WaPo Turns On the Spin Cycle

Sometimes, things are exactly what they look like.

By now you might have heard that the House Oversight Committee has released more documents pertaining to their investigation of the irregularities that swirled around the FBI’s obtaining of a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page, the one-time adviser to the Trump campaign whom the Feds suspected of having illicit ties to Russia. That was the beginning of what eventually snowballed into Robert Muller being appointed as a special counsel looking into whether the president somehow colluded with the Russians to steal the 2016 election away from Hillary Clinton—although what actual crime Trump might have committed remains a mystery, as does any evidence that might warrant a special counsel.

On ther other hand, there does appear to be mounting evidence that other crimes may have been committed, and by the very people tasked with investigating Trump. The latest brouhaha has to do with the revelation of additional texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and DOJ lawyer Lisa Page, who on top of their duties were also carrying on an affair with one another at the time. It’s well known from previous texts that the two didn’t exactly like Donald Trump, which concerned Mueller enough to have them booted from his office. Now it appears as if both of them may have actually been leaking to the media in an effort to bolster the story of Russian collusion:

The review of the documents suggests that the FBI and DOJ coordinated efforts to get information to the press that would potentially be “harmful to President Trump’s administration.” Those leaks pertained to information regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant used to spy on short-term campaign volunteer Carter Page.

The letter lists several examples:

April 10, 2017: (former FBI Special Agent) Peter Strzok contacts (former FBI Attorney) Lisa Page to discuss a “media leak strategy.” Specifically, the text says: “I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go.”

April 12, 2017: Peter Strzok congratulates Lisa Page on a job well done while referring to two derogatory articles about Carter Page. In the text, Strzok warns Page two articles are coming out, one which is “worse” than the other about Lisa’s “namesake”.” Strzok added: “Well done, Page.”

The letter notes that the two text messages in April 2017 were during the same time frame as the FBI and DOJ officials were having conversations with reporters. During that time the Washington Post “broke a story on the Carter Page FISA application on April 11, 2017, setting off a flurry of articles suggesting connections between President Trump and Russia.”

Now to most reasonable human beings, this looks pretty simple. Strzok talks to Page about a “media leak strategy” on Monday, the Post publishes a story using said leak on Tuesday, and the two of them have a good laugh about it on Wednesday. Seems open and shut, right?

Well, not if you’re Aaron Blake, who just happens to write for...the Washington Post!

[T]here is a much less nefarious possible explanation here: That Strzok and Page were not discussing fostering leaks, but rather combating them.

It's important to note that in the first text, Strzok doesn't just talk about the “media leak strategy,” but about a strategy being coordinated with the “DOJ” — the Justice Department. That could be read to suggest this was indeed about Sessions's anti-leak effort.

To believe something egregious happened here, you'd have to grant that, even in this climate in which the president was calling leakers “criminals” and the Justice Department was ramping up its crackdown effort, Strzok and Page were conspiring to leak themselves. They would also be looping in the same Justice Department that was professing to be cracking down on leaks. That would be an extremely bold strategy.

Blake goes on to say that suggestions that Strzok and Page were the ones leaking are mere “conspiracy theories,” not once but twice, echoing the accusation made by Strzok’s attorney in defending his client from a charge, if proven to be true, could potentially land him in serious trouble. It also tends to lend credibility to the belief that there is indeed a Deep State that is out of get Trump—and has been for a very long time.

Given that his paper published the Carter Page story, and given the media’s desire to preserve the narrative of Russian collusion, Blake’s denial here comes as no surprise. To believe it, however, you would have to completely set aside Peter Strzok’s and Lisa Page‘s well-documented animus toward Donald Trump, and their desire—at any cost—to make sure that he never be elected President of the United States. You also have to forget that even Robert Mueller thought that their obvious bias was a liability to his office, and led to their dismissal as soon as it came to light. Finally, you have to believe that two people who had already engaged in exceedingly risky and unprofessional behavior—talking of their desire to help Clinton, taking out “insurance policies” against Trump, having an extramarital affair—would balk for one second at leaking to the media, especially when they knew there were a lot of people at DOJ who would cover for them.

Suddenly, the conspiracy theory doesn’t seem so farfetched, does it?

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esotericwy
esotericwy

A THOUGHT: If one steps back from the noise then settles down in a quite place and thinks about the premise of the Mueller Investigation, it becomes clear that it is built on an ASSUMPTION of pure nonsense and fabrication. Even if Donald J Trump Colluded with the Russians which he NEVER did, HOW? then did he fix the election in his favor? HOW? The assertion is an eposide from The Twilight Zone mixed in with the Outer Limits.

For going on a year and a half, the Special Counsel has come up EMPTY. He has not indicted nor convicted one individual with Tump/Russian Collusion. He has spent MILLIONS and invested countless hours and has proved NOTHING.

The Democrat Party and their Praetorian Guard Media (Mark Levin) cannot accept Reality and continue to claim Collusion. As the famous Wendy's commercial asked, "WHERE'S? the beef".

The attack against Donald J Trump has been multi-fold. The office of the President has come under vicious attack. The American voter has been labelled a "Deplorable" and"They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Is this the Left's idea of partisanship resulting in bring the country together in common cause?

The long knives are out and the Left is not afraid to use them regardless of the cost to the country. From Racist to Hitler to Anonoymous onward to Joe Scarbourgh's INSANE Op-Ed to the Kavanaugh Hearings, it has been stab STAB stab.

WHEN? is enough ENOUGH? A booming Economy and the death of the paper Tiger is not good enough for the Left. Low unemployment, more good jobs, more dollars staying in taxpayers pockets, Constitutional Originalists being appointment to the Supreme Court and less Regulations is seen by then Left as BAD for the country. The Left counters with IDENTITY Politics. Their SOLUTION is more division.

The Left wants COLLUSION. The Collusion is between the FBI and the Department of Justice along with a Special Counsel that is blind, deaf and dumb on how to even spell collusion. Obama, Clinton, Holder and Lynch have not been subpoenaed/questioned for their possible role in Collusion. The e-mail server is forgotten. Justice is supposed to be blind and applicable to all Americans in a fair and equitable manner.

HOW? is it possible to have a reliable and functioning government where the US Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land?

In 2007, Obama stated he wanted to "fundamentally transform America". 11 years later, even a blind man can understand the brutal effects of that statement and feel the results in real ways.

The writing is clearly on the wall. WHO? is going to see it?

perronepj
perronepj

The Washington Post has a long history of being a conduit for FBI leaks. Please go back and look at Watergate where the disgruntled Deputy Director of the FBI (Mark Felt) was the appropriately named "Deep Throat" to Woodward and Bernstein.

JamesJWilson
JamesJWilson

History will judge Peter Strzok as an American hero who protected our country from Russian spies. They will judge today's Republicans as traitors to our country.

To believe any of this Republican/Russian-generated garbage, you'd have to blank out the fact that Strzok could have leaked the existence of his investigation anytime he wanted--but he didn't. You'd have to believe that the entire FBI was in the can for the Democrats--even though the Comey letter helped Trump get elected.

Since the investigation into Trump did NOT leak, it's logical to believe that leaks were a big topic in that investigation since they SUCCESSFULLY STOPPED THEM.

Traitors. Republican traitors.

Tiredofthelies
Tiredofthelies

Last time I checked isn't leaking classified material a crime? So if they really did this then charges should be brought up against them. Or this is just more nonsense from a house committee that has ruined any sort of good standing they would have in their defenses of Trump.

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