Thursday, March 22, 2018

I cannot tell if Mollie Hemingway is a tribalist, plain stupid - or both

Mollie Hemingway
Mollie Hemingway's real competence is in self-promotion. She has a spectacularly over-estimated intellect.
Mollie Hemingway of the highly esteemed Federalist (nothing is too awful for the Federalist to publish) keeps pumping out bullshit in the hopes that it will somehow alter the facts about Trump. Thursday, Hemingway writes:
Thousands upon thousands of media reports over the last year and a half have intimated, suggested, or flat-out asserted that President Donald Trump is a traitor who colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. What this widely held theory lacks in evidence, its diehard supporters in the media and other anti-Trump bastions make up for with their faith-filled conviction of its truth.
In other words, this all just made up. Here is what we do know and I am certain that Special Counsel Robert Mueller knows a great deal more than the general public. Much of what we know comes from plea agreements.

We start with Papadopoulos. In April, 2016 he met with a Russian academician with close ties to the Putin regime. The Russian told Papadopoulos that the Kremlin had thousands of emails from the Clinton campaign and dirt on Clinton. When the Trump campaign does nothing in response to alert Clinton and the FBI  (and there is no evidence that they did), that is collusion.

To the contrary, when Trump issued a public plea for the Kremlin to hack Clinton's email he knew that this had already happened. Not disclosing the existence of stolen emails he knew to exist is evidence of collusion.

Then there is that meeting in Trump Tower in June, 2016. It was organized by Donald Jr. who expected to receive dirt on Clinton from Russian sources. Kushner and Manafort were both in attendance. The Russian sources had close ties to the Kremlin. The notion that Trump did not know about this is preposterous.

The very fact that they created a porous cover story, some nonsense about Russian adoptions, demonstrates the fact that they knew this was a serious problem. Furthermore, the absurd statement was concocted by Trump himself demonstrating personal complicity. The campaign and Trump were colluding with Russians close to the Kremlin to meddle in our election.

We know that Flynn engaged in secret talks with the Russians during the transition. Flynn is a cooperating witness and he testified that he promised to undo the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. While after the fact it demonstrates that the campaign was aware of the Russian meddling.

Then there is Roger Stone. He predicted a release of information by WikiLeaks before it actually happened.

Hypothetically (meaning we do not have sufficient evidence), the termination of Jim Comey looks like obstruction of justice after Comey refused to pledge fealty to Trump. Comey is not done with Trump. We are likely to learn more in the near future.

Trump's own behavior points to culpability. Trump continues to insist that Russia did not meddle in the election. He knows perfectly well that they did. An innocent person would shut the hell up and cooperate with Mueller. Trump is acting like a guilty person.

Therefore, when Ms, Hemingway claims that Trump's collusion with Russia is nothing more than an article of faith she is demonstrably wrong. It is also projection. Despite all of the evidence that we have she insists that there was no wrong-doing. That is a faith-based conviction. I have to assume that Mueller knows a hell of a lot more than I do.

Hemingway would like to convince people that this is all a big liberal media conspiracy. She continues:
An alternate storyline has been unfolding over that same time. The basic contour is that claims Trump stole the election by treasonously colluding with Russia are the result of a coordinated campaign that was bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, weaponized by the federal government, and promulgated by a completely compliant media.
Alternate reality is more like it. The first link is to a story in the Washington Post that the DNC paid for the Russian (Steele) dossier.  Fusion GPS had already been investigating Trump on behalf of an unknown Republican client during the primaries. The fact that the DNC paid for the research is not evidence that the results of that research are not true.

The second link is to her own story about supposed FISA abuse in obtaining surveillance warrants of Carter Page. The request for the warrant was based in part on the Steele dossier. Contrary to conspiracy theorists, the Court was aware of who financed the dossier. It subsequently became aware that Steele was separated from the FBI investigation because he leaked information to the press. Meanwhile the warrant was renewed three times, presumably because it was fruitful.

None of this alters the meeting in Trump tower or any of the other evidence that we have surrounding Trump's complicity and collusion. The Page warrant was issued after Page left the campaign and is only a tiny portion of this case. Page was under suspicion for being a foreign agent as early as 2013. The circumstances of the warrant are just a distraction. Page has not been indicted. The guy is way too screwy, in my opinion, to be a cooperating witness. Only Mueller and the FBI know Page's status.

The third link is just a Google search on Trump and Russia. Media coverage does not alter the evidence. For that matter, if Trump would simply shut the fuck up about this there would be considerably less controversy and coverage. Ms. Hemingway is confusing editorial bias with the reporting of facts. The New York Times, for example, leans to the left but its factual reporting is usually beyond reproach.

Perhaps the reason that Hemingway is confused about this point is the nonexistent standards of her own outlet. The  Federalist, like Breitbart and WND, routinely misinforms incurious readers who want to read stories that conform to their faith-based beliefs. Ms. Hemingway is attempting to do just that with the referenced piece. I haven't even gotten to the core of her piece which is some conspiracy theory about McCabe. I do not intend to. I have had my fill of intellectual dishonesty from Ms. Hemingway.

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