At the Washington Post, they're selling the car!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017

Newest product yet:
Yesterday, John Brennan testified to the House Intelligence Committee.

In all honesty, he said virtually nothing that was new. Unless you read the front page of this morning's Washington Post, where Greg Miller, or his editor, were busily selling the car.

This was Miller's first paragraph. Warning! They're selling you the car!
MILLER (5/24/17): The CIA alerted the FBI to a troubling pattern of contacts between Russian officials and associates of the Trump campaign last year, former agency director John Brennan testified on Tuesday, shedding new light on the origin of a criminal probe that now reaches into the White House.
Did Brennan's testimony "shed new light on the origin of a criminal probe that now reaches into the White House?"

Not exactly, no. Everything Brennan said has been said several times before.

This isn't a criticism of what Brennan said. It's a comment on the process of selling the (daily) car.

Several hours later: Maddow offered a gong-show edit of something Brennan said. It tilted the tale in a way we like.

There was certainly nothing new there!

20 comments:

  1. “It should be clear to everyone (sic) that Russia brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process,” Brennan said at one point, one of several moments in which his words seemed aimed squarely at the president (Miller). The “shedding new light” was a nice touch.

    Yep, the chase is on, and will go on, and on. Why Brennan hasn’t been subpoenaed yet seems a mystery. I’ve heard that Mueller is a go-to guy for shit like this. Where he at?

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  2. Somerby claims this is "selling the car" because Miller says Brennan's testimony sheds new light on THE ORIGINS of an investigation.

    Somerby forgets that many conservatives are stubbornly refusing to admit that Russia interfered in our election. They regard this as a liberal invention to account for losing the election. That's why this information needs to be repeated. The story needs to be told from various perspectives, from sources that are reliable (like Brennan) and from people who are non-partisan. Conservatives need to hear this over and over -- to counteract their lying sources that are telling them there was no Russian involvement.

    The car isn't being sold -- impeachment is being sold. This kind of repetition lays the foundation for the accusations that are surely going to emerge from this investigation. It is true that the Russians interfered. It is true that there were contacts between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives. It may go beyond Trump and involve Pence, Ryan, others on the right. It may involve outright collusion and acceptance of Russian funds laundered through campaigns. It may include treason. We don't know how far this will go, but it is already beyond the point where conservatives can claim nothing happened. So we need to keep telling them what is true.

    Somerby may be tired of hearing all this. He may think the phrase "shedding new light" is hype of some sort. I think he needs to pay more attention to the content of these stories. He has already spent too much time feeding false hopes that Flynn may be innocent. Does Somerby believe Brennan's testimony or is he worried that perhaps Brennan speaks Dutch or was born in an unusual place? What is new here is that Brennan is saying it and that he was where it started, apparently.

    Pay attention -- there will be a test later.

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    1. There isn't going to be an impeachment. You're wasting your time.

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    2. From NCBC News:

      "The Trump Organization does not 'attempt to identify individual travelers who have not specifically identified themselves as being a representative of a foreign government entity,' according to a new company pamphlet. The policy suggests that it is up to foreign governments, not Trump hotels, to determine whether they self-report their business. That policy matches what several sources told MSNBC — Trump Organization employees are not soliciting information about whether reservations or business is from a foreign government. The U.S. Constitution bars foreign gifts to the president. In January, Trump pledged to track and donate all profits at his companies from foreign government travel and commerce.

      [The document] was provided by Trump's chief compliance counsel to Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. 'Under the policy outlined in this pamphlet, foreign governments could provide prohibited emoluments to President Trump, for example through organizations such as RT, the propaganda arm of the Russian government,' Cummings said in a new letter. 'Those payments would not be tracked in any way and would be hidden from the American public,' Cummings added. He is pressing the Trump Organization to brief Congress on the matter by June 2. A lawyer involved in the emoluments case against Trump who asked not to be identified said the company's approach violates the Constitution's ban on the president receiving foreign gifts."

      Don' be so sure, Anon @440 - grifters gotta grift.

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  3. It was fascinating to watch banjo boy Gowdy treat the former Director of the CIA as a hostile witness. I think we can drop all further pretense that the GOP is made up of patriotic Americans.

    You may not be impressed with Brennan's testimony from yesterday Bob, but in truth he was dropping some pretty explosive bombs pushing back on the systematic attempts by pussygrabber to delegitimize and obstruct the investigation. What we did learn for sure yesterday is that Republicans don't give two shits about possible collusion, treason and other possible criminal acts if it involves the orange pussygrabbing pervert imbecile traitor.


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    It’s remarkable, then, that in the face of this deeply damning series of stories about the president’s conduct, House Republicans would take up his defense by using the opportunity to cross-examine Brennan — in hopes of undercutting the idea that an investigation is even needed. On Tuesday, less than a day after the story about Trump’s efforts to sway Coats and Rogers provoked instant comparisons to Watergate, House Intelligence Committee Republicans showed little interest in furthering public understanding — or even their own — of this unprecedented scandal. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/05/23/brennans-explosive-testimony-just-made-it-harder-for-the-gop-to-protect-trump/?utm_term=.e35d0d1c110f
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    Yeah, what he said.

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  4. I want to acknowledge that mm is correct. The Daily Caller, whom I quoted yesterday, overstated the meaning of what Brennan said to Congress. Still, what Brennan did say was pretty strong.

    “In respect to a number of allegations made recently that the president of his aides may have sought to enlist the help of members the IC [intelligence community] or Director Comey himself to drop the Flynn investigation,” Schiff said. “Have any members of the IC shared with you their concerns that the president was attempting to enlist the help of people within the intelligence community to drop the Flynn investigation?”

    “No sir,” Brennan replied.


    http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/23/brennan-shoots-down-claim-trump-tried-to-kill-flynn-probe/

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    1. Well, I have to say, with all due respect Comrade, that was a totally half-assed disingenuous apology.

      First, I already posted the Q & A yesterday.

      The Daily Caller didn't "overstate" anything, they flat out fabricated a totally FALSE statement by Brennan, a statement which was obvious to me the second I read it that couldn't possibly be true.

      But you, so desperate to troll for any possible scrap of good news for orange mad king, rushed over here to proudly post it without the slightest hint of critical thinking. Because you're a fucking lying troll.

      Even now you cling to the ridiculous notion that what he answered to the actual question was "very strong" vindication of your orange mad king. Absurd. It would have been surprising if he had answered positively to Schiff's question since he was no longer Director of the CIA at the time the reported attempts by orange mad king to obstruct the investigation occurred.

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    2. Quick question, just for fun, Comrade DinC.

      Do you or don't you agree that the President of US interfering in multi IC agency investigations into Russian sabotage of our American Presidential election would be "wrong" and an impeachable offense.

      Just want to get you on the record before you try to move the goal posts once it is revealed that the Coates, Adm Rogers and Comey weren't lying about the orange pussygrabbing pervert lying bastard traitor tRump.

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    3. mm -- I think Brennan's answer was strong. You don't. Anyhow his words speak for themselves.

      My answer to your question is, It depends. The investigation was being done by people reporting to the President. As their superior, he has a legal and Constitutional right to direct their investigation or to "interfere" if you like that pejorative word.

      Trump's hypothetical "interference" would be wrong only if he himself had committed some serious wrong-doing or if he knew that senior people had done serious wrong-doing. But, if Trump were simply trying to end an investigation because he thought wasteful and unnecessary or because he thought it was politically damaging, that would not be a crime and certainly not grounds for impeachment.

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    4. "My answer to your question is, It depends."
      And what it depends on is the answer to this question: Is the President a Republican or Democrat?

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    5. So Comrade DinC, when Dick Nixon approved a plan to have the CIA squash the FBI investigation into the Watergate burglary and bugging, he had a legal and constitutional right to do that? Gee, who knew? I wonder why he tried to hide the evidence for so long and when it was finally disclosed it became Article 1 of his Impeachment.

      But, if Trump were simply trying to end an investigation because he thought wasteful and unnecessary or because he thought it was politically damaging, that would not be a crime and certainly not grounds for impeachment.


      So when President Clinton met AG Lynch at the airport and he theoretically told her to end the FBI email probe, it would have been perfectly fine if Secretary Clinton knew she didn't do anything wrong and the continuing investigation was politically damaging/ Sure.

      You are a fucking HYPOCRITE.

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    6. The Nixon example is useful. Nixon was trying to cover up a serious crime committed by his campaign. But, in the Russia investigation, no underlying crime has (yet) been identified.

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    7. I think Brennan's answer was strong. You don't.

      Nor does anybody else besides the mendacious author of the Daily Caller article you dumped on our carpet the other day.

      Did you happen to notice you fucking bullshit artist that no other major news organization thought it was very significant?

      Here is what you tried to claim on Tuesday:

      Former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday President Donald Trump did not attempt to enlist the help of any official in the intelligence community to kill the investigation of his former national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn.

      No other newspaper or cable news reported that curious and absurd "news" except for your Daily Caller article which had not a single quote. And you believed it.

      Unless Brennan was God, how the fuck could he ever make that claim? How would he know?

      In what way do think his answer was "strong"?

      What is your premise? That if tRump had actually done what was reported to Coates, Rogers, Comey, it is your sincere belief and expectation that they would have "shared their concerns" with Director Brennan even though he was no longer Director of the FBI and in any position to do anything about it?

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    8. But, in the Russia investigation, no underlying crime has (yet) been identified.

      so these are the new tRump Rules

      It is perfectly acceptable for the president to impede, obstruct and delegitimize an investigation into his own organization - one purpose of which is to identify any crimes - up until the crime has been identified? The FBI has already stated they have justification for the investigation and there is cause to believe a crime has been committed. Flynn is refusing to comply with subpoenas and is invoking the 5th. tRump pressured Comey to halt the investigation into Flynn. You're perfectly fine with that. I hope you remember the precedents you're setting now.

      How the fuck do you look yourself in the mirror. That asshole was mocking our FBI director to the fucking Russian goons yucking it up in his office the day after he fired Comey to get "Russia off his back" as he stated to the fucking Russian goons. fuck you, you goddamned treasonous hypocrite.

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    9. Comrade DinC. The perfect Wingnut Stooge.

      According to Comrade DinC, tRump didn't try to obstruct the investigation, and even if he did, he had a perfect right to do it.

      Got it. Thanks for being so honest.

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  5. Strong? Your concept of time is -shall we say? - askew.
    Brennan exited the CIA in January and Flynn was fired in February. Pompeo was the Director during the times in question.

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