(National Sentinel) Political Media: If you expected the disgraceful establishment media to take a break from parroting the as-yet unproven narrative that the Russians and Team Trump colluded to “steal the election” from Hillary Clinton for Memorial Day, you’re going to be disappointed.
Right on cue, the Washington Post led the weekend with this “bombshell:” President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law and trusted confidante, Jared Kushner, “and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.”
Ambassador Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.
The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.
The White House disclosed the meeting only in March, playing down its significance. But people familiar with the matter say the FBI now considers the encounter, as well as another meeting Kushner had with a Russian banker, to be of investigative interest.
Kislyak reportedly was taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate — a proposal that would have carried security risks for Moscow as well as the Trump team.
Wow. Pretty damning stuff, huh? Charges of treason should be leveled and Kushner put on trial immediately…right? Where is the Justice Department?
Not so fast. As is always the case with these breathless reports from WaPo and the rest of the fake news “mainstream media” there are always caveats buried deep within the story, as a way of subtly covering its arse, journalistically speaking, so that its hack editors and reporters can always come back later and claim they never said anyone was actually guilty or that Team Trump actually did anything wrong.
There’s more smoke – no fire, just smoke – and you can read it if you want. But let’s take a look at other key elements:
Obama administration officials say members of the Trump transition team never approached them about arranging a secure communications channel with their Russian contacts, possibly because of concerns about leaks.
And weren’t they correct? Sounds like Team Trump was well aware of the fact that Obama’s politicized FBI was indeed monitoring the president-elect and his advisors, monitoring that has been well-documented in earlier reporting.
Trump’s advisers were similarly secretive about meetings with leaders from the United Arab Emirates. The Obama White House only learned that the crown prince of Abu Dhabi was flying to New York in December to see Kushner, Flynn and Stephen K. Bannon, another top Trump adviser, because U.S. border agents in the UAE spotted the Emirate leader’s name on a flight manifest.
So what? Now the UAE conspired with Trump to steal the election? Is there some rule or statute that says presidential transition teams must clear visits from foreign dignitaries with the current administration?
The Post was first alerted in mid-December to the meeting by an anonymous letter, which said, among other things, that Kushner had talked to Kislyak about setting up the communications channel. This week, officials who reviewed the letter and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence said the portion about the secret channel was consistent with their understanding of events.
Clearly the Post has cultivated a few key intel assets who are regularly, and illegally, leaking classified information, and in a context said operatives want the information leaked (and who says only Russians do psyops?). Also quite obviously, whoever they are, they are no fans of this president, which is really disturbing because it means that they are taking it upon themselves to pick and choose which presidents to which they will remain faithful. That also calls into question their integrity and whether or not they will give him (and the American people they serve) 100 percent effort.
Finally, this massive nothing burger is exposed thusly:
It is common for senior advisers of a newly elected president to be in contact with foreign leaders and officials. But new administrations are generally cautious in their handling of interactions with Moscow, which U.S. intelligence agencies have accused of waging an unprecedented campaign to interfere in last year’s presidential race and help elect Trump.
Who said anything about this administration being like other administrations? After all, no sooner than he took office, Obama secretly began negotiating with the Iranians, though it’s very clear Iran is no friend of the United States and remains a nemesis. Why is that okay but Trump’s dealings with a different nemesis isn’t okay?
Furthermore, it is pure unsubstantiated speculation on the part of some Deep State operatives that Russia intervened to help Trump. With all the leaking of classified information that has been taking place, if there were clear, concise evidence that claim was valid, it would have been revealed by now.
This false Trump-Russia narrative continues to have a life of its own, thanks to being perpetuated by the disgusting mainstream media, because it helps cast doubts on the president’s legitimacy, period. It came about all because he beat Clinton, period.
Don’t believe us? Here’s The New York Times on Oct. 31 of last year, barely a week before the Nov. 8 election on the so-called “Trump-Russia-collusion” narrative:
Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. And even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump.
No evidence of a link. No belief that Russia wanted to help elect Trump.
That report, of course, was published when everyone believed Clinton was going to mop the floor with the billionaire businessman and reality TV host. That didn’t happen.
Next thing you know, the “Trump-Russia collusion” narrative was born.
Fake news, anyone?