Steve A. Stone
Dear Friends and Patriots,
Have you ever read the House Intelligence Committee web page at:
and is the page youíll go to in order to access the 57 transcripts of classified testimony given in the Capitol Buildingís secure hearing room down in its basement.
Remember those secret hearings last December and January where Congressmen Schiff and Nadler tried to exclude all Republicans who werenít committee members? A whole lot of people wanted to know what went on in that room. But Rep. Adam Schiff put the lid on them and stonewalled any attempt to let the public know what those transcripts said. All he would respond with was, ďThe testimony was classified. Releasing the transcripts would create a security risk for the nation.Ē The news of late is Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Rick Grenell stated if the Intel Committee didnít declassify and release those transcripts, he would. Thatís the actual prompt for the committeeís release on 7 May. But if you read the heading material on the site, you wouldnít know that. This is the way the page referenced above begins:
If youíve only been paying half-attention for the past year, you can spot lies in that statement. We all understand the Mueller Report did not conclude the Russians interfered to help Trump. You also know thereís absolutely zero evidence the Trump campaign had any interaction with Russian officials, much less made ďfull use of illicit Russian help.Ē Nor did the White House hold up the release of the transcripts. The statement above is a total fabrication.
Most of the website contains similar lies. Itís really little more than Democratic talking points and propagandizing. Thereís no effort to appear remotely unbiased or to state objective facts. That website Ė thatís your tax money at work! How do you like it?
The House Intel Committee website contains more lies that one can possibly count. That is truth. I recognize lies when I see and read them, and Iím certain you do, too. Want to test me Ė spend some time reading the posts on the site, and if you donít agree, point out where you find truth. Then, go to the Press Releases page and scan those. Almost every press release of the committee contains anti-Trump or anti-Trump administration propaganda. If you want to play a game of dueling citations to refute my comments, send me your rationale for why anything on this entire website shouldnít be considered partisan propaganda. It might prove fun for me to read such thoughts, though it would also be tedious. Regardless, I canít go on without stating how outraged everyone should be that official government websites paid for with taxpayer money are so blatantly partisan and filled with provable untruths. If that doesnít offend you, allow me to be offended for you.
I read through several of the 57 transcripts. I recommend everyone pick out a few and read them. Donít expect to be excited. You should all remember how exciting the open hearings were. Wasnít that compelling TV? Wasnít that the epitome of high drama? Reading transcripts is like that, only much worse. Somehow reading them takes all the fun out of the experience. Reading is also a bit dangerous, since you canít infer the inflection of a personís voice from a transcript. You canít determine when a speaker is being wry, sarcastic, or just plain dumb. Well, if youíre reading Rep. Swalwellís questioning, you should start with the assumption itíll be dumb Ė because most of his is. Then, thereís Rep. Schiff. I contend his questioning reveals an incredible degree of partisan cynicism. He has a consistent habit of reframing testimony in ways that would support his own political designs if it wasnít challenged or refuted by the witnesses. The more I read his manner of examining witnesses, the more I realized his dishonesty is pathological. Iím not a psychiatrist, but Schiff is so divergent from what I consider normal in his expression that Iím willing to declare a laymanís diagnosis of psychosis. The man doesnít deserve to be in Congress. He should be in a cell.
The transcripts have oddities about them. One oddity in some is the names of the minority party members present are censored. Weíre allowed to read the names of the Democrats who interrogated the witnesses, but not the names of the Republicans. Why is that? Youíll also note that certain questioners appear to mischaracterize the testimony of certain witnesses Ė during the course of the hearing. Not just Rep. Schiff, but others as well. Unless the witness objects and corrects those mischaracterizations, theyíre often repeated by other members of the committee as if they were the witnessís testimony. Another oddity in several witness testimonies is the time spent in interrogating on immaterial facts and background. It does make one wonder if the hearings were mostly venues used to get people on record making statements that arenít precisely true. I know after reading some of the testimony Iíd never willingly appear before any committee or subcommittee of Congress.
When I read those transcripts, I get a possible inkling as to why they were classified in the first place. The majority members of the committee, the Democrats, didnít want people who were likely to testify favorably for President Trumpís administration to be heard. They didnít want to risk testimony that might have discredited the hearings. Then, there were the Obama administration people who testified. It was obviously risky to call them to testify. They had to be sworn in, and one never knows what a person will say under oath. When you're undertaking to create a ďnew truth,Ē you donít want to create an opportunity for the real truth to get out. They had James Clapper, Sally Yates, John Brennan, Samantha Power, John Podesta, and Susan Rice testifying under oath. Itís easy to understand how reluctant they might be to tell the truth if they thought their remarks would be reported in the newspapers. Now that Ambassador Grenell has forced the declassification and release of the transcripts, itís relatively easy (though incredibly tedious) to conclude those people had reason to be concerned. Their own formerly classified words tell the truth Ė they never had a thing on Donald Trump. They couldnít prove he did anything he was accused of. In plain English Ė the very people making a living accusing Donald Trump of treasonous conduct admitted behind closed doors they were propagating a pack of lies. They never saw anything. They never heard anything. They had no proof of anything. What they testified to was their beliefs, assumptions, or their secondhand knowledge, which was the bulk of their testimony, and it means absolutely nothing at all. Itís all just air. The Russia Hoax was just that, and what Donald Trump always said it was Ė nothing but a hoax.
Thereís no way you can read all the testimony without coming to the conclusion there was a grand plot afoot. The more recent revelation of documents released that regard the set-up and take-down of Lt. Gen. Flynn only adds to the confirmation of that truth.
Remember the constant drumbeat of comments to the effect that Trumpís collusion with Russia had created a constitutional crisis? Yes, there was and is a constitutional crisis all right, but one created by all those who have used that line in the past year. The crisis was created and perpetrated by them. Now, if thereís any justice left in this land of ours, someone will pay.
This is the part of the story where my mind goes a bit dark. Having it revealed that the Obama administration was knee-deep in an attempt to subvert the Trump administration and force him from office is something of a great thing. Those who understand how Washington and progressive ideologues work these days are tempted to be upbeat about these latest revelations. We want to stand up and cheer. But we donít. Weíre all too used to being disappointed. Weíre all too accustomed to being sold out by those who promise justice but only deliver what they always do Ė more hot air. Yes, my friends, Iím cynical in the extreme about all this. I hope Iím 100% wrong, but my own experience tells me one thing Ė NO ONE GOES TO TRIAL; NO ONE GOES TO JAIL. Justice will be denied once again.
But, maybe Iím wrong.
Steve A. Stone© Steve A. Stone
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