Just one more reason to thank John Ratcliffe. – The FBI did everything it could to influence both the 2016 and 2018 election cycles in favor of the Democrats with largely exaggerated claims about Russian interference, and completely fabricated claims that they made those efforts in coordination with the 2016 Trump Campaign and 2018 Trump Administration. That is a matter of historical fact.
Given that history, can anyone doubt that Christopher Wray, who led the raging dumpster fire agency’s 2018 Russia collusion smear effort, was about to do it all over again yesterday, just 12 days prior to Election Day? Unfortunately for Wray, though, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe is not on board with the program. He’s what the DC Swamp denizens like to call an outlier, a wholly inconvenient person of power who isn’t going along with the program.
When news circulated late Wednesday afternoon that the FBI was going to hold an important press event to discuss election interference by foreign enemies, those of us who have followed this stuff for the past four years had a single expectation: Wray was about to scream Russia collusion all over again.
But when we tuned into the event, the first guy we saw was not Wray but DNI Ratcliffe, who calmly laid out the case that, yes, Russians were interfering in the election as they have done in every cycle for the last 100 years, but Iran was also doing it and was in fact taking the most blatant actions of the two. There was no claim that either country was doing this on behalf of the Trump campaign, and in fact the Iranian scheme was designed to smear a right-wing group called the Proud Boys.
From a report at NPR:
Iranian influence specialists are behind threatening emails sent to voters in Alaska and Florida, U.S. officials said on Wednesday evening and suggested that more such interference could be in store from Russia.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said the U.S. intelligence community believes Iranian and Russian operatives obtained voter-record information, which enabled Iran to target some people with intimidating emails based on party registration about how they’d better vote for President Trump “or else.”
The senders posed as members of the white supremacist Proud Boys and claimed they had voter data that revealed for whom their targets voted — but that was a false flag, the U.S. says.
Ratcliffe sought to reassure Americans about the integrity of their votes and the processes by which elections are run.
“These actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries,” Ratcliffe said, but pledged confidence in American elections and said, “You can be confident your votes are secured.”
Notice follows months of warnings
Russian influence specialists don’t appear to have used their voter data in a similar scheme, Ratcliffe said, but they may.
History tells us that were it not for the intervention by DNI Ratcliffe, Wray most certainly would have made every effort to pretend this was all a plot to help the Trump campaign in order to try to influence the outcome, in which he and his dumpster fire agency have a very vested interest in seeing Joe Biden win.
We know Wray came into possession of the Hunter Biden laptop right in the middle of the Democrats’ impeachment hoax late last Fall and decided to withhold it from the public. We know he did that despite the fact that it apparently contains all sorts of exculpatory evidence that proves it was Biden, not Trump, who engaged in “quid pro quo” efforts related to the Ukrainian government.
We know Wray allowed his dumpster fire agency to be used as Robert Mueller’s de facto American Gestapo, knocking down doors in middle-of-the-night raids, ransacking homes and offices and generally abusing the rights of American citizens during the Special Counsel coup d’etat attempt. We know that Wray allowed his agents to continue with the outright framing of an American hero, General Mike Flynn, that had begun under the watch of his predecessor James Comey. We know that Wray has steadfastly roadblocked efforts by congress, the President and the DNI to declassify hundreds of pages of key documents related to his dumpster fire agency’s actions over the past four years, roadblocks that continue to this day.
In fact, all you need to know about Wray is that bug-eyed Adam Schiff was all over CNN Wednesday night endorsing his credibility and slamming Ratcliffe. Talk about the kiss of death.
Due to all of his malfeasance in office and his utter failure to improve the agency’s dismal performance in other areas, it is very likely that Wray stands to be fired shortly after President Trump is re-elected on November 3. In fact, the Washington Post ran another story based on rumors flying around the DC Swamp yesterday indicating exactly that.
Wray knows that a Biden win is job security for him. After all, why would Biden or any Democrat fire a guy who has done so much to destroy the nation’s “premier law enforcement agency”?
Be thankful for John Ratcliffe, and for President Trump.
That is all.
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