Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Left Is More Nervous Than A Long-Tailed Cat In A Room Full Of Rocking Chairs

Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, is resigning after what many in “the resistance” media describe as “a turbulent two years in which he and President Trump were often at odds over Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

The President has named Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to replace Coats.  Until Ratcliffe is confirmed in the Senate, the position of DNI Director is expected to be filled by Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon.

As a member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, Ratcliffe was heavily involved in a GOP-led investigation last year about decisions "made and not made" by the Justice Department during the 2016 election. That probe questioned whether the DOJ was biased against then-candidate Donald Trump and whether it abused surveillance powers as it began the Russia investigation. A former federal prosecutor, Ratcliffe was often one of the most aggressive questioners in closed-door depositions.

Ratcliffe holds a top-level security clearance and is one of only a few people who has seen all of the unredacted Department of Justice and FBI evidence within the documents Congress has previously asked the President to declassify. 

On May 23rd, 2019, President Trump gave Attorney General William Barr unilateral authority to declassify documents which had weaponized surveillance and domestic political spying to advance the fraudulent investigation of the Trump campaign.

As DNI Director, Ratcliffe will serve as head of the Intelligence Community which is comprised of 17 organizations: the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, CIA, 8 Defense Department elements as well as the Department of Energy’s Office of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence, FBI, DEA, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis.

U.S. intelligence bureaucracies must be reined in and its bad actors held accountable; if they aren’t the Deep State will only become more weaponized and democracy will be in great peril.

The subversives who conspired to wrest the presidency from Donald Trump still lurk in the halls of Congress, the offices of the Intelligence Community and the television studios of the fake news.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) have expressed their disdain for the President’s choice to replace Director Coats.

There’s one journalist in particular who seems inordinately alarmed over the Ratcliffe nomination.
Ken Dilanian is the Fusion GPS-connected reporter for NBC News who has been highly implicated in the Russia collusion conspiracy theory.

In 2014, Dilanian ran afoul of the LA Times for acting as a “mop-up man” for the CIA by clearing stories with the agency before the publication of stories.  Shortly thereafter, he joined the Associated Press and has covered national security for USA Today and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Even the Huffington Post published a report with the headline, “L.A. Times Disowns Reporter Outed as a CIA Collaborator”.

After joining NBC News, he got in on the press’s role of giving legitimacy to the oppo research and “Russiagate” conspiracy generated by Fusion GPS and a host of Democratic operatives.

Carol Lee, also of NBC News, joined Dilanian who proved to be “a reliable purveyor of Fusion GPS-manufactured talking points” in breaking a story about the June 2016 meeting between the President’s son, Donald, Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya which also included Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.

Their angle on the story suggested Russia was funneling money directly to the Trump campaign.  The story had to be “walked back” when it was discovered the word on Manafort’s smartphone was “donors” and not “donations.”

Fusion GPS principals filed numerous stories on the Trump-Russia narrative that originated with Fusion GPS’s unverifiable Steele dossier.

On November of 2017, a federal court unsealed Fusion GPS’s bank records, shining new light on Russia-related payments made by the firm behind the infamous “Trump dossier”. The bank records showed Fusion GPS paid journalists for work amid the Trump-Russia collusion hysteria.

Journalists can try to pretend that none of this actually happened, and that in fact they are all still the heroes of their own imaginations becoming the central propaganda arm of the CIA, the Pentagon and FBI in the name of “the resistance”.  It’s as if they are paying attention to politics for the first time in the era of Trump.

Thankfully, there is still a group of patriots who have made public service their vocation and have pledged to ensure the stable continuity of government.

Ratcliffe recently told Fox Business he had confidence in several Justice Department inquiries into the origins of the Russia probe and surveillance activities against the Trump campaign saying, “Bill Barr has earned my trust already and the trust of the American people that there will be a fair process with John Durham and Michael Horowitz to get answers and provide accountability where it really belongs.”

The deepest part of the Deep State will stop at nothing to block Ratcliffe’s confirmation.

Confirmation takes a simple 51-vote majority under new rules in the Senate. Sen. John Thune (R-ND) and Sen, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) support Ratcliffe’s nomination.  It was former Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) who played a role in raising Ratcliffe’s name to the President.

UPDATE:  President Trump withdrew Rep. Ratcliffe’s name for the nomination of DNI Director on August 2, 2019.

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