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Why The Russiagate Scandal Outranks Every Other In History


By J. Peder Zane for RealClearPolitics

Russiagate is the biggest scandal in American history.

Nothing comes close in size, scope or harm to the republic than the years-long effort to cripple Donald Trump’s presidency by claiming he conspired with an enemy state to steal the 2016 election and then do its bidding as commander-in-chief.

Its notorious predecessors – L’Affaire Lewinsky, Iran-Contra, Watergate, Teapot Dome, Crédit Mobilier, the XYZ Affair – involved relatively small numbers of malefactors engaged in specific acts of illegality and corruption (we still don’t know who, if anyone, planned the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol)

Russiagate, by contrast, is a vast conspiracy involving innumerable powerful forces, including the Democratic Party, NeverTrump Republicans, the Obama administration, the FBI, Department of Justice and the nation’s most prestigious news outlets.

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Where previous scandals often ended with public accountability for the perpetrators – Watergate saw the imprisonment of top White House aides and President Nixon’s resignation – and public reforms, Russiagate has produced no such reckoning.

Russiagate began with a kernel of truth: Someone – probably Russians, though we still don’t know for sure – hacked the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s private server. Fearful of what might be released, the Clinton campaign tried to discredit any damaging material by raising dark questions about its source. (Joe Biden executed this same strategy to great effect when he falsely described the evidence of corruption found on his son Hunter’s laptop as “Russian disinformation.”)

In response, the Clinton campaign financed an absurd collection of conspiracy theories involving peeing prostitutes and billion-dollar bribes, the so-called Steele dossier. Its importance cannot be overstated – it was the dossier that linked the Trump campaign to the hacking.

No dossier, no collusion theory.

During the summer and fall of 2016, Hillary’s henchmen fed this preposterous concoction to Obama administration officials in the DOJ, FBI, CIA and State Department. Everyone knew it was a political operation: Declassified notes showed that then-CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Obama in July 2016 that Clinton planned to tie Trump to Russia as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.”

Clinton staffers – including Jake Sullivan, who now serves as Biden’s national security adviser – tried to interest the mainstream press in its scurrilous accusations, but got little traction because they could not be verified. Instead of laughing it all off as transparent campaign mud-slinging, however, the FBI joined the conspiracy.

The bureau took the extreme step of opening a counter-intelligence probe into an ongoing presidential campaign – and its agents perjured themselves to obtain wire-tapping warrants.

Days after the November election, Hillary’s campaign focused on “Russian interference” as a chief reason for her defeat. On Jan. 5, 2017, President Obama, Vice President Biden and other key leaders met with FBI Director James Comey in the Oval Office to discuss Russia-related matters.

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We do not know what was discussed in that meeting, but the next day, Comey briefed President-elect Trump on some allegations in the Steele dossier. Four days later, on Jan. 10, CNN used that briefing as a news hook to report the collusion conspiracy theories as high-drama news.

Over the next few months and years, current and former officials illegally fed misleading classified material and partisan anonymous quotes to the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News and other sympathetic press outlets to advance the narrative. Brennan and former National Director of Intelligence James Clapper became a constant presence on cable news, using the top-secret authority of their previous positions to assure the public that collusion was real – although in sworn testimony, Clapper admitted he had not seen such evidence.

Congressional Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff – who falsely claimed to have seen “more than circumstantial evidence” of Trump/Russia collusion – amplified the smears.

The appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the fantasy in May 2017 fueled the fire. His effort became part of the scheme: He only looked for evidence that might implicate Trump, ignoring questions about who cooked up the conspiracy theory, how they disseminated it throughout the government and media, and the laws they might have broken in the process.

Despite his best effort, Mueller said he’d found no evidence of collusion when he released his report in April 2019. That should have killed the conspiracy theory and – following the script of previous major scandals – sparked a period of reflection by the government, the media and the American people that asked: How did we get this so wrong?

Such a broad reckoning has not yet happened. DoJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 2020 report detailing grave abuses in the FBI’s handling of the matter prompted little outcry and no sweeping reform. The recent indictments of Clinton-connected actors filed by Special Counsel John Durham – who is finally doing the work Mueller should have, exposing the malfeasance that actually transpired during the 2016 campaign – have, bizarrely, led partisans to minimize his findings and actually double-down on the debunked collusion narrative.

Recent pieces in The Atlantic and New York Times, for example, suggest, without evidence, that “Mueller never definitively got to the bottom of what happened.”

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As Aaron Maté recently reported for RealClearInvestigations, many news organizations have refused to correct documented errors in Trump/Russia coverage, including deeply flawed articles thatwere awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

Leading peddlers of the hoax – including Brennan, Clapper, Pelosi, Schiff and Sullivan – have paid no price for their actions. To date, no one has conducted probing interviews with Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama about their roles in the scandal.

Engineered by broad swaths of the government and media, the effort to paint a sitting president as a foreign agent alone makes Russiagate the worst scandal in American history. But it is this second, still ongoing  phase – this willful effort to deny  what happened, this refusal to hold the  perpetrators accountable – that presents the most serious danger to our nation.

If truth and justice don’t matter, what does?

Syndicated with permission from RealClearWire.

J. Peder Zane is an editor for RealClearInvestigations and a columnist for RealClearPolitics.

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“These Are Numbers that Have Not Been Seen Before.  This Is Worse than When Nixon Was Walking Out to the Helicopter.” – Steve Bannon on Biden’s Cratering Poll Numbers


Nobody in America thinks the Biden clown show is funny.  Nobody’s laughing. 

The numbers for Joe Biden in a recent Wall Street Journal poll are devastating.  Only 27 percent of America believe the Biden regime is on the right track.  However, a massive 63% of Americans believe the Biden sham administration is on the wrong track.   It’s really no surprise this is the case with the clowns Biden/Obama picked for this administration, a bunch of Obama flunkies who didn’t know what was going on under Obama as well.

After stealing the 2020 Election, the reputation and approval of this corrupt regime is at unprecedented lows.  Steve Bannon shared this on the War Room this morning (starting at the 3:50 mark in the video below):

There’s a rule of thumb in politics on right-track, wrong-track.  If you get down to around a third right track, two-thirds against you, that’s too big a headwind.  That’s what we had in ’16 when I stepped in, I said hey, it’s two-thirds, one-third under Obama.  She’s [Hillary’s] done.  Plus all this other points showing people want a leader like Trump.

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27% is unprecedented ladies and gentlemen.  These are numbers that have not been seen before.  This is worse than when Nixon was walking out to the helicopter.  These are unprecedented numbers.  Talk about killing the crib.  Eviscerated.  This administration is done.  You can’t come back from numbers like this.”

 





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AOC, Far Left Democrats Demand Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants In Spending Bill


Far-left Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) delivered a fiery speech in which she called on Democrats to overrule the Senate parliamentarian and include amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants in the reconciliation spending bill.

Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has thus far rejected efforts by Democrats to slip amnesty provisions into the bill.

“Changing the law to clear the way to [lawful permanent resident] status is tremendous and enduring policy change that dwarfs its budgetary impact,” she wrote.

MacDonough was appointed to the position in 2012 and praised by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Ocasio-Cortez and a few other far-left Reps. joined a group of roughly 150 activists and demanded Senate Democrat leaders “override the parliamentarian” because it is “not an elected position.”

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Pushing Amnesty

AOC stirred up the activists by pointing out Democrats technically have a “trifecta” of power in the House, Senate, and Oval Office, calling the chance to ram amnesty through the reconciliation spending bill a “ventana de oportunidad” – Spanish for “window of opportunity.”

“We will not surrender our power to an unelected parliamentarian,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said. “Our demand is for the Senate to override the parliamentarian, include a full path to citizenship, and send it back to the House.”

AOC has repeatedly called on the Senate parliamentarian to be fired or overruled for failing to allow various pet projects to get forced into various budgetary packages.

This past February, she objected to a $15 minimum wage being left out of a COVID relief package.

“I think all options should be on the table,” AOC told reporters when asked if MacDonough should be overruled, ignored, or fired.

She reiterated those calls as part of a group of 39 Democrats in October calling on amnesty to be implemented regardless of what the Parliamentarian rules.

“This is a critical moment for our nation’s history, and we strongly urge the Presiding Officer to use their authority to disregard the Senate Parliamentarian’s ruling,” the lawmakers wrote.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain has said the President has no interest in overriding the Senate parliamentarian as AOC would like.

“We’re going to honor the rules of the Senate and work within that system,” he said.

But we’ve all seen how pliable President Biden is by the extreme wing of his party since he set foot in the White House. Will he continue to hold that view as AOC ramps up the pressure?

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AOC Ramping Up The Crazy

Ocasio-Cortez made headlines earlier this week when she suggested that large, coordinated smash-and-grab robberies, which are well-documented and causing businesses to shut down in Democrat strongholds, didn’t really exist.

In an interview with the Washington Times, AOC claimed “a lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out.”

It was a claim even the White House rejected.

Los Angeles Detective Jamie McBride eviscerated AOC for the claim.

“This AOC experiment was nice, now it’s time for her to go back to bartending and doing what she does best, because, she’s definitely not a lawmaker and doesn’t keep citizens safe,” said McBride.

Fox News reports that despite her stirring up amnesty talk “it appears highly unlikely” AOC and progressives will get what they want on immigration reform.

“The Senate is evenly split at 50-50, and it is nearly certain that at least one Democrat would refuse to vote to overrule the parliamentarian,” they write.

 

 

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Did Biden Really ‘Look Putin in the Eye’ on Video Call Yesterday? Biden’s Actions to Date Have Helped Russia


All evidence shows based on actions to date that Biden will only help Putin, not harm Russia.

In yesterday’s meeting with Putin, Jake Sullivan from the Biden gang said that Biden looked Putin in the eye and warned him about invading Ukraine.

NatSec Advisor Jake Sullivan Says Biden “Looked Putin the Eye” and Warned Him of ‘Strong’ Response if Russia Invades Ukraine (VIDEO)

However, this is unlikely based on Biden’s actions to date.   For starters, Biden/Obama did nothing when Russia invaded Crimea during their first administration in 2014.  But also, Biden’s actions to date actually help Russia rather than hinder it.

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The Conservative Treehouse made this observation:

Thanks to Joe Biden’s specific energy policy shutting down U.S. energy exploration, Russia’s economy is booming and has made billions more in the sales of high priced oil and natural gas into Europe and the global marketplace.  That increased oil and gas revenue is directly responsible for Russia’s ability to expand militarily in the region.

So when it comes to threats, like Russia annexing even more of Ukraine as a strategic objective…. Joe Biden is strengthening Russia on one hand and threatening the strength of Russia with the other.  Russian President Vladimir Putin sees this with clear eyes.

Meanwhile the NATO partners who *claim* to be worried about Russia (they’re really not) are the same nations that are buying the oil and gas from Russia.   This was the ridiculous economic dynamic President Trump confronted when he challenged NATO on their energy and national security policies.

Tucker Carlson discussed this:

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The DOJ in Steve Bannon’s Court Case Wants to Withhold Evidence and Move at Light Speed


Information on Steve Bannon’s arguments in his contempt of Congress case was released today.  

American Greatness contributor Julie Kelly posted a number of tweets describing Bannon’s strategy in his case.

Bannon’s team plans to request information from the US Attorney’s Office, the DOJ, the White House and the US House of Representatives.

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The DOJ is scared and trying to prevent Bannon from releasing information to the media.  Bannon’s team reminds the judge that the media wants to see this information.

The judge seems to be siding with the corrupt and criminal DOJ.

Bannon is going after the corrupt and illegitimate J6 committee.

The GOP is lost and in the woods trying to find their way out.  They’re not helping at all.

The J6 cases are being delayed but Bannon must move at light speed?

What a corrupt group that have taken over our DOJ and the US government.  This all started with Obama.





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House Democrats + RINO Kinzinger Pass Bill That Would Allow Debt Ceiling Hike with Simple Majority in the Senate


House Democrats on Tuesday evening passed a bill that would set up a process for a debt ceiling hike with a simple majority vote in the Senate.

This fast-track procedure that includes Medicare legislation will expire by January 16 and can only be used one time.

The bill passed the House 222-212 – with RINO Kinzinger being the only Republican to join with the Democrats.

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There is a provision in the package that waives PAYGO provisions.

“Democrats are sidestepping mandatory spending cuts under sequestration and eliminating those cuts.” Fox News Congress reporter Chad Pergram said.

The bill still needs 60 votes in the Senate to overcome procedural hurdles – at least 10 Republicans would have to join Democrats in voting for cloture.

This is where Mitch McConnell stepped in and helped the Democrats.

Recall, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell worked out a private deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to waive the filibuster to raise the debt ceiling.

After a cloture vote with help from Republicans, Senate Democrats will be able to vote on the debt ceiling hike without GOP support (51 votes).





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After Being Fired By CNN, Chris Cuomo Now Out At SiriusXM


Now that former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is out at the major cable news outlet, he also announced on Monday that he will be resigning from his SiriusXM radio show.

He also foreshadowed a comeback at some point in the future.

Cuomo made this announcement in a post on his Instagram account.

 

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Cuomo: ‘I will no longer be doing my SiriusXM radio show’

Cuomo wrote, “The way my time ended at CNN was hard.”

“While I have a thick skin, I also have a family, for whom the past week has been extraordinarily difficult,” he wrote. “So, right now, I have to take a step back and focus on what comes next.”

“That means I will no longer be doing my SiriusXM radio show,” Cuomo acknowledged.

“I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from SiriusXM throughout my time there,” he continued. “I also want to express my sincere appreciation for my loyal listeners. I will miss our conversations a great deal –  but I look forward to being back in touch with you all in the future.”

On Wednesday, Cuomo said on his SiriusXM show that his suspension – later to become a firing – from CNN was hurtful.

At the time, his suspension came about due to evidence that he worked closely with his brother, former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during his scandal involving allegations of sexual assault.

By Saturday, CNN announced Cuomo had been “terminated,” due to “additional information” coming out during the news outlet’s investigation into the matter.

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Investigation Finds Cuomo Allegedly Overstepping Ethical Lines

The Washington Post reported on some of the investigation’s findings:

“The 348-page interview transcript and communications records released Monday as part of the state investigation showed that Chris Cuomo played a significant role in his brother’s rapid-response operation to the harassment allegations, drafting up statements for his brother to read and weighing in on strategy debates.”

“Most significantly for his role at CNN, the documents showed that Cuomo leaned on his journalistic sources to glean information about forthcoming articles that could negatively impact his brother and his futile fight to keep the governorship,” the Post also noted.

 

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Fox News Christmas Tree Lit on Fire, Suspect in Custody (VIDEOS)


A 49-year-old man has been arrested after the Fox News Christmas tree was lit on fire outside the network’s headquarters in Manhattan.

The tree was “completely engulfed in flames” early Wednesday morning.

Fox News host Shannon Bream reported on the incident as it was taking place outside.

“A bit of breaking news for you tonight,” Bream began. “You’re looking at live images. This is the Fox Square in New York outside of Fox headquarters. It appears that our giant Christmas tree there, just a couple minutes ago was completely engulfed in flames.”

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“It appears crews are there on the scene,” Bream continued. “You can see the smoke and aftermath. They’re trying to get that under control. We’re gonna keep you posted. It is a large, beautiful, highly decorated tree right there on the Avenue of the Americas, Sixth Avenue there in New York City.”

The New York City Police Department took a man into custody in connection to the fire, but his name or motive had not been disclosed by 4:30 a.m. local time.

“This is our all-American Christmas tree,” Bream said later in the show. “The fire appears to be out for now. Moments ago you could see it was engulfed in flames. No word of any injuries there. We saw the crews there bravely fighting through this. They have gotten this under control. Looks like the fire is out for now. But we’re gonna monitor the situation, try to find out what sparked this whole thing. But for now, it looks like everybody is safe and sound. The fire is out.”





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Psaki Says Biden Admin Unhappy About Being Forced To Reimpose Trump’s ‘Remain In Mexico’ Policy


President Joe Biden’s administration reimposed President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy on Thursday, claiming it had no choice but to do so.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki expressed the disappointment of the administration, saying it was “not our preference.”

Psaki made her comments during Monday’s daily White House briefing. 

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Psaki To Immigrant Activists: ‘I would say first to all of these people that it is not our preference’

Still, Psaki defended the Biden administration’s actions and said they were making the Trump-era policy more “humane.”

A reporter asked Psaki on Monday, “Immigrant rights activists say that the idea that the United States government is going to be able to facilitate lawyers for migrants who want them is an empty promise.”

“What can you say to assure those people that, in fact, you’ll live by that commitment?” the reporter asked. 

Psaki replied, “I would say first to all of these people that it is not our preference to be reimplementing and reinstituting the Migrant Protection Protocol.”

“We are doing that because of a court order and a legal requirement to do so,” Psaki explained. “We have put in place a number of changes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve some humanitarian components, but we still feel that the program is inefficient, inhumane, and we did not eagerly reimplement it.”

The “Remain in Mexico” policy requires asylum seekers to stay in Mexico throughout the application process and until their U.S. court date.

When Trump began this policy in 2019, Biden harshly criticized it.

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‘Remain in Mexico’ Back

Biden promised to end “Remain in Mexico” if elected.

In June, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ended the policy, though Biden had already suspended it on his first day in the White House.

A federal judge in Texas later overruled Mayorkas’ termination of the policy in the summer. The Biden administration tried to end it in October.

Now the administration has brought it back.

TIME reports that, despite Psaki’s claims about changes being made, “the program is virtually identical as it was under Trump.”

“… both versions promise quick immigration proceedings, access to safe and secure shelters, a work permit and access to health care in Mexico. Both versions also promise that particularly vulnerable people, like those with a disability, are excluded from MPP.”

 

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Left Wing Late Night Comics Losing Key Young Viewers In Ratings


Late night comics like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel have transformed into Democrat activists in recent years. Their shows only exist to cater to the sensibilities of liberal, Democrat voters.

It’s not only not funny, it’s boring and people are starting to tune them out.

Particularly young viewers.

Breitbart News reports:

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Kimmel, Colbert, Fallon Ratings Plummet for Four Months Straight Among Key Youth Demographic

In a sign of their declining popularity, late-night comedians Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Fallon have seen their ratings plummet for more than four months straight, as viewers in the coveted 18-49 year old demographic are tuning out consistently compared to last year, according to data reviewed by Breitbart News.

For last week, the three major late-night shows experienced a 19 percent drop from last year in their average weekly viewership in the 18-49 demographic. These declines tend to be between 10 percent and 20 percent every week as far back as mid July, though some weeks saw even bigger drops. The week ending October 10 saw a 28 percent drop from the same week last year.

The data showed similar but less precipitous drops for total households.

The across-the-board ratings decline signals trouble for the three major networks as they continue to use their late-night shows to push a radical left-wing agenda while demonizing conservatives.

CBS’ The Late Show host Stephen Colbert recently attacked the Supreme Court in anticipation of its abortion ruling that could overturn Roe v. Wade. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel has used his show to prop up Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently smearing the government official’s critics as “scumbags” and “screwballs.”

Years ago, late night entertainment shows were for the enjoyment of the whole country.

People like Colbert and Kimmel don’t like the whole country and they make that clear every single night.

Why should anyone want to watch them?

Cross posted from American Lookout.





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