May 072019

Peter Paul Rubens Daniel in the lions’ den c1615


Zero Hedge ran an article about omissions from the Mueller report and/or investigation. It’s instructive, but there is more. First, some bits from that article:

Major Mueller Report Omissions Suggest Incompetence Or A Coverup

Robert Mueller’s 448-page “Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” contains at least two major omissions which suggest that the special counsel and his entire team of world-class Democrat attorneys are either utterly incompetent, or purposefully concealing major crimes committed against the Trump campaign and the American people.

First, according to The Federalist’s Margot Cleveland (a former law clerk of nearly 25 years and instructor at the college of business at the University of Notre Dame) – the Mueller report fails to consider whether the dossier authored by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele was Russian disinformation, and Steele was not charged with lying to the FBI.

“The Steele dossier, which consisted of a series of memorandum authored by the former MI6 spy, detailed intel purportedly provided by a variety of Vladimir Putin-connected sources. For instance, Steele identified Source A as “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” who “confided that the Kremlin had been feeding Trump and his team valuable intelligence on his opponents, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”

Other supposed sources identified in the dossier included: Source B, identified as “a former top-level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin”; Source C, a “Senior Russian Financial Officer”; and Source G, “a Senior Kremlin Official.” -The Federalist

As Cleveland posits: “Given Mueller’s conclusion that no one connected to the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the election, one of those two scenarios must be true—either Russia fed Steele disinformation or Steele lied to the FBI about his Russian sources.”

Mueller identified only two principal ways Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election: “First, a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favored presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Second, a Russian intelligence service conducted computer-intrusion operations against entities, employees, and volunteers working on the Clinton Campaign and then released stolen documents.”

Surely, a plot by Kremlin-connected individuals to feed a known FBI source—Steele had helped the FBI uncover an international soccer bribery scandal—false claims that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia would qualify as a “principal way” in which Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

[..] the only lawmaker to even mention this possibility has been Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who raised the issue with Attorney General William Barr last week: “My question,” said Grassley, “Mueller spent over two years and 30 million dollars investigating Russia interference in the election. In order for a full accounting of Russia interference attempts, shouldn’t the special counsel have considered whether the Steele dossier was part of a Russian disinformation and interfere campaign?” [..] Barr said that he has assembled a DOJ team to examine Mueller’s investigation, findings, and whether the spying conducted by the FBI against the Trump campaign in 2016 was improper.


Mueller’s second major oversight – which we have touched on repeatedly – is the special counsel’s portrayal of Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud as a Russian agent – when available evidence suggests he may have been a Western agent.

Weeks after returning from Moscow, Mifsud – a self-described Clinton Foundation member – ‘seeded’ the rumor that Russia had ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos on April 26, 2016, according to the Mueller report.

As Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) noted on Fox News on Sunday, “how is it that we spend 30-plus-million dollars on this, as taxpayers and they can’t even tell us who Joseph Mifsud is?” “…this is important, because, in the Mueller dossier, they use a fake news story to describe Mifsud. In one of those stories, they cherry- pick it,” Nunes added.

[..] As conservative commentator and former US Secret Service agent Dan Bongino notes of Mifsud, “either we have a Russian asset who’s infiltrated the highest echelons of friendly Intelligence Services, or we have a friendly who was setting up George Papadopoulos.”


This poses questions about Mueller, Mifsud and Steele and many other people and organizations involved, but the central question remains unaddressed: did Russia truly meddle and interfere in the 2016 election?

We don’t know, we have only Mueller’s word for that, and he’s ostensibly based it on reports from US intelligence, which has very obvious reasons to smear Russia. That Mifsud is presented as a Russian agent, with all the doubts about that which we have seen presented, doesn’t help this point.

That Steele hadn’t visited Russia since 1993 when he complied his dossier is not helpful either. His information could have originated with “the Russians”, or with US intelligence, and he would never have been the wiser. That is, even IF he was a straight shooter. What are the odss of that?

And of course the strongest doubts about Russian meddling and interference, along with offers of evidence to underline and reinforce these doubts, have been offered by Julian Assange and the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) group.

But as I’ve repeatedly said before, after Mueller had to let go of the “Russia collusion with the Trump campaign” accusation, he was free to let the “Russian meddling aided and abetted by Julian Assange” narrative stand, beacuse he didn’t have to provide proof for that, as long as he didn’t communicate with either the Russians (easy), the VIPS (whom he stonewalled) or Assange (who’s been completely silenced).


So we have -at least- 4 major omissions in the Mueller investigation and report:

1) the Mueller report failed to consider whether the dossier authored by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele was Russian disinformation (and Steele was not charged with lying to the FBI).

2) Mueller’s portrayal of Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud as a Russian agent – when available evidence suggests he may have been a Western agent.

3) Mueller declined to talk to the VIPS, who offered evidence that the DNC servers were not hacked but content was copied onto a disk at the server’s location

4) Mueller refused to hear Julian Assange, who offered evidence that it was not the Russians that had provided WikiLeaks with the emails.


Mueller was supposedly trying to find the truth about Trump’s ties to Russia/Putin, and he refused to see and hear evidence from two organizations, WikiLeaks and the VIPS, which he absolutely certainly knew could potentially have provided things he did not know. Why did he do that? There’s only one possible answer: he didn’t want to know.

Why not? Because he feared he would have had to abandon the “Russian meddling and interference” narrative as well. If, as both WikiLeaks and the VIPS insisted, the emails didn’t come from “the Russians”, all that would have been left is an opaque story about “Russians” buying $100,000 in Facebook ads. And that, too, is awfully shaky.

That’s an amount Jared Kushner acknowledged he spent every few hours on such ads during the – multi-billion-dollar – campaign. Moreover, many of these ads were allegedly posted AFTER the elections. And we don’t even know it was Russians who purchased the ads, that’s just another story coming from US intelligence.

It is not so hard, guys. “Omissions” or “oversight” is one way to put it, but there are others. Assange could have cleared himself of any claims of involvement in meddling and perhaps proven Guccifer 2.0 was not “Russian”. His discussions with the DOJ, preparations for which were in an advanced stage of development, were killed in 2017 by then-FBI head James Comey and Rep. Mark Warner.

Mueller never wanted the truth, he wanted to preserve a narrative. The VIPS, too, threatened that narrative by offering physical evidence that nobody hacked the emails. Mueller never reached out. Mueller, the former FBI chief, who must know who these men and women are. Here’s a list, in case you were wondering:


Steering Group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
• William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)
• Bogdan Dzakovic, former Team Leader of Federal Air Marshals and Red Team, FAA Security (ret.) (associate VIPS)
• Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)
• Mike Gravel, former Adjutant, top secret control officer, Communications Intelligence Service; special agent of the Counter Intelligence Corps and former United States Senator
• James George Jatras, former U.S. diplomat and former foreign policy adviser to Senate leadership (Associate VIPS)
• Larry Johnson, former CIA Intelligence Officer & former State Department Counter-Terrorism Official, (ret.)
• Michael S. Kearns, Captain, USAF (ret.); ex-Master SERE Instructor for Strategic Reconnaissance Operations (NSA/DIA) and Special Mission Units (JSOC)
• John Kiriakou, former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and former Senior Investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
• Karen Kwiatkowski, former Lt. Col., US Air Force (ret.), at Office of Secretary of Defense watching the manufacture of lies on Iraq, 2001-2003
• Clement J. Laniewski, LTC, U.S. Army (ret.)
• Linda Lewis, WMD preparedness policy analyst, USDA (ret.)
• Edward Loomis, NSA Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)
• David MacMichael, former Senior Estimates Officer, National Intelligence Council (ret.)
• Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA presidential briefer (ret.)
• Elizabeth Murray, former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East & CIA political analyst (ret.)
• Todd E. Pierce, MAJ, US Army Judge Advocate (ret.)
• Peter Van Buren,U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (ret.) (associate VIPS)
• Robert Wing, U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (former) (associate VIPS)
• Ann Wright, U.S. Army Reserve Colonel (ret) and former U.S. Diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq War


And then you lead a Special Counsel investigation, you spend 2 years and $30 million, you get offered evidence in what you’re investigating, and you just ignore these people?

And there are still people who want to believe that Robert Swan Mueller III is a straight shooter? They must not want to know the truth, either, then.

Here’s wondering if Bill Barr does, who’s going to investigate the Mueller investigation. Does he want the truth, or is he just the next in line to push the narrative?

Is there anyone in power left in America who has any courage at all to expose this B-rated theater?

Tulsi Gabbard has been reviled for talking to Assad. Why not talk to Assange as well, Tulsi? How about Rand Paul? We know he wanted to talk to Assange last year. Anyone?





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    Peter Paul Rubens Daniel in the lions’ den c1615   Zero Hedge ran an article about omissions from the Mueller report and/or investigation. It’s i
    [See the full post at: Mueller Never Wanted The Truth]

    V. Arnold

    Peter Paul Rubens Daniel in the lions’ den c1615

    Wow, that Daniel; he’s some guy, yes… 😉


    I understand that according to the bible, Daniel was 80 years old when this happened, but Abraham lived to 800, he must have looked pretty young at 80 too?!

    V. Arnold

    Slow but sure reading Picture This ; it’s actually pretty funny at times.
    Heller is masterful in his juxtaposing so many characters across history; Aristotle insinuates quite often…
    I love the book.


    Basing a post from something on Zerohedge is like basing it on content from the Onion at this point. They ceased to be credible back in 12 It’s weird to me how hard you’ve picked up on the Russia didn’t do it narrative.

    Maxwell Quest

    Not everyone was thrown off the scent by the fake Mueller investigation… “If it looks like a coverup, swims like a coverup, and quacks like a coverup…”

    As for the claim that the Russians interfered in our 2016 election, common sense (not to mention the total lack of evidence) argues strongly against it. The quality of Russian leadership is heads above anything we have to offer. If you disagree, spend a few hours watching YouTube videos of Putin, Sergey Lavrov, or even Maria Zakharova, and you will see the startling contrast in skill, intelligence, and grasp of history. Each of whom is smart enough to understand that you “Never interfere with an enemy while he is in the process of destroying himself.”


    barnaby33, so talk to me, I’ve simply not seen anything that proves the Russians did do it. but if you have that evidence, I’m here


    Abraham lived 175 years not 800. Genesis 25:8


    All nation states conduct espionage. It is in their best interest to know what other states are planning. I have no doubt that they also conduct influence campaigns to their benefit. The USA acknowledged meddling in Russia in the 1996 to get Boris Yeltsin elected President. Nowadays the US conducts hybrid regime change campaigns. After success in Ukraine and Libya, failures in Syria and Venezuela, so far. The only source of the Russian collusion claim is the discredited Steele dodgy Dossier. The only claim that the DNC was hacked is CrowdStrike an anti-Russian cyber-protection company. The basic premise for the appointment of a special prosecutor was never verified. The Muller Report is vaporware. This is total incompetence. The apparatchik have to believe their own propaganda. The divorce from reality never ends well. The Empire is stomping around blind, risking everything to remain a hegemon, when they have already lost. This is now a multi-polar world that is on the brink of a civilization ending catastrophe.

    Da Booby

    And still no investigation into whether the US tampered in Ukraine’s elections.

    Still no one has been held accountable in the US for funding and arming ISIS – deliberately or otherwise.

    No one in the US has been held accountable for creating a failed state in Libya.

    And yet half the country is still clinging to this bogus Russian collusion hoax.

    The world has indeed gone mad.


    Raul, i need to agree with Barnaby at this point. You seem almost religious in your belief that the Russians did nothing.

    You could be 100% correct, and I have been reading you and Nicole since the early days of the Oil Drum, but you now come across as incredibly one sided anymore on the Russian topic.


    You seem almost religious in your belief that the Russians did nothing.

    The way I look at it is I’m religious in questioning a manufactured narrative. And I also think many more people should ask questions. But it’s not about “the Russians did nothing”. It’s that they didn’t do what the media and intelligence say they did. They’re trying to sell us a pregurgitated story and we should not buy into that. If it’s one-sided to keep on asking questions about topics that nobody provides any evidence for, I’m one-sided, no doubt there.

    But sure, tell me why you think Mueller hasn’t talked to Assange or Bill Binney.


    Or look at this.

    Dr. D

    Jimmy Dore has said the same thing: “I’ll be happy to believe and report that Russia interfered in the elections when they provide any evidence that they did so.

    He feels after the 50 years since Vietnam, and the 20 years since the Iraq war, as a journalist you should just assume everything the government says is a lie unless proven otherwise. Is this somehow wrongheaded and we should ALWAYS believe the government whenever possible? Because that’s not a very left attitude. That’s not very anti-war.

    And they say, “Jimmy, after two years of harping on this, looking like you’re defending Trump, what will you do when it’s finally proven that Russia DID interfere?”

    Answer: “I’ll report it.” Of course. If you’re not partisan to begin with, it’s illogical to delay or be ashamed or some nonsense. Allegations require evidence. Very serious, WWIII-starting allegations require very serious standards of evidence. But instead we have no evidence. Nothing. None. Bupkis. Instead it turns out for two years we haven’t even asked any questions.

    So WHEN is the FBI planning on looking at the DNC servers? Still waiting. If they are right, and this is most serious election meddling in history, rivalling Pearl Harbor, by golly we should probably look at the crime scene, right? Like in the first 12 hours? I mean, if a dead body was found on my floor, you wouldn’t let ME hire the private investigator, then let MY guy hand the police inspector a report, then refuse entry to my house ever again, while publically claiming my innocence. Clearly that would be a frame-up, total nonsense.

    At the same time, we have a witness who claims they saw everything through my front window, publishes it in the paper, then the police arrest HIM, then put him in solitary to keep him from speaking, and the Inspector STILL won’t talk to him?

    And this is somehow expected to be on the up-and-up. Right. Not only isn’t this honest, it’s the worst frame-up/cover-up operation ever, which doesn’t even look plausible. INVESTIGATORS ASK QUESTIONS. Yet CNN has brains in such a mush it doesn’t register. Maybe it never will.

    So when the only live witness goes missing and gets a shiv in Belmarsh by the Prison guard’s brother-in-law, will that not be suspicious too? Not if CNN and the government report they were honest ‘injun. Then everyone will believe everything.


    What I perceive as one-sidedness is the continuous 3-year stream of anti-Trump “news” coming from the MSM. That is what got me interested in the topic in the first place. And as I’ve said many times, that one-sided bashing is what makes it impossible for me (and Jim Kunstler said he feels the same) to write about Trump’s many faults. That part of the story has been monopolized. All I can do is point out they’re making it up as they go along because it’s their new business model. It’s why I wrote an article a while ago entitled Trump Sells Better Than Sex.

    But for anyone feeling I’m one-sided because I don’t believe the “The Russians meddled and hacked” stories, do provide evidence. Robert Mueller did not.


    barnaby33: “Russia didn’t do it narrative”

    Russia didn’t do WHAT?


    Frankly, I don’t believe the Steele dossier is Kremlin disinformation. To me it’s just the latest case of the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” intelligence reports. You get people who are desperate to find evidence for something, who are willing to pay any price for any confirmation of what they are so eager to find, who will not be skeptical in the least about what they collect. Then you will find a sordid bag of rumours, lies, fabrications and tall tales.


    Frankly, I don’t believe the Steele dossier is Kremlin disinformation.

    I don’t either, tabernac. Looking at Steele’s past, it’s much more likely it’s MI6 disinformation. These people were not overly worried about having evidence, they knew they’d never be questioned on it. Even now, going forward, with Bill Barr investigating, that probe too will stop at Russia’s -and Assange’s-doorstep. Being able to blame people who you know can’t and won’t fight back is the biggest asset there is. Bill Barr is going to fold like a pretzel to -rightly- blame FBI, CIA and MSM, but he’s going to call it a day when Russia comes up.


    Law enforcement tends to be conservative, leaning Republican. The deep state characters concerned about candidate Trump were card-carrying Republicans, so what is the deal? Prior to the election many Republicans advocated crossing the party line to vote against Trump, not for Clinton.

    He was disparaging all mainstream Republicans who weren’t that different from the Democrats. Then, the dog caught the car, winning the election, a threat to the war is conservative deep state. Unlike other politicians, he had his own newspaper thanks to Twitter. The underdog, slumdog billionaire had to be tortured by the authorities to find out how he got the answers.

    The wealthy have done well with President Trump and working people who were taken by the free expression of anger are still onboard, even though the government will be doing less for them and more to them. Power is so appealing that Republicans and Evangelical Christians are following their alpha male without discernment of the empty path they are on.

    That “the ends justify the means” was the 1950s criticism of the Communists I learned and the reason their system was wrong. They were Godless, had no Higher Authority to answer to in the next life. We needed politicians who had the fear of God so that in private, in the dark smokey room, faced by a deal from demons or the Devil in person, they would choose for the people, not themselves.

    Today, that’s just business, and politics an extension of business, since money is free speech and anyone can get rich, so what is your problem with this game?

    Early in life, the boy and girl scouts of the world are taught a religious inspired community motive to tell the truth, not steal or covet, and certainly not kill. These values in many forms produce law-abiding citizens, the greatest resource any society can have. Yet, the bad boys get the girls, seeking to save them with love. Drama ensues.

    Trump has taken the world with his game. Enablers for and against pile on, all raising his profile, which really has nothing so do with the need for long term governance and perpetuation of human civilization into a resource depleted environment with chaotic weather that will cause more food shortages and migration necessities.

    Conservative cultures operate from surplus. They live within their means, investing wisely, knowing error and loss can not be completely avoided. All such situations should be reviewed to gain lessons, learning where emotion and logic didn’t get it right.

    The 24/7 news cycle is a casino of behavioral economics. Emotions high, logic low, so what the hell, make the bet, put it on the plastic. This hell could be a deeper hell. No concern for others. The Me Generation redux.

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