Was it Hillary Clinton who colluded with the Russians?

How did this baseless witch hunt ever get started?

Maybe Hillary can tell us

There is a reason Rachel Maddow put Hillary Clinton front and center on her MSNBC program Wednesday night. That reason can be described by the acronym: C.Y.A.

The 2016 GOP convention chants of “Lock Her Up!” may yet come true. Because the real story out of Attorney General William Barr’s appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee is that the legal bloodhounds are on Mrs. Clinton’s trail.

That Barr’s four-page synopsis of a 480-page report did not capture every nuance is the Democrats’ feeble attempt at diversion. Fake news.

Wm Barr

“We have to stop using the criminal justice system as a political weapon.”

‘The definition of “collusion” ‘

From the Washington Times: 

Attorney General William P. Barr revealed Wednesday that the Justice Department is looking into the possibility that Russian operatives fed disinformation to the Hillary Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential election season.

Mr. Barr told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the expanded scope of a review into “the activities over the summer of 2016,” which included vehemently anti-Trump FBI senior officials making key decisions on the investigations of Mrs. Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.

One key question is how much the FBI relied on the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, using information gleaned from Russian sources, which helped spur the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. The dossier was funded by payments from the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee that were hidden in campaign finance reports behind payments to a law firm.

“That’s the definition of collusion,” said Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the chamber’s senior Republican.

The whole Steele dossier appears to have been bunk, with even Bob Woodward now saying the “highly questionable” document “needs to be investigated.” 

A star is born

Missouri’s new senator, Josh Hawley, was focused and downright percussive. (By contrast Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, whom I deeply admire otherwise, stumbled over a question in search of a point.)

Hawley repeated the arrogant, smirking Peter Strzok saying that he stopped at a WalMart in southern Virginia (well outside the capital beltway) and “could smell the Trump support.”

“I cannot believe that a top official of this government, with the kind of power these people have, would try to exercise their own prejudices – and that is what this is: it’s open, blatant prejudices – and would try to use that to overturn a democratic election. That’s the real crisis here.”

We share Barr’s frustration:

“How did we get to the point here where the evidence is now that the president was falsely accused of colluding with the Russians and accused of being treasonous and accused of being a Russian agent and the evidence is now that was without a basis, and two years of his administration have been dominated by the allegations that have now been proven false?”

“To listen to some of the rhetoric, you would think that the Mueller report had found the opposite.”

Here in Wisconsin

RightWisconsin observes:  Justice Abrahamson is a lame duck herself, yet she dissented on issuing the order to reinstate Walker’s appointments approved during the “lame duck” session. NEWS FLASH: a governor’s term ends when his successor is sworn in, not on election night. Same for legislators.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: It is a separate question, yet to be decided, whether restrictions placed on the governor’s powers violated state constitution. But the Walker appointments will stand.

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46 Responses to Was it Hillary Clinton who colluded with the Russians?

  1. madisonexpat says:

    Call for you Mrs. Clinton. Karma is on line one.

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  2. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Loved Barr’s delivery–an exquisite balance between deadpan and cavalier. He was absolutely right to refuse to make a second appearance today. If Dems had had questions of any depth or significance to ask, they could have done so yesterday. Instead, they chose to spend their time preening, grandstanding, and virtue-signaling. What a crew! And their fearless leader, Jerry Nadler, looks like he’s been constipated since about 1992. The media loves to castigate Trump for his vulgarity and generally oafish behavior while casting this bunch of narcissistic losers as defenders of Democracy. Barr should be applauded for treating them they way they deserve.

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    • David Blaska says:

      Not only that but protocol. He will answer questions from elected representatives of the people. He will not stand in the dock to be interrogated by lawyers like some common criminal.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Barr is a common criminal and should be questioned by lawyers who are on the senate/congressional members staff.

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        • madisonexpat says:

          ‘Execution first! Trial second.’
          Lavrenty Lesiak, “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.”

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @madisonexpat;

          Cheap shot!

          @richard lesiak fails to grasp the nuances of the legal system, or nearly anything else for that matter.

          Recall his cluelessly giddy, spittle-flecked slobbering when the criminal Cook County DA’s office all the charges on his hero Jussie?

          I do!

          Don’t be like @richard lesiak!

          The Gotch

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  3. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Appears that Nellie Ohr had an acute attack of Hillarityitis (being a congenital, serial, reflex, inveterate LIAR) while testifying before Congress last October.

    Get
    IT ready!

    The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Yep; just like Yusi Zhao was “tricked” into paying 6.5 million to get her kid into Stanford..

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        Yoikes!! What does THIS have to do with anything, even remotely?

        Nothing more than the feebly scattered flailing of woefully inadequate mental acuity.

        The Gotch

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  4. richard lesiak says:

    The answer to your headline question….NO.

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    • George's Son says:

      Good job of typin’ after a KFC feed, Richard. Some folks wear chicken well…..

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Say what mother f%^#$R? Step up and tell me your real name fool. Or are you another fake name coward like gotch, batman, zoltar, etc. Step up Georgie or shut up.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          A drunken old sot, whose Ritalin©™® dosage needs to be tripled, who posts nothing but FAR off-topic, misspelled, poorly structured, threatening drivel should NOT not have access to a keyboard.

          The Gotch

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        • Kevin Wymore says:

          Or Kevin Wymore, my friend from Wisconsin Dells?

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        • George's Son says:

          Yer chuddies are all bundled up, Richard. Restricts the flow of oxygen to the important bits. The brain obviously suffers 1st….

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        • George's Son says:

          BTW, Richard, you OD’d prematurely via apoplexy, on the “KFC” and “chicken” comment. It was a simulacrum RE: the sadly ineffective antics of Congressman Cohen. Premature Apoplexy (PA) is treatable and nuthin’ to be ashamed of.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @George’s Son;

          You shouldn’t be (heh!) teasing children…

          The Gotch

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Awwww; widdle Wefty’s whole widdle world is swirling down the Blue Wave crapper and taking Lefty along with it!

      #Sad #Pathetic!!

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Awwwww; righties little tiddy whities are in a bunch again. Barr has sold his soul and is a a liar. Trump is wetting his bed over Joe. Un sent Donny a Dear John letter. Gotch is left with nothing but a Jacob Wohl quote. AMIRIGHT?

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  5. AnonyBob says:

    Jeebus, Dave, sure you guys need to deflect, but loosen the tin foil. Many parts of the Steele dossier were determined to be accurate, and the FBI would’ve been derelict not to pursue it. (I never believed the pissing hookers part, but Putin clearly has something on Trump.)
    Sen. Mazie Hirono ripped Barr a well-deserved new one yesterday. He lied to Congress and the American people about the Mueller report. He should resign. And he was a coward for refusing to show up in front of a Dem-chaired committee today. If truth was on his side, he would’ve appeared. This ain’t tiddlywinks.
    And Grassley is an old fool.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @AnonyBob;

      “He should resign.”

      Are we being treated to yet another @AnonyBob/ Carnac The Magnificent prescient slobbering ala:

      YOU GUYS ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY! Prediction: Kavanaugh withdraws”?

      Get back to me…

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Gettin’ back to ‘ya all. Gotch; your a fool. Barr sold his soul to Donny and we all know it. Hillary and the Russians? Are you shi@#in me? Putin hates her and worked with trump to win the election. The Hillary deflection is a lost cause. Get over it because it ain’t goin’ fly in 2020. Biden is in drumpfs head and will stay there forever. The NRA gave trump 30 million? Where did that come from? Answer; the Russian NRA membership. Yeah; right. A country that doesn’t let their people have guns has a thriving NRA membership. RIGHT????? Stop reading Wohl and Burkman, they are making you into a crazy old man.

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    • madisonexpat says:

      State Barr’s lie. I dare you.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Barr stated to Charlie Crist he hadn’t heard from Mueller about the 4 page summary of the probe. He had. That was a lie.
        You and your dares…

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        • Bob Dorn says:

          I still like that old “You can keep your plan” Obama whopper – when did he have to resign? Seems like a lie about a 4-page doc is miniscule compared to Obamacare that has caused all kinds-of financial disruption.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          BD: Irrelevant.

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    • madisonexpat says:

      Then perhaps you should consider Crazy Mazie’s advice to old, white men……

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  6. madisonexpat says:

    Right on cue ABob hews to the party line as he reprises John Cleese in a different witch hunt; ‘AG Barr turned me into a newt… I got bettah. Burn him!’
    AG Barr couldn’t have erred, misspoken, misunderstood or anything human. Oh no, he lied said our resident truth detector.
    Now we should ask ourselves why the need to demonize our attorney general? Why rob him of his credibility, never heretofore challenged.
    Why? Because he is Nemesis to Clapper, Brennan, Strzok/Page et al. in the FBI, and finally to the naked emperor himself.
    Gotta cut back on the popcorn.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      You asked for the lie, I told you. You don’t dispute it, just offer a tepid “party line” put down. Why demonize Barr? “…credibility, never heretofore challenged?”
      Because he’s gone from being the Attorney General of the United States to just another mob lawyer, defending mobster Trump instead of our Constitution. Trump eats mens’ souls.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Funny how quickly that happened and how necessary that is to the Washington Party.
        You posit President Trump with a physical impossibility that your fave anti deist, Chris Hitchens would laugh at. You don’t believe in a soul and you are never miss a chance to shred the Constitution when your political enemies are targeted by Lawfare or a coup d’etat.
        Liars have great difficulty in perceiving an honest man. Thanks for being the poster boy.
        The election is over. Deal with it.
        The Collusion Delusion is over. Deal with it.
        Now we move on to how will we investigate the investigators.
        IG Horowitz report is coming. Sources indicate Lisa Page is singing an aria.
        Not tired of winning.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Honest man, you say? Who would that be, Oh Delusional One?
          (And “the Washington Party.” Oh, you are SO above it all.)

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  7. BOOM CHAKA LAKA!!!!! says:

    Again no direct collusion found between trump and russia. Direct collusion was found between Russia agents and Hillary team. After a complete and thorough @n@l cleansing by the fiercest and most partisan team of investigators they could not charge Trump for anything. Trump has always been loathsome, arrogant and in the public eye of scrutiny since the 70’s. He is not a nice person he tends to surround himself with controversy. Through a very thorough investigation they were able to indict some of his team for crimes that were not related to the investigation what so ever. Some were process crimes.

    Rosenstein and DOJ last year said electoral votes were not changed because of Russian attempts at interference in out election. Thanks Obama . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1409sXBleg
    Cold war is over now.

    Now obstruction, It is all about framing of obstruction. Did he delete emails, smash hard drives and sim cards to impede the investigation. no but I am sure he thought about it but a thought or thinking out loud does not make that a crime. Just as I am sure he had discussions with his counsel on all of his options. firing rosenstein, firing mueller, firing sessions. He may have even given those orders in heated moments. Does that make “attempted obstruction” or “conspiracy to commit obstruction” . The big issue when there is no underlying crime and a person allowed the millions of documents, interviews, etc how can you say he obstructed. He is not a lawyer or an attorney like most of the past presidents does that make him not fit to be president that is a different discussion.
    He uses his counsel and trusts his counsel to advocate for him with in legal frameworks to give him the best outcome.

    There are more investigations being looked at in secret by SDNY, so far no leaks which is strange. He is being investigated by NY AG so far no leaks which I find to be strange.
    I ask myself why wasn’t Don Jr and Jared indicted after trump tower meeting as a conspiracy to commit treason in and election. Me thinks the answer is classified somewhere in
    Utah archives. Mueller did not want open pandora’s box upon himself. “cough – setup – cough”

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  8. madisonexpat says:

    See ABob? You really can’t recognize an honest man which is more insightful than I would’ve guessed. You are Diogenes with no lamp.
    Washington Party, Swamp… call it what you will. It is to our country what the EU Parliament is to Europeans; remote, uncaring, unchanging and each elite group looking out for each other. It is more palatable to Europeans I suppose, given their long history of an abusive, distant noble class but not here.
    And I’m not above it….. I am at it, hammer and tongs and laughing at what President Trump does to the Swamp Dwellers every day.
    Seen the Trumponomic stats? Seen your 401K? Recent polls? Seen your Washington Party clown car? They’re getting hickenloopered in their buttigeig.
    Tune in tomorrow kids.

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  9. coolkevs says:

    Here’s a good one for ABob and Lazy-ack (if they will read it)
    https://blog.dilbert.com/2019/04/30/the-fine-people-hoax-funnel/

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Sorry Kevs, I slogged thru the whole condescending piece and can only conclude that Scott Adams, much as I enjoy his work, is a dog whistle-heeling Trump apologist. There was no moral equivalence, as Trump said, between the two groups of protesters at Charlottesville. He said it too many times to be wiped away by the ONE time he made a point of excluding the neo-Nazis and white supremacists, even though it was their protest, that they organized.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @AnonyBob;

        “I slogged thru the whole condescending piece and can only conclude (that) All I need to SEE is a D. My feeble MIND is made up, don’t confuse me with FACTS!”

        fify!

        The Gotch

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        Make it go AWAY

        CNN’s Jake Tapper Admits: Trump Never Called Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists Very Fine People

        JUST_GO_AWAY

        Trump Didn’t Call Neo-Nazis ‘Fine People.’ Here’s Proof.

        Ah @AnonyBob; so MUCH suffocating ignominy, so little time!

        The Gotch

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  10. Bob Dorn says:

    Lowest unemployment rate since 1969?! ABob head explodes – it has to be a lie!!
    What about all the times Trump exaggerated or got a trivial fact wrong? Barr lied about a 4-page document – we’re going into a Depression!!! And how can the economy be so strong when we haven’t even seen Trump’s tax returns? Just doesn’t make any sense!!!

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    • Boom Chaka Laka says:

      Didnt barr release a 400 page legally redacted report written by the mueller team. Whats the problem ? Still does not change outcome. No further charges or supoenas. Go pound sand. Build the wall with all the copies of the mueller report because not one can get over it.

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  11. madisonexpat says:

    Funny how President Trump was never a racist before in his long, public life.
    Funny how AG Barr was never a liar in his long public life.
    Funny how Justice Kavanaugh was never a rapist before he was named to the Supremes.
    I detect a pattern.

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    • Batman says:

      Virtually all pathologies have a recognizable pattern.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Funny, how the Justice Dept. DID find Trump and his father to be racists in their rental practices. Ah, history. Sometimes it gets in the way of a good meme. I detect a pattern among Trumpsters.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Remember a penalty?
        Now try Brett Kavanaugh.
        The pattern you detect among supporters of President Trump but cannot recognize is called winning.

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