Monday, March 06, 2017
The Russia Recipe---Donuts, Denials and Deception
Moments after A/G Jeff Sessions said he met a Russian or two---in a group setting---as a US senator, but denied ever speaking to one on behalf of, or in relation to the Trump campaign, Nancy Pelosi and senators Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken began cooking up a plan to deal a blow to President Trump by destroying our newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions---who is, by all honest accounts, a Christian man of high ethics and moral integrity. And a smart lawyer.
While the pot of poison was being stirred, a tale of donuts, denials, and deception has emerged from the "cooks," not the Attorney General---including pictures, posts on Facebook and Twitter, and newspaper stories documenting that, you guessed it; some of the cooks have also met with Russians.
Now there's a new ingredient. Did the Obama administration wire tap the Trump campaign?
Senator Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, has been demanding Sessions "step down" since Chuck became aware that Senator Sessions met a Russian.
These two pictures were taken of Senator Schumer with not just any Russian, but the main Russian--Vladimer Putin, eating Krispy Kreme donuts, and visiting a newly opened Russian oil company, Lukoil gas station in Manhattan.
Where's the outrage?
Schumer said at the time, "That was one of the more surreal moments I've had in politics."
In Schumer's surrealness, do we know what they discussed? Schumer said Putin liked the donut.
It turns out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also met with some Russians, including the same Russian Senator Jeff Sessions met with in a group.
But Pelosi says her meeting was "different" than Sessions' meetings.
She says because her meeting was in a group, it was different-- "completely, completely different."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has distinguished herself as a warrior for truth on the matter of Jeff Sessions, demanding repeatedly that he resign immediately.
If it is "truth" Warren is actually looking for, we wonder why she lived with and promoted the lie that she is "Native American Indian" all through her years at Harvard and beyond until she was called out on it.
Was she lying to help Harvard boast that they had a Native American on the faculty, or was it to enhance her scholarship opportunities?
Or, did she simply "identify" as Native American ethnicity, as Rachel Dolezal, a white women who led the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, identified as being black?
Here's the issue: Under oath, Jeff Sessions was asked, in the context of questioning related to the Trump campaign, if he had met with any Russians.
As a part of the Trump team, being the first Senator to publicly endorse Trump, Sessions replied no, he had not.
Then those who are tirelessly trying to destroy the Trump presidency seized the opportunity.
Sessions has had "contact" with a Russian or Russians twice in the past as a senator. One time was following a speech he gave at the Heritage Foundation, Sergey Kilyak, the Russian ambassador, introduced himself to Sessions following his speech.
The other time was when Kilyak asked for a meeting with Sessions. Sessions and two high-ranking American military personnel held a brief meeting regarding the Ukraine. Sessions said at the time the meeting ended with considerable disagreement.
Senators meet with foreign representatives. They do it all the time. It's part of their job.
As the pot of poison continued to be stirred over the weekend, President Trump Tweeted that Schumer and Pelosi should also be investigated---because they, too, have also met with a Russian.
Senator Ted Cruz, a close personal friend of Jeff Sessions, said Thursday, "What we are seeing is a lot of political theater," calling the so-called controversy surrounding now Attorney General Sessions "a nothing burger."
Cruz makes a strong case that Sessions was responding in the context of questioning, which was about the Trump campaign.
Cruz and others suggested Sessions recuse himself from the investigation. Sessions has done so.
Then, this weekend, President Trump Tweeted he had just found out that Obama "had my wires tapped" in the Trump Tower, asking how low the former president would go to undermine him.
Trump was likely responding to facts being made public by radio talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin. Both began calling for an investigation into the nature of the Obama administration's investigation on Trump's campaign aids in regard to communications with Russia.
The New York Times , no friend of President Trump, admits that former Heat Street editor Louise Mensch reported that the day before the election, "sources with links to the counter intelligence community" confirmed that a FISA court had in fact granted a FISA court warrant in October to monitor activities in Trump Tower.
The first attempt was denied, the second attempt to get the warrant was approved.
The NYT says, "As Inauguration Day approached, Obama White House Officials grew convinced the intelligence was damning...and there was a push to process as much material as possible"...and "to keep the information at the lowest possible classification" so more people would have access to it.
The Times says that the Obama team classified the investigation at the lowest possible level, "allowing the data gathered from the investigation to be shared and leaked widely within the administration."
Yesterday, Mark Levine told "Fox and Friends" the "evidence is overwhelming. This is not about President Trump's Tweeting. This is about the Obama administration spying, and the question is not whether they spied. We know they went to the FISA court twice. The question is who they did spy on and the extent of the spying on the Trump campaign, the Trump transition and the Trump surrogates."
And yesterday, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told ABC's "This Week" that President Trump is likely correct that there was surveillance. He said, "I think he's right in that there was surveillance on Trump Tower and that it was conducted at the behest of the attorney general---at the Justice Department."
Mukasey, who served under President Bush, suggested the Obama administration will likely explain that they had suspicion that someone in the Tower was acting as a Russian spy---thus the surveillance.
After Levine made his remarks on Fox, a number of media sources exploded in an attack on him in attempts to discredit him and his comments.
FBI Director James Comey has apparently turned his wrath on the President. Comey came out yesterday asking the Department of Justice not to investigate the possible wiretaps on Trump, but has not, as of this morning, released a formal statement.
The New York Times in their reporting last night is essentially saying "I told you so" to the president for suggesting that the FBI broke the law by overreaching. The NYT says, "Mr. Comey's request is a remarkable rebuke of a sitting president, putting the nation's top law enforcement official in the position of questioning Mr. Trump's truthfulness."
Yesterday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy White House press secretary---and Mike Huckabee's daughter, said the president is determined to find out what really happened, calling it the "potential greatest abuse of power" that our country has ever seen.
She told ABC, "Look, I think he is going off of information that he's seen that has led him to believe that this is the greatest overreach and the greatest abuse of power that I think we have ever seen and a huge attack on democracy itself. And the American people have a right to know if this took place."
Indeed, America does deserve to know the truth.
This story will dominate the news today.
Remember the battle in our nation is not merely political. It is spiritual. It is a battle for the soul of this country.
Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.