It seems most of the “Press Professionals” these days are strangely incurious and really bad at their jobs. Then again, as Glenn Instapundit Reynolds notes, “If you think of them as Democratic Operatives with Bylines it makes more sense.” Here are the currently un-linked stories that brought this forcefully to my mind:
By Matt Margolis, PJ Media
In a new twist in SpyGate, Barack Obama’s CIA Director, John Brennan, suppressed intelligence that Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election, according to information being declassified by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.
“There’s other intel that may have been more serious suggesting that Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win, rather than balancing that out in the assessment they put out there in that assessment and set the narrative that Russia wanted Trump to win,” Henry told Tucker Carlson.
Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst, claimed last month the U.S. intelligence community knew in 2017 that Russia wanted Hillary to win, and that then-CIA Director Brennan suppressed that information. According to Fleitz, House Intelligence Committee staff told him “there was conflicting intelligence evidence on Russian motivations for meddling in the 2016 election,” and that Brennan “suppressed facts or analysis that showed why it was not in Russia’s interests to support Trump and why Putin stood to benefit from Hillary Clinton’s election.”
We already knew from the (finally released) sworn testimony of those who had been publicly claiming Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign that there was no direct evidence of any such thing. Now we see that former DCI Brennan was pushing an intelligence assessment that his own analysts disputed.
Oh Wow: Devin Nunes Says That Criminal Referrals Are Coming.
Not Just for the FBI/CIA Coupists.
But for Mueller’s Team of 13 Angry Democrats.
By Ace, Ace of Spades
I guess I’m currently feeling a mix of skepticism, of intrigue, and of erection.
The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee said criminal referrals are coming for members of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election.“We’re looking at doing criminal referrals on the Mueller team, the Mueller dossier team, the Mueller witch hunt, whatever you want to call it. That’w where we are now in our investigation,” Rep. Devin Nunes told Fox Nation’s Witch Hunt.
“We’re doing a large criminal referral on the Mueller dossier team that put together a fraudulent report — that knew there was no collusion the day that Mueller walked in the door,” the California Republican added. “They set an obstruction of justice trap. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will make a conspiracy referral there.”
The last batches of criminal referrals by Nunes (when he was still chair of the HPSCI) were of course relegated to the round file under the DoJ effectively being run by Rod Rosenstein. And while it is true that Rosenstein and most of the Mueller team are no longer within the DoJ, we know there are other DERP State actors out there who will resist any attempt to hold these coup plotters to account.
So how would one go about sidelining the key DERP State actors?
By sundance, the Conservative Treehouse
It likely takes a lot of main justice approvals to serve a search warrant for the device of the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). The Chairman of the powerful committee also sits on the congressional oversight team known as the gang-of-eight.
According to the Los Angeles Times the FBI served a search warrant on North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr Wednesday. The warrant appears connected to an ongoing investigation on whether or not Burr violated a law that prevents members of Congress from trading insider information they learn from their work. According to the report federal agents seized Burr’s cell phone after they served the warrant at his residence in the Washington DC area.
Granted the “insider trading” beef seems un-related. But any tool that will separate Senator Richard Burr (R-NC DERP-DC) from the Chairmanship of the SSCI is a necessary early step.