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The Russian Collusion Hoax Conspiracy

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

The Mueller Probe

The Mueller Investigation has ended. Its conclusion: No collusion. No one connected to President Trump colluded with Russia to sway our elections.

Mueller used 19 lawyers, all of whom were friends or supporters of Hillary Clinton, and forty FBI agents, to investigate Donald Trump and all who knew him. Mueller had an army of support staff and unlimited funds to try to dig up dirt on the President, his family, his friends, his campaign workers, and his supporters.

The cost to American taxpayers will be around $35 million. Not to mention untold millions in attorney fees, missed work, and other expenses for those unfortunate souls who had to answer these inquiries. Five hundred witnesses were interviewed, 500 search warrants executed, and 2,800 subpoenas issued.

For 700 straight days, the American people were told that President Trump was a Russian agent and his election was due to fraud by Russia. It was all a lie. Dozens of laws were broken all right—in the conspiracy to frame Donald Trump.

This has been the worst scandal in American history: Spying on an opponent in presidential election; the FBI and Department of Justice working for Obama to ensure the election to Hillary Clinton; trying stop the inauguration of President Trump; nefariously making it difficult for him to govern once in office by bogging him down in limitless hours of defending himself when he could be working for the good of the country; attempting to overthrow a freely elected government; launching a special counsel investigation of a sitting president when there was never any evidence of any underlying crime.

Whole books have been written about this subject. I will explain what happened in as few words as possible.


It All Began with Benghazi

The Benghazi Attack sparked the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. The New York Times revealed that Hillary had a secret computer server on which she was illegally storing, receiving and sending classified government documents. When Congress issued subpoenas to see these emails, Hillary responded by ‘disappearing’ 33,000 of them, wiping her server clean with BleachBit, and smashing her Blackberries with hammers.

Hillary had used her office as Secretary of State to make her husband and herself rich by trading influence for cash.

After former President Bill Clinton secretly met with Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch on an airport tarmac, the FBI and DOJ decided there would be no more investigation into Hillary; no subpoenas, no search warrants, no grand jury impaneled. Five of her aides were granted immunity for some mysterious reason. Also, the Director of the FBI, James Comey destroyed the laptops of the five, even though Congress had issued subpoenas for them.

Meanwhile, Hillary was interviewed by Trump-hating FBI agent Peter Strzok. She lied under oath that she had turned over all her emails, and 39 times Hillary claimed she couldn't remember key things that happened because she had hurt her head. Comey announced the case was closed and drafted a letter exonerating Hillary of any wrongdoing, while his right-hand man, Andrew McCabe, another hater of Donald Trump, order an investigation of the Clinton Foundation shut down.

It is clear that Comey and McCabe were involved in a plot to make sure Hillary became the President of the United States by hook or crook. There is no doubt President Obama was in on it. His people worked night and day to smear Trump through lies they leaked to the press.

Obama had already weaponized the federal bureaucracy to destroy his political opponents. The ‘Deep State’ or ‘Swamp’—the millions of employees of the Federal Bureaucracy—are overwhelmingly Democrats and supported Hillary over Trump by a 19-1 margin. So they were willing to do anything help her defeat him. They hated Trump, his deplorable supporters, and his agenda of putting America First.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch

Hillary Clinton Gets the Ball Rolling

In the summer before the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton conspired with the Democratic National Committee to hire a filthy outfit called Fusion GPS (founder Glenn Simpson) to dig up some dirt on Donald Trump. Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a British secret agent man who despised the Donald, to invent a salacious but fictional dossier on Trump that could be used by Obama’s people to launch a spying operation on Trump and his campaign.

So the entire Russian Collusion Hoax was thought up by a foreigner to interfere in our presidential election – but not for Trump – AGAINST TRUMP! Steele’s day job was working for guess who? RUSSIANS! Not only that but they were the very same Russians who set up the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting that supposedly proved Trump was colluding with Russia.

Fusion GPS hired Nellie Ohr, an expert in using disinformation to create illusions, who also happened to be the wife of top DOJ Attorney Bruce Ohr. Nellie worked with Steele to create the Steele Dossier that falsely claimed Trump worked for Russia. The Dossier was given to Nellie’s husband, and his friend at the FBI, the Trump-hating Peter Strzok so that they would wiretap and surveil Trump, his family, and his campaign.

Bruce Ohr, with Strzok and his FBI attorney girlfriend Lisa Page, applied for surveillance warrants from a special, secret, counterterrorism FISA Court, which they got. Ohr has recently testified that the application for the FISA warrant was based on lies because he had told all concerned that the Dossier was a hoax. They had to lie to hide the fact that Hillary and the DNC had paid for the Dossier to be created. All this was to make sure Hillary won the election.

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Hillary lost the election. Within 24 hours she and her inner circle concocted a scheme whereby they would leak to the press that she was cheated out of the presidency by Trump and Russia. She hoped the election results would be overturned before Trump was inaugurated and she would be somehow declared the rightful president.

John Brennan

John Brennan

John Brennan

The main actor in the conspiracy to frame Donald Trump was John Brennan. He worships Obama, for whom he served as Director of the CIA, and longed for Hillary to be elected so he could remain in his position. He loathes Donald Trump because Brennan is a Communist and a Muslim.

Brennan supported the Soviet Union against America during the Cold War and supported the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic Jihad while serving Obama. This is the kind of person Obama put in charge of the CIA.

It is Brennan who has told the world hundreds of times that the President of the United States is “an agent of the Kremlin,” is “guilty of treason,” and is “a traitor who will be arrested any day now.”

Brennan had staffed the CIA with radical leftist globalists who engaged in espionage against our president. He and they hate Trump’s patriotism and nationalism. It was Brennan who spread the false rumor that Trump had been a Russian agent for 12 years and that Russia groomed him to become president since 2009.

The CIA under Brennan never tried to hide its feelings, festooning its offices with ‘Hillary for President’ campaign paraphernalia.

James Comey

James Comey

James Comey

FBI Director James Comey authorized the FISA warrants and surveillance of the Trump Campaign based on the Steele Dossier that he knew was fabricated. He and his cohorts lied to the FISA judge to obtain the warrants. The FBI did not tell Congress about the investigation for a year, another clear violation.

Comey and a “small group” in the FBI, led by Strzok, Page, and McCabe, initiated ‘Operation Crossfire Hurricane’ to ‘get Trump,’ July 31, 2016. Comey has admitted under oath that he intentionally triggered the Special Counsel Investigation by his good friend Robert Mueller by leaking lies to the New York Times.

Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabe

Susan Rice

Susan Rice


After Comey was fired, his friend and partner in crime Andrew McCabe took over the FBI—another hater of Donald Trump. McCabe was hostile to Trump’s political views and said, “We need to rein him in,” and covertly “raise concerns about his behavior.”

The texts between Strzok and his lover Page show them conspiring to “open a case against Trump while Andy” McCabe is in charge. Now the FBI has finally admitted there was never any evidence Trump “worked for the Russians” as they once claimed to spur an unconstitutional inquisition. There was, from the start, “No evidence” that Trump colluded with Russia to win the election.

After Trump became President, the great fear in the FBI and DOJ was that all they had done to conspire to keep Trump out of office would come to light, and many of them would go to prison. Or at the least, lose their careers. They needed to divert attention away from what they had done, which were real crimes, such as spying on innocent American citizens for no reason whatsoever except you don't like them. Such as wrongly absolving Hillary Clinton of her many felonies.

The chants at Trump rallies directed at Hillary, “Lock her up!’ really rattled the conspirators. The Clintons have done lots to be locked up for, but their underlings know the Clinton Way would mean they would take the fall for Hillary. So “Lock her up” was even more frightening to Hillary and Obama’s minions who did the dirty work.

First, they would set up Trump Chief of Staff Michael Flynn, because he knew what they had been up to. Flynn was accused of lying under oath even though Comey said he did not lie. Keep in mind that investigators can put you in a perjury trap: “Did you write an email to Bob Jones last October 30th?” You say no because you simply forgot. They say, “Yes you did! We found it while spying on you. You lied under oath!”

Don’t you believe it? You know how Facebook pops those little things up there that say, “Five years ago you posted this or that”? Many times things have popped up, and I think, “I don’t remember ever posting that.”

Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice would be on the hot seat for spying on Trump and his people. She also illegally unmasked their names and personal information from secret documents and gave them to the press and various Deep State agencies, while additionally passing around the contents of the phony Dossier.

Obama had taken a big gamble. The gamble was that the Deep State could find dirt on any person if they look hard enough. If you spy on a large group of individuals long enough some technical illegality is bound to crop up when you have 833,000 federal laws that few have read and very few understand.

Peter Strzok

Peter Strzok

Lisa Page

Lisa Page

The Media

Most of the media were all in for Hillary and showed an insatiable hatred for Donald Trump and his voters, especially CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Trump had ruined the progressive dream of having sixteen consecutive years with which to destroy America for good. The Media pushed Russia Collusion story because it desperately wished Trump would be found a traitor or at least perceived to be guilty of something.

The Post and the Times won Pulitzer Prizes for erroneously reporting that President Trump was guilty of treason. The Post bragged that it caused the Mueller Investigation. Phony allegation after phony allegation were trotted out almost daily as “bombshells” with “The Walls are closing in on Trump” the favorite phrase. All based on anonymous sources.

The Pulitzer Prize Award Statement says: “For deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation's understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect's transition team, and his eventual administration.”

“Trump is being blackmailed by Russia! ” “Trump committed Treason!" For 791 consecutive days, this was rammed into the ears and eyes of average Americans. Twenty percent of all political coverage by CNN and MSNBC was about ‘Russiagate.” CNN’s Don Lemon flat out declared, “The President is a Russian Agent!”

Obama’s Director of National Intelligence turned CNN expert James Clapper agreed, publicly stating that Trump was guilty of treason, an agent of Russia, and Russia swung the election.

All lies. Surely they couldn’t be making this up? Could they?

It just came out in the last few days that Clapper has confessed that President Obama personally ordered the investigation into Donald Trump and his people. Mueller’s Investigation, Clapper said, “President Obama is responsible for that.”

Rachel Maddow of CNN cried on camera when she had to report that the President of the United States is not a traitor to his country. However, now she tells her Trump-hating audience that maybe Robert Mueller, who she previously adored, is covering up for Trump. For two years, Maddow has devoted nearly all of her nightly shows to spewing hatred onto Donald Trump and pumping up the Russia Hoax.

Most of the Main Stream Media has vomited hatred on President Trump and his supporters non-stop since he was elected. Moreover, they made piles of money doing it. Democrat voters were made to hate Trump by the media, and they rewarded the press for their lies handsomely by buying the papers and tuning in to their broadcasts. Even today, CNN defends what they did: “We just reported the facts.” Carl Bernstein, even now, says, “The reporting was fabulous.”

By the way, one of the longtime allegations by Hillary was that Trump guided the Russians in how to use Facebook to swindle the election away from her. Facebook Vice President of Advertising, Rob Goldman, stated that Russian ads couldn't have affected the election, because most of them came after the vote.

He also said, "I have seen all of the Russian ads, and I can say very definitely that swaying the election was NOT the main goal. We have shared that fact, but very few media outlets have covered it because it doesn't align with the main media narrative of Trump and the election."

The Russians spent $150,000 on Facebook ads. As James Freeman has taught the world: "So the spending on fake Russian political ads identified by Facebook amounted to around 1/7,000th of what Mrs. Clinton spent on advertising. And of course, these fake ad buys were not material in the context of Facebook’s total advertising revenues, which amounted to nearly $27 billion last year. Russian meddling was simply intended to discredit the likely winner."

James Clapper

James Clapper

John McCain and Adam Schiff

Pencil-necked Congressman Adam Schiff has played a significant role in this conspiracy to overthrow our government. In hundreds of media appearances he insisted that, as a member of House Committee on Intelligence, he had seen secret “damning evidence” in private that “will come out” that “proves Trump colluded with the Russians” to steal the election.

John McCain was also involved. He hated Trump with a passion. McCain’s underling David Kramer testified he showed the Steele Dossier to McCain and then they gave it to the Justice Department. Kramer even flew to London to meet Steele in person, and it was Kramer who later gave the Dossier to the Guardian, Mother Jones, ABC News, NPR, the Washington Post, CNN, and Buzzfeed.

Every contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination has expressed belief in the Russia Collusion Hoax.

John McCain

John McCain

Adam Schiff

Adam Schiff

Robert Mueller

Mueller’s only job was to find out if Donald Trump or his campaign conspired with the Russian government to steal the presidency. He found Trump and his campaign innocent but declined to investigate the real criminals involved in the conspiracy. Them he protected.

The Left loved Mueller because they thought he would get Trump out of the White House. Vogue said Mueller, age 74, was “America’s newest crush. He can evoke shades of Humphrey Bogart and has mastered a nearly Zoolander-esque gaze.”

Vanity Fair proclaimed, “Mueller Won the Hearts of America.” Spike Lee wore a t-shirt that screamed, “GOD PROTECT ROBERT MUELLER.” Chelsea Handler tweeted, “I’m starting to have a real crush on Mueller.” Stephen Colbert said Mueller reminded him of Batman.

Mueller was charged with finding out the genesis of the Steel Dossier and how it was used and by whom, when, where, and for what. Did Mueller investigate or interrogate Steele, Simpson, Fusion GPS, Hillary, and the DNC? Did he delve into what all was done by Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, and others to smear Trump? No. His only focus was on Trump and all his associates, to find something, anything, any of them had ever done wrong regardless if it was related in any way to the campaign, the election, or Trump himself at all.

Mueller had to have known from the beginning there was no collusion. President Trump was accused of treason, and Mueller knew it wasn't true, but he never would say so. That way he could continue to harass and humiliate Trump's friends and keep the conspiracy alive long enough to ensure massive Democratic turnout in the midterms so they could take back the House.

Mueller did what he was supposed to do for the Deep State: Derail the goals of the 63 million people who voted for Donald Trump, and stop him from ‘draining the swamp,’ by casting a cloud over his presidency. Moreover, it stoked hatred amongst our citizenry, turning neighbor against neighbor, sister against brother.

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

President Barack Hussein Obama

President Barack Hussein Obama

The Russia Collusion Hoax Conspiracy: The Greatest Scandal in American History

There was no evidence ever that President Trump or anybody else colluded with Russia. Not a single American has been charged with conspiring with Russia. The worst conspiracy in American History, the Crime of the Century, was the criminal behavior by Hillary and Obama and their henchmen.

Hillary feared arrest and Obama feared a tarnished legacy. So for the first time in American history a sitting president, Obama spied on a candidate for his office and spied on him during the interim before Trump's inauguration. Obama's political appointees continued to spy on Trump and his family and associates for months afterward, all the while leaking false information to the press designed to make the American People despise their President.

Everyone loyal to Obama and Hillary feared arrest for what they had done and so went on the attack: “Him! He is the criminal, not us!”

Hillary really did collude with Russia, but there was no special investigation of her. She accepted bribes from Russians in the millions of dollars for 20% of America’s national uranium stock so they could build nuclear weapons to aim at us. She also colluded with China, sharing state secrets with them in return for cash. Obama was informed in 2015 that copies of Hillary’s emails were being sent to China.

She and Obama essentially accused Trump of their own crimes, typical leftist psychological projection. The Dossier was a compilation of lies, guess where from? Russia. Christopher Steele himself has now testified that nothing in the Dossier was true. Tens of millions of taxpayer’s money blown for nothing.

The entire Mueller Probe was a coverup, a never before seen attempt to take down a sitting president, to thwart the Will of We the People. Much like Brexit, the globalists will not accept what the People want. They will try to force upon us what they want.

All decent Americans should be happy that the President of the United States has turned out not to be a Russian agent and traitor. But are Democrats happy? No, they are not. They are sobbing and whining and they hate the world now.

After Clinton and the DNC paid a foreign agent to smear Trump, Obama secretly demanded a full investigation. He met with McCabe and Lisa Page to be fully briefed and told them to keep him abreast of developments.

Because of the hatred of President Trump by the Deep State and the Media, and their fervent desire to destroy him, they have done horrible damage to our country. They have tarnished the office of the presidency, our republic, the image of the media, the belief in the goodness of the DOJ and FBI and intelligence community, the legitimacy of our elections, and families across our land.

Imagine the time and resources the administration had to expend to defend against this. Imagine the disruption in the lives of all the witnesses.

Under the direction of Barrack Hussein Obama, the FBI and DOJ conspired to let Hillary off the hook for treasonous crimes so she would become president. They conspired to frame Donald Trump and for the first time in history surveilled the communications of a presidential candidate to try and entrap him and his friends and family. They used known-to-be-fake information to get a warrant from a friendly FISA judge but never told the judge that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party produced their bogus evidence. FISA is to fight terrorism!

The FBI leaks to the press were intended to make Candidate Trump look bad to voters. We give the FBI deadly force and secrecy. The worst thing it can do is to take sides in a political campaign, to sway elections, or try to undermine a freely elected president or use its powers to help people whose politics it likes and punish people whose politics it doesn't like.

To defraud the little guy and his vote; to overthrow our government; to foment mob violence on our streets and revolution; to use the DOJ, FBI, and earlier the IRS, EPA and other government agencies, to your punish your political opponents is to weaponize our government just like the KGB was used under Josef Stalin.

Trump said he was being spied upon—the Democrats and news media said he was just paranoid. However, he was correct. This whole conspiracy makes Watergate look like child’s play.

The most shocking thing of all this: As of yesterday 84% of Democrats still believe in the Russia Collusion Hoax.

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump


Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on October 16, 2021:

Oh bullony.

If you can’t see what happened right in front of your eyes, I can’t help you.

And, you may get the white Christian USSA oligarchy you desire.

Well played, Putin. He knows just the right buttons to push.

Question: when you get everything you want, then what?

Do you think you can bend people’s hearts and minds to your will?

No. Actions speak louder. And we’ve seen what American Christianity has to offer.

Donald Trump.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 16, 2021:

Leslie McCowen ~ The Trump-Russia collusion narrative was essentially a fabrication of the Clinton campaign that was peddled to the FBI (among other government agencies) and to the media by agents of the Clinton campaign — particularly, its lawyers at Perkins Coie — who concealed the fact that they were quite intentionally working on the campaign's behalf.

The agents include the investigative firm Fusion GPS and the purported Russia expert Christopher Steele. During the campaign, the FBI obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act wiretapping warrant on Trump adviser Carter Page and therefore gained access to the whole campaign. After Trump took office, an FBI lawyer lied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to renew the warrant. He was indicted by Durham and pleaded guilty, though astonishingly was given no jail time.

The Clinton campaign's duplicitous encouragement of an FBI investigation led to an October 2016 Slate story — the beginning of multiyear media charges that Trump was colluding with Russia.

What followed were more than two years of frenzied pursuit of bogus Russia collusion charges by Democrats such as Rep. Adam Schiff, by the New York Times, MSNBC and countless others until the case collapsed with special counsel Robert Mueller's report in April 2019 and his congressional testimony that July.

Few peddlers of this hoax have apologized. Hillary Clinton Should Apologize for the Biggest Political Hoax Since Titus Oates.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 16, 2021:

Leslie McCowen. ~ New news came out this past week. Now, according to court documents, we learn that The Dark Lord himself, George Soros, paid for his own investigator to work for the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to plant the fake Trump-Russia story–and that then-Senator John McCain let him do it. We know McCain shopped the fake pee tape dossier too.

We know that the upper reaches of the U.S. government, including President Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and their FBI, were a part of the effort to Get Trump. Bruce Ohr at the Department of Justice was in on it.

The intelligence community played along with “CIA director John Brennan reporting to President Obama that Clinton herself approved the scheme in order to deflect attention away from her use of a private email server.” Biden’s national security adviser knew and lied about it.

Democrat party-connected cyber sleuths using government contracts to gain access to secret data tried to frame and plant fake news about Donald Trump being a Russian secret agent. All of these apparatchiks put their expertise and privileged government positions into the service of Hillary Clinton for President in 2016.

They leveraged their positions to destroy Trump and change an election–and in so doing sold out America.

George Soros personally paid for an investigator, former FBI analyst Dan Jones, to frame Trump through his political organization called The Democracy Integrity Project (TDIP). They all worked together to destroy Trump by smearing him with the fake scandal. Soros infused his TDIP group in to continue “the work started under the Clinton campaign by Fusion GPS and former MI-6 agent Christopher Steele seeking to link Trump to Russia collusion. Its tax filings show it raised $7 million in 2017 to start its work.”

Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on October 07, 2021:

Did you mean the senate report? Mueller? Plain as day trump colluded.

And, of course, lil ole me. And you saw it too.

“Russia if you’re listening, find those emails”

I understand your mind won’t let you go there. I think you guys have been brainwashed with weapons level disinfo.

But the rest of us haven’t. Including this guy, “I think Putin pays two people, Rorbacher and Trump.”— Kevin McCarthy.

As more and more drop out up the cult, we can return to a semblance of normalcy.

Send me the link to Biden not paying taxes, please.

Thank you

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 07, 2021:

Leslie McCowen ~ Turley is and has been for a long time a registered Democrat. Just because he said there were no legal grounds for impeachment—which is true—does not make him a Trump supporter. Many honest Democrats admitted there were no grounds for impeachment.

Thank you for the link to the NPR story. I am not surprised Russia tried to influence our election. They have since the 1930s. That is not the same thing as a false claim that President Trump colluded with them on it.

Speaking of tax returns, it looks like Biden didn’t pay his. Lol

The fact is the Russian Collusion Hoax was exactly that. A hoax. And a crime. Many crimes actually.

Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on September 28, 2021:

Eh, Turkey is a partisan:

“Turley, a professor at George Washington University, argued that Trump should not be impeached now, despite demanding Clinton's impeachment.”

I’ll believe our intelligence:

Cyber security experts:

Five Eyes:

And the bipartisan committee report:

Sooner or later you all are going to have to face the truth.

Until then, our country is driving on three wheels. The damage is done. And, the proof is all out there.

It’s exhausting dealing with all the “flooding the platform with sh*t”, as Bannon recommended.

And, wouldn’t you love to have had Biden ask China to find Trump’s tax returns……

He wouldn’t have made it past the primary.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 28, 2021:

UPDATE 9.27.21 ~ 'Even for those of us who followed and wrote on the Russia investigation for five years, much has been revealed in the last year. It was disclosed in October, for instance, that President Obama was briefed by his CIA director, John Brennan, on July 28, 2016, on intelligence suggesting that Hillary Clinton planned to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.”

'Throughout the campaign, the Clinton campaign denied any involvement in the creation of the so-called Steele dossier’s allegations of Trump-Russia connections. However, weeks after the election, journalists discovered that the Clinton campaign hid payments for the dossier made to a research firm, Fusion GPS, as “legal fees” among the $5.6 million paid to the campaign’s law firm. New York Times reporter Ken Vogel said at the time that Clinton lawyer Marc Elias, with the law firm of Perkins Coie, denied involvement in the anti-Trump dossier. When Vogel tried to report the story, he said, Elias “pushed back vigorously, saying ‘You (or your sources) are wrong.’” Times reporter Maggie Haberman declared, “Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year.”

'It was not just reporters who asked the Clinton campaign about its role in the Steele dossier. John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, was questioned by Congress and denied categorically any contractual agreement with Fusion GPS. Sitting beside him was Elias, who reportedly said nothing to correct the misleading information given to Congress.'

Law Professor Jonathan Turley

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2020: ~ As you said so well, the Democrats are in a race to the bottom of depravity on the path to perdition.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2020:

Will Starr ~ You spoke for me when you said, "My moral standards are the same ones I've always had, but theirs have evolved (as they put it) into something very bizarre."

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2020:

Kayode Doyak ~ In 1960, four percent of Democrats and Republicans reported that they would be disappointed if their child married someone from the opposite political party. By 2018, these numbers had risen to 45 percent and 35 percent for Democrats and Republicans respectively. During this same period, measures of overall happiness and how much we trust and like each other have plummeted. Current surveys show that nearly half of Americans no longer feel free to speak their minds, a number that has tripled since the question was first asked 60 years ago. It all dates back to the rise of the New Left and its intolerance of other opinions, which is named, demonically enough, ‘tolerance.’ For me not for thee, as Herbert Marcuse put it.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2020:

Will Starr ~ As you said so well, "This Trump-hatred borders on insanity."

However, I am sorry to read that "Several of my relatives have disowned me simply because I voted for Trump and support him." from upstate, NY on October 23, 2020:

If these deep state types were as good at governing as they are smearing honest Americans, maybe they'd be worth electing?

The depravity of these folks is mind boggling, let's pray they're brought to justice in Trump's 2nd term!

Kayode Doyak on October 23, 2020:

Well said Will, I can’t rap my head around the way some people “evolve” to the extent that they ignore the fact that no matter how much they hate their perception of Trump they ignore that this is a choice and that the ramifications of a Biden presidency are so disastrous for America that we all might as well start learning Chinese.

Thanks for that link James, I don’t understand how this info isn’t in all the headlines of the Main Stream Media everyday.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on October 23, 2020:

True, Kayode Doyak. My sister said she's no longer my sister if I continue to be such a 'hater' by supporting my President. I have several cousins who no longer speak to me because I do not support their radical liberal viewpoints. My moral standards are the same ones I've always had, but theirs have evolved (as they put it) into something very bizarre.

That doesn't make me a saint, because I have violated my moral standards many times, but I don't change my moral standards to accommodate my failings. That's the difference.

Kayode Doyak on October 23, 2020:

WillStarr, it is amazing how friends and relatives would decide to “disown” someone they have known and loved over politics! I have two children of four who are so affected by their spouses they have joined the looniness so I avoid the subject with them because I would never want that to come between us, my son and daughter and my grandchildren.

I pray God send people across their path to enlighten them, a prayer I’ve prayed before and was always answered. But I just can’t be the one although they know where I stand.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on October 23, 2020:

My sister absolutely still believes that Pres. Trump was elected because the Russians colluded with him to defeat Hillary, and no amount of reasoning makes a dent in that belief.

This Trump-hatred borders on insanity. Several of my relatives have disowned me simply because I voted for Trump and support him. But they have no enthusiasm for Biden at all, which puzzles me. If they don't want Donald Trump to win, why run two losers like Clinton and Biden?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 23, 2020:

Kayode Doyak ~ Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article, as well as my update posted this morning. As for your question, I would point you here:

Kayode Doyak on October 23, 2020:

Excellent article! And it amazes me that I have never seen a summary like your last comment in the media! Did I miss it?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 23, 2020:

We now know that in July 2016, Obama’s intelligence operatives learned that the Hillary Clinton campaign planned to undermine Trump. The Clinton group was going to say Trump had ties both to Putin and to the alleged Russian hacking of the Democrat National Committee email account. (There's still no proof, beyond Clinton camp claims, that Russia was behind the hacking.)

Armed with this information, former CIA director John Brennan went to the White House to brief President Obama and senior national security officials. According to Brennan's handwritten notes, this briefing included telling them about the "approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her former policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services."

A little over a month after these revelations, national security officials sent a referral to Trump-haters Comey and Strzok regarding "U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail service."

So let me sum up what happened: the CIA learned that Hillary planned to raise false claims against Trump, accusing him of dirty dealings with the Russians. Brennan took this information to Obama. Obama and the CIA, the FBI and the DOJ launched a full investigation into Donald Trump, the victim of Hillary's corrupt plan.

Russian officials were aware of Hillary Clinton’s campaign plan to accuse Donald Trump of being a Russian asset, and top U.S. intelligence authorities knew of Russia’s knowledge of Clinton’s plans. Before they launched an investigation into whether Trump’s campaign was colluding with Russia, intelligence agencies learned that Russia knew of Clinton’s plans to tarnish Trump with the collusion smear.

The top federal law enforcement agency itself interfered in the election by using its powers to arbitrarily target the campaign of the outgoing administration’s political enemy. Just five days after the date on which Clinton had personally authorized the collusion smear against Trump, the FBI formally opened its anti-Trump collusion investigation, codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane.”

That investigation relied heavily on a dossier of anti-Trump allegations compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent. Steele was hired by Fusion GPS, a Democrat opposition research firm that had been hired by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to manufacture and spread claims that Trump was secretly working on behalf of Putin.

T on September 30, 2020:

Probably just another hubpages change to require you to put more time into managing your work. Time you should get paid for but won’t.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 30, 2020:

Thank you for that link T. I'm not sure if it cleared things up and made me more confused. :-)

T on September 29, 2020:

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James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 29, 2020:

The United States of America elected Donald Trump in 2016, but the left and entrenched bureaucrats in D.C. refused to accept the new president — they refused to accept the country’s choice. What ensued was both a covert attempt at a coup and a public, frontal assault on Trump and his administration through an attempted impeachment.

The Russian collusion story was and is a hoax, and everyone knows it. If you are naïve, you should at least know the basic fact that there was no collusion, since Robert Mueller’s investigation spent millions in taxpayer dollars and several years investigating the claim only to formally conclude there was no collusion between Trump and the Russians.

If you are paying attention, though, you also now know that “Russian collusion” was concocted as the basis and cover for an attempted coup — a plot to frame and force from office the newly elected President Trump.

Vindman thinks bureaucrats have the right to substitute their judgment for that of the American people. This elitist and distinctly un-American attitude is shared by all the career officials who have been insubordinate or engaged in subterfuge to “resist” Trump’s administration.

The revolt we have seen across the agencies against Trump’s election and his administration has revealed a breathtaking arrogance. Entrenched career bureaucrats have been running the country for decades, and think it is their right to do so. These people sanctimoniously declare their loyalty to the Constitution and democratic values, yet they have respect for neither.

Their ideology lost in 2016. America deliberately chose a fresh, new path and elected Trump to command the executive branch and lead the nation, yet “non-partisan” bureaucrats and the left have been directly assaulting the will of the people and our constitutional system of self-government ever since.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 10, 2020:

The FBI official who ran the investigation into whether the Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election privately admitted in newly released notes that a major New York Times article was riddled with lies, falsehoods, and “misleading and inaccurate” information. The February 2017 story was penned by three reporters who would win Pulitzers for their reporting on Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia.

The FBI’s public posture and leaks at the time supported the now-discredited conspiracy theory that led to the formation of a special counsel probe to investigate the Trump campaign and undermine his administration. “We have not seen evidence of any individuals affiliated with the Trump team in contact with Russian Intelligence Officials. We are unaware of ANY Trump advisors engaging in conversations with Russian intelligence officials,” former FBI counterespionage official Peter Strzok wrote Feb. 14, 2017. Former FBI Director James Comey admitted under oath in June 2017 that the reporting was “false.”

As for the merits of the explosive New York Times story alleging repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials before the election, Strzok said it was “misleading and inaccurate… no evidence.” Of the unsubstantiated claim that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was on the phone calls with Russian intelligence officials, Strzok said, “We are unaware of any calls with any Russian govt official in which Manafort was a party.” And of the New York Times claim that Roger Stone was part of the FBI’s inquiry into Russian ties, Strzok said, “We have not investigated Roger Stone.”

To claim without evidence that Donald Trump had been a secret Russian agent for decades is a treasonous travesty. The New York Times story was completely false, but the damage it caused the Trump administration was very real. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee had secretly bought and paid for the conspiracy theory to be manufactured, and disseminated in the press.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 10, 2020:

The mysterious “Primary Subsource” that Christopher Steele has long hidden behind to defend his discredited Trump-Russia dossier is a former Brookings Institution analyst — Igor “Iggy” Danchenko, a Russian national whose past includes criminal convictions and other personal baggage ignored by the FBI in vetting him. Agents continued to use the dossier as grounds to investigate President Trump and put his advisers under counter-espionage surveillance.

The 42-year-old Danchenko was hired by Steele in 2016 to deploy a network of sources to dig up dirt on Trump and Russia for the Hillary Clinton campaign. At Brookings — the preeminent Democratic think tank in Washington — he struck up a friendship with Fiona Hill, the White House adviser who testified against Trump during last year’s impeachment hearings. Danchenko has described Hill as his mentor.

The key allegation in the dossier claimed Trump engaged in a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” with the Kremlin against Clinton. Now we know that was inspired by gossip in bars among Danchenko and his drinking buddies. Instead of closing its case against Trump, however, the FBI continued to rely on the information Danchenko dictated to Steele for the dossier, even swearing to a secret court that it was credible enough to renew wiretaps for another nine months. One of Danchenko’s sources was nothing more than an anonymous voice on the other end of a phone call that lasted 10-15 minutes.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 06, 2020:

The real reason Obama was so determined to go after Trump’s incoming national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, was never about supposed ties to Russia. It was to protect the Iran deal.

It’s no secret that both Trump and Flynn had very vocally promised to scrap the Iran deal if the Washington outsider won the election. And it’s also no secret that Barack Obama and his administration considered that Iran deal the signature foreign policy achievement of his entire presidency.

The Russian collusion narrative was just a fake pretext to mask their real goal: Spying on the Trump presidency to try to sabotage it while also protecting Obama’s precious Iran deal.

After all, the dirty cops at the DOJ and the FBI can’t just come out and tell the FISA Court, “We’d like to spy on the presidential campaign of Donald Trump so that we can sabotage him in case he wins the election, including leaking and thwarting any actions he takes to scrap the Iran Deal.”

And it’s telling that the very first person they plotted to take direct action against after Trump did indeed unexpectedly win the election was Flynn. By forcing Flynn’s removal, Obama thought he would derail any early plans to scrap the Iran deal, perhaps until Trump could be removed from office via coup.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

A picture is starting to emerge about the abuse of power against the incoming Trump administration orchestrated by a cabal of outgoing Obama administration officials, House Democrats, the intelligence community and their allies in the media.

Turns out the entire Russian investigation was a sham, and Obama administration officials knew it from the get-go. Senior intelligence officials testified before closed-door congressional hearings that there was NO collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Yet Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff went on cable news shows day after day implying or saying outright to the American people that they had proof of collusion and that Donald Trump would never have been elected without Russian interference. Some even claimed Trump was a Russian asset and continued to do Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bidding from the Oval Office.

The Trump-hating media gleefully repeated their claims. They quoted “anonymous sources” who told of treasonous wrongdoings by Trump and his associates. The Russia hoax was all designed to prevent President Trump from doing what the American people elected him to do – drain the swamp. Why did the cabal want to stop Trump? Because they are the swamp.

According to Attorney General William Barr, “What happened to the president in the 2016 election and throughout the first two years of his administration was abhorrent. It was a grave injustice and it was unprecedented in American history.”

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

Obamagate began under the Obama administration and involved the alphabet agencies (the CIA, the FBI, and the DOJ), as well as President Obama, the national security adviser, the director of National Intelligence, the FISA court, and overseas intelligence agencies.

The wrongdoing included false affidavits; spying on innocent people, including the president-elect; unmasking; and set-ups, such as perjury traps and spies inveigling people into ambiguous statements that could be used against them. It then escalated to an attempt to overthrow the Trump presidency through a two-year-long investigation that destroyed several people's lives, even though the special counsel's office knew from Day One that neither Trump nor his team had done anything wrong.

When NSA surveillance was halted, the Obama administration lost its secret eyes on domestic political activity and especially on the rising Trump campaign. To regain that vision, the CIA and FBI launched new surveillance efforts. Three elements stand out. First, the executive branch, then controlled by Democrats, was determined to spy on the opposition party. Second, much of the spying was conducted by agencies that are limited, by law, to foreign operations. Since their goal was actually domestic surveillance and since that was illegal, they apparently outsourced some of it to friendly foreign governments, who relayed the information back to Washington. Third, since the FBI wanted to spy on Trump aides who were not actually suspected of crimes, they couldn't get regular warrants. To work around that, the FBI (under James Comey) and Department of Justice (under Loretta Lynch) falsely claimed the targets were foreign spies, making them eligible for FISA warrants. They also tried to entrap them (with help from CIA assets abroad), hoping they would commit illegal acts or say their colleagues had done so.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

Contrary to the protestations of Obama administration officials and their allies in the mainstream media, the collusion narrative was designed to accomplish the following objectives: first, to discourage voters from supporting Donald Trump in 2016; second, in the event that Hillary Clinton won the election, to ruin Donald Trump personally and destroy his business professionally; and third, to serve as a so-called “insurance policy” to remove President Trump from office.

According to the newly declassified testimony from Crowdstrike and the testimony of the former Obama national security officials, there is no clear evidence of a focused Russian effort to favor any single political candidate in the 2016 election — its activities were solely intended to be disruptive. The Russian government, it turns out, did not “hack” the Democrat National Committee server, and not a single Russian official was colluding with the Trump Campaign.

The only evidence of collusion with Moscow was the Christopher Steele dossier — a document that contained Russian intelligence deception and was financed by the Clinton Campaign and the DNC.

After almost four years, the FBI has finally been exposed for spying on the Trump campaign.

Democrat lawmakers were well aware that there was no evidence of collusion with Russia — but that did not stop them from lying to the American people virtually non-stop for more than three years. The recently-released transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee probe into Russia’s election meddling, for instance, show that Representative Adam Schiff falsely claimed to have proof of collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign despite knowing full well that his own star witnesses had claimed just the opposite.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

Obama saw Flynn as a signal threat to his legacy, which was rooted in his July 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Flynn had said long before he signed on with the Trump campaign that it was a catastrophe to realign American interests with those of a terror state. And now that the candidate he’d advised was the new president-elect, Flynn was in a position to help undo the deal. To stop Flynn, the outgoing White House ran the same offense it used to sell the Iran deal—they smeared Flynn through the press as an agent of a foreign power, spied on him, and leaked classified intercepts of his conversations to reliable echo chamber allies.

Ben Rhodes, had said in 2013that the Iran Deal was the White House’s key second-term initiative. Evidence that Tehran was coordinating with a terror group that had slaughtered thousands in Manhattan and at the Pentagon would make it harder to convince American lawmakers of the wisdom in legitimizing Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Obama confronted Iran Deal skeptics in his own party with a hard choice—either support the deal, or you’re out.

In 2012, the administration began secret negotiations with Iran. At the same time, the administration called off a multi-agency task force targeting the billion-dollar criminal enterprise run by Iran’s Lebanese ally, Hezbollah. The administration told Congress that the nuclear deal would not grant Iran access to the U.S. financial system, but a 2018 Senate report showed how the Obama White House lied to the public and was secretly trying to grant Iran that access. The Obama administration had misled Congress about secret deals it made regarding verification procedures, and then secretly shipped $1.7 billion in cash for Iran to distribute to its terror proxies.

The messaging campaign brought together friendly journalists, newly minted arms-control experts, social media stars, and progressive advocacy groups. As Obama’s top national security communications lieutenant Ben Rhodes told The New York Times: “They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”

Obama was simply bribing the Iranians with hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief and hundreds of billions more in investment to refrain from building a bomb until he was safely gone from the White House, when the Iranian bomb would become someone else’s problem.

In June 2015, a month before the deal was struck in Vienna, Michael Flynn was on Capitol Hill testifying about Iran and the deeply flawed deal on the table. He described Iran’s destabilizing actions throughout the region, how the regime killed American troops in Iraq and later Afghanistan. He warned about Iran’s ties to North Korea, China, and Russia. Flynn emphasized that Iran’s “stated desire to destroy Israel is very real.” He said Obama’s Iran policy was one of “willful ignorance.”

Flynn not only made it clear that he wanted to undo the Iran Deal, he also broadcast his determination to find the documents detailing the secret deals between Obama and Iran, and to publicize them.

Notably, Russia weighed in on the Obama team’s side. The White House agreed to let Russia export more than 100 tons of uranium to Iran—enough to make more than 10 bombs.

The criminal leak of a classified intercept was evidence that the Obama White House was spying on the transition team. To conceal their illegal surveillance of the incoming NSA and other Trump officials, Obama aides repurposed Hillary Clinton’s Trump-Russia collusion narrative, which had fed dozens of pre-election news reports and won the FBI a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. Now the media had the Trump White House on the defensive, identifying likely “points of collusion” everywhere, while covering up Obama’s spying operation.

Russiagate was in overdrive—one of the most destructive conspiracy theories in U.S. history was wel