Monday, December 18, 2017

Players in The Real Russian Collusion Story That's Bigger Than Watergate

Nadene Goldfoot
The Players:
1. Robert Mueller: former FBI Director, the  Special Counsel, appointed by The Department of Justice, to oversee the federal investigation into Russia’s alleged influence on the presidential election
 decided to obtain tens of thousands of emails from the Trump transition team, investigating collusion with Russia during election if swayed by Russians against Hillary Clinton.  "he kept the Russian bribery plot quiet so that Hillary Clinton could get richer and keep her presidential aspirations intact." "given wide berth to carry out his investigation, and he expanded the probe to look into whether Trump obstructed justice with Comey’s firing." "Mueller’s friendship with Comey is “very bothersome.” The two were former colleagues at the Justice Department." "Republican, he was appointed by President George W. Bush and his original ten-year term was given a two-year extension by President Barack Obama, making him the longest-serving FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover."  

2. Peter Strzok, FBI agent: a senior FBI official who oversaw the Hillary Clinton email investigation, brought in by Mueller to help manage his investigation into Russian election meddling,
Then  Removed  "from Mueller’s probe after it was discovered that he allegedly exchanged anti-Trump texts with another FBI lawyer." "Strzok referred to Trump as an "idiot." In another, he said Clinton should win the election "100 million to zero." But some Republicans have focused on another message that they suggest signals something more sinister than political bias.  "phrase-we can't take that risk  having an insurance policy.

3. Christopher Wray, FBI Director; defended the removal of Peter Strzok during  a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 7, FBI . 

4. Tony Podesta:  Brother of John Podesta, Democratic lobbyist, being investigated by Robert Mueller as to whether "Podesta’s firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act while working with a Moscow-linked organization."  best known for founding the Podesta Group."" a lobbying and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1988 by brothers John Podesta and Tony Podesta, Tony was also founding president of People for the American Way which morphed into an activist anti-conservative action group of which George Soros is a major donor.  

5. John Podesta   is a columnist and former chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. He previously served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama. John founded the Center for Americn Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank and advocacy organization. He is ultimate Washington insider.  Wikileaks dumped the John Podesta emails late in the campaign.  That no longer matters as groups can find and read them today.  

6. Paul Manafort: former Trump campaign chairman, " required to turn self into federal authorities,indicted on 12 counts – ranging from conspiracy against the U.S., to conspiracy to launder money.

7. Richard Gates: Associate of Paul Manafort,  required to turn self into federal authorities. indicted on 12 counts – ranging from conspiracy against the U.S., to conspiracy to launder money.

8. John Solomon:  Reporter from The Hill, is a media executive. He is currently vice president, digital video for The Hill. He is known primarily for his tenure as an executive and editor-in-chief at The Washington Times.  

 9. Hillary Clinton:  wife of Bill Clinton, former President, running for President, insisted on "using a private server that had top-secret special access programs, classified national security information on it."

Hillary Clinton,  her top aides and Bill Clinton:  FBI evidence of "Kremlin's campaign to try to gain access to them in 2009.  Reported by John Solomon. Female spy busted deported in 2010 with discovery of spy ring. 

10. Democratic National Committee and other officials:   tens of thousands of emails were leaked from them. "– released in July 2016 ahead of the Democratic National Convention – purportedly showed the party favoring Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and led to the resignation of party chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz."

11. Bill Clinton: ", tried to get permission to meet with Russian nuclear officials while the Uranium One deal was being approved by the Obama administration and his own wife, Sec. of State.  That deal gave control of 20 percent of America’s Uranium supply to Russia.", "got $500,000 for a speech in Moscow. That was twice his normal speaking fee, and the check was cut from a bank that had an interest in the Uranium One deal. While in Moscow, the former president sought to meet with Russian nuclear officials. He had to ask his own wife's State Department for permission, but wound up meeting directly with Vladimir Putin and corrupt banking officials instead

12. President Donald Trump The White House has denied that Trump was attempting to influence the FBI director, is bothered by Mueller and Comey's friendship who were co-workers in Justice Departments. ""has often tweeted about the ongoing investigation – something that could land him in hot water, according to multiple experts and lawmakers.""
13. Russian female spy; false papers, worked for key Democratic donor 

 14. Sergei Lavrov,Russian Foreign Minister: received classified information regarding ISIS threats from Trump who received from Israel not meant to share.  

15. Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador at the time: received classified information regarding ISIS threats from Trump from Israel, not meant to share.

16. Sarah Carter: Reporter with Circa News

17. James Comey:  FBI Director: fired "May 9 – less than two months after Comey publicly proclaimed that the agency was investigating ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign." "The White House said Comey was relieved from his duties due to his handling of the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure of secretary of state. But days later, Trump alluded that he had considered the Russian investigation when he fired Comey. 
Comey told a Senate intelligence committee in June that he was concerned about the “shifting explanations” that came from the White House regarding his firing." "claimed that Trump  asked FBI to drop its investigation into Flynn during a February meeting." ", confirmed that he had reassured Trump repeatedly that he was not under investigation by the FBI." Bewildered his own FBI agents because he refused to bring charges against Hillary Clinton in the email scandal. 
18. FBI- Federal Bureau of Investigation:  "witness accounts that the Russian nuclear officials working on behalf of Vladimir Putin and Russia and Moscow were engaging in bribery. "Ousted Wasserman."  "intelligence officials concluded that those responsible for leaking the emails were connected to the Russian government. In its assessment of the hack,

19. CIA-Central Intelligence Agency:   the CIA concluded that Russia intervened in the election in order to help Trump secure the presidency.

20. Russia:  , Russian nuclear officials were giving $145 million to the Clinton Foundation during time Clinton met with Putin and banking officials."  "Putin wanted a piece of our Uranium supply," 

21. Barak Obama: President in 2010, "The Obama administration, including Hillary Clinton and then-Attorney General Eric Holder, let it happen. In 2010, the Uranium One deal was approved." "sanctioned Russia for its alleged involvement in the election – a move that would eventually come back to dismantle one of Trump’s senior aides." "Politico published a bombshell report over the weekend, offering meticulous detail on how the Obama administration killed intelligence and law enforcement agency efforts to shut down Hezbollah’s narco-terror network. The motive? Obama protecting his precious Iran nuclear deal, which would be threatened if Iran’s pet terror organization suffered defeats at Obama’s hand."

22. Rod Rosenstein:  appointed FBI Director Robert Mueller to probe Trump-Russia collusion. "surely knows everything about the Uranium One scandal." "helped lead that FBI investigation." 

23. House "Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.:  Reports -"the House Oversight Committee is now investigating this Uranium One deal.  And he recently revealed some stunning information about the FBI informant.
24: Patriotic Informant to FBIfirst told the FBI about Russia’s bribery scheme, was mysteriously muzzled by the Obama Department of Justice.

25. Michael Flynn:  retired lieutenant general. Flynn had served under Obama as head of military intelligence until he was fired in 2014 following reports of insubordination and questionable management style. "Trump's former national security adviser, charged with lying to the FBI about his communications with a Russian ambassador on Dec. 1, 2016.", resigned from Trump's job next month" "Flynn resigned under harsh scrutiny for misleading the administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, about his ties to and conversations with Russian officials.
He remains under multiple investigations by congressional committees and the Pentagon’s inspector general. He was charged on Dec. 1 for making false statements to the FBI pertaining to his interactions with Russian officials in 2016. He pleaded guilty.
Flynn registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department in March 2017.. "Flynn reportedly called the Russian ambassador to discuss the move. Flynn initially denied speaking to the ambassador, but when intelligence officials revealed proof, he said he just didn’t remember speaking on that topic."
26.  George Papadopoulosformer foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his connections with Russian officials.

27. Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump:  in July 2017 that he took a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign as she was supposed to have damaging information about Clinton.
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” an email about the meeting said in part."
27. Natalia Veselnitskaya: female Russian lawyer, had no dirt on Hillary, wanted only to discuss the Magnitsky Act (The Magnitsky Act, formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, is a bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed ...), other sanctions, reported Trump Jr.  
28. Jared Kushner: son-in-law of President Trump, sat in meeting with Trump Jr and Paul Manafort, advisor to President Trump in December 2016, "questioned by Mueller’s investigators earlier this month about this meeting with Veselnitskaya.
29. Chuck GrassleySenate Judiciary Chairman, senior United States Senator from Iowa since 1981 " requested additional information from Kushner and accused him of not being forthcoming.
 Sen. Diane Feinstein, Democrat: former mayor of San Francisco,  requested additional information from Kushner and accused him of not being forthcoming.

30. Carter Page, former campaign adviser of Trump in 2016:   American oil industry consultant and former foreign-policy advisor  .met with House investigators in early November and contradicted earlier testimony given by Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions. "while he didn’t have any evidence of Russian meddling in the presidential election, he did take a trip to Russia during the campaign and “briefly said hello” to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich." 

Lisa Page: lawyer married to Joseph Burrow,  exchanged anti-Trump text messages with Peter Strzok, her FBI agent lover, was seen for the first time since the affair was exposed."


31. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General: former Alabama senator, told lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee in July that he wasn’t aware if Page traveled to Russia, opposing Page who said he did know about it. Resigned 11/8/2018 at Trump's request. 
 32. Social Media:
    a. Facebook: "$100,000 in ad purchases connected to “inauthentic accounts” that violated its policies were uncovered as well as another $50,000 on “potentially politically related ad spending” that were in Russian."
    b. Twitter:  a group with “strong links to the Russian government” spent $274,000 in ads, and the social media site suspended almost two dozen accounts that were possibly linked to Russian officials."
    c. Google:  Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on YouTube, Google Search products and Gmail regarding the election, Fox Business reported
33. The Law:  lobbyists in the United States who worked for foreign entities must register with the Department of Justice and disclose what they are doing.

Dan Rather, former host on CBS News,  is saying that with Flynn found guilty, this could be a bigger scandal against the Republicans than Watergate was.  Isn't that strange?  Hannity on Fox News said the very same thing about the Democrats with all their connections to Russia, before Trump even ran.  
Resource: Hannity, Fox News Oct 17, 2017
Hannity, Fox News, Dec 2017
Updates shown in blue:  12/19/17
Updates shown in red:  11/8/18 from American Pravda by James O"Keefe

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