Real Crimes of the Russiagate Media

By Pat Buchanan

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Real Crimes of the Russiagate Media
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -( For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump's campaign collude with the Russians in hacking the DNC?

And until last week, the answer was “no.”

As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians … there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. … There's no little campfire, there's no little candle, there's no spark.”

Well, last week, it appeared there had been a fire in Trump Tower. On June 9, 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with Russians — in anticipation of promised dirt on Hillary Clinton's campaign.

While not a crime, this was a blunder. For Donald Jr. had long insisted there had been no collusion with the Russians. Caught in flagrante, he went full Pinocchio for four days.

And as the details of that June 9 meeting spilled out, Trump defenders were left with egg on their faces, while anti-Trump media were able to keep the spotlight laser-focused on where they want it — Russiagate.

This reality underscores a truth of our time. In the 19th century, power meant control of the means of production; today, power lies in control of the means of communication.

Who controls the media spotlight controls what people talk about and think about. And mainstream media are determined to keep that spotlight on Trump-Russia, and as far away as possible from their agenda — breaking the Trump presidency and bringing him down.

Almost daily, there are leaks from the investigative and security arms of the U.S. government designed to damage this president.

Just days into Trump's presidency, a rifle-shot intel community leak of a December meeting between Trump national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn and Russia's ambassador forced the firing of Flynn. [the leak was a Real Crime]

An Oval Office meeting with the Russian foreign minister in which Trump disclosed that Israeli intelligence had ferreted out evidence that ISIS was developing computer bombs to explode on airliners was leaked. This alerted ISIS, damaged the president, and imperiled Israeli intelligence sources and methods. [the leak was a Real Crime]

Some of the leaks from national security and investigative agencies are felonies, not only violations of the leaker's solemn oath to protect secrets, but of federal law.

Yet the press is happy to collude with these leakers and to pay them in the coin they seek. First, by publishing the secrets the leakers want revealed. Second, by protecting them from exposure to arrest and prosecution for the crimes they are committing.

The mutual agendas of the deep-state leakers and the mainstream media mesh perfectly.

Consider the original Russiagate offense.

Confidential emails of the DNC and John Podesta were hacked, i.e., stolen by Russian intelligence and given to WikiLeaks. And who was the third and indispensable party in this “Tinker to Evers to Chance” double-play combination?

The media itself. While deploring Russian hacking as an “act of war” against “our democracy,” the media published the fruits of the hacking. It was the media that revealed what Podesta wrote and how the DNC tilted the tables against Bernie Sanders.

If the media believed Russian hacking was a crime against our democracy, why did they publish the fruits of that crime?

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If the media believed Russian hacking was a crime against our democracy, why did they publish the fruits of that crime?

Is it not monumental hypocrisy to denounce Russia's hacking of the computers of Democratic political leaders and institutions, while splashing the contents of the theft all over Page 1?

Not only do our Beltway media traffic in stolen secrets and stolen goods, but the knowledge that they will publish secrets and protect those who leak them is an incentive for bureaucratic disloyalty and criminality.

Our mainstream media are like the fellow who avoids the risk of stealing cars, but wants to fence them once stolen and repainted.

Some journalists know exactly who is leaking against Trump, but they are as protective of their colleagues' “sources” as of their own.

Thus, the public is left in the dark as to what the real agenda is here, and who is sabotaging a president in whom they placed so much hope.

And thus does democracy die in darkness.

Do the American people not have a “right to know” who are the leakers within the government who are daily spilling secrets to destroy their president? Are the identities of the saboteurs not a legitimate subject of investigation? Ought they not be exposed and rooted out?

Where is the special prosecutor to investigate the collusion between bureaucrats and members of the press who traffic in the stolen secrets of the republic?

Bottom line: Trump is facing a stacked deck.

People inside the executive branch are daily providing fresh meat to feed the scandal. Anti-Trump media are transfixed by it. It is the Watergate of their generation. They can smell the blood in the water. The Pulitzers are calling. And they love it, for they loathe Donald Trump both for who he is and what he stands for.

It is hard to see when this ends, or how it ends well for the country.


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

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    Wild BillrasVE Veteran - Old man's ClubJay Shuler Recent comment authors
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    The talking point that the DNC e-mails were hacked by the Russians still has yet to be proven. There has been no solid evidence of such activity. Wikileakes, has said time and again that they did not get their information from the Russians. Most speculate it was an inside job. Possibly Seth Rich, who was subsequently found murdered. It is strange that none of the DNC or Podesta emails published on WikiLeaks are dated after Seth Rich was murdered? Who killed Seth Rich? & plus months of CIA, FBI, senate hearings etc, and still not a shred of proof that… Read more »

    Jay Shuler
    Jay Shuler

    We need to find leaks, and we need a VP that will not be making contingency arrangements in case Trump is impeached. It sends a message that maybe it’s easier just to let Trump be impeached and Pence take over. Trumps people will give up. But one should not relax with that thought. If the masses think they could get Trump out, they will be out for blood to get Pence. I heard a couple weeks ago a congressman say they are really stocking up the dirt for Pence. They will have Pence for a snack. There is only one… Read more »

    VE Veteran - Old man's Club
    VE Veteran - Old man's Club

    AND We the People need to step up and tell our Congress critters that they either support Trump or start looking for another job come election time. As far as the leftist go – we need to make it very clear to them their time is OVER, they failed and we don’t want any of what their trying to peddle. They picked our pockets enough the last eight years, and did their level best to run this country into the ground – NO MORE! Their sh*t is fried and they are done – stick a fork in ’em.

    Wild Bill
    Wild Bill

    @VE OMC, I agree, the Repub party thinks that we have no other choice. I am exploring the New Congress movement. As I understand it, all candidates consist of people who build something, plumb something, take care of others, teach something, ordinary workers. And that the candidates are vetted to make sure that they have never been a community organizer, worked on a political campaign, lobbyist, former office holder, party hack etc. If any one knows more about the New Congress movement I would like to know more.