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Rosenstein: In the future, let’s discuss the Mueller probe “patriotically as Americans”

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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein offered this worthy and impassioned plea as part of the pronouncement of the new grand-jury indictment agains 12 Russians in the special-counsel probe of the 2016 election. It’s not likely to have a great deal of impact, but it’s not just whistling in the wind, either. The indictment today shows that Robert Mueller has made a significant case that Russia conducted an extensive intelligence operation to impact the election through hacking and information disruption, a circumstance that Rosenstein argues should call us to hearken to our better angels:

In my remarks, I have not identified the victims. When we confront foreign interference in American elections, it is important for us to avoid thinking politically as Republicans or Democrats and instead to think patriotically as Americans. Our response must not depend on who was victimized.

The Internet allows foreign adversaries to attack America in new and unexpected ways. Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious. There will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide, and conquer us. So long as we are united in our commitment to the values enshrined in the Constitution, they will not succeed.

The partisan warfare fueled by modern technology does not fairly reflect the grace and dignity of the American people.

The blame for election interference belongs to the criminals who committed election interference. We need to work together to hold the perpetrators accountable, and keep moving forward to preserve our values, protect against future interference, and defend America.

That would certainly be a nice change of pace across the entire political spectrum, from those who insist that the entire issue of Russian interference is a witch hunt to those who think Donald Trump personally gamed it out with Vladimir Putin. It also applies to the news media, which has at times hyped mostly substance-free developments as major changes in the case, published “facts” from dubious sources without any verification, and at other times simply flat-out amplified false information. With many now heavily invested in these hyperbolic debates and positions, Rosenstein’s plea will mainly fall on deaf ears, but that doesn’t make it without value.

With that standard in mind, though, let’s parse through the information provided today. The indictment does a lot more than just charge people who will never show up in court, although that’s pretty obviously the case. It lays out an extensive and detailed look at the mechanisms behind the thefts of data that later were published by Wikileaks and laundered through front identities like DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0. It makes a very strong case that Russia did indeed conduct a major operation against America’s elections, and succeeded in penetrating some institutions. That should put an end to denials over the nature of the Russian regime and the need to harden our electoral and political infrastructure against further attacks.

However, Rosenstein also took care to note that even while they believe they have seen the breadth and depth of this operation, it did not impact the results of the vote:

In a second, related conspiracy, Russian GRU officers hacked the website of a state election board and stole information about 500,000 voters. They also hacked into computers of a company that supplied software used to verify voter registration information; targeted state and local offices responsible for administering the elections; and sent spearphishing emails to people involved in administering elections, with malware attached. …

There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy altered the vote count or changed any election result.

With the Russian hacking operations exposed in these indictments, that appears to be an overall conclusion from the special counsel. The fact that Mueller is now transferring the indictment back to the Department of Justice for prosecution further and more strongly suggests that there isn’t anything else left to dig up. It indicates that they have found no reason to believe that the DoJ and its current leadership are in any way conflicted and unable to pursue effective prosecution of this case. If they’re still expecting further developments to tie this back to Trump, his family, or the campaign, Mueller would almost certainly prosecute this case himself.

The indictment itself supports that conclusion in another way. The lack of allegations against any US persons in the indictment for the Russian intelligence operations suggests that the original theory of collusion has been discarded. The original theory was that the Trump campaign or members thereof coordinated with Russian intelligence on the dissemination of stolen e-mails in an attempt to throw the election. Rosenstein’s statement declares that they found no allegation of a crime by an American “in this indictment,” but since the indictment speaks to what appears to be the entire Russian interference operation, it’s tough to see how that collusion theory survives.

In fact, the indictment lays out a detailed explanation of how the information got distributed, both through the “DCLeaks” website they created and through “Organization 1,” clearly a reference to Wikileaks. The only reference to a Trump campaign connection comes in paragraph 44, with a rather nondescript response from an indirect connection, likely Roger Stone as Allahpundit wrote earlier:

That’s not coordination, let alone collusion; it’s barely a response at all. (It is, however, another lesson in not feeding the trolls.) That’s not to say that the Russians didn’t succeed in getting any political campaign interested. The indictment does disclose a very interesting connection to a congressional candidate:

With that inclusion, we can see that Mueller’s team had no problem including this kind of direct contact with candidates or campaigns in their indictment. Even in this case, the Mueller team apparently considered the congressional candidate who made direct contact with Russian intel a victim of the conspiracy, not a participant, as Rosenstein emphasized:

In my remarks, I have not identified the victims. When we confront foreign interference in American elections, it is important for us to avoid thinking politically as Republicans or Democrats and instead to think patriotically as Americans. Our response must not depend on who was victimized.

Given that, the lack of any such contacts listed in this indictment certainly leads one to believe that there were no such contacts between the actual Trump campaign and Russian intelligence officers running the hacking-influencing campaign in 2016. The indictment would be even stronger if they could cite that kind of penetration, and could have used generic identifiers to detail those allegations. With this fairly complete look at the Russian operation and its efforts, and with the transfer of this prosecution back to the DoJ proper, there simply isn’t anything here to support the collusion theory.

That might change, of course, and there may be other crimes that Mueller uncovers. But this indictment vindicates the results of the election and certainly seems to close off the idea of collusion.

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Obama’s Former Director of National Intelligence Says Obama Behind Entire Russia Witch Hunt!

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Guest post by Joe Hoft

President Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, came clean on CNN and stated that former President Obama was behind spying on President Trump!

James Clapper was on CNN yesterday and he stated that Obama was behind spying on President Trump and all the corrupt and criminal actions involving the government, including the Mueller investigation –

According to Obama’s former spy chief, James Clapper, who appeared on CNN to say it was Obama who set the entire Russia witch-hunt into motion by tasking the intelligence community assessment.

Clapper said –

If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.  President Obama is responsible for that.  It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place.

The cat is out of the bag.

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It’s a special day on the Sunday shows when socialism’s new superstar drops by to show off her intellectual chops.

She’ll be on “Face the Nation” along with her idol, Bernie Sanders, as they campaign together in Kansas for a progressive Democrat running for Mike Pompeo’s old House seat. Why they’re wasting their time there, I have no idea: It’s a R+15 district. Presumably the idea is to draw big crowds so that other socialist candidates across the country can point to it and say, “See? Even in the heartland they want hard-leftism.”

Otherwise it’s likely to be wall-to-wall chatter about Trump and Putin today. Adam Schiff will be the lead guest on “This Week,” where he’ll say Adam-Schiff-type things about collusion and kompromat. The top-billed Republican, meanwhile, is Marco Rubio, who took some heat this week after claiming that he was satisfied with POTUS’s “I said ‘would’ when I meant to say ‘wouldn’t’” walkback of the Putin press conference. He’ll sit down with “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union” for some “Are you serious?” questions and will also likely be pressed on Trump’s commitment to NATO. Rubio’s a hawk of almost McCain-ian proportions, but unlike McCain he has a long career ahead of him potentially and therefore needs to stay on Trump’s good side. He’ll do his best this morning to be diplomatic with his criticism of the president’s NATO skepticism.

If you can stand it, John Kerry will also be on “Face the Nation” to condemn Trump for not showing as much strength towards an enemy as Kerry himself did with, er, Iran. The full line-up is at the AP.

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DEVELOPING: DOJ Releasing Docs Related to FISA Warrants on Carter Page

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On Friday, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced documents related to the FISA warrants on Trump’s former campaign advisor, Carter Page were released by the FBI — and were on the way to JW headquarters.

Almost one year ago to the day, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ for the following documents:

Copies of all proposed and all final signed FISA applications submitted to the FISC relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election, allegations of collusion between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russia, and any known Trump associates regardless of context;

Copies of all FISC responses to the above-mentioned applications in which the Court notified the FBI or Justice Department that it would not grant the proposed applications or recommended changes. If any such FISC responses were provided orally, rather than in writing, please provide copies of FBI or Justice Department records memorializing or otherwise referencing the relevant FISC responses;

Copies of all FISC orders relating to the above mentioned applications, whether denying the applications and certifications, denying the orders, modifying the orders, granting the orders, or other types of orders.

Obama’s Deep State FBI and DOJ obtained a FISA warrant on Carter Page in October of 2016 and three subsequent renewals in order to spy on Trump’s campaign and transition team.

Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe and Sally Yates all signed the FISA applications even though Hillary’s fraudulent Russia dossier was used as a pretext to obtain the warrants.

“Judicial Watch may finally get the infamous spy warrants the Obama administration and Deep State used while conspiring with the Clinton campaign to target then-candidate and now President Trump. It took a year, but the stonewall and cover-up, we hope, begins to end today,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.


Tom Fitton updated and said the docs were Fed Ex’ed.

Fitton appeared on Fox News early Saturday morning to discuss the new development.

Tom Fitton expects the documents to have redactions, however he said on Fox News, “I suspect we’ll get more answers. We won’t get all the answers we want, so the fight will continue.”

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The new FISA warrant documents have not been released at the time of this publication, however; The Gateway Pundit will update as soon as the documents are available.

Update: Tom Fitton says he expects to receive the corrupt FISA docs by Monday.

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