I’m tired of reading transcripts and reports looking for tidbits of information that might have been overlooked, or as JK would phrase it, The Crow Method. I’m tired of being a news junkie too, so I’m trying to spend more time on my crafts. This is going to be a combined politics and crafting post, because I’m too lazy to write two separate blog posts today.
First up, here’s the crafting portion of this post. Among the crafting peeps on youtube and facebook, there are lots of groups and people posting “challenges”, swaps, and assorted group crafting activities. I decided to attempt the December Daily challenge, just for myself. I constructed a junk journal for this project using all paper, stickers, ribbon and trim that I already have. The cover is constructed from a food package box, covered with old scrapbook paper and some old Christmas ephemera. The pages in this journal are all old Christmas cards that I sewed into the spine of the book. I covered the spine with Christmas ribbon that’s been sitting here many years. My personal challenge was to use only stuff I already have. Here are a few photos:
Now, onto the politics.
I found an interesting tidbit of information reading the latest Comey transcript of his December 7, 2018 testimony to the Joint House Judiciary & Oversight Committees . On page 125, Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe, former U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas asked Comey the following:
Mr. Ratcliffe. So I want to relate to you some of the
testimony that we’ve already received. FBI Deputy Director Andy
McCabe testified before Congress that the FBI could provide no
points of verification to verify the Steele information other
than the fact that Carter Page had traveled to Russia in July
of 2016. Were you aware of that when you signed the application
on October 21st of 2016?
Mr. Comey. I don’t remember any of that right now.
Mr. Ratcliffe. Bill Priestap who — what does Bill
Priestap do at the FBI?
Mr. Comey. I think he’s still the Assistant Director in
charge of the Counterintelligence Division.
Mr. Ratcliffe. Okay. He testified that corroboration of
the Steele dossier was in its, quote/unquote, infancy, at the
time of the application that you signed on October 21st, 2016.
Did you know that?
Mr. Comey. I don’t remember hearing that, but that makes
sense to me, if my recollection is correct, that we got it in
September or maybe October. It would, by definition, be in its
infancy in October.
Oddly enough, James Comey, James Clapper and John Brennan all do media spin efforts to give the impressions that the “salacious information” hasn’t been verified, but other parts of the Steele dossier are verified. For instance here is a May 2018 blaring headline from Newsweek:
In this article, Clapper is quoted as saying: ” “The salacious parts, no. That’s never been corroborated. It would appear to me that as time has gone on more and more of it has been corroborated, but I can’t actually give you a percentage,” Clapper said.”
It appears, to me at least, that Clapper is deliberately spreading false information wrapped in weasely language.
This entire Steele dossier is a fraud. From other testimony, like Bruce Ohr, from the Obama DOJ, it seems like no one in the Obama DOJ or Comey FBI even know who on earth Steele’s, supposedly Russian sources, with access high-up in the Kremlin, even are.
Trump isn’t the only big liar when it comes to 2016 campaign efforts to acquire Russian op dirt. The problem is that Trump screams “But Hillary” to deflect attention from his shady actions, like Don Jr. meeting that Russian lawyer hoping to acquire dirt on Hillary.
However, both campaigns’ 2016 corruption needs to be exposed and dealt with. It’s not an either or proposition.
This Steele dossier was deliberately fed to the Obama DOJ by people connected to the Clinton campaign/DNC. This information was fed to the highest levels in the FBI, as intelligence from a reliable former British spy and a former British ambassador to Moscow, Andrew Wood, was involved in selling the Steele dossier too. Wood fed the dossier to the late U.S. senator, John McCain and McCain hand-delivered it to James Comey. Every effort was made to present this Steele dossier as coming from reliable sources.
Here we are, two years later and it sure looks like “more and more” of the Steele dossier has not been verified and it looks like there was a BRITISH effort to interfere in our election.
And we still have no clue who Steele’s Russian sources are???
Comey can prance around like he’s leading the charge to “save our democracy”, but from what I see, it looks like he was massively duped by Steele and Sir Andrew Wood.
Trump might turn out to be a lying crook too, so his “But Hillary” deflections fall on deaf ears with me. In light of Cohen’s corruption, if we find out Trump is guilty of tax evasion and/or money-laundering, I would not be at all surprised. However, the Clinton corruption is already smacking us in the face, with the Steele dossier deceptions, Hillary merging her State Dept emails on to Bill’s personal Clinton Foundation server, the tens of thousands of destroyed emails on that server, and the shady Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton tarmac meeting. And even worse than all that, the Clinton corruption appears to have corrupted the Obama DOJ and the FBI, at the highest levels.
The IG report on the Clinton email investigation ended up with Michael Horowitz believing Comey and disbelieving Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe. In light of Comey’s selective amnesia now, perhaps McCabe was telling the truth, that James Comey knew about McCabe authorizing media leaks to silence the leaks about the Weiner laptop and Clinton Foundation criminal investigations the FBI had underway. With Comey’s quickie Weiner laptop spin effort, Comey buried the Clinton Foundation investigations. Immediately following Trump’s surprise win, Comey teamed up with James Clapper and John Brennan to gin up the “Trump/Russian collusion” spin hysteria.
Assuredly, there will be plenty more transcripts and reports to sift through before our 2016 nightmare ends.
No rest for weary old crows searching for the golden nuggets of information… or trying to find more time to craft.