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Rozsa writes: "When House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California seemed to try to create a fake scandal about former national security adviser Susan Rice, he most likely did so to distract from the investigation into the Donald Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia."

Representative Devin Nunes. (photo: Melina Mara/Getty)
Representative Devin Nunes. (photo: Melina Mara/Getty)


Devin Nunes May Have Proof of the Trump-Russia Smoking Gun

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

12 September 17


One of Trump's biggest backers may unwittingly lead to the president's downfall

hen House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California seemed to try to create a fake scandal about former national security adviser Susan Rice, he most likely did so to distract from the investigation into the Donald Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.

It is unlikely that he anticipated that his actions could provide damning information about the Trump team.

Although Nunes’ report didn’t expose any improprieties by either former President Barack Obama or his aides, it revealed that some of Trump’s aides may have violated the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized American citizens from negotiating with foreign governments that have a dispute with the United States, according to Reuters. As a result, Nunes’ reports could also become part of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into the allegations against the Trump campaign and Russia.

Nunes stirred up controversy when he secretly met with a White House intelligence official and used that meeting as a pretext for accusing Rice of improperly unmasking American citizens whose communications with Russians may have been discovered in intelligence gathering. Nunes stepped down from the investigation, and it was later revealed that as far back as April, he did not take the potential charges seriously.

As one source told Reuters regarding meetings between Russian officials and high ranking Trump campaign aides like former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner:

An obvious question is how all these meetings and conversations were set up. Who set them up? What was their purpose? What were the agendas? Who approved them? Who was briefed on them afterward? Signals intelligence might shed some light on that.

There is no evidence that either Rice or any other Obama administration official either misused intelligence about the Trump campaign or leaked it to the media.


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-24 # bevin 2017-09-12 16:28
If there is evidence it will be interesting to see it. So far it has been more than a year and not one piece of real evidence has been produced.
There really is nothing to this story and the sooner people recognise that the sooner they can start on the road to recovery.
Russia isn't even in the top ten of countries which intervened in the Presidential and Congressional elections.
 
 
+11 # sbessho 2017-09-12 22:09
Sounds like you have some evidence of the "top ten countries." Let's see it.

Meanwhile, keep in mind that investigations do not usually release to the public the evidence that they might use to indict or recommend charges. This includes common criminal investigations as well as financial crimes. The fact that we haven't heard the evidence does not mean there isn't any.
 
 
+8 # Kiwikid 2017-09-12 22:15
How can you say that? It seems incredible that so much resource would be put into chasing down leads that do not exist. If there is truly nothing to this as you suggest, the investigation would have folded months ago. The more obvious conclusion is that there has been a raging fire here, and the investigators are carefully sifting the ashes of all the available evidence before announcing their well researched and backed up conclusions.
 
 
-3 # lfeuille 2017-09-13 17:30
It creates doubt in peoples minds. They are deploying their disinformation tricks. When they fail to get the response they want, they just up the ante. But they haven't gotten anywhere near proving anything. Meanwhile Trump is openly breaking the law with his business dealings, some of which may be with Russia, but most aren't. They could be building a solid case instead of chasing shadows in an attempt to scare people into accepting more domestic surveillance and unending war.
 
 
+1 # Obwon 2017-09-14 13:33
Quoting Kiwikid:
How can you say that? It seems incredible that so much resource would be put into chasing down leads that do not exist. If there is truly nothing to this as you suggest, the investigation would have folded months ago. The more obvious conclusion is that there has been a raging fire here, and the investigators are carefully sifting the ashes of all the available evidence before announcing their well researched and backed up conclusions.


Correct! To start, an allegation of misconduct is made and then denied. That denial turns out to be a lie. If it was just about ordering pizza, no problem, but if it turns out that it was a very sensitive matter of national security then hey, you'd damned well better investigate, or leave compromised people in high places.

In the next round, more info is gained and it looks pretty bad at first glance. But, it can either be very bad and incriminating, or, in light of something else you discover, just an innocent artifact. You wouldn't want to go running out there with what turns out to be an innocent artifact, if only you'd taken the time to look further
Letting potential culprits know what investigators are looking at, gives them a chance to compromise evidence before it can be discovered. That would let guilty parties go free.

Lies being covered up with more lies and again with even more lies, what ever is a prosecutor to do? Oh my!
 
 
+5 # Jaax88 2017-09-12 22:55
I am curious where you get your claimed facts?
 
 
+7 # Salburger 2017-09-13 01:43
Putin bot
 
 
-3 # lfeuille 2017-09-13 17:32
Netanyahu bot.
 
 
+2 # warrior woman 2017-09-13 04:38
Pants on
 
 
+11 # greenharper 2017-09-13 05:30
Quoting bevin:
.
There really is nothing to this story and the sooner people recognise that the sooner they can start on the road to recovery.
Russia isn't even in the top ten of countries which intervened in the Presidential and Congressional elections.


Really? What, exactly, is your evidence for any of this?
 
 
-14 # PABLO DIABLO 2017-09-12 22:46
Another empty article desperately trying to keep RUSSIAGATE alive. Give it up.
 
 
-6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-09-13 19:45
Pablo -- yes, this one has set a new standard for emptiness. It completely ignores what is pretty well known --

1. Susan Rice is still in deep trouble. Her day is coming. This will involve other Obama' admin members as well. There's lots of really good evidence of Rice misusing classified material and lying about it.

2. We all know perfectly well who set up these meetings and why. The problem is that it was not Putin.



One theory of propaganda is that if you repeat something often enough people will believe it and it will come to seem to be truth. That's what's going here. Salon is just playing its part in the propaganda scheme to brainwash and delude Americans.

This happens all the time.
 
 
0 # Kiwikid 2017-09-14 14:40
Yes, Rodion, and you've shown yourself to be expert at it!
 
 
+10 # ericlipps 2017-09-13 04:40
Ohhhh-kay . . . so who WAS in the "top ten"? And what's your evidence that the
Putin government didn't deserve to be there?

For that matter, how do YOU define "real evidence"?
 
 
-2 # lfeuille 2017-09-13 17:33
I don't know the other nine, but #1 is Israel.
 
 
+9 # Texas Aggie 2017-09-13 13:03
Someone please explain why an investigator is obligated to publish all his findings before he finishes investigating. So many drumpfbots argue that since Mueller hasn't been leaking anything, he must not have anything to show for his investigation. The logic behind that is twisted to say the least.
 

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