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Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse of the Day - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
- Durham knows: Hillary and her campaign spread Russia hoax
- The Elephant in the room is HUGE.
- And much more.
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1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
This verse is dedicated by Betty Sue P.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
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2. Durham knows: Hillary and her campaign spread Russia hoax:
We recently discussed the emails supposedly “hacked” by Russia from the Democratic National Committee in 2016, daring to ask questions about what some would term conspiracy theory but that have never been fully answered.
Now, Paul Sperry has a new report with some updates relating to Hillary Clinton’s role in constructing and spreading the Russia Hoax.
Recall that in 2017, Jennifer Palmieri, campaign communications director for Hillary, came right out and said in the Washington Post that they were bent on casting a “cloud” of suspicion over Trump and seeding doubt about his loyalties by suggesting “the possibility of collusion between Trump’s allies and Russian intelligence.”
“We were on a mission to get the press to focus on the prospect that Russia had not only hacked and stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, but that it had done so to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton,” she said. “We wanted to raise the alarm.”
After all this time, no one has ever shown any evidence that Russia hacked those emails. Julian Assange, who published them on WikiLeaks to the DNC’s embarrassment, was adamant that Russia was not his source. (He never reveals a source, he said, but they’re not it.) Even CrowdStrike, the company that ostensibly looked at the information from the DNC server in lieu of an actual FBI investigation, found no proof of this and admitted it was going on a hunch.
But read Sperry’s report and it's obvious how Hillary herself was actively pushing the “Trump/Russia” narrative as delivered by Fusion GPS. She was in the thick of it, mostly with her tweets, and also during the presidential debates.
We know now that her campaign and the DNC (same thing) had manufactured the “Russia” story through Fusion GPS, a paid contractor. Her law firm, Perkins Coie, with their attorneys Michael Sussmann and Marc Elias, hired Glen Simpson and Fusion, who in turn hired Christopher Steele to put his name on material from “sub-source” Igor Danchenko of the Clinton-connected Brookings Institution.
Much of the information in the “dossier” was falsely attributed to a Trump supporter –- ooh, with a Russian name! –- Sergei Millian, but Danchenko never spoke to Millian. Special counsel John Durham’s investigation has determined that the foundational claim of a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” between Russia and Trump was fabricated. Danchenko, not Millian, was the actual source, and Durham has recently indicted him for lying about Millian.
Interestingly, Danchenko and the Clinton campaign, including John Podesta and others, happen to share the same DC law firm, Schertler and Onorato, which Perry notes gives the appearance that the Clinton campaign and the main source for the “dossier” have entered into a joint defense. Recall that Durham warned about the potential conflict of interest. (For amusement, be sure to read Podesta’s denials in Sperry’s piece.)
According to a document filed earlier this week, Durham’s agents have already questioned “one former employee of the Clinton campaign” and subpoenaed Clinton’s campaign records. Sources have told Sperry that Durham is investigating her campaign for, among other things, “alleged conspiracy to defraud the FBI, the Justice Department and the Pentagon’s research arm, which provided funding and sensitive internet logs to Clinton operatives who helped fabricate the Alfa Bank hoax.”
Durham has indicated that his prosecutors want to know if Hillary’s campaign was aware that Danchenko and Steele were providing false information to the FBI, and that they intend to summon “multiple former employees of the campaign” to appear at trial or before a grand jury. Durham also wants to know “the extent to which the Clinton campaign and/or its representatives directed, solicited or controlled [Danchenko’s] activities surrounding the dossier.”
Of course, we’ve always suspected that Danchenko was tied to the campaign through longtime Hillary crony Strobe Talbott, head of the Brookings Institution. Here's a detailed refresher on that.
Another tie-in with Hillary: Longtime Hillary insider and campaign adviser Charles Dolan appears to have been acting as the liaison between the campaign and Danchenko, who was supplying “dossier” info to Steele. “In other words,” Sperry says, “the Clinton campaign not only funded the Russia dirt on Trump but provided some of the actual sourcing for it. Campaign operatives, in turn, laundered the dirt through the FBI and into the mainstream media to damage Trump.”
Sperry’s latest report shows over and over how closely Hillary was involved with pushing the “Russia” narrative in the media, mostly with her use of Twitter. She also had assistance in this from adviser Jake Sullivan, who seems to have been essentially running her campaign and who now is President Biden’s national security adviser. They were tirelessly trying to link Trump with Moscow.
A bevy of Hillary’s cronies were also pushing this lie --- in the media, at the FBI and CIA, and at the State Department. According to a poll by TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics, 60 percent of those Americans aware of the Durham probe think the special counsel should question Hillary herself about her role in the dossier and other areas of foul play, which breaks down to 80 percent of Republicans, 44 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of independents.
J. D. Gordon, who worked for Trump’s campaign in 2016, said he hopes Durham will also add Jake Sullivan and other Clinton aides to the interview list, “if he hasn’t already.” (He and other Trump advisers were targeted mercilessly by Robert Mueller over made-up allegations and had their lives turned upside down.) Gordon suspects that Sullivan masterminded the whole Russia hoax and called the smears against Trump “depraved” and “nationally destabilizing.”
Sperry’s piece is a must-read for the full story of what certainly appears to be Hillary’s involvement. Of course, the big question is how aware she was of the plot to peddle these lies. She certainly furthered the false claims, but Durham needs evidence that she knew they were false. And who knows? It might be that Hillary is just a good, pure-hearted, naive, honest and totally law-abiding person who had nothing whatsoever to do with the fake Russia story, was genuinely concerned about Trump and Moscow and got duped into spreading lies that her campaign had made up. (I’ll pause while you roll around on the floor laughing helplessly.)
A senior congressional investigator who talked to Sperry for this report but insisted on anonymity said the denials from her cronies are hard to believe and said they were an effort to insulate her. “The biggest lie is that Hillary didn’t know about this oppo stuff even though she tweeted about it!”
And Doug Schoen, former political strategist for Bill Clinton, said it’s hard to believe that Hillary herself and her top campaign people “weren’t fully aware of the research the campaign attorney [Michael Sussmann] was billing them for. “With more than 380 payments from the Clinton campaign and the DNC being made to Perkins Coie,” he said, “it is seemingly impossible that the candidate herself would not have direct knowledge of the purpose of those payments...”
3. Must-Read Memo:
Memo to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and anyone else who’s trapped in an abusive relationship with people who curse, threaten and belittle you if you don’t do exactly what you’re told:
You don’t have to put up with it. You can tell those bullying abusers where to put it and go join a group of people who treat others with respect.
In addition to being an attorney and a brilliant writer, Kurt Schlichter is a retired Army infantry colonel with a masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. In his latest column at Townhall.com, he explains why there will be no good outcomes from getting into a military confrontation with Russia over Ukraine.
5. A Phony Sales Pitch:
Remember California’s AB-5 law? That was the law requiring that contract workers be treated and compensated as employees, the one that destroyed the jobs of countless gig workers, from Uber drivers to truckers to club musicians. It’s the same political gift to labor unions and shaft to contract workers that Democrats want to force onto the entire nation.
Well, not only was AB-5 an obvious disaster for California, but now we know that the entire premise used to sell it was phony.
The bill’s chief promoter, Democrat Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, claimed that allowing contract workers the freedom to work the way they wanted to was “costing” the state $7 billion a year in lost payroll tax revenues (FYI: you should always be suspicious whenever any politician couches letting you keep some of your own money as the state “losing” that money, as if all money belongs to the state except for the pittance they generously let you keep.)
According to a study by the Berkeley Research Group, that $7 billion a year tax loss claim is “utter nonsense.” BRG spent three months trying to find a source for that number. They came up dry until they finally found one source: a report by an Obama Administration commission that claimed a $7 billion payroll tax loss due to contractors, except that was from all people in all contracting services across the entire nation over TEN years. And the commission was headed by Joe Biden, so you do the math. No, seriously: YOU do the math. Don’t let Joe do it.
The actual tax “loss” to California per year was negligible, while the economic destruction of AB-5 was massive. But that hasn’t stopped the Democrats from continuing to repeat the fake “$7 billion a year tax loss” claim as they keep pushing for a nationwide version of the law to force every worker to join a union.
Funny, we’ve finally found an example of genuinely dangerous misinformation, and nobody online seems interested in censoring it.
6. The Elephant in the room is HUGE:
As you know, I’m pretty forgiving about politicians who make a slip of the tongue or suffer a little brain fade when they’re tired. I’ve been on the campaign trail, constantly traveling and giving the same speech a dozen times a day, so I know how it is.
But after President Biden’s meeting this week with auto company CEOs, the elephant in the room that we’re not supposed to talk about has gotten so large that it’s starting to crush the furniture.
7. I Just Wanted to Say:
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