DEMS AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA SPEND A WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S
It’s entertainment even funnier than the movie – watching a lá Weekend at Bernies, Democrats and their Fake News propaganda machine struggling to prop up the corpse of their muh Russia narrative after its burial by Bob Mueller last Friday (2/16).
In his announcement of the indictment, Deputy Attorney General Ron Rosenstein said clearly and succinctly what Special Counsel Robert Mueller tacitly admitted: Russians meddled in the 2016 election to disrupt, not to support a candidate; no American knowingly collaborated with them; Russian meddling did not affect the outcome of the election.
RIP, Russia collusion narrative.
The eight count indictment is notable for an entire kennel of dogs that didn’t bark.
No Russian was charged with hacking the Democrat National Committee to get the emails that hurt Hillary. This was the foremost offense alleged by those who started the Russia collusion narrative.
Evidently it wasn’t a Russian who gave those emails to Wikileaks. Who did?
What the Russians did do was create bots on Twitter, buy ads on Facebook, sponsor rallies for and against then President-elect Trump. Mr. Rosenstein cites one specific example where, after the election, the Russians sponsored both a pro-Trump and an anti-Trump rally in New York City “both on the same day.”
It’s illegal for foreign nationals to make “any contributions, expenditures, independent expenditures or disbursements for electioneering communications,” Special Counsel Robert Mueller noted in the first paragraph of the indictment.
But Mueller didn’t charge the Russians with violating that statute (52 USC 30121). That’s fishy, says attorney John Hinderaker.
Instead, the Special Counsel charged the Russians with “conspiracy to defraud the United States,” failing to register as foreign agents, money laundering, identity theft.
According to Section (2) of 52 USC 30121, it’s also a crime to “solicit, accept or receive” a contribution from a foreign national.
British citizen Christopher Steele is a foreign national who was paid to influence the election, did not register as a foreign agent, lied to the FBI (a crime in itself). If Mueller had pressed the obvious charge, people would wonder why he didn’t also indict Steele and those who funded his bogus dossier, Hinderaker thinks.
We should know what the Russians did, why they did it, what effect it had. And we should wonder what other foreign nationals do to influence our elections.
But “if a foreign power is engaged in (information) warfare against the United States, an indictment is not a serious response – especially an indictment on which no one is ever going to be prosecuted,” says former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy.
In response, Dems and Fake Newsers spent last weekend at Bernie’s.
Mueller’s indictment didn’t say Team Trump had done no wrong, said CNN political director David Chalian.
“Prosecutors generally do not use indictments to affirmatively exonerate organizations,” law professor Jonathan Turley reminded him.
“We are seeing evidence of a conspiracy,” said Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame, whose sell-by date passed decades ago. “Who was witting, unwitting in that conspiracy we don’t know yet. But Mueller’s indictments are pointing in a certain direction.”
Ah, Carl, to be part of a conspiracy, you must conspire. There is no such thing as an unwitting conspirator.
If Bernstein was insinuating Team Trump were dupes, the only Trump “campaign official” mentioned in the indictment was a volunteer in New York who gave some signs to a Russian posing as a Trump supporter.
Most of the Russian ads ran after the election, against the President-elect.
Smarter leftists strove frantically to move the goalposts.
“The only thing more stunning than the scale of Russian interference uncovered… is the fact that an American president is taking no action to protect our country from an ongoing threat,” said former (Carter) Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Now you know why everyone on the 7th floor of Foggy Bottom in the Carter years called her “Secretary Half-Bright.”
What the Russians did was like Pearl Harbor, said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who has a penchant for self-parody.
Evidently Albright, Nadler, et al forgot who was president in 2016. It was Secretary of State John Kerry who issued visas to the conspirators. President Obama ignored warnings the Russkies were up to no good from, among others, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).
And ah, Madeleine, last summer President Trump imposed sanctions on the Russian “entities” named in the indictment. Obama did nothing. Trump has acted.
Their hyperbolic response to a Russian troll farm has another peril for leftists.
President Trump asked the Department of Homeland Security to investigate vote fraud. DHS is expected to issue a preliminary report next month.
A purported draft is circulating on the internet. It says in 2016,“several million illegal, non-resident ballots were counted, while legal ballots were improperly tabulated and/or intentionally mishandled. We believe these actions were a coordinated attack against the democracy of our country.”
If Russian bots on Twitter and Russian ads on Facebook are as grave a threat to our democracy as Pearl Harbor, then surely vote fraud that changed election results in several states is worse. Democrats will regret opening the door to treating vote fraud with the seriousness it deserves.
And if Russian bots are a grave threat to our democracy, so is a palace coup.
What’s next for the Special Counsel?
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) warned Mueller not to issue a final report until after the midterm elections. Does Bob fret it won’t be helpful to Democrats?
Moonbats hope Mueller will indict Trump for obstructing the investigation of collusion with Russia that Mueller said didn’t happen.
Rots of ruck with that. The only overt act on which to hang an obstruction charge is Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. But the president has the right to fire any Executive Branch appointee at any time, for any reason. And Trump had ample justification for firing Comey. Democrats were howling for his head until Trump handed it to them.
The window to bring a bogus process indictment is closing fast. The big scalp on Mueller’s lodgepole is former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea for lying to the FBI.
Those, such as TTPers, who’ve been paying attention know it’s sure to be thrown out (for prosecutorial misconduct). Once DOJ IG Michael Horowitz drops the MOAB, all but the most unhinged moonbats will too.
Mueller asked that Flynn’s sentencing be postponed from February to May after Judge Emmett Sullivan ordered him to turn over to the defense all potentially exculpatory evidence (such as the FBI 302s that likely were altered).
Judge Sullivan really hates prosecutorial misconduct, for which Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann is notorious. If Flynn was framed, or bullied into a plea, Sullivan could impose sanctions on Mueller and/or his minions. He/they could go to jail.
Speculation rages as to whether Mueller is a good guy, a bad guy, or a bad guy who’s been flipped. But unless Mueller is a very stupid bad guy, he’ll want to get outta Dodge before the Horowitz report is made public.
So the odds are there will be no more indictments from the Special Counsel. Which doesn’t mean there won’t be more indictments. Mueller’s de facto exoneration of Trump frees Attorney General Sessions from political and legal restraints.
Watch carefully this interview Sunday (2/18) with Maria Bartiromo. The “silent executioner” of the KKK in Alabama is a good man and true, but a poker face he hasn’t got. If I were Hillary, I’d be very, very afraid.
Jack Kelly is a former Marine and Green Beret, and was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force during the Reagan Administration. Until his retirement in January 2017, he was the national security writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette