On Friday, May 20, the Wall Street Journal editorial board published a piece on the Durham-Sussman trial titled “Hillary Clinton Did It” labeling the Russia-Trump collusion as the “dirty trick for the ages.”
The editorial was in response to Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook directly implicating her in court, testifying that Clinton herself gave the green light to give the disinformation to the media which linked Trump to Russia through an alleged secret back channel with Alpha Bank. In other words, it was intentional “disinformation.”
The definition of disinformation is a noun meaning false information which is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media.
Anyone who had real information was labeled a conspiracy theorist or a partisan liar while Congressmen Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler were paraded on nightly news. They claimed they were in possession of irrefutable evidence of Trump’s Russia collusion. It was all a lie.
Mook testified that campaign officials weren’t confident in the validity of the information and they didn’t have the subject matter expertise needed to judge the claims.
However, Sussmann, Clinton’s lawyer who is on trial, and employees with Fusion GPS, a firm hired by the Clinton campaign, worked to seed stories about Trump and Alfa Bank to the media. Slate and The New York Times took the disinformation bait first with little to no due diligence, and then several more stories were published.
Clinton started promoting the story “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank” herself through Twitter, without telling anyone she was behind the story to begin with. Of course Twitter allowed it to be promoted freely.
Sussmann is on trial because on Sept. 19, 2016, he allegedly told then-FBI General Counsel James Baker he wasn’t bringing the now debunked disinformation on behalf of any client. Durham’s team uncovered evidence that Sussmann was, in fact, charging Clinton for the time and was on the clock for her campaign.
As to the Trump-Russia allegations, both the FBI and CIA determined rather quickly that the allegations were unsupported by the data, although it wasn’t made public until this year through Durham’s filings. It certainly wasn’t made public through the sham Mueller investigation. They continued to push the Trump-Russia narrative despite the fact that there was no support for the allegations.
And investigations and stories telling what we now know was the truth, were labeled as conspiracy theories and “disinformation” by the complicit media and social media platforms.
According to previously disclosed declassified information, Clinton allegedly approved the campaign plan in late July 2016 to “stir up a scandal” against Trump by tying him to Russia.
Maybe it was because she had her own legal controversies, including keeping classified information and emails on a private server, evidence that she illegally destroyed but was never held accountable for. It’s unbelievable the destruction she caused with the help of government agencies and it appears Vice President Biden and President Obama knew what was happening as well, although my guess is Durham won’t go after them.
This is so much broader and deeper than just constantly going after Trump year after year. The Democrats were so desperate to find some dirt on Trump that they not only created a fake dossier and the story about the back channel from Trump to the Alpha Bank, but they were going after hundreds of people around Trump, like Carter Page and Michael Flynn, who were innocent. Many people spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending themselves against what we now know were corrupt government agents, bent on finding something against Trump. And the media was complicit, lapping up every anti-Trump crumb they could report.
Remember Durham’s first trial involving Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser who was the target of FBI spying early on? Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was indicted and convicted by DOJ for falsifying evidence in the Russia case that harmed Carter Page.
The FBI’s falsified evidence was then given to the FISA court to justify permission to continue spying on Trump. For example, the fact that Page was an asset for the CIA and not a Russian agent was withheld from the court. Clinesmith got a slap on the hand.
Then there was Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who was being charged with lying to the FBI. Flynn originally agreed to a guilty plea after the FBI nearly bankrupt him and then wore him down completely after telling him if he didn’t plead guilty they were going to start going after his son who was newly married with a young baby. He said he couldn’t let them torture his son as they had done with him so he plead guilty.
Later it was found that there was corroborating evidence supporting Flynn’s story and he formally asked to withdraw his plea, arguing that prosecutors and the FBI double-crossed him and that his former attorneys failed to give him adequate legal advice about potential defenses in his case.
In their editorial, the WSJ editorial board wrote, “In short, the Clinton campaign created the Trump-Alfa allegation, fed it to a credulous press that failed to confirm the allegations but ran with them anyway, then promoted the story as if it was legitimate news,” the board continued. “The campaign also delivered the claims to the FBI, giving journalists another excuse to portray the accusations as serious and perhaps true.”
“Most of the press will ignore this news, but the Russia-Trump narrative that Mrs. Clinton sanctioned did enormous harm to the country,” the board wrote. “It disgraced the FBI, humiliated the press, and sent the country on a three-year investigation to nowhere. Vladimir Putin never came close to doing as much disinformation damage.”
Now look where we are. The trust in our agencies is at an all time low as well as our President’s approval ratings. Record inflation, division, crime, and gas prices. The pullout of Afghanistan was a disaster as we left thousands of people and $80 million of equipment to the Taliban.That likely emboldened Russia to invade Ukraine. China is making moves to take over Taiwan and pressure is building against Russia, which is a major nuclear power.
We have food shortages, record deficits, millions of illegal aliens streaming across our southern border while we “process” them as quickly as possible without sending them back. Record levels of fentanyl are killing our youth and the courts are busy checking our authoritarian-hungry government officials with their mandates. Boys are able to dominate girls’ sports and we are so woke that we can’t even say what a woman is biologically or judge a person based on their character rather than their skin color.
These lies and disinformation have caused a long tail of destruction for our country.We have a lot of work to do and it starts with transparency, truth and justice.