Guest post by Larry Johnson
The Democrats are in big trouble now that the plot to destroy Donald Trump’s Presidency is being uncovered. The facts that will be revealed in the coming months will fully expose the foundation of lies and show that the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community were weaponized against U.S. citizens who dared oppose Hillary Clinton.
As we look back at the suit the DNC filed against Trump and the Russians in April 2018 the so-called ‘facts’ asserted by the DNC in their complaint are not so clever lies.
Did they really believe that this concoction of crap would hold up in the face of a serious investigation?
Let’s look at the specifics (you can read the full complaint here).
Russian agents trespassed onto the DNC’s computer network in the United States, as well as other email accounts, collected trade secrets and other private data, and then transmitted the data to Defendant WikiLeaks, whose founder, Assange, shared the defendants’ common goal of damaging the Democratic party in advance of the election.
Now look at these facts. There was never any forensic evidence that Russia “hacked” the DNC. Oh yes, you have been fed the nonsense that the intelligence community “concluded” that is what happened. But we need only look at what CrowdStrike CEO Alperovitch and FBI Director have stated in public.
Alperovitch told Washington Post Reporter Ellen Nakashima on June 14, 2016 the following:
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CrowdStrike is not sure how the hackers got in. The firm suspects they may have targeted DNC employees with “spearphishing” emails. These are communications that appear legitimate — often made to look like they came from a colleague or someone trusted — but that contain links or attachments that when clicked on deploy malicious software that enables a hacker to gain access to a computer. “But we don’t have hard evidence,” Alperovitch said.
A competent cyber security company only needed to examine the server logs and the logs of the computers attached to the server to obtain evidence showing how the penetration occurred. But CrowdStrike never figured that out and had no hard evidence.
How about the FBI? Surely they had “forensic” evidence. Nope! Jim Comey testified to the House Intelligence Committee in March 2017 and stated the following:
“we never got direct access to the machines themselves. The DNC in the spring of 2016 hired a firm that ultimately shared with us their forensics from their review of the system.”
Surely the NSA, who collects and stores all email communications from the United States to foreign countries had the proof. No again. Here is what both NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers and FBI Director Comey told Congressman Hurd of Texas:
HURD: Director Rogers, did the NSA ever get access to the DNC hardware?
ROGERS: The NSA didn’t ask for access. That’s not in our job…
HURD: Good copy. So director FBI notified the DNC early, before any information was put on Wikileaks and when — you have still been — never been given access to any of the technical or the physical machines that were — that were hacked by the Russians.
COMEY: That’s correct although we got the forensics from the pros that they hired which – again, best practice is always to get access to the machines themselves, but this – my folks tell me was an appropriate substitute.
But CrowdStrike’s Alperovitch went on the record almost one year earlier admitting, “we don’t have hard evidence.”
The U.S. Government also has not provided any evidence that the Russians transmitted DNC emails to Julian Assange at Wikileaks. But the NSA has provided evidence that a DNC employee, Seth Rich, was communicating with Assange. We know this thanks to a FOIA request by lawyer Ty Clevenger to the NSA filed in November 2017, who requested any information regarding Seth Rich and Julian Assange. The NSA informed Clevenger in a letter dated 4 October 2018 that:
Your request has been processed under the provisions of the FOIA. Fifteen documents (32 pages) responsive to your request have been reviewed by this Agency as required by the FOIA and have found to be currently and properly classified in accordance with Executive Order 13526. These documents meet the criteria for classification as set forth in Subparagraph © of Section 1.4 and remains classified TOP SECRET and SECRET.”
Former NSA Technical Director, William Binney commented on this revelation:
Ty Clevenger has FOIAed information from NSA asking for any data that involved both Seth Rich and also Julian Assange. And they responded by saying we’ve got 15 files, 32 pages, but they’re all classified in accordance with executive order 13526 covering classification, and therefore you can’t have them.
That says that NSA has records of communications between Seth Rich and Julian Assange. I mean, that’s the only business that NSA is in — copying communications between people and devices.
Someone in the U.S. Intelligence Community shared classified information with the DNC lawyers that foreign intelligence services were collecting on the Trump campaign in the summer of 2015. This fact is revealed in the DNC complaint:
Russia’s cyberattack on the DNC began only weeks after Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States in June of 2015. And, within months, allied European intelligence services began reporting suspicious communications between Trump associates and Russian operatives to their U.S. counterparts.
The Guardian newspaper reported in April of 2017 that the British Government was the first to collect this information (see British spies were first to spot Trump team’s links with Russia):
Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told. GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.
But this was false intelligence. The “communications” with Russia were manufactured by the British intelligence services and the CIA and the FBI. This is revealed inadvertently by the DNC complaint, which cites the Trump Moscow Tower Project as their “evidence” that Trump was colluding with the Russians:
In late 2015, while campaigning for President, Trump himself signed a letter of intent to develop and license his name to a new real estate development in Moscow-potentially fulfilling a decades-long dream. This project was to be financed through a Russian bank under sanction by the United States. The deal was brokered by Felix Sater, a Russian emigre, convicted felon, and longtime business partner of Trump. In explaining the deal to Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, Sater suggested that he would get Russian President Vladimir V. Putin (“Putin”) to support the project in an effort to boost Trump’s electoral hopes: “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected I know how to play it and we will get this done. Buddy our boy can become President of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will.”
Felix Sater was not a Russian agent. He was an FBI informant and had been so since 1998. It is no coincidence that Sater was signed up as an informant by Andrew Weissman (see Felix Sater and the Steele Dossier). Sater was a plant inside the Trump organization and could only have been tasked by the FBI to propose the deal with Russia and to bait Trump with the prospect of meeting with Putin. Trump did not take the bait.
The effort to bait the Trump campaign was not confined to Felix Sater. The meeting at Trump Tower in New York City in June 2016 also was a failed set up:
On June 3, 2016, Russians connected to the Kremlin contacted Donald Trump, Jr. to offer damaging information about the Democratic presidential nominee as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Trump, Jr. did nothing to alert American law enforcement. Rather, he expressly embraced the illegal plan, responding: “I love it especially later in the summer.”
On June 9, 2016, Trump Jr., Manafort, and Kushner met with the Russians in Trump Tower. Days later, on June 15, 2016, GRU Operative #1 widely disseminated a trove of stolen documents to the public, claiming they were DNC material.
The Russians who met with Trump Jr. were working with Fusion GPS, a firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s law firm, Perkins Coie. Special Counsel Robert Mueller presented in his report a very disingenuous account of this meeting:
On June 9, 2016, senior representatives of the Trump Campaign met in Trump Tower with a Russian attorney expecting to receive derogatory information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. The meeting was proposed to Donald Trump Jr. in an email from Robert Goldstone, at the request of his then-client Emin Agalarov, the son of Russian real-estate developer Aras Agalarov. Goldstone relayed to Trump Jr. that the “Crown prosecutor of Russia … offered to provide the Trump Campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia” as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Trump Jr. immediately responded that “if it’s what you say I love it,” and arranged the meeting through a series of emails and telephone calls.
The meeting was with a Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Mueller’s report misrepresents who Veselnitskaya was really working for:
The Russian attorney who spoke at the meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had previously worked for the Russian government and maintained a relationship with that government throughout this period oftime. She claimed that funds derived from illegal activities in Russia were provided to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. Trump Jr. requested evidence to support those claims, but Veselnitskaya did not provide such information.
Mueller and his team failed to acknowledge that Veselnitskaya was working closely with the firm Hillary Clinton hired to produce the Steele Dossier. NBC News reported on Veselnitskaya:
The information that a Russian lawyer brought with her when she met Donald Trump Jr. in June 2016 stemmed from research conducted by Fusion GPS, the same firm that compiled the infamous Trump dossier, according to the lawyer and a source familiar with the matter.
In an interview with NBC News, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya says she first received the supposedly incriminating information she brought to Trump Tower — describing alleged tax evasion and donations to Democrats — from Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS owner, who had been hired to conduct research in a New York federal court case.
Glenn Simpson, the guy working for the Clinton campaign, supplied the supposedly derogatory information. Even a mediocre investigator would recognize the problem of the relationship between the lawyer claiming to have dirty, damning info on Hillary with the firm Hillary hired to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. This was another botched set up and the Trump folks did not take the bait.
If the Democrats had a brain in their political head, they would withdraw the suit and seek shelter. I do not think that is likely to happen.