Controversy Surrounds Mueller RussiaGate Investigation

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Trump Team Goes After Mueller, Hints of Possible Firing of Special Counsel and Lack of Evidence Around RussiaGate Grows

White House criticism is focused on Special Counsel Robert Mueller with reports even suggesting that Trump is considering firing him. The investigation seems to be moving toward a focus on obstruction of justice by President Trump and away from RussiaGate allegations. Our radio show, Clearing The FOG Radio examined Mueller, James Comey and the lack of evidence around RussiaGate allegations.

Listen to the show here, http://clearingthefogradio.org/russiagate-and-the-trump-administration/

Listen to the show here, http://clearingthefogradio.org/russiagate-and-the-trump-administration/

The show, ‘RussiaGate and the Trump Administration’, included interviews with former FBI Special Agent, Coleen Rowley who worked in the FBI when Mueller was FBI director and Comey was Deputy Attorney General, and Max Blumenthal, a journalist who has examined the RussiaGate allegations and found an incredible lack of evidence.

Rowley reviews Mueller’s history and finds a series of areas where he served the power structure rather than truth and justice. She points to the post 9/11 coverup of evidence the government had that could have prevented the attack, the round-up of more than a thousand innocent individuals after the attack, participation in creating the false intelligence that led the Iraq War, false accusations around the Anthrax investigation, infiltration of peace groups in the run-up to the Iraq War as well as infiltration and destruction of the Occupy encampments. She sees Mueller as someone with a history of serving those in power and warns that we do not go where his investigation will go as previous special or independent counsels.

Surrogates for the Trump administration is criticizing Mueller for conflicts of interest and bias. They are upset he is hiring attorneys who donated to the Hillary Clinton campaign. Mueller is also be criticized because he did not disclose he had been interviewed by Trump to replace Comey. The long history of Comey and Mueller working together also raises an ethical issue about the obstruction of justice probe since Comey is a prime witness in the probe.

Max Blumenthal refuses all of the claims that Russia hacked or influenced the election and demonstrates the lack of evidence. He also shows how deep the Democratic Party propaganda has become describing his interview with Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland who made strong statements at a rally about Trump’s relationship with Putin and Russia which Blumenthal quizzed him on. From the beginning many have questioned the party-line that Russia influenced the outcome of the election, those claims keep getting stronger as this compendium of RussiaGate debunkery shows.

Below is a critique of a New York Times article which claimed that seven people related to the Trump campaign or in the Trump administration had contacts with Russia. The article goes through these people and shows there was nothing out of the ordinary in these contacts.

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The Russians Are Here

Good thing I checked.  Reading the New York Times this morning I almost coughed out my breakfast cereal on the sight of the following full page ad on page 7:

What was the ‘therussiansarehere.org’, I wondered. The front for a bunch of well-financed maniacs determined to further exacerbate East-West tensions? As it happens, no. It turns out to be an advertisement for the TV show ‘The Americans’, about a pair of Soviet agents working undercover in 1980s America. My initial fears that The New York Times had finally gone from merely paranoid to full-blown crazy proved exaggerated.

But, only slightly.

The newspaper’s front page contained the headline ‘Trump’s standoff with Comey overshadows Russian threat’, a choice of words seemingly designed to create the impression that the ‘Russian threat’ is an incontestable fact.

NY Times story on 7 Trumpsters contacts with Russia

The article continues on page 26, with a half-page spread complaining that the fuss about James Comey is diverting attention from the real danger coming from Russia. It cites retired diplomat Daniel Fried as saying, ‘we’re facing an adversary who wishes for his own reasons to do us harm. … Comey was spot-on right that the Russia is coming after us, but not just the US, but the free world in general.’ The Russian plan is super-clever, the article concludes. If the Russian successfully undermine the American political process, they win. But if they fail, and are caught in the act, they ‘undercut confidence in the American electoral system’. They’re so cunning, those Russians!

That is not enough for the New York Times, however. For, on page 25 it carries yet another Russia-themed article, titled ‘How seven Trump associates have been linked to Russia’.

Evidence of collusion, perhaps? Not really. It’s pretty thin fare. The sins of three of them are speaking with the Russian ambassador, something even Comey says is perfectly normal. The connections of two of them are actually with Ukraine, not Russia, and include the dastardly crime of ‘proposed a peace plan between the country [Ukraine] and Russia’. And in another case (Carter Page) it is said that ‘Russian spies tried to recruit him in 2013’, which may be true, but if so misses out the obvious point that ‘tried to’ means ‘failed’. My favourite, though, is the blurb for the last of them, Roger Stone, which contains the incriminating information: ‘Had contact on Twitter with a Russia-linked online figure’.

You gotta laugh! This is what the Times’ collusion story has been reduced to? ‘Had contact on Twitter’?

You might imagine that the New York Times might be a little cautious about peddling all this stuff after Comey accused it of publishing ‘nonsense’, but apparently not.

  • Zentech

    The ‘collusion’ issue is only magnified by the fact that many of the new staff who applied for their security clearances lied about speaking or meeting with the Russians. Seemingly a concerted effort? If so, those efforts are conspiracies and conspiring, but there’s also lies about these meetings that may be criminal. Why? If these conversations with the Russians are legitimate then why the secrecy and lies? That creates the suspicion and points to illegal activity.

  • Jon

    So, at what point does the “revered’ New York times become an object instead of scathing ridicule among the intelligencia?

  • Zentech

    Wtf Jon? Who cares about NYT? This is about multiple staff members and cabinet appointees who were caught lying about speaking with the Russians. If it’s no big deal, why the concerted lies? It’s quite obvious there’s something big they’re all trying to keep hidden. Big $$/greed is likely culprit. I’d guess it’s that major oil project that wRex Tillerson was working on while CEO of Exxon but was not allowed to progress on due to last president’s policies with Russia and environmental protections. Both of these barriers to $illions are being chipped away at.

  • Jon

    Hey, I’m all for exposing lies of politicians any time!

    My point is that instead of merely protesting the horrible direction of both parties that we focus some of our rage against the perpetrators of lies–the corporate media, by being vociferous and in their face. Give them no place to hide, Expose their collusion. Are you opposed to that, or did you misunderstand my point?

  • Zentech

    It appears that you are pretending that there were no lies about undisclosed meetings with Russians? and that these governmental entities did not intentionally deceive the well established rules, laws and regulatory security measures? or that there is actual video evidence of these appointed people saying one lie after the other? So I hear you as saying that the ‘corporate’ news fabricated everything? and that these multiple news outlets are colluding together to broadcast lies against dear-old Donny and friends? and that these many news outlets are the perps? that they should be punished for interfering with this environmental/society- wrecking agenda? Wake TF up!

  • Jon

    You have utterly mischaracterized what I have been saying. I was trying to say were fundamentally in agreement, but your hostility got in the way. Too bad. Chill out and get some sleep.

  • kevinzeese

    That is the most damning thing – that they did not report every encounter. I do not call them meetings because that is not what they sound like. Flynn in particular may be guilty of not reporting details and also not reporting getting paid by RT. He also has some problems with being a foreign agent for Turkey. Manafort did work in Ukraine before the campaign, if it was all reported there is no problem. Everything else seems minor, Dems trying to make mountains out of molehills and the security state wanting to keep conflict with Russia going. The evidence of RussiaGate is pretty weak.

  • kevinzeese

    NYT has a history of ginning up conflict and supporting the security state when it wants to go to war. Their headline on these meetings was propaganda and the details matter that the encounters seem to be minor.

  • kevinzeese

    Corporate media, the security state and bi-partisan war hawks collude all the time. That is how most US wars begin — corporate media lies placed by the security state and DC bi-partisans. That is why catching the NYT in exaggerations matter.

  • kevinzeese

    Sounds like Zentech has bought RussiaGate hook, line and sinker and does not like when the facts do not fit his beliefs.

  • Zentech

    I disagree on what these facts are, as seems you do too. I’m not a watcher of any news network, CNN, NYT or whatever so I don’t follow your corporate bs. I watch actual hearings, live when possible and I read transcripts of what I miss. Therein are the actual words said by these folks that you’re all blind to hearing. They lied. They got caught lying. You’re ignoring this. Wtf? And wake TF up! Grow some USA balls and stand up like a citizen of a country that our ancestors died defending..or maybe not yours..

  • kevinzeese

    Lots of insults and assumptions. I don’t watch the corporate media and watch as much live testimony as I can. I can’t stand Sessions, disagree with everything he is doing as AG, but I felt sympathy for him during his testimony as the Dems were badgering him over RussiaGate fictions. I think you are ignoring what is actually happening. I’m not a partisan Dem or Republican — are you a Democrat? You seem to see through Democrat eyes.

    A citizen of a country our ancestors died defending – which war are you referring to? Even WWII was not defending the US — we were not under attack. Korea? Vietnam? Iraq? World War I (the bankers war)? Under which war was the US ever attacked. The only was Pearl Harbor but the history of that attack shows how FDR enticed Japan to attack.If you are unaware of these facts, you might find this of interest. https://popularresistance.org/75-years-of-pearl-harbor-lies/

  • Zentech

    I more than completely agree with you on the disinformation between the reasoning for wars and why we feel obliged to fight. Totally corrupt control issues and again, I totally agree. But those who were drafted or enlisted out of high school do not have liberties to discern the conditions of their orders. If they died, in their hearts and minds, they died believing in fighting for America, and they wee doing the right thing. Don’t take that ultimate sacrifice away from them by your toss-out of an excuse as to why these greedy fuctards should be allowed to run and ruin our country to the means of which would bring them personal wealth.

  • Zentech

    And btw, my grandfather was waiting next to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor that particular morning, with his bow on his shoulder. He was waiting for the first shuttle off the Arizona for his friend, so they could go boar hunting in the mountains. That shuttle never happened. Instead, my grandfather witnessed the first shot fired to our entrance into WWII.
    Speak freely but try to remain adherent to the bigger picture.

  • kevinzeese

    Glad you agree. We do not need to have corporate media like the NY TImes and TV outlets continuing to create false controversies to stoke war on behalf of the Pentagon and bi-partisan war makers in Congress. That is why it is important to call out the Times for its BS on RussiaGate. I don’t want more kids dying for wars that should not be fought. We need to get a long with Russia not create false conflicts.