E.P. – Do you remember when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer used an appearance with Rachel Maddow to warn President Trump that he was being targeted by the intelligence community?
“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday to get back at you. So, even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he is being really dumb to do this.”
In light of what we have learned and continue to learn since that time it’s becoming necessary to ask Schumer what he knew and when he knew it in relation to the bogus Russian collusion investigation.
After all, as the Minority Leader, Schumer was a member of the Gang of Eight with access to the highest level of classified briefings. His participation in forcing Attorney General to recuse himself – even if only by remaining silent to hide what he knew – must be exposed to sunlight.
Let’s start with the fact that Schumer knew, or should have known that:
Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington, in late 2015, of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents.
This, according to the Guardian, a British news outlet.
Schumer’s opposition to Trump was already well established at least raising a reason for obscuring former CIA Director John Brennan’s coordination with his counterpart at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Robert Hannigan in a plot to destroy the Trump presidency.
Remember, Brennan admitted to briefing each member of the Go8 separately. Why was that?
Ultimately another Brit, Christopher Steele emerged with a “dossier” filled with “unverified and salacious” allegations suggesting that Trump had been, or could be, compromised by the Russians.
Steele is represented to be a retired British spy. What does that mean? If the Brits handle their ex-spies anything like we do here, then Steele still had his security clearance. What made him an ex-spy?
It’s Steele’s failure to properly vet certain information that has exposed U.S. spy agency coordination with Steele while he was developing the dossier.
Steele falsely represented that Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen had made a trip to Prague. Steele then wrote that is where Cohen met with representatives of the Kremlin to conspire with the Russians under Trump’s orders.
There’s only one problem with Steele’s thesis. Cohen – Trump’s Michael Cohen – had never traveled to Prague. Never, ever.
Hmm. Where could Steele have found about Michael Cohen’s visit to Prague?
Try the NSA database that had been open to government “contractors.” Another Michael Cohen had indeed traveled to Prague during that time period.
This gaff, combined with Admiral Mike Rogers’ decision to shut down contractor access after he learned of this abuse, is almost undeniable proof that the intelligence apparatus had provided access to Christopher Steele to launder search outcomes from the U.S. FISA database (NSA, FBI and DOJ-NSD).
It would be hard to argue that Brennan wasn’t aware of this. He was the person who most likely authorized Steele’s access and this may be the reason that President Trump recently revoked his security clearance.
Clearly Adm. Rogers hadn’t permitted it.
This raises the specter that every member of the Gang of Eight – Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Devin Nunes, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Richard Burr, and Mark Warner – may also have been aware of the plot to remove the duly elected president.
And, except for Nunes, they did nothing to stop the attempted coup.