Bombshell Leaked Email Shows Senate Probe Can Extend To Anyone "Of Russian Descent"

The Young Turks Network (TYT), a popular progressive YouTube channel and news site, has obtained a bombshell internal email  related to the Senate committee probing alleged Russian interference in the American political system, and though currently being covered in Russian media, mainstream US media is passing it over without comment.

The email reveals that the Senate committee has deemed anyone "of Russian nationality or Russian descent" relevant to its investigation, which means the Russiagate conspiracy theory  and accompanying congressional investigation has officially jumped straight from neo-McCarthyism - smearing anyone that may have had contact with Russian government officials, diplomats or intelligence, and into xenophobia - eyeing any and all Russians or friends of Russians as a potential threat plain and simple, which is far down the slippery slope that many commentators have long predicted.

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"I must break you." --Rocky IV

The email, which is dated very recently, is summarized by TYT as follows:

In an email dated December 19, 2017, April Doss - who serves  as senior minority counsel on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) - defined the scope of the committee’s inquiry as anyone a subject “knows or has reason to believe [is] of Russian nationality or descent.” The senior majority counsel for the SSCI, Vanessa Le, was cc’d on the emails.

Doss, the former head of intelligence law at the National Security Agency, was reportedly brought onto the committee by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), who serves as its vice chairman and one of its most prominent public faces. Warner has repeatedly said that the committee’s work represents the “most important thing [he’s] ever done.”

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Source: The Young Turks/TYT Investigates

So a former chief counsel at the NSA is tasked with interpreting the legal and constitutional legitimacy of broadly probing "Russian persons" or even merely persons "believed" to be "of Russian nationality or descent"? Not too comforting.

According to figures published by the Institute of Modern Russia  in 2011, based on Census Bureau figures, the Russian American population is estimated to be 3.13 million, or just over one percent of the total US population. And who knows how widely the net can be cast on Russian "descent" or ethnicity? Or perhaps anyone who happens to be studying the Russian language or has a Slavic sounding accent? (..."knows or has reason to believe are of Russian nationality or descent" according to the email.)

Concerning the precise context to the email, TYT reports the following:

On July 27, 2017, Charles C. Johnson, a controversial right-wing media figure, received a letter from Sens. Burr and Warner requesting that he voluntarily provide materials in his possession that are “relevant” to the committee’s investigation. Relevant materials, the letter went on, would include any records of interactions Johnson had with “Russian persons” who were involved in some capacity in the 2016 U.S. elections.

The committee further requested materials related to “Russian persons” who were involved in some capacity in “activities that related in any way to the political election process in the U.S.” Materials may include “documents, emails, text messages, direct messages, calendar appointments, memoranda, [and] notes,” the letter outlined.

So are you of "Russian descent" and have any level of interest in US politics - perhaps you occasionally read the newspaper, or have ever called in to a radio talk show? You could be subpoenaed for merely existing on American soil!

As the protracted Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) drags on, we are sure to see more of such requests and wrangling by Senate staff lawyers over how widely this net can be cast:

Doss’s statement was in response to a request made by Robert Barnes, an attorney for Johnson, for clarification as to the SSCI’s definition of a “Russian person.”

Charles Johnson told TYT that he is not going to cooperate with the SSCI in any way, and senators on the committee had no comment in response to the email's publication.

Of course, we've also seen this before as during a November SSCI hearing on social media election interference Twitter Associate General Counsel Sean Edgett revealed  that the company’s methods to detect "Russian-linked" accounts include the mere use of a Russian phone number, mobile carrier, email address, IP address, Cyrillic characters in one’s username, and whether one has "logged in, at any time, from Russia" - which would happen to include just about any American tourist in Russia over the past few years.

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Billy the Poet Alt-Right-Gurl Thu, 12/28/2017 - 20:28 Permalink

Just in case folks gave forgotten...

 

 

Hillary admits to paying for a dossier sourced from Kremlin operatives in order to meddle in the election.

How Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Compiled His Explosive Trump-Russia Dossier

Source A—to use the careful nomenclature of his dossier—was “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure.” Source B was “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.”

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/how-the-explosive-russian-dossi…

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BobEore Never One Roach Thu, 12/28/2017 - 21:01 Permalink

No.

But a stomach pump might work.

If... as I suspect...your "Russian dressing" had a 'K' for kosher labeling... its' made from the imported crushed body parts of Palestinian teenagers run over by made in USA militarized bulldozers and/or the remnants of same, tortured to death in the cells of mordor/the tiny terror state in the s e med.

oh... and it's certified 'GMO-FREE'!

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PT Automatic Choke Fri, 12/29/2017 - 04:11 Permalink

Well, I for one am sick of all this racist Russophobia.  So much hate just because of the actions of zero, I mean one, mentally deranged person who just happens to be in Russia.  We should have a national day of peace and love and reach out to our Russian brethren and apologize to them and let them know that we will not let the actions of none of them, I mean the actions of a few of them, be used to taint the rest of them.  We should welcome the Russians ...

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Anteater Alt-Right-Gurl Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:57 Permalink

Wake me up when Adelson and Soros are 'guests'

at the 'Winter White House', hanging upside down

and being beaten by Blackwater mercenaries, lol.

This is pure theater. Congress is 'code-signaling'

the ex-Soviet Mafiya in NYC to kill loose threads.

Expect more single car accidents and 'suicides' 

with two bullets to the head, ...Rodham-style.

Executive-Congress, they are ALL in this crime.

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BobEore Stuck on Zero Thu, 12/28/2017 - 20:56 Permalink

This jus in:

The \pogroms/ began... within a generation of the arrival of the first "passport refugees" brought in under Guilianis' infamous Red Mafiya Relief Program...

when the USA taxpayer paid for the arrival and safe set up of the alumni of gulag camps in the former USSR who had graduated from that true \school o hard knocks/ to the big leagues of racketeering extortion and grand theft Soviet-style...

and like the hockey stars of Moscow Dynamo before them... wanted to hit the real big leagues... of PRO MAFIOSO! "jEWs" in name only... and for the purpose of receiving that wonderful get out of jail card which gifted them with dually Srael/USA paperwork... the thugs who mugged Merikas' domestic Sicilian mobsters right off the streets... with some helpfrom their pals working the insides of the government machinery...

put their progeny thru the best schools stolen money could buy... and proudly watched them graduate into the BRIN/ZUCKERBERG borg which now OWNS... lock/stock/n lox... USA INC... a subsidiary of Russo-talmudic international finance capitals' TERROR STATE INC. in the s e Med.

While its understandable that certain alt0media outlets with a direct stake in the matter would protest at the seeming injustice of a \totally phony, made up 'anti-russian\ storyline...

IN TRUTH

the case is a simple one. RUSSIAGATE is a joint psyop run by BOTH WINGS of the RUSSO-TALMUDIC MAFIYA owned POLITIC0-MEDIA COLOSSUS which is solely designed for the purpose of KEEPING THE LOOTING AND DISSOLUTION OF MERIKA off of the radar as it proceeds RIGHT BEFORE THE VERY SIGHTLESS EYES of the victims of this massive shake down. POGROM AGAINST AMERICA. the final chapter!

Now please forget about all that... and proceed back to your feeding stations to resume receiving your drip feed of fake news.

 

 

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BobEore nmewn Thu, 12/28/2017 - 21:07 Permalink

aPPArenTly...

all the pathetically inept enablers of the russo-talmudic mafiyas' stealth takeover and looting of America think it's simply enough to scream

hitlary did it!

and all the crimes of their own krew will magically disappear! Standing atop an undrained swamp... with the putrid remains of trough feedin all over their mugs!

 

 

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