PDT’s own take

PLUS THIS: A BIT MORE ON WHAT IS NOT REPORTED: That being PDT’s own personal reaction. TRUMP RAGES: People Have Done ‘Evil Things, Very Bad Things … Treasonous Things Against Our Country’.

“It lasted a long time. We’re glad it’s over. It’s 100% the way it should have been. I wish it could have gone a lot sooner, a lot quicker. There are a lot of people out there that have done some very, very evil things, very bad things. I would say treasonous things against our country and hopefully that people that have done such harm to our country, we’ve gone through a period of really bad things happening,” the president said.

Trump added that if he has his way, those who investigated him will themselves be investigated.

“Those people will certainly be looked at. I’ve been looking at them for a long time and I’m saying why haven’t they been looked at? They lied to Congress. Many of them, you know who they are, they’ve done so many evil things,” he said.

Trump also said he wants to make sure that what he’s endured never happens to another president.

“Lock her up” was the mantra during the election, and it might soon apply to a number of those who worked with and supported Mueller. As Emerson said: “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.” Same may go for Presidents.

Now back to where this post began.

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Published on 24 Mar 2019

Trump campaign releases video montage of Democrats’ reckless, false charges.

From here

AND TO ADD A BIT OF LOCAL COLOUR: From Mark Steyn but only if spy novels and John le Carré is your kind of thing: Tinker, Tailor, Clapper, Carter, Downer, Halper, Spy. Includes this in the midst of a much much longer story:

Another digression: Mr Downer was Australia’s longest serving foreign minister and, as I used to say in those days, “my favorite foreign minister”…. At any rate Mr Downer relayed the information about young George to Aussie Intelligence back home. Canberra sat on the info for two months and then passed it along to the Yanks in late July, just in time for that FISA application. And so, as July turned to August, Peter Strzok bade farewell to his “paramour” Lisa Page and flew to London for a sit-down with the High Commissioner at Australia House.

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46 Responses to PDT’s own take

  1. NB

    Monty Python reviews Democrat logic, democrat evidence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrzMhU_4m-g

  2. stackja

    Dems wrong, MSM wrong.
    Voters and MSM consumers have a clear choice.

  3. Tel

    Everybody.

    Needs a montage.

  4. Tombell

    More good news. Michael Avenatti – you remember him ( Stormy, women who claimed to have been sexually abused by Kavanaugh etc.) – and who was hailed by some sections of the liberal media as being “ brave” , has just been arrested and charged with a $20 million extortion attempt against Nike. Look forward to seeing how this is going to be spun by Joy Behar and her ilk!

  5. John Constantine

    Their ABC q and a program set up the female liberal vice president for the Trump gotcha.

    She said she had met Trump, spent time around him and there was nothing wrong with Trump.

    Their ABC billion dollar bully pulpit mocked her, and breathlessly thunders this morning that she ripped her ABC wires off and left without even being nice and thanking the ABC for setting her up.

    Comrades.

  6. John Constantine

    We see how their ABC and fellow rats treat a guest that fails to follow the narrative, how they openly for broadcast pack up and bully and mock anybody outside their hivemind group think.

    How bad is the bullying in their ABC staffroom, where the maggots can writhe and mass up under the cover of corruption and darkness?.

    Sick building syndrome is because of ABC culture, not building materials or feng shui.

    Comrades.

  7. Bruce

    And this morning’s big headliner of THEIR ABC, radio and TV “news” was a carefully concocted story, done in association with Al Jazeera, of all outlets, about One Nation seeking money from the NRA. It appears that it was one of THEIR ABC’s “operatives” who set the whole thing up.

    They proudly crowed about the management of entire thing, complete with multiple body cameras.

    All, of course conveniently timed, originally, for the annual Port Arthur compulsory grief festival.

    Churnalists; political operatives with bylines, shaping opinions forever.

  8. John Constantine

    Load and Launch journalism.

    Whatever crap they use as ammunition doesn’t matter, as long as the hate in their leftist hearts is pure and their target isn’t left enough, anything goes as a missile of destruction.

    Can’t be recalled and the damage can’t be repaired and the launcher can switch ammunition types from one lie to the next as easy as breathing.

    Pravda, Comrades.

  9. John Constantine

    Australias journalists wake up, grab their mobiles and get their daily narrative talking points of their revolutionary struggle.

    These typist-posing-as-journalists then spend their day loading and launching these lies out onto the battleground.

    Comrades.

  10. OldOzzie

    Mueller and the Obama Accounting

    The former President now owes the country an explanation for the historic abuse of government surveillance powers.

    By James Freeman WSJ
    March 25, 2019 1:17 p.m. ET

    The Mueller report confirms that the Obama administration, without evidence, turned the surveillance powers of the federal government against the presidential campaign of the party out of power. This historic abuse of executive authority was either approved by President Barack Obama or it was not. It’s time for Mr. Obama, who oddly receives few mentions in stories about his government’s spying on associates of the 2016 Trump campaign, to say what he knew and did not know about the targeting of his party’s opponents.

    If he was briefed, for example, on plans by the Justice Department to seek wiretaps on Trump campaign associates, it’s hard to believe Mr. Obama would not have been highly interested in the matter. Going all the way back to his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, Mr. Obama had aggressively advocated for preventing federal abuse of surveillance powers.

    In September of 2004, the Chicago Tribune reported that candidate Obama “is ripping the controversial USA Patriot Act for violating U.S. citizens’ civil liberties in the battle against terrorism.” The Tribune reported:

    Answering a Tribune questionnaire on the issue of terrorism, Obama vows to support the repeal of several provisions of the act because he believes it failed to strike the appropriate balance between homeland security and protection of civil liberties.

    “The act goes too far in violating our fundamental notions of privacy, thus seriously eroding the very ideals at the heart of our country’s greatness,” Obama said in his questionnaire.

    According to the Tribune, Mr. Obama said that “a cornerstone of our democracy” is “that actions of a sometimes overzealous and overreaching Executive Branch are subject to challenge.”

    The next month, Madison, Wisconsin’s Capital Times reported on the Illinois candidate’s visit for a campaign event:

    Barack Obama, the Illinois U.S. Senate candidate who became a national political phenomenon when he delivered the keynote address at this summer’s Democratic National Convention, says he would like to think he would be as courageous as Russ Feingold was when he cast the sole vote in the Senate against the Patriot Act…

    “I like to think that, had I been in the Senate, I would have cast the second vote against the Patriot Act,” says Obama, who like Feingold is a lawyer and a passionate defender of the Bill of Rights.

    It’s time for this lawyer and alleged passionate defender of the Bill of Rights to explain the actions of his overzealous and overreaching executive branch. If he didn’t find out about the wiretapping until after the fact, when exactly did he learn about it and how did he respond?

    What has always seemed clear is that Mr. Obama never actually believed the now-discredited claim that the Trump campaign worked with Russia to rig the 2016 U.S. elections. In April of 2017, three months after Mr. Obama left office, this column noted that the former President had offered little criticism of the new President:

    At the end of January, Mr. Obama broke his public silence, but it wasn’t to reveal a grand conspiracy among former or current Trump associates. The former president instead released via a spokesman a statement supporting protests of a new Trump executive order on immigration. “Barack Obama and his aides expected to take on President Donald Trump at some point, but they didn’t think it would happen this quickly,” Politico noted at the time. “Now they’re trying to find the right balance on issues that demand a response.” Politico further reported that from “his vacation spot in the Caribbean, Obama has been keeping up with news from Washington,” as well as following the anti-Trump protests that were occurring around the country.

    If a former president, who had enjoyed unrivaled access to the relevant intelligence, believed that the country had been taken over by a cabal of Kremlin cronies, would he really be lying on a beach wondering which issues compelled him to criticize his successor—and having done so, decide that a Russia-engineered coup didn’t quite rise to that level?

    If Mr. Obama never bought into the collusion conspiracy theory, then the question is why he endorsed or allowed the use of federal surveillance tools against the party out of power—a direct threat to the democratic process that is at the heart of our country’s greatness.

    Mr. Obama might have room to deny any knowledge of the details of the surveillance abuses, given the story his FBI director told Congress—if anybody could believe that story.

    The absolute bare minimum that Mr. Obama owes this country is an explanation of the actions of his government in spying on a presidential campaign.

    Out on a Limb

    “Conclusion of Mueller probe raises anew criticisms of coverage,” Washington Post, March 24

    Other Than That, The Stories Were Accurate

    “For deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration,” 2018 Pulitzer Prize citation lauding the staffs of the New York Times and Washington Post.

  11. OldOzzie

    The Mueller Conclusions

    All Americans should be pleased with the end of the collusion illusion.

    By The Editorial Board
    Updated March 24, 2019 7:14 p.m. ET

    Well, so much for the claim that Donald Trump or his campaign conspired with Russians to steal the American Presidency. That conspiracy theory, which has distorted American politics for more than two years, expired in an instant Sunday when Attorney General William Barr delivered Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “principal conclusions” to Congress.

    “The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” Mr. Barr wrote in a four-page letter to the Judiciary Committees of the House and Senate.

    Mr. Barr’s letter also said that Mr. Mueller investigated the evidence of whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice but made no “prosecutorial judgment.” Mr. Barr said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein examined that evidence and concluded there is nothing sufficient to prove that the President “engaged in obstructive conduct.” Mr. Trump called all this an “exoneration,” and it certainly looks to be, but it’s worth stepping back from the partisan claims for some larger political context.

    The Russia conclusion in particular ought to be good news to all Americans. Mr. Mueller spent two years and the vast resources of the FBI and Justice Department to search for “collusion.” He found ample evidence that Russia did try to influence the election. But he found that no one in the Trump campaign “coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign,” Mr. Barr wrote.

    This lifts the cloud over the 2016 election that authoritarians like Vladimir Putin hope to promote with their meddling in democracies. It means no Trump officials abetted the hack into Democratic emails, and no Trump officials conspired with WikiLeaks (Roger Stone’s fantasies aside). The conclusion should restore a measure of public confidence in our political system and the integrity of U.S. elections. Imagine the political crisis had Mr. Mueller found the opposite?

    The end of the collusion illusion should also cause the media to do some soul-searching about rushes to judgment. For two years, with the help of ex-Obama officials, they spun anecdotes of contacts between Russians and Trump campaign advisers into a conspiracy. With few exceptions they went well beyond First Amendment oversight into anti-Trump advocacy. But it was always odd that those individual Russia-Trump contacts never added up to anything or went anywhere, which is why we warned about waiting for the facts.

    Many in the press also took Mr. Trump’s denunciations against the investigation and his odd solicitousness for Mr. Putin as an admission of guilt. But Mr. Trump is often his own worst enemy, and bursts of ego and anger aren’t evidence of anything but predictable Trump behavior.

    The question has always been whether Mr. Mueller would be able to connect those anecdotes into a larger conspiracy, but now we know he could not. By the way, Mr. Mueller’s probe is the third to find no Russia-Trump collusion, following the House and Senate Intelligence Committee findings. Perhaps the press corps will finally take no conspiracy for an answer.

    As for obstruction of justice, some Democrats will assert that Mr. Mueller’s failure to reach a conclusion justifies more investigation. They will demand to see the evidence Mr. Mueller compiled, though most of this is already in the public domain since it concerned the firing of James Comey as FBI director. And they will claim that Messrs. Barr and Rosenstein are politically conflicted.

    But note that Mr. Barr says that he and Mr. Rosenstein took into account that Mr. Mueller found that “the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference,” which bears on motive. Without an underlying crime, what was Mr. Trump trying to cover up?

    Mr. Barr says he and Mr. Rosenstein reached their judgment about obstruction without getting to the constitutional issue of whether a sitting President can be indicted. But in our view Mr. Trump had every right as President to fire Mr. Comey for whatever reason he saw fit. The Constitution gives the President the power to hire and fire at will, and it cannot be illegal to perform an act that the Constitution says is legal, no matter the motive.

    House Democrats will have to decide what to do with all this, and their first resort will be a demand to see the entire report. Mr. Barr in his letter again promised to disclose as much as he can subject to grand-jury secrecy and other Justice rules. But we also hope he includes in his disclosures the documents that explain how this entire Russia conspiracy story began at the FBI and inside the Obama Administration. With Mr. Mueller’s conclusions, we now know that someone may have conned the FBI into one of the great dirty tricks in American political history.

    The Mueller report won’t end this rancorous period in American politics, but at least it should put the Russia conspiracy file to bed. And for that we can all be grateful.

  12. Arky

    These typist-posing-as-journalists then spend their day loading and launching these lies out onto the battleground.

    ..
    To be fair, both sides do that now.
    It would be good if there was a news outlet that just reported facts and quotes, without the adjectives: “controversal”, “divisive” etc etc.
    But yeah, the left is worse, as a function of their curfent dominance.

  13. Zatara

    Look forward to seeing how this is going to be spun by Joy Behar and her ilk!

    Quite simply, by ignoring it, as usual.

  14. OldOzzie

    WSJ – Trump Signals Support for Report’s Release as Democrats Dispute ‘Exoneration’

    Democrats have called for the swift release of the report and its underlying documents

    WASHINGTON—President Trump signaled Monday he would support the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, which he says exonerates him, while Democrats contested that interpretation and pressed for more information on its findings.

    Neither Congress nor the White House has received the full report. According to a letter Sunday from Attorney General William Barr to senior lawmakers summarizing the report, Mr. Mueller didn’t find that Mr. Trump and his campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to interfere in the election.

    Mr. Mueller didn’t draw a conclusion on whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice, according to the letter. In the absence of a determination from Mr. Mueller, Mr. Barr wrote, he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded that Mr. Trump’s actions didn’t reach the bar of a crime.

    In remarks Monday alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Trump expressed relief the investigation has been concluded, telling reporters he wished it would have wrapped up a lot faster but that ultimately, “we’re glad it’s over.” He added that it “wouldn’t bother me at all” for the report to be released in full. A day earlier, he asserted that the report summary was a total exoneration.

    Mr. Trump, in discussing the probe, also lashed out against unnamed people who he said lied.

    “There are people out there who have done very bad things, I would say treasonous things against our country,” he said. “They lied to Congress. Many of them, you know who they are. They’ve done so many evil things.”

    Mr. Trump had repeatedly called the probe a witch hunt and attacked Mr. Mueller. When asked by a reporter Monday if Mr. Mueller acted honorably, Mr. Trump responded: “Yes, he did.”

    “He’s more than happy for any of this stuff to come out because he knows exactly what did and what didn’t happen and now frankly the rest of America knows,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told NBC News.

    In a separate interview with Fox News, Ms. Sanders also said several considerations were at play in whether to release the full report, including executive privilege and precedent for future presidents, while reiterating the decision would be made by Mr. Barr.

    Mr. Barr said in his letter Sunday that he was seeking to release as much of the report as possible but also noted it contains secret grand-jury information that, in the absence of a criminal finding, generally can’t be shared with the public.

    Democrats have called for the swift release of the report and its underlying documents, to enable the public to draw its own conclusions. For now, the report remains closely guarded at the Justice Department, which hasn’t stated publicly whether, how and when the report will be released to the public. The chairmen of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees have also called on Mr. Barr to testify.

    “We have a four-page summary written by the person that was hand picked by Donald Trump to write it in a way that it was as favorable as possible by him,” Rep. Katie Hill (D., Calif.) said on CNN. “So, until we get the full report released and until we get all of the information that surrounds that, I don’t think that we should be jumping to any conclusions.”

    Tweeted Rep. Ro Khanna (D., Calif): “Mueller did not exonerate the president on charges of obstruction of justice. My sense is that he intended for Congress to make that determination.”

    Committee chairs in the Democratic-led House also indicated Sunday evening they would continue to pursue their own probes into obstruction of justice, abuses of power and corruption, among other issues.

    “It’s a broader mandate than the special prosecutor had,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) told reporters Sunday evening.

    Mr. Nadler said he would be willing to issue subpoenas, if necessary, to obtain the full report. He said he also plans to ask Mr. Barr to testify before his panel shortly.

    “I will not be satisfied until the full report and all underlying evidence is made available,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) said Sunday. “Americans deserve to know all the facts, which is why the report itself should be released—to the fullest extent of the law—in addition to the Attorney General’s summary.”

    Democrats have also challenged Mr. Barr’s indication that he would seek to restrict the release of information around certain grand jury information. Democrats said there is precedent, including during the Watergate investigation, during which grand jury materials were turned over to Congress.

    In addition, Democrats sent letters dated Friday to many federal agencies asking them to preserve all documents, communication and evidence amassed by Mr. Mueller and his team. The letters warn that destroying such material risks running afoul of federal records laws.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that while the special counsel’s report supported Mr. Trump’s account that his campaign didn’t conspire or coordinate with Russia during the 2016 election, it still raises serious issues about election meddling.

    “Russia’s ongoing efforts to interfere with our democracy are dangerous and disturbing and I welcome the Special Counsel’s contributions to our efforts to understand better Russia’s activities in this regard,” Mr. McConnell (R., Ky.) said.

    Former FBI Director James Comey, whose firing by Mr. Trump in 2017 as the Russia investigation was under way prompted the president’s critics to allege he was obstructing justice, wrote on Twitter, simply, “so many questions.”

  15. Empire 5:5

    The word of the day for twitter blue checkmarked progressives is: handpicked (hand-picked, hand picked).

    You will see it used in the context of “handpicked AG”. Evidently the US Attorney-General is typically picked by someone other than POTUS.

  16. Zatara

    In addition, Democrats sent letters dated Friday to many federal agencies asking them to preserve all documents, communication and evidence amassed by Mr. Mueller and his team. The letters warn that destroying such material risks running afoul of federal records laws.

    You mean like the 30,000+ e-mails Hillary was ordered to retain, but she deleted?

    The Dems might want to keep that one in mind before they run their mouths too much because they just might hear about it again.

  17. Speedbox

    Opening up a counterintelligence investigation against Russia is not the same thing as opening up a counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign.

    Which is what they did – Brennan and Clapper and Comey and McCabe. They took tools designed to combat America’s foreign enemies and used them against their own citizens and their political opposition. It was an intentional subversion of the electoral process conducted at the highest level by agencies with almost unlimited power. And, if they get away with it, they will do it again, and again and again. That’s what Brennan’s telling us on Twitter, and Clapper on “The View”:

    Yeah? So what? Whatcha gonna do about it?

    Good question.

    (extract from Mark Steyn summary).

  18. Empire 5:5

    “This was a knockout punch to the mainstream media. I don’t think they’re ever going to recover. Their credibility is completely shot. Millions of Americans will never take them seriously ever again. They booked their shows full of fools. A roster of fools, who now they need to let their contracts expire and put them out to pasture. It was all a bunch of boys who cried wolf and they never booked the other side.”

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/fox-news-the-five-goes-off-on-russia-media-coverage-cnn-msnbc-dug-their-own-grave/

  19. Paulo Nigrum Anatis

    The ABC TV news last night demurely announce Mueller had found no collusion but then was at pains to emphasise Trump was not exonerated and further action may be forthcoming. This is despite William Barr’s statement already being in the public domain that:

    After reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions,” Barr wrote, “Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”

    He further explained. “In making this determination, we noted that the Special Counsel recognized that ‘the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference,’ and that, while not determinative, the absence of such evidence bears upon the President’s intent with respect to obstruction.”

    Yes Aunty is having a hissy alright! How dare they claim to be Australia’s ‘accurate’ broadcaster!

  20. Iampeter

    Trump rages people have done evil things very bad things treasonous things against our country/

    LOL, who is he raging at?
    These “things” were done by his government, even his own numptee appointees.
    He should be explaining how the hell he let this farce happen.

    Trump added that if he has his way, those who investigated him will themselves be investigated.

    Why wouldn’t he have his way? Is he unaware he can directly order said investigations?
    Alternatively, he could appoint competent people who would’ve done so without needing orders and blocked this farce from ever happening?
    Why are you posting about this nonsense, as anything other than proof of how inept the Trump administration is?

    “Lock her up” was the mantra during the election, and it might soon apply to a number of those who worked with and supported Mueller.

    LOL why would you assume this?
    Given the elections mantra and the fact that the only people locked up are on Trump’s side, what makes you think this administration is going to suddenly learn what they are doing?
    You’ll be lucky if Trump doesn’t lock up Trump before this is over.
    Although if he does, you and other cultists will probably conclude it’s all part of his brilliant plan, or something.

  21. Dr Fred Lenin

    The left hate it when their carefully crafted lying fit ups come back to bite them on the ass ,all that “ability “ concentated on hatred of anyone who contradicts ther lies ,buch of bloody spoiled “teenagers “ of all ages nit a bloody adult amongst them .

  22. It lasted a long time. We’re glad it’s over.

    Said Nixon in December of 1972, probably.

  23. Bruce of Newcastle

    Watergate on Steriods, M0nty!

    The headlines at Fox,WaTimes and Breitbart are so yummy today! Suddenly all these GOPers have discovered spines they never knew they had! I hope they don’t melt back into protoplasmic amoeba, like they usually do.

  24. Mitchell Porter

    I have been experimenting with the idea that the two years of the Mueller report are analogous to the two days of the August 1991 coup against Gorbachev in Russia, as the final rearguard action of a power elite. In the end I simply can’t see a Qanon-style purge actually occurring. But this will strengthen the AOC-Sanders progressives in their struggle with the Clinton globalists for control of the Democrats. They’ll say, you bet everything on beating Trump without confronting his policies; well, *we* have policies (Green New Deal, etc), it’s our turn now.

    The media consequences are harder to figure out. Media choices seem to be, liberal MSM, Fox News, and “the Internet”. But almost every Internet news alternative relies on a platform owned by Silicon Valley; and Silicon Valley, unlike the Democratic Party and the MSM, is untouched by the Mueller anticlimax. All that suggests to me, that the power of Silicon Valley within the Democratic Party will be strengthened, that it will become even more, the party of multicultural technocratic progressivism.

    But what happens to the millions who even now rely on CNN and the New York Times and so on? The Young Turks on their Youtube perch can say, the young people don’t watch Wolf Blitzer on CNN, they watch us. Maybe the remaining baby-boomer liberals will become the swing vote in an American politics divided between Sanders multicultural progressives and Trump conservative nationalists.

  25. Buccaneer

    Is Monty an intentional parody?

  26. Empire 5:5

    Empire 5:5
    #2970680, posted on March 26, 2019 at 9:34 am
    The word of the day for twitter blue checkmarked progressives is: handpicked (hand-picked, hand picked).

    UPDATE
    Out: handpicked™
    In: weaponized™

  27. Empire 5:5

    But what happens to the millions who even now rely on CNN and the New York Times and so on?

    Anyone who relies on either entity should do the honourable thing. There is no defence for reckless ignorance.

  28. pete m

    You know when a cockroach is dead but the legs flutter a little -> m0nty on Trump.

  29. Empire 5:5

    Is Monty an intentional parody?

    No. He’s an organic self hating tyrannist with tertiary stage leftism. It’s entertaining in a Toxic Avenger kind of way.

  30. Buccaneer

    I don’t think Ricky Gervais could write a better pisstake of the bent out of shape bitter lefty imbecile that stalks this site.

  31. Boambee John

    Didn’t m0nty say repeatedly that Wussia, Wussia, Wussia was “worse than Watergate”?

    Seems that “worse than Watergate” is a nothingburger, so presumably that makes Watergate less than a nothingburger. Nice work m0nty!

    Incidentally, it seems that the DNC/MSM talking points amount to “aaaaany daaaay now, just you wait.”

  32. Bill Thompson

    Remember when Obama scoffed at the idea that the Russians could hack the US election? If he or his administration cronies had evidence, or even just concerns, that Russia was trying to infiltrate the Trump team, why didn’t they warn him? You know, in the interests of US security…

    https://youtu.be/FTpMbG2GJH4

  33. Iampeter

    I don’t think Ricky Gervais could write a better pisstake of the bent out of shape bitter lefty imbecile that stalks this site.

    That describes almost all the posters on this side.

    Just politically illiterate, bent out of shape, bitter, lefty imbeciles.

  34. Boambee John

    That describes almost almost everything that 1ampmeter posts on this site.

    Just a politically illiterate, bent out of shape, bitter, imbecile.

    Fixed!

  35. Iampeter

    Fixed!

    No, but then a bunch of clueless socialists who think they are “libertarian and centre-right” for some reason, aren’t going to be fixing much of anything.

  36. Empire 5:5

    Just politically illiterate, bent out of shape, bitter, lefty imbeciles.

    This however, is parody.

  37. Ubique

    How can we be sure there was no collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and the denizens of San Marino? A special investigation is surely required. What? No evidence of meddling from these quarters? Hey, not to worry, lack of evidence was no obstacle in the $30m Russiagate inquiry or in convincing 100% of the ABC of President Trump’s guilt.

  38. Yes Aunty is having a hissy alright!

    Oh, don’t be so picky!

    They, and all the rest, must keep misquoting and lying about what Senator Anning has/has not said.

    Otherwise, Australians could wake up.

  39. Buccaneer

    Clearly, I should have written imbeciles. That’s you 1ampmeter, constantly bagging the entire set of contributors to this site by using different configurations of the same words is worse than parody, it’s sad. Go do something productive with your life.

  40. Penguinite

    And the Village People said “It’s Exoneration Time “

  41. The Beer Whisperer

    Yeah? So what? Whatcha gonna do about it?

    Good question.

    They really, really, should never ask Trump that question, becaymuse they just might find out.

  42. J.H.

    Peter Stzrok keeps turning up quite regularly doesn’t he? He also investigated Hillary and down graded her culpability from Negligent, which has a criminal penalty, to “grossly careless” which doesn’t. He was also on Mueller’s investigation… and there he is again with Downer. Peter sure gets around.

    Anyway, Donald Trump is vindicated and exonerated. The FBI is also going to have to explain a few things…. Like why a British ex spy, Christoper Steele was both a paid informant of the FBI and a paid agent for Hillary Clinton who compiled a “Dirt File” on Donald Trump for her….

    The “Dirt File” which became the notoriously fake “Pee Dossier”, that Steele gave to John McCain who then gave it to the FBI who then used it as “Evidence” to get FISA warrants granted to wiretap Trump’s election campaign.

    The FBI and Steele did this knowing that the “Pee Dossier” was a Hillary Clinton organized “dirt file” . A completely flawed and compromised document.

    There are lots of questions that need answering.

  43. Iampeter

    Clearly, I should have written imbeciles. That’s you 1ampmeter, constantly bagging the entire set of contributors to this site by using different configurations of the same words is worse than parody, it’s sad. Go do something productive with your life.

    It is sad, as this is the only website that I’m aware of that advertises itself as one thing but then is full of the exact opposite.
    How does it feel being more confused about absolutely everything than the teenagers at GetUp?

    Sad indeed.

  44. Leo G

    There are lots of questions that need answering.

    Margot Cleveland at the Federalist considers the Lisa Page testimony to the House Judiciary Committee and asks if Stzrok’s Crossfire Hurricane was the only investigation launched by FBI headquarters, who initiated the earlier investigation using informant Stefan Halper?”

    There must have been one if the FBI used Halper as confidential human source to obtain information in mid-July from Carter Page, because that reach-out occurred before the launch of Crossfire Hurricane. …
    Under DIOG, the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, (an FBI agent) could not direct Halper to approach Page as a confidential human source absent the official opening of an investigation, whether it be at the assessment or preliminary investigation stage.
    … if the FBI wasn’t running Halper, who was?

  45. Ros

    A very interesting story. This is one report in The Guardian,

    “The Wall Street Journal, quoting a diplomatic source, reported Downer passed Papadopoulos’s Russia information directly to the US ­embassy in London.
    In September last year Trump wrote on Twitter “key allies” had asked him not to release classified FBI documents related to the probe into Russian influence……

    “While the (Mueller) report is likely mired in classified material, and most will likely never be revealed to the public, I do hope what is public is what Alexander Downer’s and Erika Thompson’s roles were and why Downer has become so protected,” Papadopoulos said.”

    What I do know is that it has been impossible to get past the moderators to comment at The Australian about Downer’s less than admirable role in this disgraceful western attack on democracy. Just yesterday they let a comment through which was just a cut and paste from the WSJ. But then Papadopolous’s book is released today so the plebs will get to hear a bit more about Downer. And the WSJ included this, quite a call.

    “As for the London bar encounter that eventually upended Mr. Papadopoulos’s life—and likely the course of U.S. history—”

    The best take on Downer and Papadopolous is the Spectator’s
    “Thompson is reported as asking Downer if he’d like to meet Papadopoulos and Downer thought it would be a good idea because they could both talk about oil and gas. Perhaps Downer had once asked someone to put some in his motor vehicle.”

    But who was set up to be the tale teller, Joe Hockey. Dirty stuff.

    That the Democrats and the FBI have with complete indifference destroyed lives is something that Americans are calling out with increased vigour. But it seems Downer is to escape any examination because? Good mate of Clinton’s? But then

    To be fair The Australian won’t allow any mention of the identity of the Alp’s apparatchiks who were sent to work for Bernie Sanders Campaign for Democrat Presidency role without actually being a Democrat. For those who don’t remember the ALP was fined by the FEC. Their pathetic defence was paying them a daily stipend was not the same as paying them a wage hence not interference in the American polity. Odd because easily find them in official documents online. One is still a Chief of Staff for a Labor Senator.

    Odd what is morally reprehensible, Hanson after money from NRA just prior to law preventing, bad. Versus GetUp actually getting money from foreign sources, just prior to law passing, just fine.

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