Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Facts Are Falling on Trump's Side, but the Deep State - ProgDem Band of Idiots Don't Have Enough Sense to Stop
TODAY'S REAL NEWS IS ABOUT THE CRUMBLING MUELLER / DEEP STATE TRUMP PROBE. There are signs everywhere that special counsel Rober Mueller's Deep State-led effort to impeach President Trump for any reason he could dig up is fast crumbling. This is despite the continuing efforts of ProgDem leaders and the media to keep it on life support. • • • A CLINTON INSIDER-POLLSTER SPEAKS UP. TheHill published an opiniono piece by MArk Penn titled "Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all" on Sunday. The piece has gotten a lot of attention becasue Penn, a managing partner of the Stagwell Group, a private equity firm specializing in marketing services companies, as well as chairman of the Harris Poll, and is the author of “Microtrends Squared.” He served as pollster and advisor to President Clinton from 1995 to 2000, including during Clinton’s impeachment. • What Penn says is this : "The 'deep state' is in a deep state of desperation. With little time left before the Justice Department inspector general’s report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mueller having failed to bring down Donald Trump after a year of trying, they know a reckoning is coming. At this point, there is little doubt that the highest echelons of the FBI and the Justice Department broke their own rules to end the Hillary Clinton 'matter,' but we can expect the inspector general to document what was done or, more pointedly, not done. It is hard to see how a yearlong investigation of this won’t come down hard on former FBI Director James Comey and perhaps even former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who definitely wasn’t playing mahjong in a secret 'no aides allowed' meeting with former President Clinton on a Phoenix airport tarmac. With this report on the way and congressional investigators beginning to zero in on the lack of hard, verified evidence for starting the Trump probe, current and former intelligence and Justice Department officials are dumping everything they can think of to save their reputations." • Mark Penn makes some good points about the Deep State's desperation : "They started by telling the story of Alexander Downer, an Australian diplomat, as having remembered a bar conversation with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign. But how did the FBI know they should talk to him? That’s left out of their narrative. Downer’s signature appears on a $25 million contribution to the Clinton Foundation. You don’t need much imagination to figure that he was close with Clinton Foundation operatives who relayed information to the State Department, which then called the FBI to complete the loop. This wasn’t intelligence. It was likely opposition research from the start." • Penn goes on to analyze the Steele Dossier stroy being peddled by the Deep State : "In no way would a fourth-hand report from a Maltese professor justify wholesale targeting of four or five members of the Trump campaign. It took Christopher Steele, with his funding concealed through false campaign filings, to be incredibly successful at creating a vast echo chamber around his unverified, fanciful Dossier, bouncing it back and forth between the press and the FBI so it appeared that there were multiple sources all coming to the same conclusion." Penn says that all the Deep State had "were a few isolated contacts with Russians and absolutely nothing related to Trump himself, yet they pressed forward. Egged on by Steele, they simply believed Trump and his team must be dirty. They just needed to dig deep enough." • Penn also attacks the appointment of special counsel Mueller by Rod Rosenstein : "Perhaps the murkiest event in the timeline is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of a special counsel after he personally recommended Comey’s firing in blistering terms. With Attorney General Jeff Sessions shoved out of the way, Rosenstein and Mueller then ignored their own conflicts and took charge anyway. Rosenstein is a fact witness, and Mueller is a friend of Comey, disqualifying them both. Flush with 16 prosecutors, including a former lawyer for the Clinton Foundation, and an undisclosed budget, the Mueller investigation has been a scorched-earth effort to investigate the entirety of the Trump campaign, Trump business dealings, the entire administration and now, if it was not Russia, maybe it’s some other country." • Penn points out what many of us have been saying for some time : "The President’s earlier legal team was naive in believing that, when Mueller found nothing, he would just end it. Instead, the less investigators found, the more determined and expansive they became. This President and his team now are on a better road to put appropriate limits on all this." • That Mark Penn, a Clinton insider, would call for the Mueller probe to stop seems unbelievable, because all these Clintonistas are Believers, but Penn steps out of the congregation to say exactly that : "This process must now be stopped, preferably long before a vote in the Senate. Rather than a fair, limited and impartial investigation, the Mueller investigation became a partisan, open-ended inquisition that, by its precedent, is a threat to all those who ever want to participate in a national campaign or an administration again. Its prosecutions have all been principally to pressure witnesses with unrelated charges and threats to family, or just for a public relations effect, like the indictment of Russian internet trolls. Unfortunately, just like the Doomsday Machine in “Dr. Strangelove” that was supposed to save the world but instead destroys it, the Mueller investigation comes with no “off” switch : You can’t fire Mueller. He needs to be defeated, like Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated President Clinton. • An "off" switch is needed says Penn, but he adds : "Finding the “off” switch will not be easy. Step one here is for the Justice Department inspector general report to knock Comey out of the witness box. Next, the full origins of the investigation and its lack of any real intelligence needs to come out in the open. The attorney general, himself the target of a secret investigation, needs to take back his Justice Department. Sessions needs to act quickly, along with US Attorney John Huber, appointed to conduct an internal review of the FBI, on the Comey and McCabe matters following the inspector general report, and then announce an expanded probe into other abuses of power. The President’s lawyers need to extend their new aggressiveness from words to action, filing complaints with the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility on the failure of Mueller and Rosenstein to recuse themselves and going into court to question the tactics of the special counsel, from selective prosecutions on unrelated matters, illegally seizing Government Services Administration emails, covering up the phone texts of FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and operating without a scope approved by the attorney general. (The regulations call for the attorney general to recuse himself from the investigation but appear to still leave him responsible for the scope.)" • Penn suggeststhat if President Trump agrees to talk to Mueller, he should do it "offering two hours of testimony, perhaps even televised live from the White House." • As Penn concludes, this tawdry affair is not about President Trump or the Republican Party : "It’s about all Presidents and all parties. It’s about cleaning out and reforming the deep state so that our intelligence operations are never used against opposing campaigns without the firmest of evidence. It’s about letting people work for campaigns and administrations without needing legal defense funds. It’s about relying on our elections to decide our differences." • And, that is coming from a Clinton insider !! • • • HOLDER GOES TO BAT FOR THE DEEP STATE AND OBAMA. TheHill reported on Monday that former Attorney General Eric Holder has "urged Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI officials to 'simply say no' to President Trump's demand for an expanded investigation into his claims of FBI wrongdoing as it relates to his campaign. President Obama's Attorney general and current mouthpiece tweeted : "More DOJ norms being eroded. Trump-a SUBJECT of the investigation-wants access to material related to the inquiry." • Holder is on his soapbox defending "DOJ norms" -- we all remember how well he defended those norms by selling guns to Mexican cartels and refusing to answer congressional subpoenas that held to his becoming the only AG in US history to be charged with Contempt of Congress. Holder's current criticism, one that certainly reflects Obama's position, is that President Trump and his allies should have no legal recourse after evidence appeared that an FBI informant spied on the Trump campaign for political purposes. President Trump demanded the DOJ investigate the matter, which is uncommon because, according to TheHill, most Presidents do not request specific investigations from the DOJ. But, then, most Presidents do not face a full-blown cabal trying to force a coup d'etat against them by the executive branch of the federal government that the President leads. • • • TRUMP AND THE DOJ / FBI REACH A DEAL. After increasing the pressure on the DOJ / FBI on Sunday when he made his demand for a probe into allegations that there was an informant inside his 2016 campaign, President Trump met on Monday with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray at the White House. After a long meeting, which was also attended by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Trump agreed that the DOJ inspector general would “expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign,” as explained in a statement by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. • Even more important to President Trump's effort to find out just what was going on during his 2016 campaign, Sanders also said White House chief of staff John Kelly plans to “immediately set up a meeting” between top law enforcement officials and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to “review” the “highly classified” materials that representatives have sought about the informant. Republicans, led by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, have in recent weeks issued a subpoena to the DOJ for all documents related to the informant / intelligence source, but intelligence officials have warned that doing so could threaten lives and national security. And, as always, congressional Democrats have argued that Republican attacks on the FBI and Trump's calls for an internal probe are an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. • The Justice Department had already made the referral to Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Sunday, but the White House announcement that chief of staff John Kelly will "immediately set up a meeting" with Trump allies on Capitol Hill to "review" the classified materials that had sparked the standoff raises the question whether Trump ordered the Justice Department to turn over the documents. • President Trump’s conservative allies in Congress said the IG probe does not go far enough. House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows tweeted : “Rod Rosenstein knows exactly what happened and what is in the documents requested by Congress. Either the matter warranted investigation long ago and he did nothing, or he's seen the facts and believes nothing is wrong. His belated referral to the IG is not news...it is a ruse.” Trump issued his demand after news reports said that an intelligence source met with Trump advisors on three occasions during the 2016 campaign. The media reports said that the source was not embedded in the campaign as Trump and his allies have claimed -- how the media knows this is not clear, but seems to be part of the ongoing destruction-of-a President-by-leaks strategy fo the Deep State. • President Trump told reporters during a press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday : “If they had spies in my campaign...for political purposes, that would be unprecedented,” calling it a “disgrace. I hope there weren’t. [If there were], it would make every political event ever before look like small potatoes.” Fox News reported the latest details about former Trump campaign advisor Michael Caputo revealing to Laura Ingraham that there might be at least two informants, and saying he, too, was approached : “Let me tell you something that I know for a fact. This informant, this person that they tried to plant into the campaign...he’s not the only person who came to the campaign. And the FBI is not the only Obama agency who came at the campaign. I know because they came at me. And I’m looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public. This is just the beginning.” • The new revelations have renewed Republican calls for a second special counsel. GOP Representatives Lee Zeldin, Ron DeSantis, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and other members of Congress are expected to announce a resolution detailing misconduct at the highest levels of the Justice Department and the FBI regarding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse, the end of the Hillary Clinton email probe, and the beginning of the Trump-Russia investigation. The 12-page resolution will also call for the appointment of another special counsel. Among other claims, the resolution will say that the "DOJ, FBI, or both appear to have planted at least one person into Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign." The FBI was led at the time by James Comey. DeSantis told Fox News : “I don’t think the Justice Department is going to be able to investigate themselves. I think they’ve resisted our inquiries here in Congress for long enough and so it’s time that we did have a special counsel.” DeSantis says that, despite President Trump's agreement with the DOJ to add the informant issue to Inspector General Michael Horowitz investigation, there is still a need for a special counsel, as an inspector general does not have subpoena power and cannot prosecute. DeSantis said : “The inspector general can [investigate]...I don’t think it’s mutually exclusive, but we in Congress need the information and you also need the special counsel.” DeSantis applauded the President for holding the meeting wiht Rosenstein and Wray, and said : “I think John Kelly will be able to get these guys in line.” • • • THE EXPOSED MOLE INSIDE TRUMP CAMPAIGN PAID BY OBAMA ADMINSITRATION. Kit Daniels of Infowars wrote on Monday that : "The Obama administration paid accused informant Stefan Halper nearly $300,000 for 'research' during the 2016 presidential election when Donald Trump was the GOP candidate. Overall, Halper, who was recently accused of spying on multiple Trump campaign aides, was paid over $1 million by the Department of Defense between 2012 and 2018 through a variety of vaguely worded contracts. The contracts include 'Research And Development In The Social Sciences And Humanities (2012),' 'Russia-China Relationship Study (2015),' and the 'India and China Econ Study (2016),' according to the web site USASpending.gov. Most interestingly, Halper was paid $282,295 only four days after the September 23, 2016, Yahoo! news article which claimed that 'US intelligence officials' were investigating Trump aide Carter Page for alleged ties to the Kremlin. It was later determined that the article’s author, Michael Isikoff, was fed information by 'Pissgate' Dossier creator Christopher Steele, which put the article’s credibility into question." InfoWars says : "It’s plausible that Steele wasn’t the lone source Isikoff used for his article, and the FBI later used the Yahoo! article and the Steele Dossier to obtain a questionable FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, even though the article was also based on the Dossier. During the campaign, Halper went out of his way to talk to Page, and had even claimed he was friends with Paul Manafort, even though they hadn’t seen each other since the 1970s. According to the Daily Caller : "Page noted that in their first conversation at Cambridge, Halper said he was longtime friends with then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort. A person close to Manafort told TheDCNF that Manafort has not seen Halper since the Gerald Ford administration. Manafort and Page are accused in the Steele Dossier of having worked together on the campaign’s collusion conspiracy, but both men say they have never met." • On Monday, Breitbart summarized Halper's Washington work : "Last week, reports indicated Stefan Halper, a Cambridge professor and longtime aide to some of Washington’s most powerful figures, was outed as an FBI informant planted inside Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The New York Post writes : 'Halper made his first overture when he met with Page at a British symposium. The two remained in regular contact for more than a year, meeting at Halper’s Virginia farm and in Washington, DC, as well as exchanging emails. The professor met with Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis in late August, offering his services as a foreign-policy advisor, The Washington Post reported Friday, without naming the academic....Days later, Halper contacted Papadopoulos by e-mail. The professor offered the young and inexperienced campaign aide $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to London, ostensibly to write a paper about energy in the eastern Mediterranean region....In March 2016, Halper told Russia’s Sputnik News that he believed then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would prove to be a steadier hand in preserving the 'special relationship' enjoyed by the United States and Britain. 'I believe Clinton would be best for US-UK relations and for relations with the European Union. Clinton is well-known, deeply experienced and predictable. US-UK relations will remain steady regardless of the winner although Clinton will be less disruptive over time,' Halper said. • • • ARE THESE DEEP STATERS IDIOTS? American Thinker analyst J. Marsolo wrote on Monday that : "For the past two years, the media and Dems have relentlessly attacked President Trump, claiming he 'colluded' with the Russians to beat Hillary. They cannot accept that President Trump beat Hillary and is dismantling the Obama 'legacy.' Mueller and his staff of Hillary-Obama contributors disguised as attorneys have wasted over one year on this investigation. One principal premise of the so-called 'collusion' is that the Trump campaign met with and contacted Russians to obtain 'dirt' on Hillary and the DNC emails. The logical questions are, what dirt could the Russians possibly provide that we do not already know about Hillary, and how could it be worse than the truth about Hillary?....All you have to do is honestly examine Hillary's and Bill's shenanigans since their days in Arkansas. This does take some time and attention, given the complex, corrupt history of Hillary and Bill. It is essentially lying, greed, and abuse of power. We already know the dirt about Hillary : Whitewater, missing billing records, selling pardons, selling uranium to the Russians, stealing White House silverware, FBI files on Republicans, covering up Bubba's rape and sexual harassments, the email scandal, destroying emails under subpoena, Travelgate, attacking the women harassed by Bill, and more. I am sure I missed some. The problem is not getting dirt on Hillary. We have the dirt on Hillary. There is so much dirt that it is mindboggling for anyone who cares, which excludes Democrats and the media....Even if the Russians have worse dirt than what we know about Hillary, it would not matter to Hillary-supporters and the anti-Trumps and NeverTrumps. They still would have voted for Hillary. Simply stated, the charge that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to obtain dirt about Hillary is ridiculous and falls apart when one honestly examines Hillary's record. Hillary had to pay Steele to make up dirt on President Trump. But the dirt on Hillary is there for anyone who cares to know." • That is Exhibit A of the "idiot" theory. Now, consider American Thinker's Tuesday article by Christopher Chantrill, a government spending nad finance expert. Chantrill's article is titled "Collusion : Thank Goodness the Deep-Staters Are Idiots." Chantrill writes : "One of my articles of faith is that there are no conspiracies, only stupid efforts to cover things up. Hello, Intelligence Community! In the last week or so, we have seen the unraveling of the Russia collusion narrative, the notion that the Trump presidential campaign was in bed with the Reds....Here is the shocking truth. In addition to its vital national task of surveilling the world to detect the plans of terrorists, prevent school shootings, and foil MS-13 in its animalistic designs, our Intelligence Community found time to snag some peripheral Trump campaign hangers-on into compromising positions by asking them about Russians and emails. And that gave them a reason to wiretap these peripheral campaign hangers-on using the carefully crafted protocols in the nation's wise counterintelligence laws. Gradually, the project to spy on the Trump campaign -- you know, just in case -- morphed into a conspiracy to avoid facing the embarrassment of the exposure of government spying on the out-of-power party's campaign....But I am comforted by all of this. We have learned over the months that these Deep State hangers-on are merely fools and knaves, from Brennan to Clapper, from Comey to McCabe and the lovebird twins, and don't forget the inimitable Stefan Halper, who appears to have enjoyed too many counterintelligence lunches at his London club. Did somebody say "what did the President know and when did he know it?" We conservatives love to rail at the Administrative State and its monstrous injustices, and we are right to do so....But this time, the FBI jumped right in the hot tub with the Kool Kidz and started texting. And why wouldn't these guys party with the best of them? The Deep State just needed an insurance policy to make sure that Trump didn't make it, and I expect that the received wisdom among the smart set was that the carefully crafted 'October surprise' of the Access Hollywood tape would do the trick and keep the 'not our kind, darling' Trump out of the White House. So everyone just went through the motions -- texting, and hot-tubbing, and lunching as usual -- and didn't actually bother to use the FISA-approved surveillance to bring down candidate Trump." Chantrill is unrelenting : "That is the point. The people inside a modern administrative bureaucracy are all just going through the motions. They do not have a strategic view of what they are doing. They are like cells in a body, jiggling away without a clue about the big picture. Do you doubt me? Then read the mindless rubbish in the New York Times from all the administrative and journalistic cogs that sat there doing nothing in particular during the decline and fall of the Time Inc. machine....This is not disappointing; it is encouraging. It means that the great administrative and bureaucratic structures are not the monolithic and all-powerful enforcers of the ruling class that we free spirits like to think." Chantrill says that these "dull and ponderous factotums of the ruling class" think more about their petty jealousies and perks -- and above all, their pensions -- than about the glorious vision of the party : "This explains, if you have ever wondered, the appetite of the Stalins and the Maos or the world for Great Purges and Proletarian Cultural Revolutions. When you are a star-crazed revolutionary, nothing pisses you off so much as your supporters reposing on their benefices instead of getting off their butts and getting on with the revolution." Christopher Chantroill's ending is perfect : "If you are wondering what on Earth the various players in Spy-on-Trump thought they were doing, the answer is simple. They weren't thinking. Not at all. They were just cells in a bureaucratic organism responding to the various chemical stimuli in the blood. More and more, I am coming to think we are doing a replay of the post-sixties experience. Back then, liberals thought the world had changed forever and that they were going to be the future. But ordinary Americans hated the rich-kid conceits of the hippies and the SDS, and so they started voting for Nixons and Reagans. Well, the Kool Kidz got rid of Nixon, but I don't think they will manage to get rid of Trump. And I can't wait to see what Reagan Mark II will be like." • • • AND THE IDIOTS ARE CHANGING THEIR TUNE. Trump pursued them by tweeting on Sunday : ""I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes -- and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" Instantly, DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgu Flores told Fox News : "The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election. As always, the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct." AND, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein released a statement : "If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action." • BUT, some of the more idiotic Deep Staters and ProgDems haven't gotten the message. Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, objected Friday to such demands, emphasizing "the critical importance of protecting sources and methods. It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members of Congress to use their positions to learn the identity of an FBI source for the purpose of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election. Anyone who is entrusted with our nation's highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness of purpose that knowledge deserves." CAN WARNER be SERIOUS?? Who but the Deep State and its ProgDem confreres in the Senate acted with complete disdain for America's top secrets because they hoped those secrets could be twisted in order to remove Trump from the White house? • And, as usual, John Brennan and James Clapper are in hot water. Gateway Pundit wrote last week that : "Two of Brennan’s colleagues are now contradicting the former CIA Director’s sworn denial the phony dossier played a role in the IC Assessment [ICA] on Russian interference of the 2016 election. John Brennan claimed in May 2017 testimony Hillary’s phony dossier didn’t factor into the Intelligence Community’s Assessment report on Russian interference of the 2016 presidential election. Brennan then went on to repeatedly insist these claims to the public in various interviews with the media. Two top officials are now contradicting Brennan’s testimony. From Paul Sperry via Real Clear Investigations : 'Former CIA Director John Brennan’s insistence that the salacious and unverified Steele Dossier was not part of the official Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election is being contradicted by two top former officials. Recently retired National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers stated in a classified letter to Congress that the Clinton campaign-funded memos did factor into the ICA. And James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, conceded in a recent CNN interview that the assessment was based on 'some of the substantive content of the Dossier.' Without elaborating, he maintained that 'we were able to corroborate' certain allegations.…In a March 5, 2018, letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, Adm. Rogers informed the committee that a two-page summary of the dossier -- described as 'the Christopher Steele information' -- was 'added' as an “appendix to the ICA draft,' and that consideration of that appendix was 'part of the overall ICA review/approval process.' It’s important to note that former DNI chief James Clapper limited the IC report for review to only 3 agencies rather than send the report out to all 17 agencies for review. This way he was able to control what was put into the report. In fact, Clapper left out the relevant agencies with expertise on Russia such as the DHS and the State Department’s intelligence bureau. Paul Sperry also spoke with Fred Fleitz, who worked as a CIA analyst for 19 years who said certain players were chosen from select agencies as well, including Peter Strzok : 'Fleitz suggests that the Obama administration limited the number of players involved in the analysis to skew the results. He believes the process was 'manipulated' to reach a 'predetermined political conclusion' that the incoming Republican president was compromised by the Russians. 'I’ve never viewed the ICA as credible,' the CIA veteran added. A source close to the House investigation said Brennan himself selected the CIA and FBI analysts who worked on the ICA, and that they included former FBI counterespionage chief Peter Strzok. 'Strzok was the intermediary between Brennan and Comey, and he was one of the authors of the ICA,' according to the source." DID I HEAR anyone saying "IDIOTS?" As Gateway Pundit points out : "Both Brennan and Clapper are stuck in perjury traps. The ICA report and the phony dossier are one big echo chamber. The core of the ICA report matches the central findings in Hillary’s phony Dossier. For Brennan to claim the Dossier wasn’t used for their findings is absurd, it’s a blatant lie. Brennan even put parts of the Dossier into Obama’s daily briefing according to Sperry’s report : 'Brennan put some of the dossier material into the PDB [presidential daily briefing] for Obama and described it as coming from a ‘credible source,’ which is how they viewed Steele,' said the source familiar with the House investigation. 'But they never corroborated his sources.' The much-anticipated House Intel Russia report revealed former DNI Chief, James Clapper, leaked the Dossier briefing to CNN’s Jake Tapper. On January 10th, 2017, CNN reported then-President elect Trump had been briefed on January 6th about the salacious yet unverified Dossier, compiled by Steele. This story was precisely the ‘news hook’ Buzzfeed needed to usher in the Dossier which they published in full later on. The Russian collusion story was now in full swing thanks to the Clapper-Tapper leak. Everyone relied on Hillary’s phony Dossier and Brennan and Clapper lied about it under oath. • • • DEAR READERS, DO I HEAR anyone saying "IDIOTS?" But, we need to beware and stay on guard, because idiots are some of the Earth's most dangerous creatures. As Mark Twain said : "Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself." We can apply that a hundredfold to the Deep State. And just the other day, John Brennan wrote a tweet widely thought to be a veiled threat to President Trump. Brennan's tweet was short, quoting Cicero : "Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error." Maybe it was in reality the prologue to Brennan's confession -- but don't bet on it. Robert Webb, a British comedian, said it pretty clearly : "Missing out an apostrophe or two does not make you an idiot. But equating party allegiance with nationhood certainly makes you a thug. And thugs don't often notice that they're thugs, usually because they're also idiots." And, Charlie Chaplin, the English comic genius who made his fortune by being a street smart idiot, said in one of his many profound observations about human beings : "Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded." And I leave you with this quote that sums up the Deep State idiots we are being forced to deal with currently. Disgraced GOP congressman Blake Farenthold, who ought to know an idiot when he sees one, being one himself, nails it : "Hillary Clinton and her media machine try to dismiss, but anybody who understands anything about how email works -- and this is millennials in particular, who grew up on the Internet -- knows that you're an idiot to keep sensitive information on a server in your house." And, that is where this whole "sound and fury signifying nothing" mess began.