a reply to: RadioRobert
A couple of things. This is already being probed by the OIG. That's who told Mueller about the texts in the first place, which is why Mueller kicked
him off his team a month (or less) into it his investigation.
The GOP knows this obviously. They're going to get a comprehensive non-partisan report about all this from the OIG. Which begs the question, why have
they seized on this opportunity to create a #show? The OIG is the appropriate entity to investigate this and if they're unhappy with the results of
the OIG's investigation, they could certainly launch additional investigations (hell, Nunes apparently launches them weekly all by his lonesome). So
what is Ron Johnson doing right now? Why are they feeding the right-wing media weak conspiracy theories based on interpretations of inconclusive text
It's not about shedding a light on anything, it's politics. It's a partisan war of attrition.
As for what's been going on in the FBI/Justice department. I think it really comes down to whether you believe those involved were acting in good
faith or not.
- Christopher Steele is a British citizen who spent 22 years serving honorably in MI6. He went from that into the private sector and since then,
worked with the FBI to whom he provided credible intel in at least one major case. Yes, he was contracted by Fusion GPS who was being paid by the
What do you believe? By all accounts, he was alarmed with what he was turning up and went to the FBI of his own volition out of this concern. Isn't
that what he should have done? So the question becomes, was he acting in good faith or was he acting as a paid stooge? I don't the man. None of us do.
People who do know him however, certainly seem to hold him in high regard.
- The you have Bruce Ohr. Here's what is not generally discussed. Steele knew Ohr because they'd worked together on the FIFA case. Ohr's wife is a
Russia expert and worked for Fusion GPS. It makes sense that he'd go to Ohr if he was legitimately alarmed. He knew him we can assume, knew his wife
too. He might even have been how Ohr's wife got a job with Fusion GPS.
And the GOP is trying to have it both ways here. They've been painting Ohr as suspicious for months but then they drop a memo that says Ohr informed
the DOJ/FBI about Steele's supposed "bias" based on few words quoted out of context.
So what do you believe? If you believe Steele was a bad actor and you believe Simpson was a bad actor who was directing him, it makes sense to wonder
if Ohr was part of something untoward. If you don't believe that Steele was acting in bad faith, then it seems like a logical thing for Steele to do
to approach Ohr.
I could go on here but in every case, it really depends on whether you believe the people involved were acting in good faith or not. Given the
allegations against them not only in the media but coming from Republicans in Congress and the the WH, it's not surprising that people have been
removed from sensitive jobs. Notice however, that nobody has been fired.
A couple of other thoughts. A lot of people fervently believe that Russia didn't interfere in the election. Those people tend not to believe it's
possible that *anyone* involved in anyway was operating in good faith.
But things get really fuzzy when it comes to the actual conspiracy and what it was supposed to accomplish. A conspiracy to surveil an ex-Trump
campaign staff member who the campaign wanted nothing to do with? Does that make a lot of sense? To what end? What would that accomplish to keep Trump
from getting elected?
And apparently, that FISA warrant is what all this mega conspiracy was for because for all the brouhaha, that's the only place where Steele's info was
used apparently. In fact, it's the only place where actual actionable impropriety has been alleged and what was that impropriety? Not giving the FISC
judge enough information? Steele lying to the FBI about having spoken to members of the media a week or two prior?
Even Gowdy has said point blank that there'd be a Mueller probe if there was no Steele.
Hey, meanwhile: Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are 100% corrupt af, criminal super douche bag swamp dwelling influence peddlers. Paul Manafort was
offering to sell influence over Trump to the Russians which is pretty damn horrible. I mean when it comes to "the swamp" these guys are legendary and
not just in ours, in countries on 4 or 5 continents.
Michael Flynn was using his position to get paid through a cut-out to write op-eds and lobby from inside the campaign for the Turkish government. He
was apparently (allegedly) at one point plotting an illegal rendition of a Turkish asylum seeker for $15 million. He was working to undermine
sanctions against Russia that were leveled in response to their election meddling by the then administration — and he lied to the FBI about it. And
according to the admin, he lied to them about it.
Isn't it a good thing that the law has caught up with these people? There's a good chance that some Democrats will go down too, including one of the
two much hated Podesta brothers. You'd think everyone would be happy about this but nope, not because they don't deserve it but because they're
associates of Trump's.