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Valissa Rauhallinen • 3 years ago

Great post Larry, thanks!

On a tangential but related note, earlier today I saw an article at Zero Hedge that was sourced from this Daily Caller article:

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Raids Home Of Whistleblower On Clinton Foundation, Lawyer Says https://dailycaller.com/201...
FBI agents raided the home of a recognized Department of Justice whistleblower who privately delivered documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a government watchdog, according to the whistleblower’s attorney.

The Justice Department’s inspector general was informed that the documents show that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, the Russian company that purchased Uranium One, a document reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation alleges.

The delivered documents also show that then-FBI Director Robert Mueller failed to investigate allegations of criminal misconduct pertaining to Rosatom and to other Russian government entities attached to Uranium One, the document reviewed by TheDCNF alleges. Mueller is now the special counsel investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

“The bureau raided my client to seize what he legally gave Congress about the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One,” the whistleblower’s lawyer, Michael Socarras, told TheDCNF, noting that he considered the FBI’s raid to be an “outrageous disregard” of whistleblower protections.
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In one of those "it's a small world" scenarios, one of the WalkAway YouTubers (former SJW turned conservative) that I follow is the sister-in-law of this whistleblower! Here is her video today about the raid https://www.youtube.com/wat... [8 min]

I decided to search for more on this story at Google News and... it didn't even come up! But another article about another FBI Uranium One informant from back in February did show up on the search.

Uranium One informant makes Clinton allegations to Congress https://thehill.com/homenew...

Note that this informant is a different guy than the 1st article. This means that the FBI has dirt on Clinton's Uranium One deal from multiple sources. Will anyone at the FBI actually go after Clinton? I don't know anything about internal FBI politics, but there must be anti-Hillary people there as well as anti-Trump people and possible a few neutral law and order types.

blue peacock • 3 years ago

IMO, Trump is not helping himself or the American people get to the objective truth by declassifying all the documents and communications. Unless all the documents are released unredacted, all we have are theories and speculation. And Trump will be on the losing end of that as the news media and their Deep State collaborators have all the means to drive the narrative and attempt to convict in the court of public opinion through constant innuendo.

In the mean time the Mueller investigation itself creates the crimes as pretty much most Trump associates have been indicted for perjury. Even Manafort was prosecuted for money laundering that took place over a decade ago. There have been no claims from Mueller that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.

Trump has stated that he doesn't want to declassify as the American people shouldn't know how corrupt their government is. This seems to contradict his Drain the Swamp rhetoric. With the Democrats gonna run the House come January. I think Trump will come under increased pressure from all sides. I don't believe the Mueller investigation will ever wind down until Trump is defeated either via impeachment or loss of the next presidential election.

Pat Lang • 3 years ago

I heard Dershowitz (my new hero) say the other day that Mueller may have created more crimes than existed before his inquiry.

Jack • 3 years ago

Sir

That would be correct, since they're mostly about perjury which would not exist without the investigation. No one at the Trump campaign have been charged with colluding with the Russians to interfere in the election which is why he was ostensibly appointed

Lost in the shuffle is the question of Mueller's role in the plea deal with pedophile rapist Jeffrey Epstein. And of course current Labor secretary Acosta as Miami US attorney who put that deal together. Despicable!

Dershowitz was also allegedly involved in this pedophile ring.

https://twitter.com/dabeard...

Divadab Newton • 3 years ago

Here's the definition of pedophilia:
"Pedophilia (alternatively spelled paedophilia) is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children."
What you are accusing Dershowitz of is statutory rape, not pedophilia.

Jack • 3 years ago

Raping 13yr old and 16yr old girls is generally considered pedophilia. It's not me accusing Dershowitz but a child victim. In any case the plea deal slap on the wrist for Jeffrey Epstein organized by Alexander Acosta and Bob Mueller is despicable. Instead of leaving no stone unturned in the prosecution of all the powerful men who sexually abused these children.

Valissa Rauhallinen • 3 years ago

Not "generally considered" such by me. I agree with Divadab on this one. Pedophilia is sex with children, not teens.

I have a huuuuge pet peeve about overly dramatic political language usage in today's climate. Such as equating simple sexism with misogyny (which is hating women), or preference or support for one's own group/tribe to be racism (which is a strong word meaning hate).

Mad_Max22 • 3 years ago

Very informative post.
It would be of great value to know what the underlying predicate crime(s) are that are sustaining Mueller's scorched earth approach to what looks to be 'all things Trump,' whether the crimes relate to counter intelligence jurisdiction (treason, espionage), illicit overseas business transactions relating to sanctions violations or something of that sort, or election law violations, the smoke of which got the whole Mueller jihad underway. It certainly does give every appearance, at least from the outside perspective, of an investigation looking for a crime. This would not be unusual in a Foreign Counter Intelligence case which are almost by definition open ended; it would be very unusual, in fact prohibeted, in a criminal case where a factual predicate needs to be articulated that constitutes reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed. It seems Mueller has been riding the FCI horse whither he pleases to round up interviews, compare them, and then take the chicken shit route of chargeing 1001 violations to leverage his way forward. If that seems to smell bad, it is because it does. Precisely the same approach could have been taken vis a vis the Uranium mattter or any of the Clinton Foundation speaker forays into foreign lands and almost certainly a boatload of 1001 violations would have come into port.

kievite • 3 years ago

So Muller reinvented the tactics used by Bolsheviks during the Great Purge period ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wi... )

Most Stalin's political enemies were liquidated using the "foreign agent" charge.

Might be a good time to reread a book on "Moscow show trials" like


The prosecutor and the prey: Vyshinsky and the 1930s' Moscow show trials Arkadii V̆aksberg.

https://www.amazon.com/pros...


The quote "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce" might be applicable here.

Mad_Max22 • 3 years ago

The quote very much applies here. It's an abiding part of the problem that these people are amost entirely ahistorical, lawyers gaming the political system for power and dough, people of the present. This slo-mo coup was launched in the first place because Trump announced himself as 'not one of them', a promise he's only been able to fulfill fitfully and marginally; and then he unexpectedly won, a result that they could not accept lying down. Will of the people: tough shit, what do the people know.
Heck, the goofy but dangerous commentary we hear everywhere main stream about Russia, from Clapper, Comey, especially Brennan, the Generals, the Admirals, Republicans, Democrats tells us that these people somehow managed to miss the end of Cold War I and now we are well along into Cold War II. I would like to say it was from nostalgia but they haven't memory enough to circle back to the root; they're just flat out dumb about anything but grifting government where the money is.

Keith Harbaugh • 3 years ago

Not on the Sater story, but on possible evidence of FBI/DOJ malfeasance re Steele and the FISA Page warrent:
“FBI email chain may provide most damning evidence of FISA abuses yet”
by John Solomon, The Hill, 2018-12-05

The email exchanges show the FBI was aware — before it secured the now-infamous warrant — that there were intelligence community concerns about the reliability of the main evidence used to support it: the Christopher Steele dossier.

The exchanges also indicate FBI officials were aware that Steele, the former MI6 British intelligence operative then working as a confidential human source for the bureau, had contacts with news media reporters before the FISA warrant was secured.

The FBI fired Steele on Nov. 1, 2016 — two weeks after securing the warrant
— on the grounds that he had unauthorized contacts with the news media.

But the FBI withheld from the American public and Congress, until months later, that Steele had been paid to find his dirt on Trump by a firm doing political opposition research for the Democratic Party and for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and that Steele himself harbored hatred for Trump.

If the FBI knew of his media contacts and the concerns about the reliability of his dossier before seeking the warrant, it would constitute a serious breach of FISA regulations and the trust that the FISA court places in the FBI.

That’s because the FBI has an obligation to certify to the court before it approves FISA warrants that its evidence is verified, and to alert the judges to any flaws in
its evidence or information that suggest the target might be innocent.
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If the FBI knew Steele had that media contact before it submitted the article, it likely would be guilty of circular intelligence reporting, a forbidden tactic in which two pieces of evidence are portrayed as independent corroboration when, in fact, they originated from the same source.

These issues are why the FBI email chain, kept from most members of Congress for the past two years, suddenly landed on the declassification list.

I wonder what PL, Publius Tacitus, TTG and perhaps Robert Willmann would make of this.

Chris Chuba • 3 years ago

Good to hear from you again Larry, but the problem is what mechanism is there to investigate this?

If the President calls for an investigation along these lines, Congress and their sock puppets in the press will shout 'obstruction of justice, grounds for impeachment!' Dershowitz points out that the role of the special prosecutor is well, to prosecute, not to exonerate the people he is investigating, so who is left.

I used to think that changes in Administrations was a form of protection check and balance against dirty tricks because of fear that subsequent Administrations could reveal them but now I am seeing how the bureaucracy has ways to protect itself.

Taras77 • 3 years ago

Good post, Larry! Need more of your in depth research!
From veteran of No Quarter blog.

kievite • 3 years ago

This smells with entrapment -- looks like FBI was actively working on compromising Trump with Russian ties.

See also a very similar tale: https://theconservativetree...



Summary: George Papadopoulos and his wife Simone Mangiante approached in Greece by a known CIA/FBI operative, Charles Tawil. Mr. Tawil enlists George as a business consultant, under the auspices of energy development interests, and hands him $10,000 in cash to take back to the U.S. Upon arrival at the Dulles airport Robert Mueller had FBI agents waiting. Papadopoulos was stopped and searched; however, he never had the cash because he smartly left it in Greece with his lawyer. Further:

[W]hen he was arrested at Dulles Airport on July 27 after coming off a flight from Munich, prosecutors had no warrant for him and no indictment or criminal complaint. The complaint would be filed the following morning and approved by Howell in Washington.

wehaveseenthisb4 • 3 years ago

Super article. Yes, the FBI used a known loser and quintessential mark, Trump, to bait Russian operatives. And, now their going to destroy his presidency, with his help and the help of his associates and family members, to cover their tracks. After Larry laid it out as he did, makes a lot of sense. Kind of the way the game is played isn't it? Anti-Rooskie to the end, but who else qualifies as the ultimate legitimate opponent, where whatever it takes is the only rule of the game?

Arun • 3 years ago

So why did Cohen find it necessary to lie to Congress?

fanto • 3 years ago

because he did not know who Sater really was, ignorance is the excuse here

Arun • 3 years ago

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Let's be clear, the specific lie is that the Kremlin did not respond to Cohen's inquiries about the Trump Tower. Cohen admitted in his guilty plea that he lied about that, even had a 20 minute phone call. Nothing to do with Felix Sater.

Why did the Press Secretary to the Russian President go along with the lie? Of course, not under oath, but when asked in 2017 by the press? (e.g., https://www.cnn.com/2017/08... )

Arun • 3 years ago

I also hope you'll agree, independent of whether there is a FBI, CIA conspiracy to sabotage Trump, that if someone finds it expedient to lie to Congress or the FBI rather than tell the truth, for whatever reason, and thereby put the Kremlin in a position to expose that lie with direct evidence, that is not a good situation to be in and to put the country in. Perhaps less dangerous us all if it is a Michael Cohen, but more dangerous for us all if it is a National Security Advisor.

Pat Lang • 3 years ago

Good question.

NYYankeesfan • 3 years ago

Cohen is not the brightest bulb on the porch.

edthespark l • 3 years ago

Start with the russian tenants in trump buildings

Pat Lang • 3 years ago

Sadly stupid. do you own apartment buildings? If so do you screen their citizenship?