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The group behind the debunked Russian dossier is stonewalling the investigation

June 25, 2017

  Something interesting I have noticed during the Russia collusion/hacking scandal investigation: many people who were involved in the Trump campaign are willing to testify before the Congress but are being blocked by the Democrats while one of the groups at the center of the investigation, Fusion GPS, is stonewalling and appears unwilling to testify. Why is that? Do you find this as interesting as I do?

  Fusion GPS is the group behind the Russian Dossier which James Comey admitted was part of the basis into the investigation. This dossier has been proven to be false and Buzzfeed, which first ran with the dossier even though they admitted it could not be verified before CNN decided to run with it, is currently being sued for defamation. (On a side note it is interesting to note that CNN rehashed another version of the story over the weekend and was forced to retract it without providing an explanation, but I will get to that shortly.)

  So why would Fusion GPS be hesitant to testify in front of the Congress? In addition to the story being fake news it is being reported here the group is stonewalling the investigation because of their alleged ties to the Democratic party. Here is more:

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Sunday, June 25th open thread: ‘Tupelo’

June 25, 2017

 open-thread Here is the open thread for Sunday, June 25th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

  Last week  we discussed 11 stories, did you miss any of them? If so there is an easy way to make sure it does not happen again. I understand that all of you are busy and cannot always find the time to check the blog for updates so why not subscribe to America’s Watchtower and receive email updates whenever I write a new post? That is the easiest way to follow the blog to ensure you never miss another post.

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  Two weeks ago my son Andy and I went to see one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters perform in Boston. This was the second time we have seen Nick Cave perform and he did not disappoint! Nick Cave’s shows are intense and this one was no different, I think he was better this time than he was the last time we saw him.

  Nick Cave’s songs range from being atmospheric to mellow and piano-based to hard-hitting and in your face. “Tupelo” is somewhere in the middle and it is one of my favorites. Here is “Tupelo” performed live in Boston on June 10th:

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Democrats urge leaders to stop focusing so much on Russia

June 24, 2017

  The strategy of the Democratic leaders is fairly obvious: push the Russia narrative to discredit Donald Trump and to slow down his agenda. If they happen to get charges brought against anyone in the Trump administration it will be a plus but it is not the main goal.

  While the Democratic leaders and the mainstream media have been focusing solely on the Russia collusion/hacking scandal the good of the American people has been put on hold. With the exception of the alt-left most people do not really care about this, or rather I should say they might care about this but are more concerned with making ends meet and they feel as if they have been forgotten by leaders who are more interested in scoring political points heading into the next election.

  This has not been lost on the rank-and-file Democrats who are meeting with their constituents and some of them are now urging the Democratic leadership to talk less about Russia and more about the issues the people care about. Here is more:

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Judiciary Committee opens investigation into Loretta Lynch for allegedly trying to interfere in the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation

June 23, 2017

  loretta lynchWhen James Comey testified a couple of weeks ago in the Russia collusion/hacking scandal the Democrats and the mainstream media were hoping for a smoking gun which would implicate Donald Trump or somebody in his staff for obstruction of justice. They were let down because James Comey did not feel pressured by Donald Trump and the day before three other officials testified that they did not feel the President tried to influence the investigation.

  However, there might have been a smoking gun anyway because James Comey did admit that there was an attempt to influence an investigation but it was Loretta Lynch and it was in regards to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

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John Podesta to testify in front of the Congress next week about Russia scandal

June 22, 2017

  This one should be interesting one way or the other: it is now being reported in this story that John Podesta will testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee next week. Here is more:

The House intelligence committee next week plans to interview John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman whose hacked email account became central to Russian meddling in the US election last year, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Podesta will be one of the committee’s first major witnesses to meet with the panel behind closed doors as it tries to determine the extent of the Russian involvement in last year’s campaign and whether any of President Donald Trump’s associates coordinated with the Russians.
  John Podesta already has two potential strikes against him: First, he fell for a phishing scam which led to the hacking although he claims it was due to a typo. Even if this excuse is legitimate it is troubling coming from a man with a security clearance. To paraphrase James Comey about Hillary Clinton it was extremely careless to say the least.
  And second; Julian Assange has claimed that John Podesta’s password was “password.”  As of right now this has not been verified however when pressed Democrats are forced to admit there is no evidence Donald Trump colluded with the Russians and yet they still claim it is true so I see nothing wrong in mentioning it here. If this is true it would be another example of extreme carelessness by somebody with a security clearance.
  Like I wrote above, this is going to be very interesting testimony but unfortunately his testimony will be behind closed doors so we are going to have to rely on anonymous sources  leaking the transcript to the Washington Post or the New York Times and even then we will have to take what these fake news outlets for what it is worth. 
  The left was hoping to find the smoking gun in James Comey’s testimony and it was not there, now they will be pinning their hopes on John Podesta to find something they can run with.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Jeh Johnson testifies: The Democratic National Committee did not want DHS help with potential hacking

June 21, 2017

  Yesterday I wrote about one aspect of the Russia collusion/hacking scandal which was being ignored by the Democrats and the mainstream media and that was the “unmaking” scandal. You can read that post here.

  But there is a second aspect to the official Democratic narrative which has been ignored as well and it is a biggie: The Democrats claim the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee in order to influence the election but they conveniently forget that somebody tried to hack into the Republican National Committee as well.

  The FBI warned both National Committees during the campaign that somebody was trying to hack into the systems. The difference is that the Republican National Committee took the warning to heart and implemented the FBI’s recommended changes while the Democratic National Committee did not want the help of the FBI and determined the warning was a “prank call.” In addition to this Barack Obama was also warned about potential Russia interference in the election months before the election and did not do anything about it.

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The Democrats are blocking key witnesses from testifying in Russia scandal probe

June 21, 2017

  Democrats have vowed to get to the bottom of the Russia collusion scandal and you would think that part of the process would be to interview as many people as possible who might have information they need to actually find any evidence of collusion. But you would apparently be wrong if this story is true–the Democrats are actually blocking key witnesses who VOLUNTEERED to testify from testifying. One of the witnesses they do not seem interested in speaking to just happens to be the man they called the “mastermind” behind the nefarious collusion scandal.

  Here is more:

House Democrats are continuing to block testimony from about a dozen witnesses who sought to appear before the intelligence oversight panel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Congressional officials said one of the key witnesses, former informal adviser to the Trump campaign Carter Page, was scheduled to testify at a closed hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

But Democrats on the committee blocked the testimony, asserting they needed more time to prepare.

“He’s the guy that many Democrats have been pointing to as the supposed mastermind and you would think they were interested hearing his story,” said one Capitol Hill official.

  It is interesting to note that all of these people who are being blocked from testifying want to testify, presumably because they want to clear their own names and possibly the President’s name as well, but are not being allowed to. Why would that be? Perhaps the Democrats already know what they are going to say and it does not fit the narrative.

  Democrats claim they need more time but they did not need more time to grill James Comey, but of course they thought the former FBI Director would give them what they wanted to hear. Democrats probably really do want more time because their goal, if they cannot take down Donald Trump, is to drag this investigation out to the 2018 election and possibly the 2020 election as well.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium