I have been trying to savvy what Comey was doing with all his leaking, especially the January 2017 leak of the Flynn phone call to Ambassador Kislyak. I am assuming it was Comey who leaked it, but he could’ve manipulated McCabe or Clapper to do it. In any case, my guess is that Comey was the mastermind of it. His signature traits:
Monumental ego on the scale of a NY or California politician
“Savior of America” delusion of grandeur
Practitioner of “Ethics for thee but not for me!” ← ← lying, “weasel moves,” etc.
In early January, Comey has the Flynn/Kislyak transcript in some form. In order to infect Obama with it, he sends it to DNI Clapper. Clapper obliges and briefs Obama about Flynn and Kislyak. The next day, Obama is obliged to call a meeting of his intelligence types, followed by a small group “meeting after the meeting.” In that small meeting, Obama tries to distance himself from Comey, “by the book.” This interpretation of Obama’s motive comes from the Susan Rice CYA memo and Sally Yates testimony in Congress: Yates is surprised about the phone call and that Obama knows about it, but Comey reacts calmly — he knew all about the phone call. But it’s too late for Obama. Comey has “touched” Obama.
Other Comey leaks
Leak to Wall Street Journal about Midyear Exam (MYE) investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email obstruction. McCabe was the leaker, the inspector general nailed him for it, but he claimed Comey knew. Comey claims he did not know. My guess is that Comey knew and forced McCabe to take it, with Comey knowing he could count on McCabe being declined. Motive for the leak: protect McCabe and perhaps protect something else in Comey’s MYE schemes.
Leak to Washington press corp that President-elect Trump had been briefed on the Steele dossier. Clapper was the leaker. Motive for leak: bootstrap a criminal or counterintelligence investigation of President-elect Trump. Secondary motive: blackmail the incoming president.
Leak to NY Times of several of his memoranda concerning President Trump. Daniel Richman was the leaker. Motive for the leak: con his sub-weasel colleague Rod Rosenstein into the Special Counsel investigation.
Probably other leaks, TBA.
Who knows how many other anonymous sources were really Comey pulling the strings?
So it appears, in this analysis, that in two days, Comey runs a lefthanded blackmail operation against a sitting president and a president-elect. His self-lubricating mind must have been shaking with anticipation.
In addition, the other evil genius is DCI John Brennan. My guess is that the Italian thing is mostly Brennan’s work, and that it was initially independent of Comey’s Flynn scheme.
Last Friday, photographers spotted ADNI Grenell toting a satchel of documents into Department of Justice.
Must be his security man walking to his right, coat unbuttoned. What was Grenell carrying?
Theory 1: It was a nonverbal signal, a bunch of additional papers that he wanted to be seen as carrying by hand. To whom was the signal directed? It had to be someone who knew or could guess what was in the satchel. Who would that have been?
Theory 2: It was a smoking gun of some kind with Obama’s fingerprints all over it, and Grenell did not want anyone else to hand deliver it to Department of Justice. He might feel the need if he felt his normal ODNI messengers would not permit something contra Obama to survive or that his normal ODNI messengers would blab about it to defend Obama. Possible alternate: former DCI Brennan, another man with loyalists in ODNI. And we know that there were plenty of both kinds of loyalists in ODNI. But this goes slightly against theory #1.
Theory 3: It’s a MacGuffin, Clause 27, two letters of transit signed by General De Gaulle, cannot be rescinded. Grenell is taunting someone.
But the real question is: who was his audience? Grenell wanted to taunt, bypass, signal someone. Who was it?
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) order today refers to an FBI attorney in the Office of General Counsel, widely supposed to be Kevin Clinesmith, in a very bad way:
“Because the conduct of the OGC attorney gave rise to serious concerns about the accuracy and completeness of the information provided to the FISC in any matter in which the OGC attorney was involved, the Court ordered the government on December 5, 2019, to, among other things, provide certain information addressing those concerns.” [emphasis added]
So he has now dragged every other case he ever worked on back into scrutiny. A cascade. You hear about stuff like this with corrupted lab technicians, like Kamalkant Shah in New Jersey. He shoved 7827 cases in NJ back into scrutiny. The court order does not specify the number of Clinesmith tainted cases.
Clinesmith really laid an egg, and there is going to be some jail time for him. A good start.
Rep. Goodlatte said the slowdown in requested information from Dept. of Justice correlated to the Strzok & Page text messages coming out. Those messages came out the day after Gen. Flynn’s plea, and a few days before Judge Contreras recused himself or was recused by currently unknown Judge X. That’s where the connection is between Unguided Missile Mueller and the Steele/Clinton file. Something there.
Also: how did Judge X figure out he had to recuse Contreras? The lovebird Strzok & Page text messages in the newspapers? Or does IG Horowitz also have to alert Conteras’ supervisory judge? Have events dragged Judge Contreras into Horowitz and Huber’s net, along with Priestap, Strzok et al.?
Can Judge X see the connection between the unguided missile and the McCabe insurance policy?
Just why is Rosenstein still DAG and not supervising the cafeteria at Main Justice? According to former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, it is a long time since he miscreated the unguided missile named Mueller against the regulation of 28 CFR Sec. 600.1, viz.
The regulation does not permit the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel in order to determine whether there is a basis for a criminal investigation. To the contrary, the basis for a criminal investigation must pre-exist the appointment. It is the criminal investigation that triggers the special counsel, not the other way around. Rosenstein, instead, appointed a special counsel and unleashed him to sniff around and see if he could come up with a crime…
This seems an open, easily observable error by Rosenstein. But Rosenstein is still in the DAG office. The unguided missile is still roaming the skies at full power. Why is that?
I reckon that the writers at The Conservative Treehouse have bagged a crucial fact in “the Big Ugly” of FISA abuse/Russia-Russia-Russia: that several of the DOJ and FBI insiders have flipped, testifying to Inspector General Horowitz, keeping their employment intact but moved out of the way in places like FBI’s HR department. Is that why Rosenstein is still in the DAG office?
Has he flipped, and is he helping the IG?
He is still in the DAG office, though, not running the cafeteria at Main Justice, so is there some tactical or strategic advantage to keeping Rosenstein in the DAG office?
It is curious. Inquiring minds want to know. #SilverBlaze
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Holds News Conference
QUESTION: Since last week, when you knew when and your comments about misleading, being misled by the CIA have been big, big news. But Leader Boehner has said produce evidence that you were misled or apologize. CIA Director Panetta has said that, you know, the CIA is not in the practice of misleading Congress.
PELOSI: I have made the statement that I’m going make on this. I don’t have anything more to say about it. I stand by my comments. And what we are doing is staying on our course and not be distracted from it in this distractive mode. We’re going forward in a bipartisan way for jobs, health care, and energy for our country. And on the subject that you asked, I’ve made the statement that I’m going to make. I won’t have anything more to that about it.
PELOSI: I won’t have anything more to say about it.
QUESTION: And were you aware that Steve King is asking for your security clearance to be revoked?
Pathetic — she’s obviously trying to avoid saying the word CIA. Only “the subject that you asked” is permitted.
Even Richard Nixon had more artful moves.
I thought this administration was supposed to be transparent, not a stonewall like the Watergate bag men. It’s nice to see her on the run.
Point: It makes her look guilty.
Counterpoint: She can’t understand that.
It’s because she has never had an adversarial media before this. In other words, the press was her S L U T heretofore, removing her motivation for developing any real agility. So she has maybe three moves:
“open my gas nozzle” — which all politicians have, of course,
“off with their heads” for all who oppose her, and
“its my microphone” — i.e., stonewalling.
Not very nifty. Big 300-lb linemen in the NFL have more moves.
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