Wednesday, February 28, 2018
State Department Official Jonathan Winer Connects Uranium One and the Russia Dossier with Hillary, Kerry, Steele, Blumenthal and Shearer
THE REAL NEWS TODAY IS THAT THE RUSSIA DOSSIER CAST OF CHARACTERS KEEPS EXPANDING. This time it's an Obama official with ties to Uranium One. • • • JONATHAN WINER : CLINTON-STEELE MIDDLEMAN? Breitbart's Aaron Klein reported on Tuesday that : "Jonathan M. Winer, the Obama State Department official who acknowledged regularly interfacing with the author of the controversial, largely discredited 35-page anti-Trump Dossier, served as senior vice president of a firm that did lobbying work for Tenex, the US subsidiary of Rosatom, the Russian state corporation headquartered in Moscow. In 2010, Rosatom infamously purchased a controlling stake in Uranium One, the Canadian uranium mining company with operations in the US. The purchase was approved by the Obama administration in a decision that is currently being probed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence." Breitbart says that in a statement to it : "APCO Worldwide, where Winer served as senior vice president from 2008 to 2013, denied that the firm’s work for Rosatom’s subsidiary Tenex was related to the purchase of Uranium One or to the acquisition of uranium in general. Instead, APCO said its work for Tenex, which took place in 2010 and 2011, focused on sales of fuel to the US energy market [uranium fuel]. APCO also denied that Winer did any work related to Tenex." • • • WHO IS JONATHAN WINER? To refresh our memories about Jonathan Winer, on February 9, 2018, the Washington Examiner reported : "Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jonathan Winer said former British spy Christopher Steele and longtime Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal were in contact with him about separate dossiers on Trump's possible ties to Russia. The former State Department official who served under former President Barack Obama confirmed recent allegations made by Republicans that the author of the infamous 'Trump Dossier' and an ally of Hillary Clinton gave him intelligence reports claiming to show collusion between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians." It was only after his name surfaced in news media reports related to probes by House Republicans into the Dossier that Winer wrote a Washington Post op-ed in which he conceded that while working at the State Department he exchanged documents and information with Russia Dossier author and former British spy Christopher Steele. • Winer wrote in the op-ed for the WP on February 8 that former British spy Christopher Steele and longtime Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal were in contact with him about separate dossiers on Trump’s possible ties to Russia. Winer wrote in the op-ed that he became friends with Steele in 2009, 10 years after he left the State Department -- Winer served under Bill Clinton’s administration as the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for international law enforcement. In 2013, Winer returned to State to work under Secretary of State John Kerry -- at Kerry's insistence, according to Winer, because he had previously served Kerry as his Senate counsel. But, even after returning to the State Department, Winer kept in touch with Steele about matters regarding Russia, and in 2016 Steele told him he had learned of “disturbing information” in regards to Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. Winer wrote the WP op-ed piece to defend his contacts with Steele and Blumenthal. The Washington Examiner says that Winer’s recollection of events falls in line with events detailed in a criminal referral filed on January 4 by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of thre Senate Judiciary Committee, and committee member Lindsey Graham, targeting Steele. The criminal referral said there was some coordination between Clinton allies and the Obama administration to seek damaging information about Trump. • • • WINER'S WASHINGTON POST OP-ED. You can access the entire Jonathan M. Winer February 8 Washington Post op-ed at < https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/devin-nunes-is-investigating-me-heres-the-truth/2018/02/08/cc621170-0cf4-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html?utm_term=.0ffaa09b4903 >. In the headline to the op-ed, the WP labels Winer "a Washington lawyer and consultant, is a former US deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement and former special envoy for Libya." Winer defends himself in the op-ed against House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes earlier announcement that the next phase of his investigation of the events that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller will focus on the State Department. Winer wrote : "His apparent area of interest is my relationship with former British intelligence professional Christopher Steele and my role in material that Steele ultimately shared with the FBI." Winer then gives his personal history : "Here’s the real story: In the 1990s, I was the senior official at the State Department responsible for combating transnational organized crime. I became deeply concerned about Russian state operatives compromising and corrupting foreign political figures and businessmen from other countries. Their modus operandi was sexual entrapment and entrapment in too-good-to-be-true business deals. After 1999, I left the State Department and developed a legal and consulting practice that often involved Russian matters. In 2009, I met and became friends with Steele, after he retired from British government service focusing on Russia. Steele was providing business intelligence on the same kinds of issues I worked on at the time. In 2013, I returned to the State Department at the request of Secretary of State John F. Kerry, whom I had previously served as Senate counsel. Over the years, Steele and I had discussed many matters relating to Russia. He asked me whether the State Department would like copies of new information as he developed it. I contacted Victoria Nuland, a career diplomat who was then assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, and shared with her several of Steele’s reports. She told me they were useful and asked me to continue to send them. Over the next two years, I shared more than 100 of Steele’s reports with the Russia experts at the State Department, who continued to find them useful. None of the reports related to US politics or domestic US matters, and the reports constituted a very small portion of the data set reviewed by State Department experts trying to make sense of events in Russia. In the summer of 2016, Steele told me that he had learned of disturbing information regarding possible ties between Donald Trump, his campaign and senior Russian officials. He did not provide details but made clear the information involved 'active measures,' a Soviet intelligence term for propaganda and related activities to influence events in other countries. In September 2016, Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known as the 'Dossier.' Steele’s sources suggested that the Kremlin not only had been behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign but also had compromised Trump and developed ties with his associates and campaign. I was allowed to review, but not to keep, a copy of these reports to enable me to alert the State Department. I prepared a two-page summary and shared it with Nuland, who indicated that, like me, she felt that the Secretary of State needed to be made aware of this material. In late September, I spoke with an old friend, Sidney Blumenthal, whom I met 30 years ago when I was investigating the Iran-contra affair for then-Senator Kerry and Blumenthal was a reporter at The Post....The emails of Blumenthal, who had a long association with Bill and Hillary Clinton, had been hacked in 2013 through a Russian server. While talking about that hacking, Blumenthal and I discussed Steele’s reports. He showed me notes gathered by a journalist I did not know, Cody Shearer, that alleged the Russians had compromising information on Trump of a sexual and financial nature. What struck me was how some of the material echoed Steele’s but appeared to involve different sources. On my own, I shared a copy of these notes with Steele, to ask for his professional reaction. He told me it was potentially 'collateral' information. I asked him what that meant. He said that it was similar but separate from the information he had gathered from his sources. I agreed to let him keep a copy of the Shearer notes. Given that I had not worked with Shearer and knew that he was not a professional intelligence officer, I did not mention or share his notes with anyone at the State Department. I did not expect them to be shared with anyone in the US government. But I learned later that Steele did share them -- with the FBI, after the FBI asked him to provide everything he had on allegations relating to Trump, his campaign and Russian interference in US elections. I am in no position to judge the accuracy of the information generated by Steele or Shearer. But I was alarmed at Russia’s role in the 2016 election, and so were US intelligence and law enforcement officials. I believe all Americans should be alarmed -- and united in the search for the truth about Russian interference in our democracy, and whether Trump and his campaign had any part in it." • There are two glaring points to be made about the Winer op-ed. First, a person who says he had been "the senior official at the State Department responsible for combating transnational organized crime" must have instantly understood the significance of Steele's use of the phrase "collateral" information -- Winer would not have needed to ask what it meant. He knew. Second, Winer does not mention, nor does the WP, that Winer worked for APCO, the lobbying firm that did work for Tenex, the US subsidiary of the Russian-government-owned Rosatom that bought Uranium One in a deal that sold to Russia 20+% of US uranium reserves and raises serious questions about both Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and Barack Obama as President in relation to the deal. Almost no media reports about Winer's op-ed mentions these elements. And, third, in his WP op-ed, Winer does not say whether he knew at the time that he interfaced with Steele that the ex-British spy was working for Fusion GPS, or that Fusion was being paid by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign via the Perkins Coie law firm [although he was doing pro bono work for the Clinton Foundation -- see next section]. • • • THE FACTS. Breitbart's Aaron Klein provides these details : "From 2008 to 2013, Winer worked at APCO Worldwide, where he served as senior vice president. A contract previously obtained by Circa shows that from 2010 to 2011, APCO was paid roughly $3 million by Tenex, the US subsidiary of Rosatom. Circa reported that it saw the contract between Tenex and APCO, which agreed that the 'total fee is comprised of the fixed quarterly fee which shall be $750,000 per each of the four three-month periods of rendering Services here under during the validity period of this contract, including the 18 percent Russian VAT payable in the territory of the Russian Federation.' " • When Breitbart asked APCO to clarify its work for Tenex, Aaron Klein says APCO sent Breitbart News a statement that said : “as clearly reported in APCO’s public filings from 2010 and 2011, available to anyone online, APCO’s work for Tenex focused entirely on the company’s interest in continuing sales of fuel to the US energy market. 'At the time, Tenex provided half of the fuel used by US nuclear energy producers under a Bush administration program,' the APCO statement continued. 'Any claim that APCO was involved in the Uranium One transaction or any related CIFIUS matter is completely false.' ” • However, Breitbart News reported that, "in addition to its work for Tenex, APCO did extensive pro bono work for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) from 2007 until 2016." This put APCO Worldwide in the Uranium One controversy -- TheHill reported that paid FBI informant Douglas Campbell, who infiltrated the Russian nuclear business world, claimed to three separate congressional committees in a written statement that Russia hired APCO to influence the Obama administration, singling out Hillary Clinton. Campbell claimed he was told by Russian nuclear executives that there was a connection between APCO’s CGI volunteer efforts and work that APCO did for Tenex. In a statement to Breitbart News, APCO Worldwide strongly denied that its work for CGI was in any way related to work the firm did for Tenex. The statement added that “Winer had no involvement on any matters related to Tenex or the Clinton Global Initiative. In fact, the four senior staff on the Tenex project included two former Bush administration officials and a former staff member for a Republican member of the Senate. APCO’s pro bono work for the Clinton Global Initiative is a matter of public record as part of our giving commitment reported to the UN Global Compact. This volunteer work began in 2007, three years before any discussion with Tenex, and continued until 2016, five years after the Tenex engagement ended. These engagements were unrelated and any suggestion that they were connected is a deliberate falsehood. APCO’s work on each of these projects was transparent, publicly documented and entirely proper.” • One America News Network begs to differ. OAN wrote on Tuesday that Winer, an "Obama administration official recently confessed to being in regular contact with the author of fake Trump dossier. Jonathan Winer admitted he shared information with former British spy Christopher Steele, confirming the contacts took place while he was working for the State Department." OAN cites the Winer op-ed for the Washington Post, summarizing it : "Winer said he met and befriended Steele in 2009, and the two subsequently exchanged business intelligence related to Russia. Winer returned to the State Department in 2013 whilst maintaining his contacts with Steele, who as Winer admits provided the department with information. Subsequently, Steele approached Winer in 2016 where he claimed to have compromising intelligence on then-candidate Donald Trump’s ties with Russian officials. Steele then gave Winer an early version of the now-debunked Trump Dossier. Winer says the document, funded by the DNC and the Clintons, circulated within the Obama-era State Department around September 2016. Additionally, Winer said he gave Steele the anti-Trump materials, which he received from a longtime Clinton ally and his own personal friend Sidney Blumenthal. Blumenthal, in turn, acquired these materials from Cody Shearer, who was himself involved in several Clinton-related scandals. Winer’s confessions suggest the anti-Trump bias during the 2016 election within the top echelons of the Obama administration could be much greater in scale than GOP lawmakers could imagine at the time of the release of their FISA abuse memo earlier this year." • OAN states that the Winer op-ed appeared at the moment that Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes said he was "continuing with his probe aimed at revealing the scale and extent of the anti-Trump biases within the US government during and immediately after the 2016 election. The Nunes probe is now focusing on Winer over his alleged involvement in the Obama-era FBI surveillance abuses against the 2016 Trump campaign detailed in the House GOP FISA memo. In his Washington Post op-ed, Winer does not mention that between 2008 and 2013, whilst keeping in touch with Steele, he worked as a consultant for APCO International. APCO was involved in the controversial Uranium One deal that gave 20-percent of US uranium output to a Russian state-owned firm Rosatom, according to FBI informant Douglas Campbell. Additionally, Winer was doing pro-bono work for the Clinton Global Initiative during his tenure with APCO." • AND, Douglas Campbell, the FBI informant, claimed that Russian nuclear officials “told me at various times that they expected APCO to apply a portion of the $3 million annual lobbying fee it was receiving from the Russians to provide in-kind support for the Clintons’ Global Initiative. The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months. APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the US-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement.” • Compare Campbell's sworn testimony to the damage-control statement of APCO Worldwide on the matter to Circa last October, when APCO Worldwide Inc. stated : “APCO was not involved in any aspect of Uranium One.” • Further, who did Winer give Steele documents to at State? In the WP op-ed, Winer related that while he was at the State Department, he repeatedly passed documents from Steele related to Russia to State officials, including to Victoria Nuland, a career diplomat who worked under the Clintons and served as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs under Kerry. Winer wrote : “Over the next two years, I shared more than 100 of Steele’s reports with the Russia experts at the State Department, who continued to find them useful." IN ADDITION, besides giving Steele’s dossier information to the State Department, Winer conceded that he also passed information from Blumenthal to Steele, specifically including charges about Trump that originated with Shearer. Winer called Sidney Blumethal "an old friend" whom he "met 30 years ago when I was investigating the Iran-Contra affair for then-Senator Kerry and Blumenthal was a reporter." Where? At the Washington Post. Before Russian hacking was front and center in the 2016 presidential campaign, the emails of Blumenthal, who had a long association with Bill and Hillary Clinton and worked closely with Hillary while she was at State, had been hacked in 2013 through a Russian server. While talking about that hacking, Winer says Blumenthal discussed Steele’s reports with him : "He showed me notes gathered by a journalist I did not know, Cody Shearer, that alleged the Russians had compromising information on Trump of a sexual and financial nature." Cody Shearer has numerous close personal and family connections to the Clintons and has reportedly been involved in numerous antics tied to them. National Review has labeled Shearer a “Creepy Clinton Confidante” and “The Strangest Character in Hillary’s Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy.” • • • TO SUMMARIZE, Shearer gave reports to Obama State Department official Jonathan Winer, who passed them along to Steele. Steele compiled and gave the Russia Dossier to the FBI, and then gave the second dossier containing Shearer and Blumenthal raw unconfirmed information to the FBI in October 2016 and said some of the findings also aligned with information he had obtained from his own sources. Winer has confirmed a redacted Senate report that said just that -- information on candidate Trump flowed between Steele and Clinton operatives, with Winer as the middleman. Winer’s disclosures mean that, not only was the Hillary Clinton campaign paying Steele, but her loyalists Blumenthal and Shearer were also providing raw intelligence that got incorporated into the Steele Dossier and went to the FBI. The Senate criminal referral to DOJ, prepared by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, said two reports came from State (apparently through Winer) to Steele from Blumenthal-Shearer. Their source was a “foreign-sub-source” -- possibly Steele-paid intermediaries who collected from Kremlin sources his unverified attacks on Trump and associates. • Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has announced he will next investigate the Dossier roles of the State Department and Hillary Clinton’s operatives. Nunes has already discovered that the FBI used the partisan Russia Dossier, without explaining its Hillary campaign-DNC source, to convince a FISA judge to issue a wiretap warrant on Trump volunteer Carter Page that may have led to listening to conversations PAge had with Steve Bannon. Nunes also found that the FBI planned to pay Steele to continue investigating the candidate who became President Trump. Grassley’s criminal referral confirms Nunes’ findings and contains new Dossier information -- that Steele wrote an October 19 memo based on the Winer-Blumenthal-Shearer connection. It was not part of the 35-page Dossier posted on January 10, 2017, by BuzzFeed. Steele had contacted Winer in what the Grassley criminal referral, quoting an associate, described as his “desperate” effort to defeat Trump. • The Weekly Standard wrote this summary two days after Winer's WP op-ed appeared : "Whatever the headline, as an effort at self-justification Winer’s effort is an epic fail. Rather than putting to rest questions about the origin and dissemination of the Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, Winer’s account leaves the reader slack-jawed at the remarkable coincidences he cites and the astonishing characters who just happen to turn up in his narrative. As Winer tells it, he and Steele were old pals. They “met and became friends” in 2009, when both were in the business of selling “business intelligence,” much of it involving Russia. Winer went back to work at State in 2013, after his old Capitol Hill boss, John Kerry, had become Secretary of State. But he didn’t lose track of his friend Steele -- not at all. He shared, and shared, and shared Steele’s corporate intelligence work with the State Department’s Russia desk....(Let’s not speculate about how much it may have been worth to Steele to be able to tell his clients that the materials they were paying for were being regularly consumed by policy-makers in Foggy Bottom.) Come the summer of 2016, Steele’s prime client was the campaign of Hillary Clinton, by way of the hired-guns at Fusion GPS, for whom he was assembling a grab bag of Trump tales from some sort of Russian sources. Come the fall, Steele was spreading Dossier info to various news organizations, the FBI, and the State Department....Winer writes : 'I prepared a two-page summary and shared it with [Winer’s boss at State, Victoria] Nuland.'....To hear Winer tell it, when he gave her his memo, Nuland was all for the State Department doing something about it: She 'indicated that, like me, she felt that the secretary of State needed to be made aware of this material.' Maybe. But to hear Nuland tell it, she recognized the Dossier for what it was : 'What I did was say that this is about US politics, and not the work of -- not the business of the State Department,' Nuland said in an interview with Politico, 'and certainly not the business of a career employee who is subject to the Hatch Act, which requires that you stay out of politics. So, my advice to those who were interfacing with [Steele] was that he should get this information to the FBI, and that they could evaluate whether they thought it was credible.' But according to his piece in the Post, Winer had other people to share the Steele info with, too : 'In late September, I spoke with an old friend, Sidney Blumenthal.' Given Blumenthal’s well-earned reputation as a Clinton hatchet-man, the words 'old friend, Sidney Blumenthal' should be telling, if not alarming. So what was the nub of the conversation between these two old friends who just happen to have gotten together in the thick of a presidential campaign? Perhaps they were talking Libya -- Blumenthal had been trying for some time to get federal contracts for work in Libya, and Winer was the special envoy to the war-wracked country. But no, they ended up talking about the Dossier. You see, it just sort of came up naturally : Blumenthal’s emails had been hacked a few years before, and so 'While talking about that hacking, Blumenthal and I discussed Steele’s report.' You’d think that Sid would have been gob-smacked, astonished at the information sleuthing spook Steele had unearthed. Instead, and ever so matter-of-factly, Blumenthal pulled out a dossier of his own : 'He showed me notes gathered by a journalist I did not know, Cody Shearer, that alleged the Russians had compromising information on Trump of a sexual and financial nature.' That’s right, Blumenthal had a dossier of his own, compiled by a Clinton crony of decades’ standing, Cody Shearer, and right at the ready. What are the odds? If this extra dossier is as contrived as it sounds, it wouldn’t be the first time that Shearer peddled fabulous information against a Republican presidential ticket in the waning days of a Clinton campaign. In 1992 Shearer championed the phony story that a poor fellow named Brett Kimberlin was rotting in an Indiana jail, being kept incommunicado so that he couldn’t tell the world about how Vice President Dan Quayle bought marijuana from him back in the 1970s. Yes, Kimberlin was a drug smuggler, and yes, he was indeed in jail -- for a string of terroristic bombings in Indianapolis. Shearer was willing to promote the fantastical tales of the 'Speedway Bomber' if that helped his friends the Clintons. Winer seems not to have been at all astonished that two of his old friends -- Steele and Blumenthal -- themselves unacquainted, should each independently and of their own volition have presented him with the same bombshell material. Winer did not, so far as we know, look around for Allen Funt. No, instead he shared the Shearer memo with Steele, who in turn passed it along to the FBI. Do you think anyone bothered to mention to the Bureau, at the time, the peculiar circumstances and provenance of the notes, most notably that they had come from a source as compromised as Cody Shearer? Well, it never occurred to Winer, because he did not expect them 'to be shared with anyone in the US government.' ” • • • THE LAST CLINTON CON? Townhall's Emmett Tyrrell posted on February 15 the best short summary of this sordid and possibly criminal tale. Tyrrell called it "the Clintons' Final Con." The Townhall article asks : "So who has been colluding with the Russians? Agents of Trump, or agents of Hillary Clinton?" Shearer, the New York Times said in mid-February, "has been crisscrossing Eastern Europe for more than six months to secure the purported kompromat from a different Russian..." Shearer is only identified by the NYT as "an American political operative with ties to the Democratic party." The Spectator identified him more completely as a longtime "hatchet man" for the Clintons. Townhall say sthat : "While the Clinton campaign took considerable care to cover its tracks with its money trail, and the commingling of obvious Clintonistas like Blumenthal and Shearer with less well-known characters such as Steele, their efforts were not sufficient, as we can now see. Actually, they rarely are. If the Clintons were expert crooks, they would not have been caught so many times over the years. When caught, they always take refuge with their political friends and the press. Perhaps this time they did not think they would have to, for they were so far ahead in the polls. It is bracing to think that if the Clinton campaign had won the presidency, we would know nothing of their perfidy." • • • OBAMA'S ROLE? Now, congressional Republicans have former President Obama’s State Department in their crosshairs as they question whether FBI and DOJ investigations into President Trump were tainted by political bias and influence from key figures in Hillary Clinton's clan. Did the State Department run by John Kerry pass along information from Clinton’s allies that may have been used by the FBI to launch an investigation into whether the Trump campaign had improper contacts with Russia. The highly redacted criminal referral from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein states that former British intelligence official Christopher Steele crafted a memo in addition to the infamous Russia Dossier that was funded by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The Steele memo, dated October 19, was given to Steele by a contact at the State Department and was based on information provided by “a friend of the Clintons,” Grassley said. That State Department contact was undoubtedly Jonathan Winer and his friend was Sidney Blumenthal. Grassley wrote : “It is troubling enough that the Clinton campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about credibility." That, as they say, is to put it mildly -- very mildly. • House Intelligence Committee chairman Nunes “phase two” investigation will focus on the State Department : “What we’re looking at now is the State Department and some of the irregularities there, and we have several other areas we’re looking at.” The documents released by Grassley, as well as Nunes’s comments, suggest their probes will now investigate whether State Department officials inappropriately circulated information to Steele that was then used by the FBI. Townhall says : "GOP lawmakers are privately buzzing about two longtime Clinton confidants -- Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer -- as the likely sources for the October memo, which they believe reached Steele through his contact at the Obama State Department, Jonathan Winer. The Washington Post has reported that Steele had extensive contacts with Kerry’s State Department, which relied on him in an unofficial capacity for intelligence about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The WP reports that Steele sent monthly reports to Winer, who later prepared a summary of the information he’d received from Steele about Trump and briefed Kerry on the findings in the fall of 2016. But, the WP says Kerry did not act on the information because the FBI had already been in contact with Steele. • Conservative Zone wrote last Saturday that : "If Americans knew then what they know now, President Barack Obama might have been impeached. That’s why President Donald Trump has been leveling attacks at the ex-President for his failure to intervene in the Russian propaganda machine during the 2016 elections. In the midst of now proven wiretapping and external election meddling, President Obama had this to say at the time : “There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, there’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that it will happen this time, and so I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and make his case to get votes.” Talk about lying. • President Trump recently threw Obama’s words back in his face on Twitter, also indicating that President Obama may have let the Russians have their way believing the Democratic candidate would reach the White House. Trump tweeted : “The President Obama quote just before election. That’s because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win and he didn’t want to ‘rock the boat. When I easily won the Electoral College, the whole game changed and the Russian excuse became the narrative of the Dems.” Conservative Zone says that : "Although much of the Russian meddling was designed to obstruct Hillary Clinton from reaching the White House, President Obama sat on the information. The common wisdom is that Obama, the liberal-campaigning mainstream media and other Democrats believed the election was in the bag. President Obama didn’t act or raise concerns until after Hillary lost." • • • DEAR READERS, The Russia probe was the vehicle that Democrats thought would lead to impeachable “collusion” charges against President Trump. But, what the probe has actually uncovered is an improper FBI FISA-warrant-based investigation that ironically pointed to several high-ranking Obama administration officials. As President Trump so aptly tweeted : “Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?" • At the end of the day, President Obama had the duty try to stop Russian meddling. He chose to sit on his hands, his candidate lost, and he attempted to turn his busted political play into a gain. • As I have said before, we have enough evidence to indict the rest of the Dossier players, including Hillary. The only question that STILL needs to be asked is "What did Obama know and when did he know it?"