Just when you thought Robert Mueller’s report had put the fabulists, con artists, and outright liars in the mainstream media out of the limelight, along comes another contrived bullsh** conspiracy theory to bring them back to center stage.
This one is from NBC’s Ken Dilanian. Back in 2014, he was revealed to basically be an unpaid asset of the CIA. During the Russia Hoax, he acquired the nickname “Fusion Ken” because it was obvious that he was Fusion GPS’s go-to guy to plan conspiracy theories. So with the close ties to the CIA and Fusion GPS it is hardly a shock that he was the lead writer on CIA’s top lawyer made ‘criminal referral’ on whistleblower’s complaint about Trump conduct.
Weeks before the whistleblower’s complaint became public, the CIA’s top lawyer made what she considered to be a criminal referral to the Justice Department about the whistleblower’s allegations that President Donald Trump abused his office in pressuring the Ukrainian president, U.S. officials familiar with the matter tell NBC News.
The move by the CIA’s general counsel, Trump appointee Courtney Simmons Elwood, meant she and other senior officials had concluded a potential crime had been committed, raising more questions about why the Justice Department later declined to open an investigation.
The phone call that Elwood considered to be a criminal referral is in addition to the referral later received as a letter from the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community regarding the whistleblower complaint.
Justice Department officials said they were unclear whether Elwood was making a criminal referral and followed up with her later to seek clarification but she remained vague.
Elwood, the CIA’s general counsel, first learned about the matter because the complainant, a CIA officer, passed his concerns about the president on to her through a colleague. On Aug. 14, she participated in a conference call with the top national security lawyer at the White House and the chief of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
On that call, Elwood and John Eisenberg, the top legal adviser to the White House National Security Council, told the top Justice Department national security lawyer, John Demers, that the allegations merited examination by the DOJ, officials said.
According to the officials, Elwood was acting under rules that a report must occur if there is a reasonable basis to the allegations, defined as “facts and circumstances…that would cause a person of reasonable caution to believe that a crime has been, is being, or will be committed.”
A DOJ official said Attorney General William Barr was made aware of the conversation with Elwood and Eisenberg, and their concerns about the president’s behavior, in the days that followed.
The CIA general counsel either made a criminal referral or she did not. There is no universe in which she made something which she “considered to be” a criminal referral because there are actual laws and regulations that define that. The IC IG did make a referral of possible criminal conduct which involved tying campaign finance laws to the rack and stretching them until they were broad enough to cover most anything. Surely, the CIA general counsel is bright enough to know what a criminal referral looks like.
(Let me digress here for a second. The claim that asking the Ukrainian president to investigate probable felonious acts by US citizens, not matter how politically connected they are within the Democrat party, is not a crime. It is a duty. Saying that this qualifies as “something of value” for campaign finance purposes also criminalizes signing trade deals in a campaign year, or signing a treaty, or visiting a foreign capital, or basically any act a president undertakes to create positive news for his administration.)
The alleged misconduct is exactly the same act that DOJ’s Criminal Division investigated. So no matter what she “considered” to have happened, the allegation she allegedly (and keep in mind that we are dealing with Dilanian here) “considered” to have been reported was investigated.
Of course, there is a very good reason why she used a phone call rather than a written referral. She didn’t want to beclown herself. Remember this: “the complainant, a CIA officer, passed his concerns about the president on to her through a colleague.” The complaint she received was gossip delivered by a messenger. Knowing what we currently know about the complainant–he’s a liar who did not tell the IC IG that he was coordinating directly with Adam Schiff’s goons and he apparently worked in direct support of Joe Biden when he served on the NSC–he seems to have been trying to shotgun this allegation. Not only did he go the “whistleblower” route himself, but he scattered the allegations to at least the CIA General Counsel. It is a safe bet that the same meat puppet who delivered the allegations to her also delivered them to the CIA IG. We can probably bet the General Counsel at the ODNI got them, too. Also by cut out.
What is abundantly clear is that there are a non-trivial number of CIA officers who have never accepted Donald Trump’s election and who are still actively involved in sedition even after the Russia Hoax cratered. The quicker that President Trump forces a movement against these people and publicly names and shames (I say shame metaphorically because there is zero evidence these people are capable of shame) them, they are going to continue with this conspiracy to try to bring him down.