February 12th, 2018

Brennan’s next in line

The investigations go on:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes next plans to investigate the role former CIA Director John Brennan and other Obama intelligence officials played in promoting the salacious and unverified Steele dossier on Donald Trump — including whether Brennan perjured himself in public testimony about it.

In his May 2017 testimony before the intelligence panel, Brennan emphatically denied the dossier factored into the intelligence community’s publicly released conclusion last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 election “to help Trump’s chances of victory.”

Brennan also swore that he did not know who commissioned the anti-Trump research document (excerpt here), even though senior national security and counterintelligence officials at the Justice Department and FBI knew the previous year that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Nunes has apparently also written a document that details the involvement of the State Department “in creating and disseminating the dossier.” Phase I was about the FBI; that will be Phase II. Phase III involves the role of the intelligence community, including not just Brennan but also Leon Panetta and James Clapper.

Several Capitol Hill sources say Brennan, a fiercely loyal Obama appointee, talked up the dossier to Democratic leaders, as well as the press, during the campaign. They say he also fed allegations about Trump-Russia contacts directly to the FBI, while pressuring the bureau to conduct an investigation of several Trump campaign figures starting in the summer of 2016…

In early January, just weeks before Trump was inaugurated, investigators say Brennan saw to it that the contents from the dossier were attached to an official daily intelligence briefing for Obama. The special classified briefing was then leaked to the major Washington media, allowing them to use the presidential briefing to justify the publication of claims they had up to that point not been able to substantiate and had been reluctant to run.

Please read the whole thing.

The Democrats claim that this is all an unwarranted attack on important and trustworthy institutions that are the bulwark of our government. And it certainly does sound like a wild conspiracy-theory movie. Nonetheless, at least so far it appears to be true.

If true, this sort of widespread misuse of the government apparatus and the press to disseminate sketchy information to hurt a candidate and then incoming president is far worse than anything Richard Nixon did. Two things that stopped Nixon were that the government agencies involved wouldn’t go along with his desires and the press wasn’t on his side. For the Obama administration, those obstacles did not exist.

28 Responses to “Brennan’s next in line”

  1. Paul in Boston Says:

    The State Department involvement is going to be very interesting. According to a piece on Breibart, Jonathon Winer, one of Kerry’s flunkies, received what was essentially the Steele dossier from Hillary’s hatchetmen Sidney Blumenthal and Codey Shearer. Winer passed it onto to Steele who then used their copy almost verbatim. In other words, the Russian collusion is entirely a frabrication of the Clinton machine.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/09/former-state-dept-official-i-fed-oppo-research-from-sidney-blumenthal-to-christopher-steele/

  2. Lurch Says:

    Dr. Franklin famously said that we had been given a Republic, if we can keep it. My fellow countrymen (countrypeoples?), this is what keeping a Republic looks like. This is truly an American moment. I am very proud of the way freedom-loving Americans are reacting. I only hope that this struggle is not America’s death throes.

  3. Susanamantha Says:

    The link in the first line doesn’t work for me. Get the “OOPS” message.

  4. blert Says:

    The most epic scandal EVER.

    True High Crimes.

  5. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    Brennan fit right into that malodorous administration.

  6. Paul Says:

    Just delete the %22 on the end of the hyperlink and it will work

  7. neo-neocon Says:

    Thanks, fixed the link.

  8. parker Says:

    The bho regime was simply Chicago sttyle politics tranfered to DC. Dirty deeds, corruption, and money laundering on a grander scale. IMO, this scandal/conspiracy is likely to be true.

  9. Gringo Says:

    The bho regime was simply Chicago sttyle politics tranfered to DC. Dirty deeds, corruption, and money laundering on a grander scale. IMO, this scandal/conspiracy is likely to be true.

    Yup. My downstate Illinois grandfather gave me a bias against Chicago politics. Back during the 2008 campaign, the Demos were talking about how BHO was going to bring honesty and transparency to national politics. I replied- a Chicago politician is going to do THAT?

    At least there is a good song about Chicago.LSD, a.k.a. Lake Shore Drive.

  10. John Guilfoyle Says:

    blert said: “The most epic scandal EVER. True High Crimes.”

    I don’t disagree…but Ok…Brennan testifies before the committee. Then Clapper maybe. When do we get to 0 & the woman-who-will-NEVER-be-president?

    Until we get her & 0 under oath…this is just lots of smoke…the fire has got to get the major actors or I’m sure it will happen again but with smarter criminals than the man-child from Chicago & the Clinton Crime family dowager.

  11. Gringo Says:

    Until we get her & 0 under oath…this is just lots of smoke…the fire has got to get the major actors or I’m sure it will happen again but with smarter criminals than the man-child from Chicago & the Clinton Crime family dowager.

    We don’t want this to happen again. If someone doesn’t go to jail, odds are it will happen again.

    It appears that contrary to the way the Pubs acted during Watergate- Goldwater et al going to the White House to tell RMN he was toast- the Demos are going to fight this all the way. Their absurd claim that the Nunes memo would constitute a security breach shows how the Demos operate.

    This is going to get very messy.

  12. Francesca Says:

    What are the chances of getting Obama and/or Hillary under oath? And, what’s to stop them from lying under oath?

    I hate that I have become so completely cynical.

  13. John Guilfoyle Says:

    http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/373379-federal-abuses-a-growing-blight-on-obamas-legacy

    If one of them goes down, they both go down.
    It’s that simple.
    Do the varied enforcement arms have the fortitude? Will the media eventually be forced to tell the truth about their “very naughty boy”? (because he’s not the messiah)

    There are more questions than we have answers for at the moment.

  14. AesopFan Says:

    “Two things that stopped Nixon were that the government agencies involved wouldn’t go along with his desires and the press wasn’t on his side. For the Obama administration, those obstacles did not exist.”

    I’ve seen this touted as a reason to always elect Republican presidents.
    I would rather have a bipartisanly-uncorrupted government and a truly impartial press, but you go to elections with the Deep State you have, not the one you wish you didn’t have.

  15. AesopFan Says:

    John Guilfoyle: another interesting observation from the post at The Hill: “These dark institutional offenses didn’t just materialize out of thin air. One of the criticisms of President Nixon was that even though he wasn’t aware of the Watergate break-in, he had created an environment in which such an action was acceptable.

    Decades later, Obama created a climate in which the potentially criminal misuse of the DOJ and the FBI, as currently being unraveled, was not just acceptable but perhaps encouraged, thereby giving rise to what could be the most dangerous scandal in American history.”
    * * *
    But here I thought Obama’s administration was scandal free….
    Nixon’s malfeasance was no greater than that practiced by prior administrations, D and R, for decades; it’s just that the press didn’t report on it when they either approved or didn’t care, and the people no longer remember.
    The dark desires of many people in positions of power, great and small, are often prevented from surfacing because their environment is uncongenial to their expression.
    The progression from “acceptable” to “encouraged” is why we get Nazis and Communists who destroy their own countries and much of the world.
    Of course, the Dems are claiming that Trump and conservatives are the source of these “dark desires” for fascism and tyranny, but so far the evidence is running the other direction.

  16. Yancey Ward Says:

    Brennan almost surely committed perjury when he denied knowing the source of Steele’s funds, and it is probably provable, too.

  17. John Guilfoyle Says:

    AesopFan…it’s the Chicago way…writ large all over the DC apparatus.

    Far too many seem likely to skate away unprosecuted & unpunished. If 0 & his failed anointed successor are two of those…not sure what happens next.

    This is not just a “dangerous scandal.” This undercuts the whole American Experiment…that a free people are governed & governable under laws that apply to all. If that falls…we have quite the mess in the making.

  18. Barry Meislin Says:

    I suspect that both Obama and Hillary are untouchable. Or at least Obama.

    Teflon, as they say.

    Moreover, the Media—and who else?—is sitting on this just like Comey sat on the information he had (until Anthony Weiner sexted a minor too far and for some reason kept those photos together with all the Top-Secret files his dear then-wife got from Hillary)….

    Except that there’s no Weiner this time around.

    (Oh wait! Maybe there is?: https://hotair.com/archives/2018/02/12/hmmm-susan-rice-sent-email-inauguration-day-memorializing-chat-obama-comey-russiagate/)

    Which still leaves the question, which pawns will be sacrificed to protect the King and Queen of Constitutional subversion?

  19. steve walsh Says:

    “Not even a smidgen of corruption.”

    – POTUS B. Obama

    Not a chance he and Hillary ever testify under oath. In fact I think the odds that Trump prevents that from happening are high. His approval numbers improve with each new revelation of corruption. According to an Investor’s Business Daily poll a majority of Americans believe the Obama Administration did spy on Donald Trump and his campaign. Mission accomplished.

  20. Lurch Says:

    Obama will not be touched, unless we want our cities to burn. A fall-guy is the best that can be hoped for and that will be better than nothing.

  21. Ymar Sakar Says:

    No matter how the Leftist alliance complains and whines in pain, they cannot stop the Deep State from purging the useful idiots and tools in the Surface Bureaucracy of the State Department, FBI, IRS, and so forth.

    The power imbalance between these two fundamental organizations and alliances (coalitions), is stark and wide.

    They couldn’t even stop Edward Snowden.

    As for the Wicked Witch of the West HRClinton, Trum will be President when she is in jail.

    One of the criticisms of President Nixon was that even though he wasn’t aware of the Watergate break-in, he had created an environment in which such an action was acceptable.

    That was courtesy of them falling to Leftist propaganda and mind control as usual. The vice director of the FBI was already breaking into homes illegally, which is why they exonerated Ayers. The same vice director was what, a victim of Nixon’s paranoid and police state brutality? Hah. What fools these Americans are. Recall who the master manipulator of the MSM was and what position he held in the FBI, if the MSM ever allowed you to actually think that far.

  22. Ymar Sakar Says:

    The progression from “acceptable” to “encouraged” is why we get Nazis and Communists who destroy their own countries and much of the world.
    Of course, the Dems are claiming that Trump and conservatives are the source of these “dark desires” for fascism and tyranny, but so far the evidence is running the other direction.

    The Evidence that the Left and right both ignore in this coliseum distraction of Red Vs Blue, is how the Nazis destroyed things.

    Look up Operation Paperclip.

    From what position of self proclaimed moral authority do Americans have now to criticize others when they can’t even get rid of internal American traitors? How exceptional is that.

  23. Ymar Sakar Says:

    This entire post also reminds me that during 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, whenever somebody was a bit surprised or optimistic about Hussein here and elsewhere, some of us would chip up and say “you ain’t seen nothing yet”.

    That was an easy prediction, though.

    Anyone see anything yet, like HRC being in jail?

    And it certainly does sound like a wild conspiracy-theory movie.

    *Fist Pump* Age of Conspiracies, 2018 plus, here we go magic eight ball, spin spin as the Wicked Witches overcome all through the power of Kabal.

  24. arfldgrs Says:

    Two leading Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a redacted top secret email Monday that Obama administration National Security Advisor Susan Rice appears to have sent herself just minutes after President Donald Trump took office. The email contains Rice’s impressions from a January 5, 2017 meeting on “Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election” between then-President Barack Obama, then-FBI Director James Comey, and “intelligence community leadership.” According to Rice, President Obama and Comey had a “follow-on conversation” after the formal meeting during which Obama told Comey that “from a national security perspective” he wanted “to be sure that

  25. AesopFan Says:

    Lurch Says:
    February 13th, 2018 at 7:39 am
    Obama will not be touched, unless we want our cities to burn. A fall-guy is the best that can be hoped for and that will be better than nothing.
    * * *
    Even an indictment of Clinton might be good for a few torched cars by the Pussy Hat Brigade.
    However, I doubt if anyone would go to the troubled for any of the bit-players in these dramas, and they should pay for acting on their belief that Her Highness would cover for them after her coronation.

  26. AesopFan Says:

    Victor Davis Hanson: On the importance of pursuing criminal cases against the principals and henchmen alike:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456354/fisa-scandal-clinton-obama-corruption-lawbreaking-whats-next-prosecution

  27. Barry Meislin Says:

    Susan Rice follow-up, from “Power Line”:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/02/why-susan-rice-wrote-an-email-to-herself.php

    Seems that almost everyone needed an “insurance policy”. Wonder why…..

  28. Ymar Sakar Says:

    Treason doth never prosper. Why is it thus? Because if it prospers, none dare call it treason.

    These days, due to online unrestrictions of anonymity (don’t worry, they fixing that with social media ID), people can talk about treason all they want. But the Rule of Totalitarianism won’t allow them to leverage the system to affect the treasonous traitors.

    America, the home of the brave, now the home of the…

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