John Schindler of the 20committee -- which, I remind you, is an ever-so-clever reference to the double-cross
committee of spy lore (XX=20) -- seems to think that something big will happen tomorrow.
By "tomorrow" I mean today, for this post will be published after midnight.
I've received a briefing from a senior intel official who's worked #KremlinGate from the beginning. I'll share the findings ASAP. Big stuff.
The Lizard is coming.
Like I promised.
We've seen too much of this, and we've seen it on both sides: Throughout the 2016 campaign, prominent voices on the right kept promising major, major stuff that would hit "tomorrow" or the day after. In their world, Alt Rightists kept expecting some major breakthrough that would force an end to Hillary's campaign and result in her being frog-marched off to the Big House.
. The breakthrough was always scheduled to hit tomorrow. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.
More recently, on the other side of the political aisle, the spooks-against-Trump led a lot of people to believe that Donnie's presidency would end before the 100 day mark. That, too, did not happen.
Yet we keep scrambling after every crumb of hope offered by the anti-Trump twitterers. Let's admit it: We have become the gambler who suspects that the game is rigged but can't walk away from the table because it's the only game in town.
Louise Mensch -- God, I don't trust her! God, she turns me on!
-- assures us:
Don't listen to naysayers
Comey made contingency plans with both men
Trump trolls want you hate them #TeamDeza
This claim re: McCabe is very dubious. Rosenstein? Well, I noted with some interest this WP article
Rosenstein threatened to resign after the narrative emerging from the White House on Tuesday evening cast him as a prime mover of the decision to fire Comey and that the president acted only on his recommendation, said the person close to the White House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
On initial scan, this seems convincing, so let's give Rosenstein the benefit of the doubt -- for now. But if he decides to stand in the way of a special prosecutor, then we'll hand him the black hat and glue it to his scalp.
For what it's worth, Mensch also says that arrests could come tomorrow
Two separate sources with links to the intelligence community say that the first arrests in the criminal and counter-intelligence probe will shortly take place, possibly as soon as Thursday, May 11th.
. If one of those sources is Schindler and the other is The Jester, then all we have here is a Twitter circle-jerk.
Senator Markey announced on CNN that a Grand Jury had been empaneled in New York and cited this blog. I referred to a probably linked document from the Southern District of New York in my last piece, which reported as fact that no fewer than six separate FISA warrants had been issued in the Trump-Russia probe, but I am able to report tonight as fact both that my own sources, who are independent of Mr. Taylor’s sources, confirm multiple sealed indictments delivered at State Grand Jury level in the Southern District of New York, and that intelligence sources also believe that the first arrests in Trump Russia will shortly be announced and may come as quickly as tomorrow.
For the sake of clarity, I still cannot report anything further than a probability on the linking of a civil document in the New York case to the indictments that have been obtained in New York under RICO. People familiar with the matter speculate that General Flynn may be among the first people arrested but they do not confirm the news.
Claude Taylor is also singing that familiar song: "Something's coming/I don't know what it is/But it is/Gonna be great!" He also makes a point first aired in these humble pages:
Source: Comey's firing timed to coincide with his trip to Los Angeles in order to gain immediate access to Comey's computer systems/files.
I had no sources, just a smidgen of common sense. Or paranoia. Take your pick.
Common sense also tells me that Comey may not
have prepared for this eventuality, even though many people presume that he must have done. Here are three reasons why I disagree with this presumption: 1) Comey seemed genuinely shocked to learn of his firing. 2) When it comes to computer stuff, nobody ever backs things up the way they should. 3) If an FBI Director were to place classified info on a USB stick -- well, that raises all sorts of ethical/legal questions, dunnit?
Let's say he does have a USB stick full of juiciness. Just how would Comey make use of that data?
As you ponder that, ponder this
: Access to Comey's computers would give Team Trump a pretty good idea as to the length and the breadth of what the Bureau knows. Who, exactly, would have gone through Comey's computer? Obviously, there must be Trump loyalists within the Bureau.
The new FBI Director will probably come from that group. I'm guessing that the nod will go to one of Rudy Giuliani's boys out of NY.
Let us return to the main theme of this post: Something's Coming
. Another singer of that song is Malcolm Nance
(who doesn't always get along with Mensch, btw). When writer Xeni Jardin tweeted "I'd lay money on extremely dark, damning Trump content hitting sunlight soon," Nance responded:
Concur. My guess is it will originate in Europe & be irrefutable. Standby.
Note that Nance's prophecy does not really align with what we hear from Schindler and others. Which is it going to be: An arrest in America or a data-blast out of Europe? The answer to that question will tell us which of the "spooks against Trump" is the truly wired-in.
By the way:
Just in case you were in any doubt, Jake Tapper
There are two reasons why President Donald Trump fired James Comey, according to a source close to the now-former FBI director:
1. Comey never provided the President with any assurance of personal loyalty.
2. The fact that the FBI's investigation into possible Trump team collusion with Russia in the 2016 election was accelerating.
Moreover, the letter the President wrote to Comey firing him includes zero references to the Clinton investigation and one big one about the Russia investigation.
At least one reader has noted that Trump's dismissal note does not
mention Russia by name. Technically, that is true. But I tend to believe that reports that Trump has been singularly fixated on "Kremlingate" in recent weeks. Tapper's "source close to" Comey may well be Comey himself, in which case the above-listed reasons 1 and 2 both fall under the heading "speculation." I'd call it reasonable
Folks, you have no idea how much of my romantic history is summed up by these ten horrifying words: "God, I don't trust her! God, she turns me on!"