John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman, is hoppin’ mad about the alleged Russian plot to hack Hillary’s campaign, and wails that Something is deeply broken at the FBI.
Where was Podesta in July and in November when the campaign was touting that the FBI had cleared Hillary of wrongdoing by focusing on intent – that is, by essentially rewriting federal law?
Podesta’s op-ed in the WaPo alleges (emphasis added),
There are now reports that Vladimir Putin personally directed the covert campaign to elect Trump. So are teams of FBI agents busy looking into the reported meeting in Moscow this summer between Carter Page, a Trump foreign policy adviser, and the Putin aide in charge of Russian intelligence on the U.S. election? What about evidence that Roger Stone was in contact with WikiLeaks and knew in advance that my hacked emails were about to be leaked? Are thousands of FBI person-hours being devoted to uncovering Trump’s tangled web of debts and business deals with foreign entities in Russia and elsewhere?
I find it ironic that Podesta points to “tangled webs” with Russia, when the State Department, which his boss headed, approved hundreds of Bill Clinton’s speeches, which totaled millions of dollars for the Clintons’ foundation, including
In Russia, Bill Clinton gave two speeches for $625,000. One was to the Russian investment bank, Renaissance Capital, at a 2010 event titled “Russian and the Commonwealth of Independent States: Going Global.”
The State Department background memo described the bank as “focused on the emerging markets of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Sub-Saharan Africa.”
Regarding Podesta’s emails, Wikileaks has already asserted that (emphasis added)
“Our source is not the Russian government,” Assange told “The Sean Hannity Show.”
“So in other words, let me be clear,” Hannity asked, “Russia did not give you the Podesta documents or anything from the DNC?”
“That’s correct,” Assange responded.
Let’s also not forget that Podesta and Hillary didn’t care that she used, during all her years of tenure as Secretary of State, an unsecured server, making all her communications (and thereby the country’s national security) vulnerable to real hacking by not just Russia, but by anyone with enough talent and resources.
Rather than provide actual evidence that there was a) a Russian “covert campaign to elect Trump,” b) that was working in cahoots with the Trump campaign, and c) that Vladimir Putin personally directed the “covert campaign,” Podesta relies on links to the WaPo’s own articles on unnamed intelligence sources.
However, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey and CIA Director John Brennan were too busy to brief Congress on any of this. John Hinderaker asks,
Who in the United States intelligence community has created the hysteria about Russian hacking, and what is the evidence of means and motive? House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes sought a briefing by National Intelligence Director James Clapper with participation from FBI Director James Comey and CIA Director John Brennan in a closed session yesterday. They, however, would prefer not to. USA Today reports that they refused to appear for the requested briefing.
What’s happening here? Megyn Kelly sought an answer from committee member Peter King (video below). Concerned citizens looking for answers won’t get much satisfaction here. “It’s almost as if people in the intelligence community are carrying out a disinformation campaign against the President-elect of the United States,” King said. “It’s absolutely disgraceful.”
“Somebody had the time to leak it to the Washington Post, but they don’t have the time to come to Congress. It is the House Committee on Intelligence that absolutely has the jurisdiction over the CIA and the intelligence community,” he said. “It is their job to come. They don’t have any choice.”
Last but not least, Podesta says there are “teams of FBI agents busy looking into the reported meeting in Moscow this summer between Carter Page, a Trump foreign policy adviser, and the Putin aide in charge of Russian intelligence on the U.S. election,” while at the same time he bemoans that Something is deeply broken at the FBI.
If something is “deeply broken” at an organization, would you rely on “teams of their agents”?
Would it be much of a stretch, then, to ask whether Podesta would complain at all, had Hillary won? Obama certainly wouldn’t.
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.