The Trump lackey Devin Nunes, still going on with bogus investigations to distract from the real ones.
It is incredible that while the House and Senate intelligence committees have known for months about credible allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, GOP saboteurs have tried to undermine their credibility. They've done this by using a number of hired lackeys and conspiracy "research monkeys" charged with finding something, anything to distract from the Mueller and other investigations. In their desperation, they've tried to make much ado over the Steele dossier, over Hillary's involvement in "Uranium One" and also the use of Fusion GPS to do oppo research.
At the forefront in most of these recent efforts has been Devin Nunes, so in the wheelhouse of Donnie Dotard that he continues to wage a cynical campaign to portray Bob Mueller as trying to instigate a "coup" against his master. Obviously, however, Nunes is merely one of the unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation- or perhaps more bluntly, their useful idiot.
Recall back in March it was Nunes and his Repuke compadres (Trey Gowdy and Thomas Rooney) who did their level best (using their question sessions) to highlight only the leaks to journalists and thereby criticize the news coverage about the Russia investigation. Nunes at one point even bellowed:
"We aim to determine who has leaked or facilitated leaks of classified information so that these individuals can be brought to justice."
The supreme irony? That Nunes himself had become the paramount leaker of classified files in the course of a covert mission to the White House and subsequent disclosure of his criminal file handling to appease Trump. To quote Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee: “Representative Nunes’s statements would appear to reveal classified information, which is a serious concern."
In effect, Devin Nunes, in a desperate move to provide cover for his master Dotard, committed a felony in order to sabotage the commission he chaired. He since recused himself (on paper) after the ensuing brouhaha but has remained in the background trying to toss spanner after spanner into the investigative works.
One of the bees in Nunes' bonnet is the Steele dossier, which I've read in toto and find nothing amiss, nothing inconsistent with Donnie Dotard's malignant narcissistic character. Even the so-called "salacious" part makes eminent sense when one reads it in context and is aware of Dotard's unhinged, malignant, sexually abusive nature. It reads as follows:
"Trump's perverted conduct in Moscow (2013) included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. where he knew President and Mrs. Obama (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a 'golden showers' (urination) show in front of him. The hotel was known to be under FSB control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to."
There is no reason at all to doubt this account given the fact the behavior described- as appalling as it is - is totally consistent with Trump's psychological profile. That includes his penchant for "pussy grabbing" and assaulting Miss Universe contestants by grabbing their breasts in their dressing rooms. Using Russian "piss whores" to defile a bed he knew the Obamas had slept him is precisely a debased act in his "wheelhouse".
Christopher Steele, as I've written before, is no clown or stooge or even a "spook" likely to be fooled as assorted WSJ nattering nabobs have claims. According to one Financial Times account (Feb. 16) , Steele was the "UK intelligence expert on Russia". It is, therefore, highly unlikely he'd be 'fooled" by any kind of false intel or disinformation as the WSJ's Kremlin dupes seem to believe. James Nixey, the head of Chatham House's Russia and Eurasia program, informed the AP that sections of the dossier document created by Steele "read exactly as reports from the secret services".
Another Nunes' obsession has been the "unmasking" of assorted Trump associates and campaign personnel, but which was totally validated after an Australian diplomatic official notified the FBI that George Papadopoulos had bragged to him of getting access to "dirt on Hillary Clinton" from the Russians. But he's stuck to this dead end distraction nonetheless, along with the already disproved "uranium one" conspiracy.
In the above context, perhaps the most generous characterization one can allow for Nunes's actions is that the man himself is simply out of his depth. After all, Devin clearly doesn't know the difference between actual surveillance and collection of data - a passive activity for which one doesn't need a FISA warrant. Also, one doesn't need to redact names on the intel products or reports if it's simple collection. (This was pointed out by a FISA-surveillance specialist at the time it was raised 10 months ago.)
On the other hand, Nunes's performance the past year has had all the hallmarks of a classic disinformation and obfuscation mission which I've seen many times before in other investigations. They usually occur just as the "noose" is tightening or when an investigation is finally coming toward a unifying resolution.
For example, just as the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978 was finally coming to a definitive conclusion for a grassy knoll head shot in the JFK assassination, based on acoustic tests by MIT scientists Weiss and Barger, up pops Norman Ramsey. This guy was dispatched by old line Warren Commission defenders and hacks to besmirch the MIT acoustic tests and undermine the HSCA investigation.. With little or no experience and background compared to the MIT team, Ramsey's panel managed to muddy the waters sufficiently by their absurd interjections and criticisms..
Subsequently the Ramsey Panel analysis was alleged to have 'refuted' the original Weiss -Barger study, but in fact it only showed that the Weiss group had omitted some considerations. The Ramsey analysis certainly did not 'nullify' the Weiss/Barger analysis since up to now it has not been reproduced, so cannot be accepted as a bona fide scientific conclusion. Indeed, as per an email received in 1996 from another acoustic researcher, W. Antony Marsh, "the Ramsey team even exceeded the claimed errors of the Barger team and at a more fundamental level".
The Ramsey insinuation and deliberate muddying had the effect of forcing the HSCA to tie itself in knots - accepting enough of the MIT analysis to find for "96 percent probability of conspiracy" but not enough to shuck the idiotic WC version for the kill shot, allegedly fired from the rear (Texas Book Depository) when the rear of the skull was blown out - a physical impossibility. Incredibly, some clueless Warrenite dupes (e.g. a "Walter Butler") to this day refuse to acknowledge the actual fake is the one circulated by the WC, and the real autopsy photograph is that showing the rear of the head blown out.
In this guise, Devin Nunes himself is either a useful idiot or a deliberate tool for the Russkies and Trump. In any case, he's compounding the number of investigatory and other errors, false assumptions and egregious conclusions. And it is to the point one must conclude he's a "soldier" doing the Trumpies' bidding to derail existing congressional investigations. On the positive side, when the Dem mid term tsunami hits, as it will in eleven months, we can be sure Devin's clown act will be at an end, along with his bogus conspiracy ideations and "investigations". Indeed, the investigatory structure may then be turned back on him.