"This Is Either The Most Elaborate Cover-Up Of All Time, Or The Dumbest"

Tyler Durden's picture

As the mainstream liberal media continues to be handed leaks (on a smaller and smaller and more and more desperate basis) from what appears to be angry ex-Obama-ites lingering in the halls of Washington - ever ready to combat a slight rise in Trump's popularity or shift in the "he's the devil" narrative with some new "the Russians did it"-inspiring drivel - many Americans are growing very weary of the drip-drip-drip of nothingness. The latest leak - which was immediately met with howls from The Democrats screaming for his head - was the fact that then-Senator Sessions met with a Russian ambassador in his office in The Capitol during the campaign and did not tell Al Franken about it during his confirmation. As The Wall Street Journal remarks, the story about the connection between Russia and the Donald Trump presidential campaign is either the most elaborate cover-up of all time, or the dumbest.

More evidence for the dumb theory arrives with the news that during his confirmation hearings Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t tell Senators about two 2016 meetings with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.

 

The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that Mr. Sessions had two conversations with Sergei Kislyak last year, one a brief chat amid a gaggle of other ambassadors at a public event at the GOP convention in July, another in September at the then-Senator’s office.

 

Yet at his Jan. 10 confirmation hearing, Democrat Al Franken asked Mr. Sessions what he would do if he learned that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign had communicated with the Russian government. “I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Mr. Sessions replied, adding that “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”

 

In a written question, Democrat Pat Leahy asked, “Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?” Mr. Sessions replied: “No.”

 

Democrats are calling this perjury and demanding that Mr. Sessions resign, but his only certain offense is ineptitude. A spokesman for Mr. Sessions late Wednesday defended the AG by saying, “He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign—not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee.”

 

Mr. Sessions added at a press conference Thursday that he would recuse himself from any FBI investigation of the Trump campaign or Russian interference in 2016, adding that his answers in the Senate were “honest and correct as I understood the questions at the time.”

 

This may be technically true, but it won’t wash politically amid a Beltway feeding frenzy. Mr. Sessions knew Democrats were hunting for any Russian-Trump campaign ties, and meeting with the Russian ambassador is no offense for a Senator or campaign adviser. So why not admit the meetings up front? Give Democrats and the media nowhere to go.

 

If Mr. Sessions was trying to cover up some dark Russian secret, he’s the Jim Carrey of cover-up artists. Surely he knew someone would discover a meeting in his Senate office, which isn’t exactly a drop-site in the Virginia suburbs, and the meeting in Cleveland had multiple witnesses. Like former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn not telling Vice President Mike Pence about his meeting with the ambassador, this is a case of dumb and dumber.

 

The most important fact so far about the larger Trump-Russia collusion story is that there are so few salient facts. The Russian hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta were embarrassing but had little bearing on the election. The dossier of supposed contacts between Trumpians and Russians published by BuzzFeed has never been corroborated.

 

Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees investigating the ties have reported nothing of substance. What we have on the evidence so far is a hapless cover-up without an underlying scandal.

 

Meanwhile, news emerged Thursday that Obama Administration officials ran a government intel operation on the Trump campaign. The New York Times reports that political appointees signed off on surveillance of “associates” of the Trump campaign, though “the nature of these contacts remains unknown.” The officials then spread this raw intelligence throughout the government and to foreign counterparts, ensuring they’d be widely read and supposedly to prevent their Trump successors from covering up the truth.

Finally, and perhaps most notably, WSJ points out that only days before the inauguration, President Obama also signed an executive order that allows the National Security Agency to share raw intercepts and data with the 16 other agencies in the intelligence community. NSA analysts used to filter out irrelevant information and minimize references to Americans.

Now such material is being leaked anonymously.

This is far more troubling than a meeting with an ambassador.

The Journal has a final suggestion:

President Trump could help by denouncing Russia’s election meddling and admitting that the Kremlin is acting against U.S. interests. He has already gone on record denying any personal campaign ties to Russia. If there really is nothing there, then the smart play isn’t to spar with the media and Democrats but to disarm them with transparency.

 

A penchant for denial and obfuscation helped ruin Hillary Clinton, and we’d have thought that the people who defeated her would have figured that out.

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JTimchenko's picture

The Democrats are basically just full of bullshit. They can't accept losing.

barndoor's picture

I sure am getting tired of all the winning.

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barndoor's picture

Here's the $64,000 question - were the Russians smart enough to know that the Amercians were dumb enough to vote for Trump, or was Putin just trying to fuck with Hillary?

Either way, you gotta respect them....

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N2OJoe's picture

This is all just bullshit to put the Trump admin on the defensive and slow their progress.

Just put out a statement saying there will be no more resignations and carry on with making America great again.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Deep State has accentually lost control of the Intelligence Community via its Agents / Operatives & Presstitute Media vehicle's to Gas Light the Masses.

So what Criminals at large Obama, Clapper & Lynch have done 17 days prior to former CEO Criminal Obama leaving office was to Decentralize & weaken the NSA. As a result, Intel gathering was then regulated to the other 16 Intel Agencies.

Thus, taking Centuries Old Intelligence based on a vey stringent Centralized British Model, De Centralized it, filling the remaining 16 Intel Agenices with potential Spies and a Shadow Deep State Mirror Government.

All controlled from two blocks away at Pure Evil Criminal War Criminal Treasonous at large, former CEO Obama's / Jarrett Compound / Lair.

It's High Treason / Sedition being conducted "Hidden In Plain View" by the Deep State.

It's the most Bizzare Transition of Power I've ever witnessed. Unprecedented.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-18/jay-sekulow-obama-should-be-hel...

Grimaldus's picture

"This may be technically true, but it won’t wash politically amid a Beltway feeding frenzy."

Yes it will wash and it will wash orders of magnitude better than Eric Holder's fast and furios crime or Obirdbrains fake bithcertificate fraud.

I call bullshit, obvious progressive propaganda.

The response should be an offensive blitz of criminal prosecutions.

 

 

 

 

Grimaldus

 

Pinto Currency's picture

ARREST AND PROSECUTE THE PEDOPHILES, MR. SESSIONS.

RELEASE THE EVIDENCE TO THE PUBLIC.

Mountainview's picture

Is Russia an enemy of the US? A majority of Russian would like together with Americans. For this to happen, you have to talk from time to time. The rest is paranoia!

Hooter Shaker's picture

This is just Schmuck Chumer and the rest of the congressional idiots trying to remain relevant.

Syrin's picture

If they keep playing defense, THEY WILL LOSE.   His opponets have so many vulnerabilities, have committed so many felonies that is is unfathomable to me that Trump hasn't taken them on already.   This smells like a massive failure brewing as they keep attacking with pea shooters, and Trump keeps retreating.  

 

Lets just look at the simple LOGIC test to this shall we?   What nations was Sessions allowed to speak to?   Mexico?   Australia?   England?   Why not Russia?   There is NO LAW against this, and in fact it was a requirement of his job, and he FUCKING RECUSES HIMSELF ?!?!?   This is the fucking guy who is supposed to investigate Pedogate, Hillary, etc. ?@!?!?   Right now he's a fucking EUNUCH !!

NidStyles's picture

Trump is not retreating.

 

It seems a lot of you need to read more.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Democrats need to rethink here.

Sessions is a former senator and a member of the club, and he has his "limits".

What if they run him out?

They can claim a "victory", but what if an irritated Trump turns to Bannon and requests a "war time" AG?

You know, the guy who will start prosecuting Hillary and Obama and their underlings.

You known, the guy we wanted.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

I think there is some merit to your statements. People that know Sessions know that he is, for whatever his shortcomings, a decent and fair man. His conservative values enrage the liberals. The fact the he's an older gentlemen that doesn't like potheads enrages others. But Sessions respects the law and is essentially a fair and honest man. This country needs more men like him in power. If they run him out of town, the libs may just end up with someone that hates them viscerally and has little respect for common decency and fairness. They should rethink their position. 

Zorba's idea's picture

Quite apparent that the democRATS including Nancy and the nurse ratchets, the Purple Queen, Barry and the backstreet boys, and the rest of the swamp creatures are all in on this desperate baseless coup. President Trump has no choice but to rain hellfire down on all this corruption. I truly believe all this is shaping up to become an epic moment in our country's history and to settle yet again whether we the people can keep the Republic our Founders fought so valently for. 

 

 

Grimaldus's picture

Possible yes MF but in my mind the prosecutions are a given and the progressive criminals know it. This is their desperation move, they are rats backed into a corner, roaches scurrying in the light. And like all of their other moves, this one will also backfire on them.

 

 

 

Grimaldus

Syrin's picture

He won't.   Since he has taken office, he's stop playing offense, and done nothing but lose by playing defense despite being armed with the truth and having enemies with unbelievable vulnerabilities.

TheVillageIdiot's picture

Call BS on a journalist demanding that they have the moral authority to determine what is right for society to know, despite having deliberately lied to America and the world, for over 25 years...It will wash. without equivocation.

Ricky Bobby's picture

Where is Trumps counter attack? Tweets are not going to get it done. He needs to hurt some of his enemies as an example. It must be done using the apparatus of the state, he is POTUS. These assholes need to taste fear.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

I agree, Ricky Bobby.  I'm hoping Trump/Sessions and team spend some time sharpening the spears of evidence and lance some pedos while opening up Hitlery's email scandal which Obumtard went on record lying about with regard to his knowledge of her personal email server.  Add on Hiltery's corruption network and reel in a yuge net of swamp trash as soon as the evidence is bulletproof.  I'm guessing the delay, however, is their need to drain the intelligence agencies of the planted Obumtard spies as best they can first.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

And while I agree at an emotional level with Ricky Bobby, I disagree with him on a legal level. You do not use power to be vindictive. If crimes were committed, then the AG should prosecute, not Jeff Sessions, (if that makes sense).

Syrin's picture

Vindictive?  Pedogate is REAL.   HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of pictures and emails were recovered.   The crimes committed by Hillarnazi are FELONIES!   Levin documented the CRIMES committed by Obama that are sedition against the state.  Soros should have been arrested a decade ago and the first piece of evidence are his NUMEROUS statements that his goal is to destroy America.  You are fuckign insane, and a damn eunuch.   Go join John ISIS McStain's crew and Mittens Romney.   We don't need pansies telling us what to do, fuckhead.  

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

So let me guess, Syrin. The court-ordered anger management classes aren't working for you, are they? I would like to thank you though for making my point so explicitly and displaying your ignorance of it so absolutely.

The Rule of Law is above, apart and separate from the Rule of Men. Your maniacal rant at me proves that you are not advocating for it, but for the vindictive nature that is found in the caprice of men.

Let me see if I can explain this to you. The moment you allow your emotions, however justified you may perceive them to be, to rule your logic, it is at that point when you lose any grounds for your arguments since they are then based in emotion, not logic and reason.

Look, I've been called worse by tougher fucks than you. The question you have to ask yourself is what is it in my post that set you off so dementedly that you could not restrain your urge to engage in an ad hominem attack on me. My point simply, (though apparently it was lost on your rather limited anger-infused capabilities at the time). is that it is the Attorney General, using the Rule of Law, who must respond to these illegal attacks, not Jeff Sessions the man. Got it?

Your alluding to me being "fuckign insane" attests not my sanity but to a much lower bar. It tests your ability to use a spell checker. As to your suggestion that I am a "damn eunuch", is completely negated every Sunday morning by Mrs. Goodfellow, who delights at the weekly exhibition of my manly prowess. At our age we cannot come like we once did, but at least we can come once. BTW, this is usually followed by a lovely brunch fixed by yours truly, with brandy coffees.

May I suggest that the angry Syrin check in on how much nookie he is getting as a means to combat this uncontrolled rage he appears to be subject to. Peace comes not from revenge, but from fulfillment. I will not suggest you try to find God, yoga or meditation. Find logic and reason. May I suggest Ayn Rand's The Virtue of Selfishness. Much of what you seek is there.

Peace.

Theo

Big Twinkie's picture

Obamacare repeal and tax cuts can wait.  So can the wall.  Priority #1 is killing the enemy.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

As much as I'd like to agree with you, Big T, I cannot. Long ago I learned that the only outcome of such murders is martyrdom. And I have no desire to see any of these altruistic-collectivists martyred.

No, the way you take these leftists out is to a) learn the true mechanics of political thought and destroy them by destroying their ideas, ideologies and then rob them of their semantics. If you take their words away, they are defenseless.

Stop calling them by words they would use to describe themselves. They are not "liberal", they are not "progressive", they are cultural Marxists. The are fascistic communistic globalists. The are, technically speaking, altruistic-collectivists.

In the same way that homosexuals are not "gay". these folks have hijacked words to try to soften their repulsiveness. Whether you think it is normal for people of the same sex to engage in sex with each other is okay is not up to me to decide. Frankly Scarlett, I don't give a damn. But just don't expect to have me call it acceptable in my realm of things. Even the term "homophobic", like "Islamophobic", was made up by these altruistic-collectivists to paint those opposed to their activities as evil. That's what I mean by not allowing them to steal the semantics.

This is a battle of minds. Use yours. Educate yourself. See above my post to Syrin.

Peace,

Theo

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

SHADY COMPANIES WITH TIES TO ISRAEL WIRETAP AMERICA FOR NSA
https://www.wired.com/2012/04/shady-companies-nsa/

NSA SHARES RAW DATA ON ALL AMERICANS WITHOUT DELETION WITH ISRAEL
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/nsa-a...

but it couldnt be the jews - is that right?

As for 'Russian hacking' - sure, maybe. But who told this writer there was actually good evidence let alone proof? I have it on fairly good authority that US intel was simply pressured to say 'smells like Russia.'

IF THERE IS PROOF WHY NOT RELEASE IT?
https://consortiumnews.com/2017/01/17/a-demand-for-russian-hacking-proof/

Stop conceding fights you haven't lost.

Meanwhile, here's an idea: ARREST FUCKING MCCAIN FOR AIDIBG TERRORISTS. And violating the Logan Act.

guy is a traitor. try him and hang him.

BY THE WAY: you will all want to read and consider this if you missed it?
http://thesaker.is/a-former-mossad-officer-predicts-that-trump-will-be-i...

Who missed me these past weeks?

Danepol? I bet no one called you on your Ziopathy, eh?

hugs and kisses,

SaO

caconhma's picture

Stalin's spy apparatus was the super one. It got American nuclear bombs secrets, his agent was the Chief of MI-6, they infiltrated the US Congress, FBI, CIA, and US military intel, etc.,

Stalin had 5 intelligent/spy agencies. They were prohibited to talk to each other, they hated each other, they spied on each other, and all reported directly to Stalin.

Some people say that Stalin missed the Hitler invasion into USSR. It is a lie. Stalin had his spies in Hitler personal surrounding. He knew everything. But any war is a very unpredictable business. The vital Stalin's problem was that he purged too many of his generals and started the WWII with very shitty unprofessional army. 

SheepDog-One's picture

Exactly, Trump should just say Russia had nothing to do with the election, as far as he knows, and we're moving on and has no further comments.

CheapBastard's picture

How about an update on when Crooked Clinton will be arrested instead o ffocusing on non-news like Sessions? Only the Fake News outlets like CNN and NYT want to keep this in the headlines.

Focus should be on the Cancerous Clinton Crime Family and her evil deeds.

How about a list of all the government jobs she sold and for what price? I'd be more interested in reading about that corruption then the dem whining over and over about the non-existent Russian involvement in the election --- which, by the way, Trump won by a landslide. The Dem demolition was proof of 100% rejection of Obama and Hillary and the DC Establishment.

Jim in MN's picture

Or on health care, in which today we find the UK single payer system 'standing on a burning platform' as it basically collapses....

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-39071485

NHS standing on burning platform, inspectors warn
  • 2 March 2017

Safety at four in five hospital trusts in England is not good enough, a leading hospital inspector has warned.

Professor Sir Mike Richards says that the NHS stands on a "burning platform" and that the need for change is clear.

froze25's picture

Here is a nice little Gem of Obama acting like a jackass with the press (totally inappropriate behavior) yet no one ever reported on it. Watch it, its really short. https://youtu.be/dzgEQDYDEic

Now Trump needs to Un-seal Obama's records, let's see what had to be hidden from the people. 

odious debt's picture

ewww.....I just threw up in my mouth a little.

nmewn's picture

This is all so much bullshit it's hardly worth commenting on but...we are being asked to believe that Sessions met with a Russian in his SENATE office to coordinate a mythical Russian hack of the election while the NSA listened in.

Is that it?

Really? 

I guess the underground parking garage or darkly lit corner cafe was closed for repairs or what?...LMAO!

Peacefulwarrior's picture

There may be more truth in Golden Age TV re-runs of "My Favorite Martian"

Mustafa Kemal's picture

I always liked when those little antenna came out of his head

GoinFawr's picture

I thought this was the problem:

“did not have communications with the Russians”

plus

"did meet one Russian official a couple of times"

But then again, I know how infinitely forgiving Zh echochambermaidens (and FWIW nmewn, I am not applying that epithet to you) usually are when it comes to pols...of a certain stripe.

GoinFawr's picture

in Mouseland ©GoinFawr (Eat your heart out WB7!)

But I know what you mean. 

It just makes me chuckle how for so many mountains vs. molehills is almost always a matter of perspective.

FTR IMO this dangerous malady is omni-partisan.

nmewn's picture

Ya know the thing about parsed quotes is, there are words on either side of the quote presented that when taken in toto (in context) reveal the opposite of what the presenter wishes to convey  ;-)

GoinFawr's picture

Fair enough.

So which part(s) of those quotes are not 'in toto' then, semantically speaking?

nmewn's picture

Both.

Put both the question being asked and the answer given so everyone can decide.

Context is a wonderful thing as one can't say "I was asking YOU if YOU had contact with a Russian as a part of the Trump campaign." ...when the question really was "Do you know of anyone in the Trump campaign who had contact with the Russians. "

Big difference.

He had every right to talk to the Russian ambassador in his capacity as a member of the Senate. 

GoinFawr's picture

"Do you know of anyone in the Trump campaign who had contact with the Russians. "

Hadn't Mr.Sessions affiliated himself with the campaign long before?

"He had every right to talk to the Russian ambassador in his capacity as a member of the Senate."

Obligation even; as a public servant. However when there are meetings that occur during an election it's obvious that timing and disclosure (in particular) matter; as evident from Mr. Sessions' own expressed regrets regarding his response to the question.

nmewn's picture

The questions being asked were not about him. To say he was "affiliated" with the campaign is to broaden the word to include every Republican, to include me...lol.

And one meeting was a photographed & reported on press gaggle and the other was a known...again...photographed...meeting in his own office.

Or are you and that idiot Frankel implying the Russian ambassador snuck into...THE SENATE... through a secret,  unguarded door and was "caught red-handed"  (lol) by our wonderful protectors & patriots of the press...at his desk...with said ambassador?

GoinFawr's picture

"To say he was "affiliated" with the campaign is to broaden the word to include every Republican, to include me...lol."

lol I did not know that you and every other R endorsed Mr.Trump at a rally in Feb2016, and then you all almost immediately went on to lead his NSAC?

nmewn's picture

Very well, I'll cede the point on affiliation as Trump wasn't my first choice but I've grown to like him however, the two questions and answers under scrutiny are: 

"CNN has just published a story and I'm telling you this about a news story that's just been published. I'm not expecting you to know whether or not it's true or not. But CNN just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that quote, 'Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.' These documents also allegedly say quote, 'There was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump's surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.' Now, again, I'm telling you this as it's coming out, so you know. But if it's true, it's obviously extremely serious and if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?"

...putting aside the criminal issue of government intelligence employees leaking "alleged intel" to a provably DNC-biased CNN...the context of the question is, if elevated to AG in this hypothetical question...what would he do as the AG with these other people...his answer...

"Senator Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn't have — not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment."

...Franken is asking Sessions an exclusionary question, if he knows of anyone (meaning others...not him) in Trumps campaign who had contact or coordination with the Russians about the 2016 election AND more to the point, the silly and demonstrably false Golden Shower intel dossier (which is the basis of the personal part in the allegation of Frankens question) and Sessions is answering no, he did not know of anyone in Trumps campaign having meetings with Russians about the election or about alleged compromising information on Trump on FURTHER STATES he himself (Sessions) didn't have any meetings with Russians about either the election or alleged intel and gently reminds Franken that he (Sessions) will not be commenting in an open hearing on a KNOWN official United States business meeting he had in his capacity as a US senator with the Russian ambassador in his office in September 2016. 

Operative words...known September meeting, in his office, even the idiot Franken knew the meeting occurred and it got testy over the Ukraine. 

The second based on BS question came from none other than a great press leaker in his own right (Patrick Leahy) in the form of a written questionnaire that Sessions filled out:

LEAHY: Several of the President-elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government >>>about the 2016 election,<<< either before or after election day?

SESSIONS: No

...one is left to only guess at what in the hell Leahy actually means in making the unsupported statement of "several of the President elects nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties" because John & Tony Podesta are not Trump nominees or advisers but its very clear he is asking Sessions if he had contact with Russians about the 2016 election before or after it and he said simply...

...no.

In closing...

1. The dimz have now been reduced to calling Julian Assange a liar (he said he didn't get it from the Russians) while engaging in some delusional, paranoid, McCarthyesque witch hunt. Sad.

2. They are siding with Obama-Clinton dead-enders they embedded/appointed/hired to guard their interests within the Deep State against the peoples choice for Presidential change. Thats undemocratic (just because they like to throw that word "democracy" around) as there was no "hacking of the election", thank you Jill Stein for proving it (lol) and Julian for revealing the DNC's crony campaign against one of their own?...Bernie Marx. Fantastic.

Now one would be hard pressed over the span of time to find an individual in the top ranks of the federal government who has not had contact with "the Russians", from Harry Dexter White to Hillary Crony to Obama himself but only one of those has (so far) been confirmed as a foreign Russian agent and the enemy of America however, I am highly suspicious of the other two ;-)

GoinFawr's picture

thank you for taking the time

Regarding, "Bernie Marx": bite your Gary Allen tongue, sir, if 'shovel ready' programs make a 'marxist', you may as well start referring to the orange jesus as Mr.Trumpsky (no Putin Pal Pun intended)

Otherwise, interesting.