Well, fate chose one hell of a day to keep me away from the keyboard! Sorry for my absence yesterday.
First: Wave bye-bye to Rosenstein
. I predict that this effort will succeed.
It is unclear how much support conservatives will have in their effort. Rosenstein has become a punching bag for Trump and his allies as they vent frustration over the Russia investigation. Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, Rosenstein has overseen the Mueller probe, which is also examining potential obstruction of justice charges against the president.
But House GOP leaders like Speaker Paul Ryan have clearly been uncomfortable with the notion of going after Rosenstein.
Well, Ryan isn't going to be around forever, is he? The time has come to drop the petticoat and show what's underneath. We're heading toward open
fascism, not the pseudo-stuff we've been living with since January, 2017.
By now, you must know all about Robert Mueller's indictments
. I have a problem with the way CNN and MSNBC covered this bombshell news: They continually made the logical error of presuming that chronology indicates causality.
To be specific, they kept replaying Trump's "Russia, if you're listening..." speech. Now, I am the first to admit that this particular speech was one of the two most idiotically self-defeating things that Mr. Blabbermouth has ever blurted. (The other Big Blurt would be the Lester Holt interview).
The speech occurred on July 27, 2016. On the same day, says the indictment...
...the Conspirators attempted after hours to spearphish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a thirdparty provider and used by Clinton’s personal office. At or around the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton Campaign.
Cause and effect? That's the impression you received if you watched Chris Hayes last night. (By the way, Marcy Wheeler showed up on that episode and did a fine job.) That's also the impression you would form after reading this piece in the Atlantic
Here's the problem: In that instantly-infamous speech (which, at the time, appalled most other Republicans, even Mike Pence), Agent Orange referred to the emails supposedly wiped after the Benghazi
investigation. Benghazi happened years earlier, while Clinton was Secretary of State.
On July 27, 2016, the Russians hacked the Clinton campaign and her personal office
. The hackers had already breached the DNC months earlier.
So we are talking about two very different things. How can we make Chris Hayes understand this fact?
Let's talk about the damned emails AGAIN.
Trump and the Republicans have continually lied about those supposedly "bleached" 30,000 emails. Those messages did not concern the Benghazi incident, and they were not deleted by Hillary Clinton
. The FBI recovered
the majority of those emails and found that they were indeed unrelated to Congress' Benghazi inquest.
We've seen some of those deleted emails. They were piffle -- recommendations to read certain news stories, things of that nature. None were responsive to Congress's subpoena.
I wish to hell that Chris Hayes would remind his audience of that all-important point when he replays that "Russia, if you're listening" clip. Every time that bit of video shows up on our teevee screens, the smear is revived.
Trump's dimwitted followers don't understand the nature of emails
. Bottom line: Unless you take very
intricate precautions, there are likely to be multiple copies
of an email message.
So why did Trump harp on that 30,000 number? Why did he make that "Russia, if you're listening" speech in the first place?
As longtime readers know, I favor the theory that hackers intended to plant incriminating fakes into a trove of "recovered" emails published either by Guccifer 2.0 or Wikileaks. This plan was scuttled when the FBI revealed on July 28
(the next day) that they had recovered many of the lost emails.
It simply would have been too suspicious if "horrifying" revelations showed up in the Russian batch but not in the FBI batch. Here's how I put it in an earlier post:
If you don't yet understand my point, let's try a thought experiment.
Picture this: Let's say you use a knife to mark forty pennies. Then you toss those forty into a big vat of 30,000 pennies. Then you pour out that vat into two piles: One pile goes to James Comey, while the other goes to Vladimir Putin. After that, Comey and Putin ask underlings to go through their respective piles in order to see which pile contains more of those forty marked coins.
Do you really think that all forty would appear in Putin's pile? Does that make sense to you?
I mean, yeah, it's possible technically. I've read books about gambling, and I know that it is possible for a tossed coin to come up heads ten times in a row.
But is it likely?
I think when the full history of the 2016 is finally written, we will learn that a plot to frame Hillary came a-cropper on July 27. Trump thought he was laying the groundwork when he gave that speech -- but then Comey ruined the scheme. The purpose of the plot was to credibilize those nutty Republican theories about Benghazi -- y'know, the ones that say Obama wanted
the consulate overrun because he's a secret Muslim who hates America and Jesus and all that.
The perception that Russia's anti-Clinton campaign began on July 27 is dangerous. Mueller's indictment clearly states that the ball got rolling much earlier.
It is also dangerous to presume that Russia acted alone, without aid from a faction within western intelligence: Cambridge Analytica was (is) an implausibly-deniable arm of MI6. In other words, Donald Trump is a gift bestowed upon us by both Bond, James Bond and
Putin, Vlad Putin.
And let's not ignore Black Cube, which is Israeli.
You won't hear about "our" pro-Trump spooks from Robert Mueller or from Malcolm Nance or from anyone on MSNBC, but you're damned well gonna hear it from me
One final point about Hillary's emails.
The Republicans kept harping on the claim that a private server is inherently insecure. This assertion has always bugged me, since it used to be axiomatic that private servers are more
secure. Not that it matters: All evidence indicates that Hillary used government channels for the truly classified information.
(Some material was classified after the fact
, but that was just a slimeball GOP trick used to dupe the rubes who watch Fox News.)
If that server was so damned insecure, then why didn't
the Russians produce those 30,000 emails? There are only two possible explanations:
1. They didn't hack into it, even though we've been told that they did.
2. They did
hack into it, and found piffle.
Can you think of an option 3? I can't.
Name that writer.
I don't know whether the following had anything to do with Trump's speech; the date is probably pure coincidence. Nevertheless, let us note these words from the indictment:
On or about June 27, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, contacted a U.S. reporter with an offer to provide stolen emails from “Hillary Clinton’s staff.” The Conspirators then sent the reporter the password to access a nonpublic, password-protected portion of dcleaks.com containing emails stolen from Victim 1 by LUKASHEV, YERMAKOV, and their co-conspirators in or around March 2016.
Who is the reporter?
Whoever he or she was, he or she was a de facto
The truth about Guccifer 2.0 was well-known by July 27, 2016. If I
had doped it out -- and I had -- then this unnamed reporter should have known. By that point, it was revealed that the first
Guccifer -- the alleged Romanian cab-driver who hacked into George W. Bush's account -- was also a front for (or dupe of) Russian intelligence.
Everyone knows that the indictment references him, though not by name. "You gotta know the territory," as they say in The Music Man
. Stone knows the territory, making him invaluable to the Russian effort. Who knows how to manipulate an American election better than the King of the Dirty Tricksters, who happens to be Paul Manafort's old business partner?
Amusingly, Stone originally claimed that he is not the unnamed American in the indictment
. Within hours, he changed his story, saying that the indictment exonerates
(Check out the insane presentation here
. Hilarious! The Stoney One sure is popular with those drooling Illuminati-spotters.)
That said, don't get your hopes up. Yes, Roger Stone will probably be indicted, and I wouldn't be surprised if the anvil drops fairly soon. But as long as Trump has the power to pardon, he's in the clear.
On the other hand, if there is an incriminating recorded telephone call between Stone and Trump -- as some have claimed -- then the promise of a pardon won't matter. As much as I would like to see Stone behind bars, the point is to catch the big fish.
In all likelihood, no such recording exists. Stone and Trump would probably discuss criminal matters only in a private place, face-to-face. These guys think
like mafiosi. Mobsters have learned not to say certain things on the phone.
Some liberals have made the mistake of deriving hope from the indictment. Are they kidding? Did they even read
Defendants OSADCHUK and KOVALEV were GRU officers who knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other and with persons, known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to hack into the computers of U.S. persons and entities responsible for the administration of 2016 U.S. elections, such as state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and U.S. companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of U.S. elections.
(Emphasis added by me.)
My prediction of a red wave in November stands.
It used to be the case that election-rigging was plausible only in a close vote; a deficit of more than 3% (maybe 5%) could not be erased without creating suspicion. Right now, Trump is desperate and Putin is shameless. They will rig elections even if the Dem candidate is more than ten points ahead in both pre-election polls and exit polls -- and neither MSNBC nor Nate Silver will cry foul, for fear of losing credibility. (Fake polling outfits can be very helpful here.)
Besides, the Democratic primary vote in MI in 2016 was so obviously
bogus that the vote manipulators now understand that they can be as bold as they like.