Ball of Collusion – The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency by Andrew C. McCarthy. See ObamaGate, SpyGate, Russian Collusion Hoax. Ball of Collusion Table of Contents
“The real collusion in the 2016 election was not between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. It was between the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration.
The media–Democrat “collusion narrative,” which paints Donald Trump as cat’s paw of Russia, is a studiously crafted illusion.
Despite Clinton’s commanding lead in the polls, hyper-partisan intelligence officials decided they needed an “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency. Thus was born the collusion narrative, built on an anonymously sourced “dossier,” secretly underwritten by the Clinton campaign and compiled by a former British spy. Though acknowledged to be “salacious and unverified” at the FBI’s highest level, the dossier was used to build a counterintelligence investigation against Trump’s campaign.
Miraculously, Trump won anyway. But his political opponents refused to accept the voters’ decision. Their collusion narrative was now peddled relentlessly by political operatives, intelligence agents, Justice Department officials, and media ideologues—the vanguard of the “Trump Resistance.” Through secret surveillance, high-level intelligence leaking, and tireless news coverage, the public was led to believe that Trump conspired with Russia to steal the election.
Not one to sit passively through an onslaught, President Trump fought back in his tumultuous way. Matters came to a head when he fired his FBI director, who had given explosive House testimony suggesting the president was a criminal suspect, despite privately assuring Trump otherwise. The resulting firestorm of partisan protest cowed the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel, whose seemingly limitless investigation bedeviled the administration for two years.
Yet as months passed, concrete evidence of collusion failed to materialize. Was the collusion narrative an elaborate fraud? And if so, choreographed by whom? Against media–Democrat caterwauling, a doughty group of lawmakers forced a shift in the spotlight from Trump to his investigators and accusers. This has exposed the depth of politicization within American law-enforcement and intelligence agencies. It is now clear that the institutions on which our nation depends for objective policing and clear-eyed analysis injected themselves scandalously into the divisive politics of the 2016 election.
They failed to forge a new Clinton administration. Will they succeed in bringing down President Trump?”
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- Publication Date: August 13, 2019
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“When Jim Acosta’s press pass was temporarily suspended by the White House, it ignited a firestorm of criticism and revived charges that President Donald Trump is at war with the media. Those in the media may want to remind themselves who exactly started that war.
While Trump’s rhetoric toward the media has often been hostile, Trump hasn’t interfered with journalists’ actual work one iota relative to Obama.
The month before Trump took office, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen wrote in the New York Times that “if Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the FBI to spy on a journalist, he will have one man to thank for bequeathing him such expansive power: Barack Obama.”1
Risen would know—he fought efforts from the Department of Justice under both Obama and George W. Bush to compel him to identify sources from a 2006 book of his.
The self-described “most transparent” administration in history was objectively the least.2
According to a report published during Obama’s last year in office, his administration set a record for rejections of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The Obama administration either censored materials or rejected requests outright for access in a record 596,095 cases (77 percent of the time).3 In just his last year in office alone, the Obama administration spent $36.2 million in legal fees fighting FOIA related lawsuits.
Obama prosecuted more journalists under the Espionage Act than all other presidents combined. While many certainly deserved it (such as the artist formally known as Bradley Manning), are we to believe there were more acts of espionage from 2009 to 2016 than the rest of American history since the act was passed?
In total, thirteen people have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act for sharing classified information with journalists since 1945. Of those thirteen, eight were arrested while Obama was president.4 Only one person has been prosecuted under the Espionage Act during Trump’s presidency (a woman bizarrely named Reality Winner), which is entirely justified for the same reasons that Manning’s charges were justified.
As Cleve R. Wootson Jr. puts it, “Trump rages about leakers. Obama quietly prosecuted them.”5
Trump seemingly only wants a single person from the press pool expelled—Jim Acosta of CNN. Obama wanted all of Fox News gone.6 As recently as September 2018, Obama said with a straight face that “it shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say that we don’t threaten the freedom of the press because they say things or publish stories we don’t like. I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down or call them enemies of the people.”7
Obama may have not branded Fox News “enemies of the people,” but he certainly treated them as if they were.
In 2009, Obama’s White House intentionally excluded Chris Wallace from a round of interviews related to Obama’s push for health care reform.
Later in the year, the administration attempted to block Fox reporters from interviewing pay czar Kenneth Feinberg and then lied about it. An internal White House email dated October 22, 2009, proves that the White House director of broadcast media told Treasury officials “we’d prefer if you skip Fox please.”
Obama’s communications director Anita Dunn publicly echoed the same sentiments at the time. “We’re going to treat them [Fox News] the way we would treat an opponent. As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.”8
In 2012 Fox was excluded from a White House conference call related to the then recent attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Fox was also excluded from the CIA’s briefing about the attack.
To again reference the Espionage Act, in 2012 Fox News’s James Rosen (not to be confused with the aforementioned James Risen) was labeled a “criminal co-conspirator” under the Espionage Act because he used a State Department contractor as a source for a story. At least five of Rosen’s phone lines were seized, and the FBI obtained a warrant to search his emails. The phone records of Rosen’s parents were also seized.9
What’s the Trumpian comparison? Calling people he doesn’t like “fake news” and hurting Jim Acosta’s feelings?”
Debunk This! – Shattering Liberal Lies by Matt Palumbo (Author), Dan Bongino (Foreword)
The biggest liberal myths of the modern age are exposed and debunked.
Countless studies have proven that over 90 percent of Trump-related news coverage is negative, and the percentage of journalists that identify as Republicans are in the single digits. When liberals are running the show, you can bet that their narrative has gone unchallenged. If you tell a lie long enough people will begin to believe it, and that’s certainly the case with so many liberal myths that have become accepted as conventional wisdom.
In this book you’ll learn, among many other facts:
What happened to non-gun mass killings when Australia enacted strict gun control.
The truth about “Scandinavian socialism.”
How Obama twisted the numbers to appear tough on immigration.
Why Mexico has stricter immigration laws than the US.
How Bill Clinton faked the “Clinton surplus.”
That the US doesn’t have the majority of the world’s mass shootings.
Why statistics claiming that illegal aliens commit fewer crimes than the general public are bogus.
The countless lies the media simply made up about the Trump administration.
If you’re in need of ammunition to shoot down liberal lies, this is the book for you.
Debunk This! – Shattering Liberal Lies by Matt Palumbo (Author), Dan Bongino (Foreword)
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- Debunk This! – Shattering Liberal Lies by Matt Palumbo (Author), Dan Bongino (Foreword) – B07T4477C5
- Trump suggests on 9/11/2001 bombs were used in WTC
- Bibliography and Citation
- Journalism — Who Was Worse Toward the Press – Trump or Obama?
- Rigged Election – Democrats Never Bought the Rigged Election Nonsense
- The Russia Collusion Fable
- Collusion with Russia: A Bipartisan Affair
- Trump and Russia
- Who Was Tougher on Russia – Trump or Obama?
- Collusion with Russia: Uranium One
- Uranium One – Keeping Congress in the Dark
- A Sweetheart Plea Helps the Uranium One Case Disappear
“Actions speak louder than media rhetoric, and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to President Donald Trump’s supposed romance with the Kremlin. It is amusing to note how randomly the left seems to create new villains, when as recently as the 2012 presidential election, showing any concern over Russia’s global influence was laughable to Democrats.
A personal favorite example came from October 2012 when the Democratic Party’s official Twitter account tweeted that “Romney, who calls Russia our ‘No.1 geopolitical foe,’ doesn’t seem to realize it’s the 21st century.”1 That came after a debate in which Obama said in response to Romney’s criticisms of Russia that “the 1980s called” and they “want their foreign policy back.”
Suddenly, not only are the Russians public enemy number one, they’ve supposedly been in cahoots with a Republican presidential candidate and now president. Vladimir Putin did admit that he preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election at the Helsinki Summit (leading some clueless liberals to cite this as “proof” of collusion), but those same liberals didn’t notice (or care) that Putin also said he preferred Obama over Romney in 2012.2
It’s not hard to see why. As the left-leaning Brookings Institution reminds us:3
· Obama turned a blind eye to Russia’s war with Georgia in 2008.
· In 2009 Obama axed missile defense plans for Poland and the Czech Republic, which Russia interpreted as America retreating from the European continent. Russia then became more interventionist in Europe.
· Obama didn’t utter a peep as Russia annexed Crimea and invaded eastern Ukraine in 2014.
· Obama ignored calls from Congress, foreign policy experts, and members of his own cabinet to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine.
Obama has also been criticized by his fellow Democrats for not doing enough in response to the alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee (which they later claimed didn’t occur) or the alleged Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton’s private email server (which we now know was done by the Chinese).
Perhaps Obama’s biggest blunder with Russia was the failure of his attempted “Russia reset” in 2009, which began with Hillary Clinton literally traveling to Russia with a “reset button” that vaguely resembled one of those “Easy” buttons you’d see in a Staples commercial.4 The word “reset” was misspelled on the button, and things only went downhill from there. US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul was the architect of the reset plan—and encouraged future administrations to not pursue the same policies that the Obama administration did.5 Bill Clinton also deemed the attempted “reset” a failure.6 US-Russia relations soon deteriorated following the attempted reset.
Unlike Obama, Trump hasn’t been weak on Russia. Trump has said he’s the “toughest on Russia,” and while he’s no stranger to hyperbole, there’s no question that he was tougher than at least his predecessor.
Although Trump isn’t shy to heap praise on Putin, you wouldn’t think the two had a cozy relationship if you were to judge Trump only by the actions he’s taken toward Russia as president.
· On the annexation of Crimea, Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated, “We do not recognize Russia’s attempt to annex Crimea. We agree to disagree with Russia on that front. And our Crimea sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Russia returns the peninsula to the Ukraine.”8
· Trump has ordered missiles to be fired at Syrian military sites (after President Bashar al-Assad was accused of using chemical weapons on his own people), which have a strategic alliance with Russia. In response, Putin accused the US of “making the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria even worse and bringing suffering to civilians with its strikes.”9
· In August 2017, Trump signed into law CAATSA, the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. In the words of the geopolitical intelligence publisher Stratfor, “CAATSA demonstrates that the United States is more strident than ever in pushing other countries to reduce their defense and energy ties with Russia.”10
· In March, following the poisoning of former KGB agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter (a crime believed to be committed by the Russian government), Trump expelled sixty Russian diplomats.
· In April, Trump imposed more sanctions on Russia following the indictments of thirteen Russians for “malicious cyber activities” earlier in March. Russia’s stock market dropped 11 percent on the news. Shares of the Russian aluminum giant Rusal (which is the world’s second-largest aluminum company) cratered 40 percent on the news.11
And what’s the evidence that Trump has been weak on Russia? Trump saying some nice things about Putin and vice versa?
The two are respectful to one another despite politics—not because of them.”