Here’s the real question: what took them so long?
Hillary Clinton not only knew about the plan to smear her then-rival Donald Trump with accusations about Russian election-hacking to distract from her own e-mail scandal, she loved the idea.
The media, that is, those outlets that care for fair coverage, are all aghast to see that newly-declassified papers confirm it.
Yet, it must have been obvious all along to anyone who uses her/his head to think. For crying out loud, what’s so tough to decipher? Here we have a candidate who sold an overwhelming part of U.S. uranium reserves to Russia in a deal that should have sent her to prison right then and there.
The deal was known to many for quite some time.
What does it make her? In Russian authorities’ considered view that makes her much easier to blackmail (лeгчe шантажировать). Add to that some sordid details of Russian contributions to the Clinton Foundation, and hubby Bill’s fees for making speeches to Russian audiences, and what you have is a family under Russian control.
Russian government (and president Vladimir Putin) aren’t here to make sure the U.S. is working smoothly, its economy blooming, its social life peaceful. They are here to make sure everything works for the best for Russia, and nowhere else.
If only our own Canadian government acted in Canada’s interest! But that’s another operetta.
In any case, Hillary Clinton’s presidential election victory has been in Russia’s interest since she declared her intention to follow in hubby Bill’s footsteps.
So would be, by the way, the current Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden’s victory in Russia’s interest: not only is he much easier to blackmail (лeгчe шантажировать), what with his perfectly shady dealings with (and in) the Republic of Ukraine, as well as a number of sundry allegations of his (and his family’s) dealings with organized crime.
Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham (R-S. Carolina), asked for information related to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane (i.e. Russiagate) probe.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe obliged.
As an aside: whenever there is a scandal these days, it is a this or that gate. This shows such damning lack of imagination by the media headline writers, it’s beyond shocking.
Back to the revelations: what emerged was a version of the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves not even Antoine Galland in his classic version of One Thousand and One Nights could have imagined.
For the curious: Antoine Galland (1646 – 1715) was a French orientalist and archaeologist. He was the first European translator of One Thousand and One Nights.
Basically, here’s what happened: an advisor told Hillary Clinton in July 2016, with four months left to that year’s presidential election, that it shouldn’t take that much effort to (verbatim) “vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.”
Some of the now declassified files seem to indicate that Russian intelligence became wise to the scheme pretty quickly, but there seems to be no proof of Hillary Clinton herself making them aware. Not, at least, in the newly declassified documentation.
In any case, Hillary Clinton’s effort must have been serious enough: then-CIA director John Brennan apparently briefed then-President Barack Obama on her Russian smear scheme. That is what his handwritten notes show.
Of course, the timing of the events, as the newly declassified material shows, was professionally perfect.
“Russian state actors broke into the (Democratic National Committee)” and “stole” the campaign’s e-mails, Clinton staffer Robby Mook told CNN at the end of July, 2016.
Why would they do it?
“For the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump,” volunteered Mook.
The declassified files deal in detail with the former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele’s reports. They had been found false even then, but nobody, certainly not the Obama administration, seemed to care.
In fact, the Obama administration knowingly continued with perpetrating such crimes as falsifying data to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants that enabled it to spy on Donald Trump’s campaign members.
Not only that: without even bothering to have a cursory peek at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) e-mail server, Obama’s intelligence agencies made public their belief that the hated Russkies hacked the DNC computer network.
Again, the timing was impeccable: with just a month to go to the election.
In a somewhat involved story it seems to turn out that the source for the so-called Steele Dossier was none other than a Russian guy who used to work for the Brookings Institution (a foreign policy think-tank of somewhat left-wing leanings). According to the files, he left that venerable research group in 2010, and many of his former co-workers suspected him of being a Russian spy.
Again, the timing of these revelations is interesting, and so is the fact that only a few of the miscreants who had been guilty of it all have faced justice, so far.
Why so late?
The first problem: justice in democracy requires thorough investigation. The expression “beyond reasonable doubt” is a sign of justice in democratic systems.
That it can be (and often is) abused is clear. But it still is much better to err on the side of caution, rather than punish an innocent person.
The other issue: if the U.S. law enforcement and judiciary proceeded with all speed and haste, not only could they miss important points, both in law and in fact. They would be accused of doing president Donald Trump’s bidding, even if America’s commander-in-chief had nothing to do with the proceedings.
Judging by today’s mainstream media’s efforts, the president would have been made to look and sound like a villain, even if the crimes by those on the other side were proven, again, beyond any doubt, reasonable or otherwise. They would have been swept aside, just as Hillary Clinton and her cohorts’ perfectly obvious crimes have been.
Besides, today’s U.S. Democratic Party leadership seems to have forgotten all respect it should have for democratic process. If they haven’t forgotten, they just ignore it. In this context, president Trump’s decision not to interfere and let the process take its time was wise to the extreme.
Many may dislike Donald Trump’s style, but his substance is about something else: about making America great again, no matter how it shocks the Antifa and Black Lives Matter crowds.
Here’s the irony of it all: without a great America’s democracy they wouldn’t exist.