Rep Devin Nunes ridiculed House Democrats at the House Intelligence Committee hearing, the afternoon of July 25 wondering out loud if they will ever find the fictitious Loch Ness monster as they continue their political theater. It was a wonderful sight to behold. The loquacious Rep. Adam Schiff and all of his acolytes, the righteous Democrat, being forced to listen to a public takedown, a verbal lashing.
If they were gasping for air before Nunes started his address, they were in need of a defibrillator after he finished. The best part is that they could not respond to his accusations. They were focused on tricking Robert Mueller into quoting damning evidence from his own report. The plan backfired however, because Mueller failed to perform the task ascribed to him. He was missing in action.
Schiff claimed that the man down the street is angry. But Schiff and the Democrats should be angry at Mueller for failing to perform, for failing to live up to his end of the bargain. This was how it was supposed to work; this was the plan Mr. Mueller. You come before us and read from your report. After all, it's your report, isn't it? Can you do that? No. Sorry. I can't read it because I don't know what's in it. I didn't write it either. How embarrassing, both for Mueller and the Democrats.
As the camera panned back from Nunes, one could watch the House Democrats squirming in their seats, wanting to lash out. But they can't. They can only respectfully listen to their esteemed colleague from California.
If anything, the Democrat's nightmare will only continue. In their failed attempt to take down Pres. Trump, they have assured that the American people will endear themselves to this underdog of a president, this man who never quits, this president who in the face of sure defeat, surfaces again and again, despite enduring a press that has continually harassed him at every turn. This is why there is so much love for this president. This failed endeavor will mean Americans will only love him more.
Here is Rep. Nunes address to the House Intelligence Committee:
“Welcome everyone to the last gasp of the Russia collusion conspiracy. As Democrats continue to foist this spectacle on the American people, as well as your Mr. Mueller, the American people may recall, the media first began spreading this conspiracy theory in the Spring of 2016, when Fusion GPS, funded by the DNC, and the Hillary Clinton Campaign, started developing the Steele Dossier, a collection of outlandish accusations that Trump and his associates were Russian agents.
Fusion GPS, Steele and other confederates fed these absurdities to naive or partisan reporters and to top officials in numerous government agencies, including the FBI, and Department of Justice and the State Department. Among other things the FBI used dossier allegations to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.
Despite acknowledging dossier allegations as being salacious and unverified, former FBI Director James Comey briefed those allegations to Obama and President elect Trump. Those allegations conveniently leaked to the press resulting in the publication of the dossier and launching thousands of false press stories based on the word of a foreign ex-spy, one that admitted, he was desperate that Trump lose the election and who was eventually fired as an FBI source for leaking to the press.
After Comey himself was fired, he leaked by his own admission derogatory information on Pres. Trump to the press, for the specific purpose of, and successfully so, appointing a special counsel who sits before us today.
The FBI investigation was marred by further corruption and bizarre abuses. Top DOJ official like Bruce Ohr, whose own wife worked on (the) Fusion GSP’s anti-Trump operation, fed Steele’s information to the FBI, even after the FBI fired Steele.
A top FBI investigator and his lover, another top FBI official constantly texted about how much they hated Trump and wanted to stop him from being elected. And the entire investigation was opened not based on ? intelligence, but on a tip from a foreign politician about a conversation involving Joseph Mifsud, He is a Maltese diplomat who is widely portrayed as a Russian agent, but seems to have far more connections with Western governments, including our own FBI and our own State Department, than with Russia.
Brazenly ignoring all these red flags as well as the absurdity of the claims they are making, the Democrats have argued for three years that collusion is hidden, just around the corner, like the Loch Ness monster, they insist, it’s there, even if no one can find it.
Consider this, in March 2017 Democrats on this committee said they had more than circumstantial evidence of collusion. But they couldn’t reveal it yet. Mr. Mueller was soon appointed, they said he would find the collusion. Then when no collusion was found, the Democrats said we’d find it in this final report.
Then when there was no collusion in the report, we were told, Attorney General Barr was hiding it. Then when it was clear, Barr wasn’t hiding anything, we were told, it will be revealed in a hearing with Mr. Mueller himself. Now that he’s hear, they are actually claiming that the collusion was in his report all along, hidden in plain sight. And they’re right.
There is collusion in plain sight, collusion between Russia and the Democratic Party.
The Democrats colluded with Russian sources to develop the Steele dossier. A Russian attorney Nataya Vesaskya colluded with the dossier’s key architect, Fusion GPS head Glen Simpson. The Democrats have already admitted through their interviews and usual anonymous statements to reporters that today’s hearing is not about getting information at all, they said the want to bring the Mueller Report to life, and create a television moment, through ploys like having Mr. Mueller recite passages from his own report.
In other words, this hearing is political theater. It’s a Hail Mary attempt to convince the American people that collusion is real and it’s concealed in the report. Granted, that’s a strange argument to make about a report that’s public. It’s almost like Democrats prepared accusing Mr. Barr of hiding the report and then (not bothering) to update their claims when the report was published.
Among congressional Democrats, the Russia investigation was never about finding the truth, it’s always been a simple media operation. By their own accounts, this operation continues in this room today. Once again, numerous pressing issues this committee needs to address are put on hold to indulge the political fantasies of people who believed it was their destiny to serve Hillary Clinton’s administration. It’s time for the curtain to close on the Russia hoax. The conspiracy theory is dead. At some point, I would argue, we’re going to have to get back to work, until that, I yield back the balance of my time.”
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