Oops – Russian Indictments Form Basis for Prosecuting Steele, Clinton and Accomplices

By Rick Wells

Dossier author Christopher Steele was, like the Russians indicted by Mueller, a foreigner engaged in political activity within the United States. He and his accomplices, Clinton, DNC…

The latest, made for TV, episode of the Mueller inquisition is an obvious political ploy intended to benefit those engaged in the attack on President Trump and our nation.

But beyond simply the efforts to create insulation from repercussions of their criminality and abuse, the indictments by Mueller and his pet weasel, Rod Rosenstein, offer support for the immediate indictment of prominent Democrats involved in the 2016 campaign and their tools, both inside and outside of government. That includes the untouchable Hillary Clinton.

Attorney Robert Barnes noted in an article on the Law and Crime website that “Mueller indicted foreign citizens for trying to influence the American public about an election because those citizens did not register as a foreign agent nor record their financial expenditures to the Federal Elections Commission.”

He then logically applies those same justifications for prosecution to others involved in the witch hunt against President Trump. He asks when Grand Inquisitor Mueller will indict Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, Perkins Coie, the DNC and the Clinton Campaign.

Barnes points out that the Mueller indictment against 13 Russian “trolls” for their social media posts and political activities were based upon four key factors. They were all foreign citizens, they attempted to influence an election, they were not registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act and had not reported the funding of their activities to the FEC.

He goes on to assert that if Steele is a criminal for his activities, then Fusion GPS is a co-conspirator with knowledge that Steele was a foreigner, whom they paid to influence an election and whom they knew had not reported the funding he received from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton Campaign to the FEC.

Likewise Perkins Coie is complicit as well, for the same reasons, with the added deception of disguising their financial receipts as legal expenses. The DNC is guilty too, for the same reasons but with the financial transaction that is lied about being a payment to Steele laundered through Perkins Coie. The Clinton campaign and Hillary Clinton are also in violation of the same laws as the DNC and for the same reasons.

Of course, Barnes knows better than to expect equal justice and an indictment of any of these DC swamp creatures, noting that Mueller chose his targets precisely because they are impossible to prosecute and because they support the Democrat “Russia interfered with our elections” narrative. Doing so also makes it appear as if he’s accomplished something, there really was some fire under all of their canned smoke and our millions of dollars to fund his political hit job were money well spent.

He points to the “novel” and weak positions underpinning the indictments. Mueller makes the presumption that one must register under the Foreign Agents Act in order to speak out about American politics and that a foreigner thus speaking must list their source and expenditure of funding to the Federal Election Commission. Speech police, grab your guns and duct tape.

He also questions the Mueller position that mistakes on visa applications constitute “fraud” being perpetrated against the State Department.

Barnes says, “All appear to borrow from the now-discredited ‘honest services’ theories Mueller’s team previously used in corporate and bribery cases, cases the Supreme Court overturned for their unconstitutional vagueness.” He contends there are legitimate concerns with the indictment violating the First Amendment and the due process protections of the Fifth Amendment.

But Mueller got the headlines and the spin opportunity he wanted and Democrats and their media colleagues can point to the indictments while falsely claiming to their ignorant supporters and MSM viewers that they were right all along. There won’t be any prosecutions of any Russians. No prosecutions were ever intended beyond the Trump administration.

Mueller just proved one thing beyond the shadow of a doubt, that his critics, who have decried his “investigation” as a political stunt, have been right all along.

Bear scare! Why the US Democrats desperately need a Russian bogeyman

By Paul Bridge

Even before Donald Trump set foot in the White House, loveless liberals were busy pushing the narrative that Russia meddled in the elections. But could this claim be – just maybe – a dastardly ploy to hide some unsavory truths?

Pass the popcorn, the theater of the political absurd known as ‘Russiagate’ continues without so much as an intermission. And with 13 Russian nationals now being indicted without rhyme or reason, perhaps it’s time to pause and reflect on the question the mainstream media conspicuously ignores: was the real meddlesome actor in the 2016 presidential election not the perennial bogeyman known as ‘Putin’s Russia’, but the Democratic Party itself?

Indeed, some highly questionable moves on the part of the Democrats before, during and after the elections go far in exonerating the Russian fall guy from any and all charges. You be the judge.

The FISA fail

In a memo declassified by the White House and released to great fanfare by the House Intelligence Committee on February 2, it was alleged that on October 21, 2016, the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) – armed with the notorious Trump dossier – secured a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser.

But something looks rotten in Denmark. As it turned out, the explosive Trump dossier, compiled by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele, was bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton campaign. In other words, this represents – at the very least – a very big conflict of interest.

At the same time, in the their application for the FISA warrant, the FBI and DOJ “cited extensively” a Yahoo News article by one Michael Isikoff, which discusses Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow.

As it turned out, however, there were serious problems with that article. As the Nunes memo states, Isikoff’s article “does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself…”

Indeed, Steele admitted that he met with Yahoo News “at the direction of Fusion GPS,” the firm that organized the dossier, in September 2016. Meanwhile, the mainstream media has largely played down these glaring violations of FISA protocol, as it continues to heap scorn on Russia.

“Putin’s KGB-inspired maneuvering of the United States via Donald Trump and the Republican Congress has all the earmarks of a carefully planned, professionally executed war game in which Trump, congressional Republicans and some in right wing media are his comrades,”wrote Cheri Jacobus in USA Today.

The specter of the Russian bogeyman is truly the gift that keeps giving.

Clinton’s email scandal

In March 2015, the news broke that Hillary Clinton, while serving as secretary of state, had used her home computer while handling classified government documents. An assortment of experts and politicians accused Clinton of violating State Department protocol.

On July 5, 2016, following an investigation, FBI Director James Comey said Clinton had been “extremely careless” in handling her email correspondences. He added that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.” 

That statement did little to calm the critics, however, as Clinton was haunted by the ghosts of emails past right up to the eve of the elections.

On October 28, 2016, the FBI said it was reopening its investigation into Clinton’s private email server after messages were discovered on the computer of top aide Huma Abedin’s husband, Anthony Weiner, who was then embroiled in a sexting scandal. Comey announced just before the elections that nothing had changed in the Clinton case, which had been closed four months earlier without criminal charges.

However, the email saga refuses to go away as the DOJ once again reopened its investigation into Clinton’s email server in January.

To this day, Hillary Clinton has been able to divert attention away from the very serious charge of handling classified government emails over her private server thanks to a giant smokescreen known as Russia, the bogeyman that conveniently explains every transgression and setback by the Democratic Party.

Operation Sink Sanders

In July 2016, the DNC suffered a broadside after WikiLeaks released a batch of emails purporting to show that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the body, was actively conspiring against the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders. Naturally, this news had a way of upsetting those donors who contributed funds to the Sanders campaign. Wasserman Schultz resigned in disgrace following the revelations.

Despite there being a deliberate effort to undermine the Sanders campaign, that disturbing news was sidelined by the conspiracy theory that a Russian army of apparatchiks hacked the DNC computers, turning over the information to Julian Assange. To this day, no evidence has been provided to support that claim.

Meanwhile, Wasserman Schultz was eventually cleared of rigging the Democratic primary in favor of Hillary Clinton, while Russia continues to suffer from mainstream media mudslinging.

Clinton cheated in debates

One of the most shocking revelations to come from the leaked/hacked DNC emails was the claim that Donna Brazile, interim chairperson of the DNC who once worked at CNN, used her inside connections to feed Hillary Clinton the questions to several of her public debates against Donald Trump.

Following the DNC debacle, Brazile hoped to cash in on the scandal by publishing a tell-all book entitled, ‘Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House.’

In one particularly candid part, Brazile said she was secretly concerned about Clinton’s health as Election Day drew closer. This comment did not sit well with Brazile’s former colleagues. Clinton’s staffers published an open letter in response to the book, saying, “It is particularly troubling and puzzling that she would seemingly buy into false Russian-fueled propaganda, spread by both the Russians and our opponent, about our candidate’s health.”

Once again, Russia was used and abused as the convenient 11-time-zone Band-Aid that can cover any political wound, whatever the size. What is the most surprising about this tactic is that anybody still falls for it.

Regime change

Given Hillary Clinton’s past track record for advocating on behalf of military adventures, most memorably in Iraq and Libya, the tall tale of Trump-Russia collusion appears to have been a desperate effort on the part of the establishment to get their candidate into office and the military industrial complex into another war.

According to the Center for Public Integrity’s review of Federal Election Commission data, over a 14-month period (January 2015 through February 2016), Clinton and Sanders jointly received at least $765,049 from employees of major defense contractors – more than twice the $357,775 sum received by the Republican Party presidential candidates.

To prove the liberal media’s (and by extension, the establishment’s) apparent desire for military conflict, consider how it lavished praise on Trump after he attacked Syria’s Shayrat Airbase on April 7, 2017, America’s first unilateral military act aimed at the Syrian government forces (not the terrorists).

CNN analyst Fareed Zakaria waxed poetically, “I think Donald Trump became president of the United States,” he saiddreamily. “I think this was actually a big moment.” On MSNBC, Nicholas Kristof, a regular Trump critic, said the Republican leader “did the right thing.” Elliott Abrams could barely contain his newfound enthusiasm for Trump: “…the Trump administration can truly be said to have started only now. The president has been chief executive since January 20, but this week he acted also as Commander in Chief. And more: He finally accepted the role of Leader of the Free World.”

Judging by such comments, had Trump continued bombing Syria, and thereby pacifying the hawks in Washington, there is a very good chance that Russiagate would have been quietly swept under the media’s carpet.

Impeach Trump

It would be difficult to name another US president who has suffered the slings and arrows of media scorn more than Donald J. Trump. And he’s only been in office for just over one year. Indeed, no sooner had his Inauguration finished there were already calls for him to be impeached. In fact, the subject has become so popular among the Democrats that there is even a special Wikipedia page dedicated to the relentless campaign.

Although the clamor to impeach the Republican leader has subsided of late, when the idea does raise its head, the empty claim that Russia influenced the elections ranks high among the reasons.

Clinton Foundation ‘pay to play’

Another reason why the Democrats would need to push the anti-Russia narrative is to protect the Clinton family from allegations that they personally profited from donations to the Clinton Foundation.

In January 2017, it was reported that the FBI opened an investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation accepted donations in exchange for political favors while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state in the Obama administration, the Los Angeles Time reported, citing two anonymous sources.

“Critics have accused the Clinton family of using the foundation to enrich themselves and give donors special access to the State Department when Hillary Clinton was its head,” the article said.

The LA Times said that the Democrats have rejected the claims, saying that “Trump is trying to steer attention away from investigations examining…Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.”

Nunes Memo, Part 2

If anybody thought the Trump administration would just release the Nunes memo and drop it, think again. In fact, Trump’s legal team backs the idea of a second special counsel to investigate the FBI and Justice Department

White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters on Air Force One Monday that Trump’s attorneys have given the green light to starting the process of appointing a second special counsel to investigate the FBI and Justice Department’s behavior during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a report by Axios.

In other words, expect a lot more anti-Russia outbursts from the Democrats in the days and weeks to come.

Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians perfectly timed to be buried in media cycle

The latest not-so-smoking gun in the ‘Mueller time’ saga – the indictment of 13 Russian nationals suspected of interfering with American democracy – comes at a time when it is certain to get the least media coverage.

FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller published the indictment on Friday evening – just two days after a high-profile school shooting in Florida. Both factors are likely to reduce the media coverage of the release, which apparently falls short of expectations of a smoking gun to take down the administration of Donald Trump, which many ‘Russiagate’ proponents have been hoping for.

“The fact that Mueller dumped these indictments out today proves that he is kind of hoping to go undercover – as far as is possible – to go undercover with political news like that,” conservative radio host Dave Perkins told RT. “[Mueller] has indicted these Russians knowing that he will never actually have to bother to prosecute them. Which is why he indicted them for peculiar, almost not-named crimes, very low-level things.”

“What has happened is Mueller is setting himself up, having tossed red meat to the base on the left: here is your Russians, here is your conspiracy, see, they have tried to affect the outcome of the election. And then he can fade back into the hedge.”

The indictment targets Russian nationals allegedly involved in a campaign meant to sow discord in America through social media. The document does not mention the hack of the DNC server or the phishing attack on Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, which both resulted in leaks of sensitive emails. Nor does it indicate that any of the Russians colluded with the Trump campaign or any other individuals in the US. Nor does it claim that the persons indicted were acting on orders from the Russian government. The document says there was no evidence the alleged campaign had any impact whatsoever on the outcome of the election.

Friday afternoon is “a great time to release news if you want to bury the news,” Just Foreign Policy Group director Robert Naiman said, though he doubts this was done intentionally. He added that the new development in the Russia probe is unlikely to tip public perception of it in a significant way. “People who want to put forward the Russia story – many of them will see this as vindication. They won’t care really what the details are.”

“This is an indictment. In the US system this means that a threshold has been met for taking a case to trial. It doesn’t mean anything has been proved,” he said.

The details of the indictment make it a shaky case for trial, media analyst Lionel pointed out, arguing that most of the things the 13 Russians are alleged to have done are not even a crime and had been done by others during the election campaign.

“They were apparently Russian nationals that didn’t say, hey, we are Russian nationals” while conducting their election-related activities on social media, he told RT. “I have never seen an indictment so bereft of citation and case law… I would have loved to argue this one in a motion to dismiss.”

If the indictment was properly covered by the US media, Americans would realize there was not much to it, independent journalist, author, and former Wall Street Journal correspondent Joe Lauria believes, but this is unlikely the way the story will be remembered.

“If these things did happen – they may be guilty of identity theft and certainly didn’t register as foreign agents – but the idea that this had an impact on the election is farcical. And if it was seen that way in the United States, Trump would have nothing to worry about. But the corporate media is going to push this as the smoking gun.”

The reporting, he predicted “will put more fuel on the fire to create more smoke that somehow Russia helped Trump steal this election from Hillary Clinton, which this indictment does not show in any way.”

Is Robert Mueller Mad or a Russian Agent?

In the words of Foghorn Leghorn, “Something here just don’t add up!”

BY SARAH HOYT FEBRUARY 16, 2018

Hey, guys, I have a news flash.  It will rock your world.  Or at least I guarantee it will rock the MSM’s world as well as blow the minds of some millennials who believe the dog and pony show.

Are you ready?  Are you seated?  Good, because this will require the full response of your shocked face.  I know it called up mine.

Okay, ahem, here it is: believe it or not nations and other political-economic powers try to influence other nations and political-economic powers, including putting out propaganda during elections and sometimes even – gasp – subsidizing propaganda groups in other countries.

I know!  Aren’t you astonished?  It’s only been going on since there have been nations, or perhaps even hominid tribes. Even the U.S. has tried to do it, although admittedly not particularly subtly or well.  But apparently, this is news to the MSM and children. (I know, I repeat myself.)

I’m away – for fans of my Instapundit night posting, it probably will resume on Monday – at a writing symposium in Provo, Utah, and yesterday was a very busy day.  Today is slower, so I woke up late, and haven’t exactly followed the news.

Therefore, I was surprised by a text from my younger son asking me about what these indictments were that Mueller had handed down, and why his liberal friends (look, guys, I’ve warned him, okay, but some of them are girls and cute and he’s in his early twenties) were acting like they’d scored a big, game-ending play.

Note that I wasn’t even alarmed because I have read everything about the Mueller “investigation” and I have it filed under “if I roll my eyes any harder, they’ll fall off and hit the floor, and then the cats will play with them.”

When I checked it out, I found this: “Special Counsel Mueller: Russians conducted ‘information warfare’ against US during election to help Donald Trump win.”

This headline about stopped my heart.  Or it would have, if, you know, I had just dropped here from Alpha Centauri and didn’t have half a century of knowledge on how the MSM creates headlines.  (Well, it’s been updated.  They used to do this manually, but these days I believe they have an app that says “spin this to look bad for Republicans.” I could be wrong, but no, I’m not.)

Since I’m not an alien or a child, I simply read the article.  And then I wondered if I were an alien again.  Or at least, the article (even without counting the headline) made no sense in the universe I live in.

Take this:

A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections, during which they boosted the candidacy of Donald Trump , special counsel Robert Mueller ‘s office said Friday.

The indictment says that a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency sought to wage “information warfare” against the United States by using fictitious American personas and social media platforms and other Internet-based media.

While that effort was launched in 2014, by early to mid-2016 the defendants were “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” the indictment charges.

Note this doesn’t even say if these were Russian nationals in the U.S. or in Russia, and the same for the Russian organizations.  At least some of my sources seem to think these were all or are now located in Russia.

The question is: if located in Russia, yeah, it might be illegal for them not to register as foreign agents here (it’s nebulous, since they’re operating from a foreign country) but why exactly should they care?  If located in the U.S., since when is it illegal for Russian emigres to exert their First Amendment rights?

Then there is the “supporting Donald J Trump.”  I mean, okay, I fully believe they were disparaging Hillary, but dear Lord, everyone, abroad and here, was disparaging Hillary, except for the MSM and children — or at least mental children.

Thing is in their own article they quote this:

On one day, Nov. 12, 2016, the defendants organized a rally in New York to “show your support for President-elect Donald Trump” while at the same time organizing a “Trump is NOT my president rally” that also was held in New York.

So, apparently, the Russians were organizing these rallies against Trump to help Trump… or something.  In fact, if these are the same Russians and organizations who bought Facebook ads, and whom we’ve known about for almost a year, they also ran anti-Trump ads… to help him or something.

In fact, the Russians were working as they always do, to divide the country.  Something that Mueller has now apparently decided to help them with.

How you ask?

Oh, by getting children, leftists and low-information voters (yeah, I know, I DO like to repeat myself) to believe that “indictments were handed down” and it’s therefore proven that Trump had Russian help.  By the time the court throws these out on the basis of “First Amendment, morons,” everyone who is very young or on the left, conditions that are often covalent, will be convinced that Trump was in fact helped by Russians and bewildered that he is not being impeached.  And no one on the right will be able to talk to them because Mueller’s propaganda coup will have convinced them that Trump is guilty of collusion, and therefore that the right in the country is in foreign-enemy hands.

Tell me how this doesn’t make Mueller an accomplice in the Russian attempt to divide the U.S. and subvert our system.   Even better, I demand that Mueller explain what other possible purpose he can have in handing down meaningless indictments.

Since his only conceivable purpose is to help Russian psi-ops, he should immediately register as a foreign agent.  And if he won’t, then he should have himself committed, because his actions can’t have any other possible purpose.

Which is it going be, Mueller, are you crazy or a Russian agent?  In either case, you owe the American people a massive apology for your actions.  And not all the “heroic persecutor” photographs the MSM publishes of you will absolve you of your guilt.

Can we stop this madness now?

Gay rights activist, 66, who raised $500,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign indicted for ‘sexually abusing 15-year-old boy’ with his boyfriend in a hotel

Charged: Terry Bean, a prominent gay rights activist who raised $500,000 for Obama, has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy with his boyfriend in a hotel last year

 

  • Terry Bean, 66, co-founded Human Rights Campaign and Gay And Lesbian Victory Fund before putting more than $500,000 behind Obama in 2012
  • He has been charged with 2 counts of sodomy and 1 count of sex abuse
  • Boyfriend, 25, also charged with abusing the 15-year-old boy in Oregon
  • Lawyer claims Bean is a victim of an ‘extortion ring’, he has been bailed 

By MIA DE GRAAF FOR MAILONLINE 

A high profile gay rights activist and Democrat fundraiser has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy with his boyfriend.

Terry Bean, 66, co-founded two of the biggest national campaign groups and raised more than $500,000 for Barack Obama‘s 2012 re-election bid.

He was arrested at his home in southwest Portland on Wednesday and indicted with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sex abuse.

 
Defense: Bean’s lawyer claims he is the victim of an ‘extortion ring’ to ruin his reputation

Bean’s lawyers insist he is the victim of an ‘extortion ring’, which they claim involves several men ‘known to law enforcement’.

The alleged incident involved a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy in 2013 in Eugene, Oregon, police said.

His ex-boyfriend, Kiah Loy Lawson, 25, was also arrested and charged, according to USA Today.

Bean is a revered character among the gay rights activist community and with the Democratic Party, Oregon Live reports.

He helped to form the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay And Lesbian Victory Fund.

The trained broker was forced to defend himself earlier this year after his co-accused, Lawson, revealed Bean secretly filmed their sexual encounters.

However, his lawyer Kristin Winemiller has lambasted claims he abused a teenage boy.

Co-accused: Kiah Loy Lawson, who is also charged, last year accused Bean of secretly filming their sex

Winemiller released this statement: ‘Terry Bean is a highly respected community leader who has devoted his life to bettering our community.

‘Over the course of several months in 2013-2014 Terry was the victim of an extortion ring led by several men known to law enforcement.

‘This current arrest is connected to the ongoing investigation of that case in which Mr Bean has fully cooperated.

‘No allegations against Terry Bean should be taken at face value.

‘We look forward to the opportunity to clear his name.’

Bean was bailed on Wednesday for 10 per cent of his $50,000 bond, Oregon Live claimed.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2844861/Gay-rights-activist-66-raised-500-000-Obama-s-election-campaign-indicted-sexually-abusing-15-year-old-boy-boyfriend-hotel.html#ixzz57JMWjRzu
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