Just when you thought the cesspool likely planting itself at the White House couldn’t get more unseemly or terrifying, Vox shared “CNN’s …bombshell of a story — the heads of America’s top intelligence agencies showed President-elect Donald Trump evidence that the Russian government may have “compromising personal and financial” information on him and that his campaign spoke directly with Kremlin intermediaries.” Further:
“The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible,” write CNN’s Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, and Carl Bernstein (yes, that Carl Bernstein). After CNN’s report, BuzzFeed published the British officer’s full dossier, which you can read here.
This dossier, per CNN, has been around for some time. FBI Director James Comey was apparently aware of it when he announced that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Comey would have then announced an investigation into Clinton, which turned out to be nothingburger but profoundly affected the election, while sitting on far more significant allegations about her opponent.
But the allegations were only recently deemed credible — not proven, merely worth investigating — so are only recently getting top levels of scrutiny.”
Tapper, Perez, Sciutto and Bernstein held a careful CNN panel tonight discussing the allegations, remaining at all times respectful – hastening to add that we await more proof. Ask yourselves if the subject were Hillary Clinton, would they have been so restrained? NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was likewise loathe to run with “allegations,” whereas innuendo and smear about Hillary’s emails and the lifesaving Clinton Foundation were never a problem for her throughout this interminable election cycle.
Now, as FBI Director Comey once again comes under scrutiny, he is terrified, saying he never comments on an ongoing investigation – didn’t stop him from swaying the election Trump’s way by falsely, and I believe, with malicious intent, commenting plenty and leading voters to assume that Hillary was in deep legal trouble. She wasn’t.
Vox’s Zack Beauchamp applies restraint in speculating what U.S. intelligence agencies might finally reveal about Trumps involvement with Russia:
He concludes that at the very least, he will start out more compromised than any president before him. And heaven forfend we find out the worst (and no one really wants to believe this): that it’s treason. But one way or the other — we need to know now.
With each revelation, the media’s double standards become obvious to even those addicted to willful blindness – and the more the heartache grows that a few counties in swing states cost the election of the most qualified candidate in a generation. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million, yet will not be President. This is unprecedented.
More painful is that in their guilt, craven media operatives will continue to push revisionist history to blame Secretary Clinton for their own folly. Trump’s obfuscations about his possible business conflicts, his lack of transparency, Putin association, refusal to release his tax returns, Trump University scandal, Pam Bondi pay-to-play and more have been out there for many months. But a privileged Beltway class thought it more important to burn a qualified woman at the stake rather than treat the American people with dignity by regaling them with facts.
Now we will pay the price. They won’t.