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    FBI Director James Comey, left, joined by National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, right, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election

    Dozen Most Insane Statements From US Congress’ Hearing on ‘Russian Spying’

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    Monday’s exhausting five-hour congressional hearing on Russia’s alleged meddling into the US presidential election produced quite a bit of breaking news -- but also downright crazy statements you’d more expect to hear from conspiracy theorists rather than US Representatives.

    1.The Democrats still believe that the rebuked and discredited “Golden Shower” dossier is a thing. 

    In his opening remarks, ranking member of the intelligence committee Adam Schiff repeatedly cited the infamous report as it hadn’t long been proved false.

    “According to Steele’s Russian sources, the Trump campaign is offered documents damaging to Hillary Clinton, which the Russians would publish through an outlet that gives them deniability, like Wikileaks. The hacked documents would be in exchange for a Trump Administration policy that de-emphasizes Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and instead focuses on criticizing NATO countries for not paying their fair share – policies which, even as recently as the president’s meeting last week with Angela Merkel, have now presciently come to pass.”

    Steele, through Washington-based firm Fusion GPS, was originally hired by “political opponents” within the Democratic and Republican parties to investigate Trump, but it has not been revealed exactly who hired him. Steele sought to share the dossier with the FBI, which took it seriously, despite the far-fetched allegations, due to the British agent’s previous work on the FIFA case. It was revealed this week that the FBI offered him payment to continue his investigation into Trump and those around the candidate. The deal with the FBI reportedly fell through, and Steele continued to dig without payment.

    Later, Congressman Joaquin Castro joined Schiff in quoting the infamous report as fact.

    During an event sponsored by the Cipher Brief, an intelligence web site, former advisor of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former acting CIA Director Michael Morell declared that there is “smoke, but no fire.” He also revealed that Steele had paid sources for information, damaging its credibility.

    "And then I asked myself, why did these guys provide this information, what was their motivation? And I subsequently learned that he paid them. That the intermediaries paid the sources and the intermediaries got the money from Chris,” Morell stated. “And that kind of worries me a little bit because if you're paying somebody, particularly former FSB officers, they are going to tell you truth and innuendo and rumor, and they're going to call you up and say, 'hey, let's have another meeting, I have more information for you,' because they want to get paid some more.”

    2. The FBI admits that there is an active investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible links to Russia, despite the fact that it was the Podesta group that was actively lobbying on behalf of Russian entities, and that the Clinton campaign was openly collecting contributions from wealthy Russian donors, such as Roman Abramovich’s wife Darya Zhukova.

    “I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts,” FBI Director James Comey told the hearing. “As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.”

    3. Both Comey and National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers admit that Russia did not influence voting process in the US, shortly after Comey confirmed that there is still an active investigation. 

    You would think that would be the end of the investigation? Nope!

    4. Both the FBI and the NSA consider Russia their main adversary — at least, this is what their heads said at the hearing.

    Despite President Trump repeatedly declaring that he hopes to have better diplomatic relations with Russia, both witnesses at the hearing disagreed.

    Comey also said “yes,” when asked by Representative Jackie Speier if the nation intends to do harm to the US.

    5. Neither Comey nor Rogers could confirm Trump’s claim that his New York City tower was wiretapped during his presidential campaign.

    Rogers added that it would be illegal for the NSA to ask the British GCHQ to wiretap any US citizen. Despite this claim, we learned from the Snowden revelations that GCHQ was actively wiretapping US citizens and handing it over to the American agency. Not only do they practice this, they boast about it when they supply the US with valuable intelligence information. 

    In 2013, the Guardian published GCHQ documents that showed that British intelligence had supplied "unique contributions" to the US during an investigation of the American citizen responsible for an attempted car bomb attack in Times Square, New York City, in 2010.

    6. Schiff falsely accused Trump’s former advisor Roger Stone of having inside knowledge of upcoming Clinton revelations, despite the fact that WikiLeaks were actively and publicly promoting the upcoming leaks. 

    “In the weeks that follow, Stone shows a remarkable prescience: ‘I have total confidence that @wikileaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon. #Lockherup. ‘Payload coming,’ he predicts, and two days later, it does,” Schiff said. “Wikileaks releases its first batch of Podesta emails. The release of John Podesta’s emails would then continue on a daily basis up to election day.”

    WikiLeaks had been very publicly promoting an upcoming dump for some time prior to Stone’s tweet.

    7. Democrats accused Russia of spreading “fake news” while citing WikiLeaks and other reports, that turned out to be 100% authentic.

    “While at first, the hacking may have been intended solely for the collection of foreign intelligence, in mid-2016, the Russians ‘weaponized’ the stolen data and used platforms established by their intel services such as DC Leaks, and existing third-party channels like WikiLeaks, to dump the documents,” Schiff asserted in his lengthy opening statement.

    8. Meanwhile, the same congressman actively quoted Washington Post and New York Times reports that were officially debunked and confirmed false.

    For example, Schiff repeatedly claimed that the Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to take a more passive tone regarding Russia and Ukraine. However, claims about softening anti-Russian rhetoric were quickly debunked. 

    “Not only did that language stay in the final platform — nothing was taken out — it was actually strengthened, not weakened, as a result of events at the convention,” the Washington Examiner reported.

    9. Comey demonstrated a mastery of selective amnesia, claiming that he could not recall any instances “during his lifetime” of law enforcement agencies going after journalists for publishing classified information.

    During the Obama Administration, the Justice Department went after Fox reporter James Rosen for refusing to reveal a source. He was even listed by the department as co-conspirator in the State Department leak case in 2013.

    Another Fox reporter, Jana Winter, was also threatened with imprisonment for contempt of court for refusing to reveal her sources in the 2012 Aurora mass shooting investigation.

    10. Meetings with foreign diplomats may land Lawmakers in trouble. 

    When asked by Representative Brad Wenstrup whether he is able to meet with an Iraqi or any other ambassador without fear of falling under investigation, Comey refused to comment, to the astonishment of the congressman.

    “I don't think that's an unrealistic question," Wenstrup said, after Comey declared that he will not give advisory opinions.

    11. Some Democrats demanded to declare “Russian meddling” in US election an act of war. Representative Jackie Speier said that Russia is effectively waging a hybrid war against the US. 

    "I actually think that their engagement was an act of war, an act of hybrid warfare," Speier said. 

    Comey responded that he would not use the word “war” to describe the alleged interference, a position with which Rogers agreed.

    "I don't think I would use the word 'warfare.' I think you would want to ask experts in the definition of war," Comey replied. "I think they engaged in a multi-faceted campaign of active measures to undermine our democracy and hurt one of the candidates and hope to help one of the other candidates."

    12. Providing media outlets with fake leaks is not illegal.

    "If all they’ve done is lie to a reporter, that’s not against the law,” Comey said of individuals leaking false information to media outlets. “Usually it’s people who act like they know, but don’t really know. They're not the people who know, they're one or two hops out and think they know."

    Comey explained that they cannot correct fake news, because then if they do not issue a statement about a story, the public will assume it is correct.

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    • avatar
      cast235
      This was a VERY SHAMEFUL MONTY. The same CIRCUS clowns asking the same DUMB questions, over and over and over.
      They wanted them to say YES Russia did this and that. But there is no facts yet.
      An open investigation with no smoking gun? Excuse me. IF I was COMEY or COMIC, I'LL resign. You don't run a full investigation without a smoking gun. When those resources are needed elsewhere. IF I was on Trump's shoes, IF the Russian investigation yields nothing, he gets the unemployment checks the next week.
      And as for the JUDGE ordering, gets kick so fast.

      About the allegation that a pres cannot order a wiretap.. BULL HORN.
      Putin knows, and so many others. YOU CAN. BUT NOT ink it.
      You just HINT ,I have problems and why.
      They do it , even unofficially/ If they find anything, depending on consequences they can fix it. And all get washed.

      About Russia in Ukraine, it was Mc Cain with speakers sending them to continue, assaulting police precincts, burning officer alive and way more. Using WAFFEN SS. Why they don't say that. Oh and is in VIDEO. ASK RT.
      About Russia trying to hurt U.S? Who lost 1/3 of it's territories on coups and otherwise? U.S? Who used Gorbachev as an IDIOT?

      Was the Kremlin? In life all criminals MUST know they will be hated, and even prosecuted for LIFE. They didn't came to your house to steal.

      That mess in mid east who started it/ Obama, MC Cain, BIDEN, Cameron the same actors and same states as always.
      Time they come OFF the closet. The cat is out of the hat.
      They still living in the fabulous 50's.. and 60's. World changed ..
    • avatar
      karlof1
      This is an excellent example of what's known within the Outlaw US Empire as a "tap dance" to obfuscate what ought to be the actual target of the hearing: The Clinton Foundation, its collusion with the DNC, and the fixing of the D-Party nomination for HRC--Lots of crimes committed between those 3 entities to keep the FBI and various congressional committees busy for awhile!
    • avatar
      jlamenzo
      The russophobic attitude of U S politicians, militarists, and bureaucrats is all from the 1950s CIA playbook. These people depend on always having an imaginary enemy to scapegoat in order to keep the U S population in fear and flat broke. Enemies mean bigger budgets for defense et al. Just check out the history and you will see the pattern. After 9-11it was al-Qaida, then ISIS, now Russia ad nauseum. Unfortunately, my fellow Americans (at least 75% of the population) always drink the kool-aid! And of course now we Americans are being bombarded with the 'fake news' bullshit applied to anyone who questions the 'official' bullshit. What I see happening next, is some sort of false flag operation happening which
      will be an attempt to provoke a response from Russia, and of course ending up incinerating all of us. TPTB in the U S are certifiably insane and soul-less. Be vigilant always...
    • avatar
      anne00marie
      Well done, good counter arguments.
    • avatar
      Gospel
      Psychosis of Diplomacy. The deranged running the delusional, running the retarded running the psychotic.
    • avatar
      silkwillie
      Clearly these Morons are being paid off by someone and they apparently are not concerned about looking like fools
    • Alan Reid
      In looking at this farce it is clear this game is to continue ramping up any rhetoric they can to sell starting a conflict with Russia. None of these hearings will have any factual information to work with so they just make up any old lie they are comfortable in telling to get the next game going. The average American is going to have to get the message that the things their government does, including telling lies about Russia will have repercussions to them directly. Thinking that the world is not holding the American people to account for the things the government they choose does is incorrect. You as American citizens are the ones being held to that account. Not Trump,Obama,Bush,Clinton or anyone else... YOU! As it should be.
    • Mythbusterin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, What makes you think that I'm a troll?! I m just writing my own opinion. After watching the full hearing, Im convinced that there is something fishy. The 'real' patriots rightfully would 'not' allow any other country influencing their election and decision making...especially on international relationships...
    • avatar
      Darrell R
      This is nothing but big propaganda stunt, courtesy of all the warmongers in the swamp.

      Someone must be putting something in the spring water, because these people are very paranoid and out of their minds.
    • support
      The Democrats sense that they are losing control even of their own dole-subsidized voter base so they are leaning on the Big Blue McCarthy button just as the Democrat President Harry Truman did to break the backs of the aspiring working-class machinists, Wproks Progress Administration trainees and factory workers, and farmers who were the pride of the America's returning World War Two warriors.

      As much as it has been whitewashed over the years, the only generation of returning veterans treated worse than Civil War veterans were the US World War Two veterans as they were the ones most likely to be forced to sign loyalty oaths and pay bribes to keep their jobs by the American Legion (Sen. McCarthy's volunteer "enforcers").

      The full story on this is defined in detail by Arnold Forster in his book "Square One." Insanely the book is a history of the ADL which was originally formed to topple the blacklist system as it impacted Jews above all else in the USA--this after American troops had seen at first hand the death camps, often in the company of their Russian and British comrades!-- yet now, the ADL is a subsidiary of the Clinton Inc. machine.

      All of that which is happening today has a well-documented precedent. One hates to cite the Biblical reference of a dog returning to its own vomit but that is what the Democratic Party is doing. They are even bringing their own bottle of hot sauce and a licensed catering chef to make it more palatable in the form of the MSM...again.
    • avatar
      Lickie Weeks
      [Most Insane Statements From US Congress’ ... downright crazy statements you’d more expect to hear from conspiracy theorists rather than US Representatives.]

      Where they all belong:
      Institutionalized by Suicidal Tendencies
      youtu.be/AdUBTE9JpgI
    • avatar
      ivanwa88
      Its all subterfuge deliberate posturing to ensure Trump and the people don't let up on pressuring Russia to concede.
      Its a class struggle of kind based on a world dominance by the Hegemonic Imperialist empire that refuses to be on equal terms with other nations.
      This is about control and capital wealth creation one would like to say it benefits the people but it does not as the greater proportion of wealth is pushed towards the maintenance and the ongoing pursuit of that dominance.

      Its the belief in that ideal or the ideology behind the strategy that is the issue madness it is but not in the sense of it being a haphazard lack of rational or clear thought in fact it is quite the opposite it is a major play with each performer knowing and playing his role to the best of there ability to sustain a corrupt and evil ideology.

      When Trump declared the need to clear the swamp I dont think he realized the swamp covered at least 40% of the world! Trump wont clear 5 square meters without the help of the likes of Putin and Le-Pen and the Demodog elites know that full well to them he is canon fodder and they are already loading the powder as reflected in this article.
    • NATOisEVIL
      Why isn't it punishable to lie? We have a society ruled by lies and falseness, cause that's what the modern politicians and people with power do.
    • supportin reply tokarlof1(Show commentHide comment)
      karlof1, it is worse than that. IMO it is a "clown dance," just the sort of futile and embarassing resistance to the unassaible logic of good government on the part of the Dems upon which President Trump thrives and grows stronger.

      No one is even begging the Dems not to jump off the cliff they have chosen from which to cast themselves into the abyss of ignominious oblivion.

      Ladies and gentlemen! Last call to place your bets! Will the Dems bounce or splat when they leap then hit the ground?
    • supportin reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
      elsa.zardini, indeed! This is an academic casebook example of what good journalism looks like. H/T to RT/Sputnik News.
    • Drain the swamp
      Schiff is a classic synagogue of satan talmudist eg goyim can be lied to, its all halacha to me !
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      mzungu in Africain reply toMythbuster(Show commentHide comment)
      Mythbuster, denying reality doesn't make you a troll but insane. Think about it! Maybe you'd rather be a troll.
    • Lubos Vokoun
      The US insanity is without borders. I wonder if it is from the GMO, constant propaganda or just some rep/dem interbreeding with a goal to create a totally insane nation
    • avatar
      Lickie Weeks
      Someone mentioned anti-psychotics earlier. Give every member
      of congress 20mg of Haldol [haloperidol] per day [required] and
      then things will be guaranteed to improve there immediately.

      They will rock back and forth in their chairs with their mouths open,
      their legs will shake; and then get really stiff when they try to walk.

      Now that will be funny to watch! Congress on Haldol 20mg / day.
      They all deserve it! Believe me they deserve it. Give them Haldol!

      You will get a unanimous clarity really fast that they don't want to take their medication. Insist that they stay on it, until all the problems are resolved!

      Then we can hold new elections, as most of them will become
      permanently disabled and unable to work again, as a result of
      their exposure to this wonderful medication for a few days.
    • avatar
      Matthewbleu2
      The FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers are either ignorant or they are not telling the truth under oath in the Congressional hearing and that is called perjury. Former intelligence chief James Clapper was also caught telling lies under oath in another Congressional hearing but got away Scot free. There is no rule of law anymore in the United States. The inmates are running the asylum.

      “Both Comey and Rogers declared, falsely, that Russia had invaded Ukraine and seized Crimea by force. If Comey and Rogers are so poorly informed that they believe this, they are unfit for office. Crimea has been a part of Russia for 300 years. The population is almost entirely Russian. When the Soviet Union collapsed and Washington broke it apart, the Ukraine became independent for the first time in history. Crimea, which had been transferred by Khrushchev in 1954 from the Russian Soviet Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, was included in the transfer on the condition that Russia had a long term lease on the naval base in Crimea.
      When Washington’s coup overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine, the Russian populations in Crimea, and in the new republics of Luhansk and Donetsk, were attacked and threatened by the neo-nazi elements in eastern Ukraine that had fought for Hitler against the Soviet Union. The populations of these areas voted overwhelmingly to reunite with Russia, from whence they had come. The votes were fair and open. As Crimea is the Russian Navy’s Black Sea base, Crimea was already occupied by Russian forces. For Comey and Rogers to call this an “invasion” displays either ignorance or a lack of integrity.”

      www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/03/20/conspiracy-president-trump
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