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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.

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


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

wba108@yahoo.com ~ 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."

wba108@yahoo.com 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: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/09/dni_j...

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:

Articles migrated to the new design will not be able to accept new comments. This is not permanent and will be fixed at a later date.

Here is the original forum announcement which includes a section about comments: https://hubpages.com/community/forum/348706/import...

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 well on its way to poisoning minds around the country. It appeared to cast an even deeper spell on the elite urban classes whose peers in the press and government had fueled it in the name of “resisting” Trump.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 18, 2020:

It turns out that one serious liberal institution, the Innocence Project, maintains a whole Website devoted to persons who plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit. It’s called GuiltyPleaProblem.com. The first click on it brings up a headline asking the question, “Why do innocent people plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit?” The Website offers illuminating background to the problem.

Some 95% of felony convictions in America, the Website notes, are obtained through guilty pleas. Among persons known to be exonerated, it reports, a staggering 18% pleaded guilty to crimes they didn’t commit. It is a humbling statistic for those of us who cover the courts. The filing of a guilty plea by an innocent party occurs at a pace that leaves GuiltyPleaProblem.com saying: “there’s no telling how many are behind bars as a result.”

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 18, 2020:

Flynn, who pleaded guilty to bogus “lying to the FBI” charges that were politically motivated, has exposed an FBI run amok in their pursuit against him. Disgraced officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe were out to get Flynn at all costs. They had nothing on Flynn, nothing to warrant an interview for a counterintelligence probe or any federal investigation. You see, Flynn was doing his job by talking to the Russians as the incoming national security adviser, which these clowns thought they could fish and find some collusion evidence. There wasn’t any. When Flynn was interviewed, the agents said they felt he didn’t lie to them. There was no case, but the Trump-deranged DOJ pressed on, threatened him, and reportedly his family into pleading guilty to these bogus charges.

Yet, the fallback for liberals desperate to keep the Trump-Russia collusion carcass from totally falling apart is the line, “but Flynn pleaded guilty. Why would an innocent man do that?” My eyes cannot roll any harder at the naivete at this, but here we are. Well, since liberals think government can do no wrong, let’s shred that silly talking point right now. They can and they have done so—many times, even before the Trump presidency. Second, for liberals who are supposedly criminal justice reform advocates, are they just ignorant or plain stupid regarding the shocking number of false guilty pleas that are floating around our justice system.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2020:

T ~ I love to read anything by Dov Fischer. That article you sent the link for is his best yet. It is one of the best articles I have ever read, period. Thank you for sharing it with me. The best part was this:

“Lt. Gen. Flynn never deserved what was done to him. He was targeted for destruction by criminals and crooks in the FBI. They set out to destroy him. The FBI is not allowed to bother law-abiding people like you and me, to set us up, and to induce us to commit a crime. They are permitted to pursue criminal investigations only when they have a predicate before them. In the case of Flynn, they had in their possession a complete recording and transcript of his phone call with Sergey Kislyak. Yet they interviewed him and asked him to tell them what was said during the call. The Bureau of Investigation was not investigating; they already knew the answer. Rather, they were setting him up

“They took advantage of a good man who suddenly found himself combating in a different kind of military theater outside his field of expertise. He knew the jungles of Afghanistan, not the jungles of the Justice Department in Washington. The slime dregs of Justice, the Peter Strzoks and Andrew McCabes of the FBI, knew this. They had the lieutenant general on their terrain. He never should have been questioned about the call. He never should have been sucked into an interview without an attorney present. He never should have been lulled into what he said to the FBI.”

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2020:

New revelations about the Obama administration’s investigation into candidate and then President Donald Trump have utterly shattered the idea that Trump colluded with Russia in order to win the 2016 election. The very intelligence officials leading the probe testified under oath that they had seen no evidence of collusion. These revelations should utterly shame the left-leaning legacy media’s years-long obsession with the collusion narrative.

The perjury trap set for Michael Flynn revealed the ugly depths to which the Intelligence Community would sink to maintain the collusion narrative. The transcripts of House Intelligence Committee testimony revealed that most of the intelligence actors in the investigation did not have any evidence to even SUSPECT collusion, and has laid bare the utter baselessness of the case against Trump. Obama was setting up a “deep state,” pitting top-level intelligence officials against the incoming president they were bound to serve.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2020:

The Obama Administration went after General Flynn with a vengeance because they knew he would expose the Russia Hoax. Flynn had a bull's-eye on his back. People like Comey, McCabe, Brennan and Clapper all knew that once Flynn took the helm as national security adviser, he would expose the Russia hoax. They targeted him, and they got rid of him. High-ranking FBI officials at the time were discussing whether the FBI's “goal” was “to get Flynn to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2020:

On January 5, 2017, we suffered a sneak attack on America. President Barack Obama and his administration torpedoed America’s sacred tradition of the peaceful transfer of power. On that day, President Obama officially declared war on his duly-elected successor. He greenlit a black op against President-Elect Trump. One designed to paint him as a Russian traitor and paralyze his administration. Obama declared war on you, the American people.

It’s 15 days before Trump is inaugurated. Obama gathered all his major security figures: FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. (Yes, Joe Biden, you were there, too.)

Only one day before, FBI agents had concluded incoming National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was innocent of any Russian collusion. They wanted to close the counter-intelligence case on him, called “Crossfire Razor.” Strzok ordered it to stay open. The “7th floor” was involved. That meant FBI top brass. That meant Comey and McCabe.

It was at this meeting that Obama gave guidance to key officials who would be tasked with protecting his administration’s utilization of secretly funded Clinton campaign research, which alleged Trump was involved in a treasonous plot to collude with Russia, from being discovered or stopped by the incoming administration.

One part of Obama’s guidance? Limiting the information given his successor about the Russia investigation. There is no excuse for an outgoing president to withhold “intel” on supposed Russian agents from the president-elect. And there is no excuse for an outgoing president to advise hold-over high-ranking officials to do likewise once the new president has taken office.

High-level Obama operatives began intensely leaking selective information supporting a supposed Russia-Trump conspiracy theory, the incoming National Security Advisor was ambushed, and the incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from oversight of investigations of President Trump.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2020:

Obama hatched a treasonous plot to undermine a presidential election and subsequent presidency. When that failed, the plot twisted to destroying a duly elected president through leaks, innuendo, and outright lies.

Failing to prevent the election of the inevitable Hillary Clinton, Obama and his goon squad set out to destroy Trump’s presidency. One might call this a “seditious conspiracy,” which 18 U.S. Code § 2384 describes, “If two or more persons in any State or Territory…conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States.”

Trump’s people were in the way, namely former AG Jeff Sessions and incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. These were the only two individuals in the new Trump administration with the understanding and ability to shut down SpyGate and it was imperative that they be rendered impotent.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2020:

“If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place,” James Clapper said in his Anderson Cooper interview.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2020:

The Obama administration illegally unmasked and disseminated Flynn’s name to the press and the world, setting him up in the first place for persecution and prosecution. What they did is a felony that must be punished. And they did it with Obama's knowledge and consent. We know Obama was calling the shots. We knew it from the text messages between disgraced FBI agents and lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page saying that POTUS wanted to know everything they were doing.

Obama was leading the anti-Trump coup in which then-CIA Director John Brennan and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper were key participants. Despite multiple investigations of alleged Russian collusion dating back to Trump’s election, the only crimes we know of have been committed by Team Obama.

Flynn was an outspoken critic of President Obama’s Middle East policy, which included the betrayal of Iraq and the American lives lost there, precipitating the rise of ISIS, which Obama willfully ignored.

This was nothing less than an attempted coup under Obama’s auspices, sedition against the government of the United States by officials and a President sworn to uphold the Constitution. How do we know Obama called the shots on the whole Russian collusion/Steele Dossier hoax and Flynn’s entrapment was also on his orders. James Clapper said so!

In the search for the answer as to how the whole Mueller collusion probe and spying on Team Trump originated, one does not have to look far. One need only to revisit the interview deep state conspirator and perjurer James Clapper gave with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. He points his finger directly at Obama as leader of the coup against Donald Trump.

Former Obama administration director of national intelligence James Clapper admitted that former president Barack Obama gave the order to Peter Strzok to kick off his Operation Crossfire Hurricane targeting of President Donald Trump.

The Logician from now on on May 17, 2020:


James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2020:

Wesman Todd Shaw ~ As you put it perfectly: "The fewer Satanists on the planet, the better the planet will be."

That is why I wrote my last book, 'What Does the Devil Do All Day.' To help identify them.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2020:

T ~ I love it. That is hilarious. I even had to call the wife in to see it.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2020:

Wesman Todd Shaw ~ I appreciate your powerful words: "the persons who own the media absolutely hate the truth. ... They hate me, they hate you, they hate the United States, and they hate everyone."

I think they even hate themselves.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on May 15, 2020:

I want the Squirrel annihilated. Time for the prophecy to happen. Ring in the great Time of Jacob's Trouble.

The fewer Satanists on the planet, the better the planet will be.

The Logician from now on on May 15, 2020:

Wes, I have some YouTube therapy for you,

Imagine, I mean really imagine the media is a squirrel and you don’t want the squirrel around. relax with that thought and when you are thinking of nothing else watch this


Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on May 15, 2020:

Well, the persons who own the media absolutely hate the truth.

The persons who own the media nailed the truth to a cross. They hate the truth.

If there exists a more evil group of persons than the tribe who owns the media, I'd love to hear about it. And know why.

But really, the greatest evil on this planet is that which nailed the son of God to a cross - they had to do it, was written in the stars - but those people are the same today as they were then. They hate the truth.

They hate me, they hate you, they hate the United States, and they hate everyone.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 15, 2020:

T ~ I sincerely doubt anything will ever happen to Hillary or Obama. The media and the Deep State loves them, the complete opposite of how they loathed Nixon.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 15, 2020:

T ~ Truer words have never been spoken than these by you: "Well if Trump was the dictator they all pretend he is these traitors would all have been summarily executed by now." PREACH!

The Logician from now on on May 15, 2020:

So I heard Lindsey Graham talk about investigating the Coup against Trump but, unless I missed it, there was no mention of questioning Hiliary who started the whole thing with the dossier she paid to create.

Why does she skate free, her name isn’t mentioned with all the others involved.

The Logician from now on on May 14, 2020:

Well if Trump was the dictator they all pretend he is these traitors would all have been summarily executed by now.

Instead nobody even knows what, if anything, is going to become of them.

Some dictator!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 14, 2020:

T ~ Has it really been that long. My, my life is flying by. It won’t be long and I’ll be gone. You are surely right in all you point out that the press said was imminent: The walls are closing in!

Your comments are spot on: “So, Perkins Coie hired Fusion GPS who hired the British spy Christopher Steele who compiled the dossier. A former Obama DOJ attorney (Michael Sussman), and then conveniently Perkins Coie lawyer, was the guy at Perkins Coie to deliver.”


And, of course, you know the answer to this: “All of this begs the question: Was ANY single part of the Russian collusion story true? They drug the country through hell (and still are) and even delivered a House impeachment of a sitting President and, so far, nothing about it was on the 'up and up'. It looks like the whole thing was fabricated. If that's not a coup attempt, what do you call it?”

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 13, 2020:

For more than three years, long before the hearings, Adam Schiff pronounced day after day that he has seen absolute proof that Trump was guilty of colluding with Russia to ensure his election victory. Now that the transcripts of the hearings are out there for all to read, we all know that these hearings did not produce a single witness who had knowledge of any evidence that candidate or President Trump had colluded with Russia. Not one. Not James Clapper, not Susan Rice, not one of them who for three years have been accusing Trump of treason had a bit of evidence, heard or seen, that could bolster their talking points. Some of them, like former Department of Defense official Evelyn Farkas and the vainglorious and pompous Col. Alexander Vindman, admitted they had lied, either on the networks or, in Vindman's case, about Trump's words during his phone conversation with Ukraine's President Volodomyr Zelensky. Shouldn't he be charged with perjury? He was under oath. Now we all know that John Podesta admitted in those hearings that the DNC and the Clinton campaign had indeed paid for the phony Steele dossier! And now we know that Obama was pulling the strings of all the moving parts.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 13, 2020:

In the past week, transcripts of House Intelligence Committee testimony from various Obama officials proved that they had no evidentiary basis for investigating alleged Trump-Russia collusion. The investigation was phony “the whole time. Every single person that was interviewed was asked whether or not they knew of any evidence of collusion, coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Did they hear anything? Do they know anything? Do they have any leads for us whatsoever? And the answer was always the same. Nothing. Itwas all fake. It was all phony the whole time. Even Obama officials who publicly claimed to know of evidence proving collusion admitted to the HIC they did not have any and had never seen any.

The Logician from now on on May 13, 2020:

James you wrote this article 13 months ago and at the risk of repeating things in your article now WE ALL KNOW:

Another day, another Russian collusion narrative destroyed.

Remember when Adam Schiff said “You can see evidence in plain sight on the issue of collusion, pretty compelling evidence”? That turned out to be false.

Remember when General Flynn ‘flipped’ on Trump and was working with Mueller to expose Trump as a Russian agent? Yeah, that didn’t happen either.

Remember when the Mueller team charged a bunch of Russian businesses? The charges have all been dropped.

Remember when Crowdstrike, apparently, concluded the Russians hacked the DNC server? I remember hearing this story for over 3 years now. But they had no evidence of it.

More than that, they cannot even say for sure if it was hacked!

Among the 53 transcripts that were finally released (Schiff was holding them back since 2018 - and now we know why) was the testimony transcript of Shawn Henry, the President of Crowdstrike. In that testimony he refutes the narrative given, for the last 3 years, that they concluded Russians hacked the DNC server.

When asked if they had found solid evidence that Russian hackers had stolen data from the DNC servers, Henry stated:

“There’s not evidence that they were actually exfiltrated,”


“There’s circumstantial evidence, but no evidence that they were actually exfiltrated.”

That's not quite the same as "We concluded that Russians hacked the DNC server". What's more, if you remember, is that the FBI and supposed other intelligence agencies concluded Russia hacked the DNC server.

How'd they get that conclusion? Crowdstrike, according to the FBI. The FBI didn't take possession of the server, they took Crowdstrike's word for it. The narrative, though, was that Crowdstrike confirmed the hack. The classified testimony being held back, by Schiff, does NOT say that.

Our politicians, mainstream media, and even the DNC as an entity were accusing the other greatest nuclear power on Earth of attacking our democracy and rigging an election. Think about the consequences that could have been for such an accusation. That's a great way to start a war...with a nuclear giant.

Wouldn't you want to be sure before making such accusations?

Another nugget of info from the released testimony, from Just The News:

Henry said he was initially contacted by a former Justice Department colleague named Michael Sussmann who became an attorney for the Washington, D.C. law firm Perkins Coie.

Perkins Coie - where have we heard that name before? That's right, Perkins Coie provided the FBI with the anti-Trump dossier.

Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann initiated contact with him and provided documents as well as computer storage devices on Russian hacking. The sources said Baker described the contact as unusual and the “only time it happened.”

So, Perkins Coie hired Fusion GPS who hired the British spy Christopher Steele who compiled the dossier. A former Obama DOJ attorney (Michael Sussman), and then conveniently Perkins Coie lawyer, was the guy at Perkins Coie to deliver.

All of this begs the question: Was ANY single part of the Russian collusion story true? They drug the country through hell (and still are) and even delivered a House impeachment of a sitting President and, so far, nothing about it was on the 'up and up'. It looks like the whole thing was fabricated. If that's not a coup attempt, what do you call it?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 11, 2020:

"We now know that several prominent Democrats appeared over and over on American television claiming that they had seen proof that President Trump, the man we lawfully elected, was a Russian agent. We now know that every one of them, except Adam Schiff, later admitted under oath that they had lied and that there was no such evidence. Those lies cost We, the People, at least $34,000,000 just in the Mueller probe, and Mueller was one of those who knew it was all a lie." ~ Bill Henderson

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 11, 2020:

There's been a veritable flood of revelations about wrongful acts that Obama administration officials and Deep State operatives committed, all in a concerted and sustained effort to destroy the Trump presidency. We now know that Obama and Biden originated an anti-Trump operation during the January 5, 2017, meeting at which Comey, Yates, and Susan Rice (among others) were present. This proves Obama was up to his neck in the Russia hoax.

During the January 5, 2017, meeting at the Obama White House Obama gave guidance to key officials who would be tasked with protecting his administration's utilization of secretly funded Clinton campaign research, which alleged Trump was involved in a treasonous plot to collude with Russia, from being discovered or stopped by the incoming administration.

Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and other high-level FBI officials violated every standard operating procedure there was when it came to notes from an FBI interview, including either losing or destroying the original notes from the interview. The same people who tried to destroy General Michael Flynn over a process crime when there was no underlying crime were very cavalier about their own rules.

James Clapper, who said on television that Trump's alleged collusion with Russia was worse than Watergate said something different to Congress, under oath. Clapper admitted, "I never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election."

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

We know from the FBI's own documents that on or before January 4, 2017, the FBI decided to close its investigation into Flynn because there was no evidence that he had connived with Russia against American interests. Peter Strzok, however, worked with the "7th Floor" (i.e., FBI leadership) to keep the case alive. The FBI leadership team then strategized how to set Flynn up by asking him to recall things by memory that they had transcripts of so that any mistake in his recollections could be hailed as perjury.

The justification used was that Flynn, as Trump's incoming national security adviser, had talked on the phone with then–Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The FBI had a transcript of the call, though, and knew that Flynn had said nothing wrong. After Comey advised the DOJ's leadership about the call, senior officials at both the DOJ and the FBI urged him to let the incoming Trump administration know about the FBI's concerns. Comey relentlessly refused to talk to the Trump team, frustrating other officials. Instead, as Comey himself boasted, on January 24, 2017, just four days after Trump's inauguration, Comey took advantage of the White House's disorder to get to Flynn. Instead of going through White House counsel, which might have prevented the Flynn interview or warned Flynn about his rights, Comey had his agents contact Flynn directly to talk about the call with Kislyak.

Flynn readily agreed to the interview. He knew he had nothing to fear or hide because, as he said, "you [the FBI] listen to everything they [the Russians] say." During the interview, Flynn was relaxed and open. By the end of the interview, the agents didn't believe that Flynn had been lying, even though his memory was inaccurate in places. (The agents had the transcript, of course, which they never showed to Flynn.) Nevertheless, with Comey's pushing, Mueller's special counsel's office charged Flynn with a single count of making false statements.

The DOJ documented facts establishing that, even as the FBI and DOJ were relentlessly prosecuting Flynn, conniving with his attorneys, and forcing him into a guilty plea, they always knew they had no case against him. The legal ground for the withdrawal was that Flynn's statement to the FBI, even it was false, was not material — and materiality is an essential element of the alleged offense.

It's a sordid tale in which out-of-control FBI management and vindictive special counsel are determined to destroy General Flynn.

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

Obama Defense Official Evelyn Farkas Admitted She Lied On MSNBC About Having Evidence Of Collusion! 'I didn't know anything,' she told Congress.

Former Obama administration defense official Evelyn Farkas testified under oath that she lied during an MSNBC interview when she claimed to have evidence of alleged collusion, a newly declassified congressional transcript of her testimony shows.

“Did you have information connecting the Trump campaign to the hack of the DNC?” Gowdy asked.

“No,” Farkas admitted.

“So when you say, ‘We knew,’ the reality is you knew nothing,” Gowdy asked later during the deposition.

“Correct,” Farkas responded.

“You didn’t know anything?” Gowdy continued.

“That’s correct,” Farkas responded,

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

The release of transcripts of interviews from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia reveal that former Obama administration officials had no “empirical evidence” of collusion, proving Trump’s claim that the entire investigation was a hoax from the beginning.

“I never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election,” former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified in 2017.

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

President Obama knew about the phone tapping and spying on President Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and a just-released document proves it. It’s the latest piece of evidence showing that the White House knew or orchestrated the spy program on the Trump campaign and administration – in cahoots with the highest levels of the intelligence community.

This is a massive coverup of the greatest scandal in American history. The Obama Administration and the Democrats interfered with our elections – and sent spies into the opposition party’s campaign. They lied to a federal court. To forged evidence.

When you put this revelation together with the text messages between FBI investigator Peter Strzok and his on-the-side-honey, FBI attorney Lisa Page, saying that “the White House is running this” and “POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing” it’s pretty clear Obama has some explaining to do.

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

Ex-Obama official, in released transcript, admits to Congress she didn't know about Trump-Russian collusion despite prior claims on television that she did! Evelyn Farkas, a former Obama administration official, said on MSNBC in 2017 that she "was concerned the Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about their, the staff, the Trump staff’s dealing with Russians.”

But the tranche of transcripts from 2017-2018 House Intelligence Committee interviews showed that several top Obama officials, including Farkas, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice all said they had or knew of no hard evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

"I didn't know anything," Farkas responded to a question from then-Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., asking how she would have known about information in the possession of the Obama administration about Trump-Russia collusion. “You also didn't know whether or not anybody in the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia, did you?" Gowdy later asked, getting to the point. "I didn't," Farkas said.

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

“What’s our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” wrote an FBI official, believed to be former FBI counterintelligence director Bill Priestap about the Democrat plot to frame General Flynn.

General Flynn became Target Zero for his willingness to expose and undo what Obama considered his signature foreign policy achievement, the Iran nuclear deal. Obama may have suspected that the deal was fatally flawed, but there was one thing he knew, namely that the deal was built on a framework of lies and deceptions.

“The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns,” the oddly incautious Obama foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes boasted of the Iran con job. “We created an echo chamber. They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”

Flynn, by contrast, was saying things that invalidated the Rhodes talking points. In March 2015, while Obama’s people were selling a swooning media the deal’s imagined virtues, Flynn was sharing some inconvenient truths. "Iran is also a country with ballistic missiles, cyber capabilities. They are also still a state-sponsor of terrorism,” Flynn said. “And here we are dealing with them as though we’re going to give them a carte blanche -- I know it will be some number of years to have a nuclear capability. Give me a break!"

Had Flynn remained a nutty outlier restricted to the conservative news ghetto, the Obama crowd could have ignored him. When Flynn moved into Trump’s inner circle, he morphed from nuisance to threat.

Russia had not yet become the media’s public enemy number one, let alone the White House’s. In July 2015, for instance, Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin to thank him for his help securing the Iran nuclear pact. Obama had reason to be grateful. No foreign leader had more influence over the mullahs than Putin. As Obama told Tom Friedman of the New York Times, “We would have not achieved this agreement had it not been for Russia’s willingness to stick with us and the other P5-Plus members in insisting on a strong deal.”

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

Thank you brother Bill

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on May 05, 2020:

You can post anything I write, my friend. Be my guest!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 05, 2020:

T ~ I feel your pain. Conservatives are simply not prone to collective action, by nature, as are leftists, for whom collective action, community organizing, and political activism are part and parcel of their ideology.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 05, 2020:

WillStarr ~ Thank you for your brilliant analysis. I love it so much I have saved it so I can post it to Facebook attributed to you, if that's OK.

The Logician from now on on May 03, 2020:

But Will, where is the outrage?

Why aren’t citizens protesting, marching on Washington, demanding justice?

Protests are launched by the left protesting every made up accusation you can imagine but when it comes to actual substantiated blatant criminal abuse of the constitution everyone, the media, our elected officials all dismiss the facts as conspiracy theories that should be ignored.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on May 03, 2020:

I wonder if most people realize just how devastating all this is.

Barack Hussein Obama, while President of the United States of America, not only knew that both his Justice Department (the FBI) and his Treasury Department (the IRS) were being weaponized against his political opponents, he almost certainly and secretly ordered it.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama's Secretary of State, was supposed to be 8 more years of Obama, and so Obama did all he could to assure that it happened by spying on the Trump campaign. When that failed, they then tried to overturn the election by claiming Trump and the Russians rigged it and Hillary actually won when in fact, it was Hillary Clinton who was colluding with Russian agents. When that too failed, they resorted to crippling Trump as much as possible to keep him from 'Making America Great again' with a fake impeachment and now, by blaming him for a pandemic.

All this is criminal in nature and borders on treason with Barack Hussein Obama at the helm. Those responsible should go to jail so that no one ever again resorts to such banana republic tactics here in the United States. That's why we have a Constitution limiting tyrants and tyranny.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 03, 2020:

A new report from the Senate Judiciary Committee shows that the FBI had always intended to spy on the president’s 2016 campaign. They also spied on the Trump administration after the 2016 election.

The recent declassifications of the FISA applications now expose a further reality: The FBI didn’t just seek access to past electronic communications with campaign members, the FBI believed Page would continue to communicate with the Trump campaign and sought the FISA court order to intercept those conversations.

Obama’s former spy czar, James Clapper, even admitted that what the FBI appeared to have done here fits the definition of…spying.

The DOJ apparatus of a Democratic president was spying on the presidential campaign of the rival political party, the DOJ/FBI used a piece of biased, political opposition research that was funded by the Democrats and the Clinton campaign to secure a spy warrant. This was a coup attempt by the Deep State.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 26, 2020:

It is amazing T. Hopefully, the Truth will win out in the end.

The Logician from now on on April 26, 2020:

Amazing! Isn’t it? How people like Brennan can get away with stuff like that and it is totAlly ignored by the media which spends all it’s time reporting on hoaxes!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 26, 2020:

U.S. Intelligence Knew Russia Preferred Hillary to Trump, But John Brennan Hid the Truth, Ex-NSC Chief Says! Did Russia interfere in the 2016 election in order to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton? Contrary to the left's favorite narrative, the reverse was true — and known to be true among the U.S. Intelligence Community. Newly declassified intelligence proves that Brennan "suppressed facts or analysis that showed why it was not in Russia’s interests to support Trump and why Putin stood to benefit from Hillary Clinton’s election.” They also shows that “Brennan suppressed that intelligence over the objections of CIA analysts.” And “Putin actually wanted the more predictable and malleable Clinton to win the 2016 election.”

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 07, 2020:

T ~ I surely appreciate you chiming in. Well done. Perfectly put.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 07, 2020:

Kate ~ Firstly, it is a lie that President Trump called the VIRUS a hoax. He never said that. Everybody knows that a virus is a real thing. What he did say was that the Democrats are USING the virus as a HOAX. To understand that you must first understand the meaning of the word, "Hoax: A Malicious Deception."

Secondly, you misunderstand what the press briefing is for. It is not for the press to 'critique' the President as you think. It is to ask questions - not to make statements. He is not appearing there to be insulted, and I don't just mean President Trump I mean any and all presidents. It is not a place for members of the press to criticize the President, or to make statements, or to ask what are called "gotcha questions" such as "have you stopped beating your wife yet?"

The Russians always try to influence elections in other countries. That has been going on for over 80 years at least. But in the 2016 Election they were unable to change a single vote, as even the Mueller Investigation concluded, even though it was formed with the sole purpose to frame President Trump.

However, I sincerely appreciate you taking the time read my article here. And if you love Russian History I have written a widely-read article about that as well. Here is the link to it: https://discover.hubpages.com/education/Russia-His

The Logician from now on on April 06, 2020:

Also I’d like to inform you mentioning a lie doesn’t magically make it true. So when you lead with a lie, a lie you know is a lie you have not even an inkling of evidence to support why should anyone believe or even read anything you have to say? I won’t waste my time but you will be glad to know, James reads everything. On second thought you may not be so glad he does.

Kate on April 06, 2020:

First of all I would like to mention that Trump called the Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 a “Hoax”. I also notice that anyone in the press who critiques him or says something that he does not want to hear he is very quick to say “Fake news.” Trump is always deflecting. He never takes responsibility for his faults or mistakes. At the end of the day he’s Human like the rest of us...Nobody’s perfect. It’s always someone else’s fault. His body language comes across as someone who is haughty. Trump also seems arrogant in my opinion. Lastly, I have had an interest in Russian history and know some of the Russian language in Cyrillic it looks like русский язык. I’ve been fascinated with Russian history and the Russian language since I was 12 years old...I’m now 32 years old. What I know of Russian history leads me to believe the Russians had involvement in Trumps presidential election in the year 2016.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 03, 2020:

The "Russian collusion" case ended in an embarrassing whimper Monday. It turns out that in order to have a "Russian collusion" case, one must have "Russians" and "collusion." As we found out in the Mueller report from last year, there was no collusion with President Trump. On Monday, Mueller's prosecutors admitted they're running out of Russians, too.

Left in the wreckage, the first three years of the Trump candidacy and presidency, his reputation, the erosion of confidence in American governmental institutions, his friends and advisors imprisoned on process crimes from the corrupt investigation and Leftist governmental bots who planned it all who are not in prison.

The charges against three Russian "bot" farms and 13 individuals in Mueller's so-called Russian collusion case were dropped with prejudice on Monday. But the conclusion of the case was never in doubt.

Defense attorney Robert Barnes wrote, "The only case #Mueller brought to prove 'Russian interference' w/ any defense is now being dismissed by DOJ b/c prosecutors knew they couldn't win at trial. Repeat: the DOJ could not find a single case they could successfully prosecute to prove any act of "Russian interference."

While there's no doubt Russia was trying to sow political discord in the U.S. around the 2016 election, phony Facebook accounts, meme-makers and $100,000 worth of Facebook ads hardly seemed a recipe for wholesale election interference. Rosenstein said Russians never actually changed votes in the election and the outcome wasn't changed.

In fact, crazy stories run by Leftist partisans in the U.S. about the president being a Russian secret agent resulting in the Russia collusion investigation did more damage and sowed more political discord.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 19, 2019:

T ~ Yes, I totally agree with your analysis of the IG Report. As you put it perfectly: "The Mueller Investigation was a continuation of the Crossfire Hurricane FBI counterintelligence operation.

"They lied to the FISA Court, they doctored documents, hid exculpatory evidence, secretly taped conversations with informants, went through emails and phone calls...and these are just the findings of the OIG Report, which was extremely limited in scope.

"US Attorney John Durham is looking at everything - and he issued a statement within minutes of the release of the OIG Report on FISA abuse that he disagreed with their findings of ‘no political bias’. His report is expected in about 6 months."

The Logician from now on on December 12, 2019:

James, the IG report confirms all your suspicions!


“ After three years of Trump supporters being ridiculed and called ‘conspiracy theorists’, we now know that actors within the FBI intentionally concealed, intentionally altered and intentionally lied to put us through two and half years of the Mueller Investigation.

After three years of Trump being called a ‘Russian asset’ and ‘Putin's puppet’, we now know that the FBI and the entire Department of Justice misled the country and the world. The entire media knew this and not one of them lifted a finger to put an end to it.

A lot of hay was made yesterday on both sides of the aisle over the OIG Report's finding that there was ‘no political bias’ by FBI leadership in launching a counterintelligence probe of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. The discussion of ‘no political bias’ is a red herring.

A real question might be: How many people have these five agents framed in the past, like they did Carter Page? How many court cases or people who have been surveilled and then convicted might now appeal their cases as a result of the DOJ's findings of FBI malfeasance thus far?

Of the five people identified in the OIG Report who had either omitted or lied or altered documentary evidence to enable the continuation of this Russia collusion investigation and the renewing of the FISA application, have any of these five people been reviewed for previous malfeasance doing the same thing? And if not, why not? And if so, what are the cases?

Of course, more than just those five people were involved. Had the truth been told about Christopher Steele's ‘Pee-Pee Dossier’ in early 2017, none of this ‘Russia Collusion’ nonsense would have gotten any traction.

The entire Mueller Investigation was predicated on FBI malfeasance! Mueller's appointment was a function of a select group within the FBI

1) Lying,

2) Fabricating, and

3) Omitting evidence.

The Mueller Investigation was a continuation of the Crossfire Hurricane FBI counterintelligence operation.

They lied to the FISA Court, they doctored documents, hid exculpatory evidence, secretly taped conversations with informants, went through emails and phone calls...and these are just the findings of the OIG Report, which was extremely limited in scope.

US Attorney John Durham is looking at everything - and he issued a statement within minutes of the release of the OIG Report on FISA abuse that he disagreed with their findings of ‘no political bias’. His report is expected in about 6 months.

...when the OIG Report was released, it appears that the DOJ has been using a special font that hampers document searches - and more importantly - Freedom of Information Act requests.

Words appear to be spelled correctly within official documents but if you copy the text, you discover that the actual letters used are different. I'd previously pointed out that ‘Comey’ appeared to be "Comey" but if you actually copied the text, the letters used are ’Corney’. Thus, a search for ’James Comey’ in the OIG Report yielded zero results. This would undermine FOIA requests.

Many more such obfuscations have now been discovered and there are bound to be more. Biden: Biclen; Clinton: Ciinton; Obama: Obarna; Nadler: Nacller; Pelosi: Peiosi...

It's also curious how the number 17 keeps coming up. We were told by Hillary and John Podesta and others that ’17 intelligence agencies had confirmed’ that Russia interfered with the 2016 election. The letter Q is the 17th in the alphabet and now the OIG Report tells us that there were 17 instances of gross violations in the investigation into Carter Page. 476 pages in the report adds up to 17...“

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 06, 2019:

Paula ~ Thank you for visiting and reading my hub. You made my day with your awesome accolades and lovely laudations. Truly. Like you, I'm a big fan of Dan Bongino as well as Mark Levin, especially Levin. His weekend show is usually fabulous. But quiet and dignified.

I cannot thank you enough for sharing my article with your mailing list. I really appreciate you.


Suzie from Carson City on September 04, 2019:

This article is absolute MUST READ for every single American. In fact, this is a powerful article of facts for the world! As so many, James, I commend you for taking the time and effort of putting such an insightful, truthful & stunning article together. Your skills are amazing.

Because I faithfully follow Dan Bongino as well as Mark Levine.....I have been brought up to speed on a lot of this shocking mass corruption.

I am sharing this outside of HP with the hundreds on my mail list. It is vital and must be spread throughout our country. Thank you! Paula

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 04, 2019:

T ~ You are welcome. I watched it on television and found it so fascinating that I sought out the transcript for my friends.

The Logician from now on on September 03, 2019:

Thank you for that interview! It’s funny but when hubbers mentioned that list of former prosecutors in the forum the first thing I said was there has to be 10s of thousands of former prosecutors so that list us nothing but a list of the tiny percentage of them that are nothing but political hacks.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 03, 2019:

Here is a great interview on this subject: https://www.foxnews.com/transcript/dr-john-eastman...

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 17, 2019:

T ~ I have long loved that quote from Edmund Burke.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 17, 2019:

Will Starr ~ I could not agree more with your keen insights. Well said. You are spot on again.

The Logician from now on on August 16, 2019:

Yep, history repeats itself, when will anyone learn that “The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing”

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on August 16, 2019:

There's no longer any question that the Obama Administration unlawfully used the awesome power of government in an attempt to affect the outcome of a presidential election. This is nothing short of banana-republic tactics and all of them should have to pay the price.

However, it is also obvious that once again, the criminal Democrats will get away with it because no Democrat will break ranks and Republicans are mush-spined cowards.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 16, 2019:

Government watchdog Judicial Watch has uncovered and released hundreds of documents showing the Obama Justice Department working directly with Fusion GPS, a research firm hired by the Clinton campaign, to frame President Trump.

The documents show Fusion GPS' Nellie Ohr, who was specifically hired in 2016 to dig up dirt on Trump and his children Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric, working directly with U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr on a spread sheet linking President Trump to a number of Russian operatives.

After the documents were passed back and forth between the two, Bruce Ohr gave them to the FBI.

"FBI interview reports from December 5 and December 12, and December 20, 2017, show that Bruce Ohr 'voluntarily' gave these anti-Trump and Manafort materials, created for the Clinton campaign by Fusion GPS, to the FBI," Judicial Watch found.

"These documents show a crazed DOJ-FBI effort to use the Clinton spy ring at Fusion GPS, namely Nellie Ohr, to smear President Trump - even before he was sworn in as president," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said about the findings.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 08, 2019:

Alan Dershowitz, one of the most liberal lawyers in the world, wrote an article headlined, “Mueller wrongly introduces dangerous concept of ‘exoneration’ in review of Trump actions!”

Here are the key excerpts from Alan Dershowitz: “The word of the day, following the confusing and confused testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before two House committees Wednesday, is “exonerate” – or more precisely, “not exonerate.”

“Exoneration is not the job of our legal system. Mueller’s attempt to introduce it is an extraordinary and dangerous innovation that would endanger the presumption of innocence we all have under the law. The sentence, which Mueller reiterated in his testimony, said: “Accordingly while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

“There is a grave and frightening danger in introducing the concept of exoneration into our legal system. It suggests that a person may still be presumed guilty even if the decision was made not to prosecute him or her, or even if a jury rendered a verdict of not guilty.

Surely, this is the impression that the Mueller report and Mueller himself intended to convey by the sentence, which is the last one in his report. Exoneration should never be used as a partisan political weapon by politicians. Mueller should never have spoken of exoneration in his report or in his testimony.

“Under Mueller’s concept of exoneration, a criminal investigation would become a three-part multiple-choice test with “guilty,” “not guilty” and “exonerated” as the three choices. In the context of a prosecutorial decision, the choices would be “prosecute,” “don’t prosecute,” “exonerate” and “not exonerate.”

“But these choices are not part of the American legal system. Our system operates on a binary approach, not a multiple-choice one. When a prosecutor decides not to prosecute, or when a jury renders a verdict of not guilty, that has to be the last word when it comes to the criminal law.

“By introducing the concept of “not exonerated” the special counsel exceeded his own powers and even those of the Justice Department. There is absolutely nothing in the Justice Department rule book or in the regulations governing the role of a special counsel that gives him or her the power to exonerate or not exonerate. And for good reason. These words set an absurd standard that wrongly casts a shadow of suspicion over people who are not charged with crimes.”

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 14, 2019:

Yes, Brad, that is true. You are right.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 14, 2019:

Charles Imwold ~ Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article. I agree with you 100%: "Thank God for the Electoral Collage and President Donald J. Trump ! Keep America Great ! President Donald J. Trump 2020 !"

Brad on July 13, 2019:


Google is a known anti Trump org.

Charles Imwold on July 13, 2019:

Thank God for the Electoral Collage and President Donald J. Trump ! Keep America Great ! President Donald J. Trump 2020 !

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 22, 2019:

Glenn Stok ~ Thank you. I got your message via Facebook and I appreciate it. It is chock full of good advice, which I will take to heart. Good on you!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 22, 2019:

Thanks for sharing your experiences with me, T.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on May 21, 2019:

I assure you it has nothing to do with viewpoint discrimination.

Those form letters are cryptic because they expect you to read the guidelines. I see several important things that need to be fixed to meet the standards required for a niche site and to satisfy Google.

These unrelated comments don’t help the hub either, so I will send you more detail via FB messenger and we can take it up there so I can help you accomplish this.

The Logician from now on on May 21, 2019:

I’m not surprised James but before I stopped writing they kept begging me to submit some of my sites. I gave in on one and after it was there for a year they made changes to it without notifying me, changes that showed they knew nothing about biology, deleted a couple of my pics meant to shed a little humor on the topic and even deleted many comments from the article (which were on topic btw).

Since then I’ve been asked to submit articles every so often and when I say never and complain about my experience they just keep on asking me to submit the same articles. I’ve been asked to submit my article “I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist...” 3 times since I republished it. I know what they would do to it if I accepted - what a joke!

I keep telling them I don’t try to make money from my articles but they don’t care I guess as long as they are making money from them.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 21, 2019:

Glenn Stok ~ I am sad to report that within a few hours they turned me down flat on the request to put this article on SoapBoxie. They gave no reason outside of a form letter that made no sense in regard to this particular article. I have a feeling it is viewpoint discrimination.

But thank you very much for all the knowledge you shared with me. I especially did not know that the comments are part of the article to Google. Fascinating.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 21, 2019:

Maybe so, T, maybe so.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on May 21, 2019:

Per your last comment James, Google ranks based on a number of criteria. When they detect keyword stuffing, they reduce ranking. Unrelated keywords cause Google bots to either get confused and index your article incorrectly, or reduce ranking for keyword stuffing.

Bots don’t know the difference between the main article and it’s comment section. HubPages doesn’t care, but Google will react to it as I described.

When HubPages first announced this issue a long time ago, I deleted all comments that had poor grammar, misspellings, and off topic. It took a while for Google to react to it, but eventually it helped with increased traffic and earnings. I discuss theses things in my tutorials.

Now, this comment itself is off topic, so feel free to keep it just for yourself rather than approving it here.

The Logician from now on on May 20, 2019:

Well James, sounds like you have a lot of deleting to do! Lol

Fine with me.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 20, 2019:

Glenn Stok ~ Seriously? This is the first I've heard of a Hub being penalized if someone makes a comment off topic. I must confess that many times discussions prompted by my Hubs have gone down rabbit holes that ended up not directly connected to the original article. Off on tangents, sparked by the original topic to be sure, but going down other roads. I never knew that was any kind of offense.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on May 19, 2019:

James - Great. It will make a big difference. You can submit one every 14 days until you get them all moved. Only stellar articles get moved, but you do well with that. No need to approve this reply since it doesn’t match the subject, which is important for high ranking.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 19, 2019:


James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 19, 2019:

Glann Stok ~ Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I certainly agree with your analysis: "I could see that they were doing everything to divert attention away from what they had done ever since Benghazi. It immediately became clear to me when Hillary was subpoenaed to turn over her emails and she deleted them instead, that some serious crime had to be hidden from the public."

I so appreciate your gracious compliments. And I took your advice: I submitted this article to Soapboxie this afternoon. Thanks for the encouragement!

The Logician from now on on May 19, 2019:

Amen to that sentiment Glenn!

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