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Old 07-28-2019, 10:28 AM
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Default CrowdStrikeOut: Mueller’s Own Report Undercuts Its Core Russia-Meddling Claims

Mueller's testimony last week opened with the foundational assertions from the report that Russian meddling was via Russian intelligence hacking the DNC emails then using Wikileaks as a distribution hub, and a Russian government directed troll farm conducted a sophisticated social media based campaign. A review of the report reveals it doesn't prove the sensational assertions presented.

  • The report uses qualified and vague language to describe key events, indicating that Mueller and his investigators do not actually know for certain whether Russian intelligence officers stole Democratic Party emails, or how those emails were transferred to WikiLeaks.
  • The report's timeline of events appears to defy logic. According to its narrative, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announced the publication of Democratic Party emails not only before he received the documents but before he even communicated with the source that provided them.
  • Mueller’s decision not to interview Assange – a central figure who claims Russia was not behind the hack – suggests an unwillingness to explore avenues of evidence on fundamental questions.
  • U.S. intelligence officials cannot make definitive conclusions about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee computer servers because they did not analyze those servers themselves. Instead, they relied on the forensics of CrowdStrike, a private contractor for the DNC that was not a neutral party, much as “Russian dossier” compiler Christopher Steele, also a DNC contractor, was not a neutral party. This puts two Democrat-hired contractors squarely behind underlying allegations in the affair – a key circumstance that Mueller ignores.
  • Further, the government allowed CrowdStrike and the Democratic Party's legal counsel to submit redacted records, meaning CrowdStrike and not the government decided what could be revealed or not regarding evidence of hacking.
  • John Brennan, then director of the CIA, played a seminal and overlooked role in all facets of what became Mueller’s investigation: the suspicions that triggered the initial collusion probe; the allegations of Russian interference; and the intelligence assessment that purported to validate the interference allegations that Brennan himself helped generate. Yet Brennan has since revealed himself to be, like CrowdStrike and Steele, hardly a neutral party -- in fact a partisan with a deep animus toward Trump.

Of course the huge gap between the allegations touted and the evidence presented in the Mueller report is ignored just like the blatant purchase of Russian counterintelligence by the Clinton campaign is ignored.
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Default Re: CrowdStrikeOut: Mueller’s Own Report Undercuts Its Core Russia-Meddling Claims

The question I would have had for Mueller was that his Special Counsel was appointed to investigate Russian interference in our elections, but the completely ignored clear evidence that did not support the preordained conclusion that Trump was guilty of collusion with the Russians.

In so doing, what was the actual purpose of the Special Counsel? Was it appointed to dig up dirt to impeach the sitting President as that would the the logical conclusion of such a one sided investigation.
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