered a wave of murmuring across political Twitter. Was everything okay?

Absolutely no cause for concern, insisted White House officials. There’s no medical issue with Trump or Pence. But yes, “something came up.”

And no, you’re not allowed to know what that thing is. Even though it was sufficiently urgent that the vice president of the United States had to cancel an event and return not just to Washington but to the White House. He’s on the job — which, one would think, rules out some personal or medical issue in the Pence family.

Pence’s spokesman insists there’s no cause for alarm. And no, you can’t know what’s up. Sorry.

Normally when something of import happens within the Trump White House it leaks to the Times, the Post, or the Journal in eight seconds. This time, more than four hours after the Pence bulletin, nothing. Not a peep. Total radio silence. Either this is being very tightly held or the major papers know what’s going on but it’s so sensitive that they’re holding back on publishing for now at the White House’s request, for national security reasons.

Coincidentally, this tweet also started floating around at roughly the same time the Pence news was breaking:

There *is* news from Russia today. Fourteen Russian sailors have died in a fire aboard a submarine. The Kremlin won’t say if it was a nuclear sub and they won’t say where it was located, except that it was in Russian territorial waters. Deepening the mystery, the “accident” apparently happened yesterday and is only being revealed publicly today. Why that would require Putin to rush to meet with his defense minister this morning is unclear.

Did the U.S. Navy have a run-in with the Russian navy? Seems unlikely that we might have mistaken the Russian sub for someone else’s; how many nations even have submarines at sea? Or is there some nuclear implication to whatever happened onboard the damaged sub, either a reactor issue or an issue related to nuclear missiles onboard, that the U.S. needs to be made aware of for some reason?

Or maybe Pence’s issue is totally unrelated to the Russian sub. White House officials are insisting that it had nothing to do with national security.

Want to make this a little weirder? Here you go:

Weeks from now?

I assume we’ll know within 24 hours, as this team leaks like a sieve, but the secrecy seems ominous. Trump hasn’t tweeted since the Pence bulletin (at least as of 4 p.m. ET) apart from posting a link to a DOJ press release, which could have been done by Dan Scavino or some other aide with access.

What’s going on?

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Jimmy Carter: Let’s face it, Trump didn’t really win the election

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On the one hand, do we really want to go into outrage mode about something a 94-year-old man had to say?

On the other hand, we do it to Bernie all the time.

This is a mild surprise, as Carter is the only living president with whom Trump has — or had, I guess — something resembling a cordial relationship. Carter sent him a letter a few months ago about negotiations with China, to which POTUS replied by dialing him up and chatting. “The President has always liked President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter,” said the White House in a statement afterward.

I fear the Trump/Carter relationship is now doomed to return to the dreary days of 2013-14:

Unless Carter’s suggesting that Russia fiddled with the vote totals, a claim for which there’s no evidence, I don’t know what he means when he says Russian interference hasn’t yet been “quantified.” How does he propose to quantify how much John Podesta’s emails convinced fencesitters to vote Trump, particularly when there was so much other news competing for their attention — Comey reopening the Emailgate probe, Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape, etc?

I don’t think he means anything in particular, actually, beyond the very basic assertion that the election was so tight in so many swing states that *any* interference necessarily must have been decisive. That logic doesn’t bear out, but a lot lot lot of Democrats believe it.

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If you want to view Trump’s presidency as illegitimate for your own partisan or ideological reasons, the Russian hackings of the DNC and Podesta are your ready-made justification. No need to get into the nuts and bolts of whether, and how, a critical mass of votes changed.

But in fairness, it’s hard to fault them sometimes. Here’s the president embarrassing himself and the country in Japan today, joking with a guy who has journalists shot in the face about the fact that he doesn’t have any “fake news” problem in Russia. (Second time this week that he’s joked about his political enemies dying, actually.) This was after he had already mocked the media’s request earlier for him to challenge Putin about interfering in the campaign in 2016. I wonder who’ll be appointed special counsel in 2021 after the next round of Russian campaign hackings.

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John ‘I Don’t Do Evidence’ Brennan Appears To Be Spooked By Durham’s Plans To Interview CIA Officials

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CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 16, 2016, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Islamic State. Brennan said that the Islamic State remains “formidable” and “resilient,” is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for its territorial losses in the Middle East. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

Somehow I’d forgotten that former CIA Director John Brennan “doesn’t do evidence.”

During a May 23, 2017 House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election, then-Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), asked Brennan, “When you learned of Russian efforts, did you have evidence of a connection between the Trump campaign and Russian state actors?”

Brennan famously replied, “As I said, Mr. Gowdy, I don’t do evidence.”

As John Durham focuses on the origins of the Trump/Russia collusion investigation, he will be searching for evidence to support the long repeated claim that Russian interference helped sway the election to Donald Trump. Although four investigations have been conducted, including the exhaustive 22-month Mueller investigation, none have found sufficient evidence (or any evidence) to support these allegations. Durham’s investigators now plan to interview senior CIA officials to find some answers. The New York Times reported this story on Thursday in a front page article entitled “C.I.A. Scrutinized By Justice Department Over Russia Case.” The sub-headline read “Review May Put Focus On Conclusion That Putin Aided Trump To Win.”

Turns out, the left wasn’t so happy to hear this news. As far as they’re concerned, Putin ordered Russian operatives to do whatever was necessary to make sure Trump won the election.

The question is, was this just a fictional story manufactured to promote the Russia hoax? Since not even Mueller’s team of angry Democrats were able to uncover any concrete evidence, the answer may be yes.

Political analyst and former U.S. intelligence office Ray McGovern thinks so. He wrote:

With Justice Department investigators’ noses to the ground, it should be just a matter of time before they identify Brennan conclusively as fabricator-in-chief of the Russiagate story. Evidence, real evidence in this case, abounds, since the Brennan-Comey-Clapper gang of three were sure Hillary Clinton would become president. Consequently, they did not perform due diligence to hide their tracks.

Worse still, intelligence analysts tend to hang onto instructions and terms of reference handed down to them by people like Brennan and his top lieutenants. It will not be difficult for CIA analysts to come up with documents to support the excuse: “Brennan made me do it.”

John Brennan was especially piqued by this latest report. Here’s what he told NBC.

I’m very concerned about the upcoming presidential election. It’s clear that the Russians interfered to help Mr. Trump in 2016. Is Mr. Trump turning a blind eye to that because he doesn’t mind if the Russians involve themselves again to try to enhance his prospects for reelection? It’s really quite unnerving to think that this President, Mr. Trump, can in fact turn off law enforcement and intelligence capabilities if they pose a threat to him personally.

This is preposterous of course.

CNN’s Don Lemon discussed the NY Times report on his program. His guest, CNN Justice Reporter Shimon Prokupecz said, “It’s troubling, because…it’s not…you don’t do this. The CIA kind of operates in their own world.”

It’s troubling to ask questions of the CIA? Are they above the law, outside the law?

Prokupecz redeems himself, perhaps realizing how his answer came across and offers a more truthful response.

And for the Department of Justice to start begin questioning CIA agents, people who work there, questioning their work. You know for me I think what all this comes down to is former CIA director, John Brennan. I know the president obviously has been very unhappy with the way John Brennan has behaved since he left office. I think it goes back to that.

He’s very concerned about the information and how some of the information that the CIA had really may not have been stood up. They couldn’t verify a lot of the information. And the CIA, certainly John Brennan, was sounding a lot of alarms to Congress saying something’s going on here. I know he was talking to people at the FBI at the time concerned something was going on. But what we’re seeing from the Attorney General right now is that he’s saying that they were acting on a lot of information that he’s concerned was not verified, there was no there, there. And perhaps they were overreacting and therefore caused other people to start reacting like the FBI and so it’s very — this is we’re in an extremely unprecedented time in terms of when you have Department of Justice officials now questioning CIA agents and analysts.

(The segment begins at 11:25 in the video below.)

Although Prokupecz, if he wants to keep his job at CNN, couldn’t go too far with his remarks, the truth is most, if not all, of Brennan’s assertions couldn’t be verified. He was telling anyone in Washington who would listen about the Russian collusion story in 2016. And it was Brennan who pushed the FBI to open an investigation.

Where I disagree with Prokupecz is when he offers Brennan an “out” by saying, “perhaps they were overreacting.” More accurately, they were lying. Initially, they were trying to prevent a Trump victory and, in the unlikely event that Trump did win, they were setting the stage for the “insurance policy” to go into effect.

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Stacey Abrams: If we don’t secure our democracy in 2020, we might be speaking Russian in 2030

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I’ve looked around for video of this with no luck but it must be that she was making a grim joke at Trump’s expense, a deliberately absurd exaggeration to emphasize a point. I … think?

Granted, the left seems willing to entertain any scenario when it comes to alleged collusion between Trump and Russia, up to and including that Moscow changed the vote totals in 2016. A Gallup poll taken last summer found that 78 percent of Democrats believed that Russian interference was decisive in 2016 — not just that it happened but that the Kremlin’s activities changed the outcome from a Clinton win to a Trump win. A YouGov poll taken last fall during the week of the midterms found that two-thirds of Democrats believe it’s “definitely” or “probably” true that Russia tampered with vote tallies to get Trump elected, a claim which even Barack Obama has debunked as lacking evidence. “We might actually be speaking Russian 10 years from now” feels like it could potentially show up in the D-bloc of Rachel Maddow’s show on an especially slow news night. It’s comically outlandish, but the Resistance often is.

And granted, Abrams’s endless insistence that she’s the true winner of the Georgia gubernatorial race long ago proved that she’s willing to embrace crankery if only for reasons of political expedience. Case in point, the fact that Bob Mueller found insufficient evidence to charge Trump with conspiracy didn’t deter her from keeping collusion hopes alive a few weeks ago either:

She’s a Yale-trained lawyer. She understands that Mueller didn’t exonerate Trump on obstruction but did basically exonerate him on collusion, and yet her statement conflates the two issues. She also understands why the full report can’t be released to the public, yet there she was insisting that it must be. So, yeah, it’s possible that Abrams wasn’t joking about speaking Russian in 2030. That doesn’t mean she believes it, just that she knows what her audience wants to hear and is willing to deliver it to them, like any successful politician.

Relatively successful, I mean. She hasn’t won statewide office yet, nor federal office. But the progressives and data nerds who make frequent cameos in my Twitter timeline treat the prospect of another Abrams candidacy the way baseball fans treated Bryce Harper’s call-up to the majors in 2012. We are in the presence of a star with no ceiling, at whose feet history lies whimpering. (Would’ve been true in Mike Trout’s case, actually.) That’s amazing hype for someone who’s never won an election beyond the level of George state representative, but between her SOTU rebuttal, her new status as the left’s most prominent advocate against voter suppression, and the fact that she’s the only would-be 2020 candidate besides Kamala Harris who’s actually part of the women and nonwhite constituencies on whom Dems depend, she’s essentially sacrosanct. If there’s a Democratic politician in the U.S. of any prominence who hasn’t endorsed the theory that Abrams “really” won the Georgia election, I’m unaware of them. How the hell is the competition going to attack her if she jumps into the presidential race?

I think she’s going to do it. She made her Russia “joke” at one foreign-policy forum in D.C. today before heading out to another foreign-policy forum. That’s the sort of event you do if you’re looking to build credibility as a would-be commander-in-chief, not if you’re narrowly focused on voting rights. She confirmed yesterday that she’s still thinking about getting in, then dropped the following comment at one of the foreign-policy events today. If she doesn’t run for president now and ends up losing a second bid at governor in 2022, she’s probably finished as a political force. Why wouldn’t she run?

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