2016 Election, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Elections, Foreign Affairs

Did Obama politicize false intel to portray Trump as a Manchurian Candidate?


It is hard to know what to make of the latest dump of information related to Russia and President-elect Donald Trump: A months-old dossier originally produced as political opposition research first by the GOP and then the Democrats after the primary, of unproven, salacious charges that had President-elect Donald Trump essentially acting as an agent of Moscow including coordinating the Wikileaks disclosures of Democratic emails and that the Kremlin had leverage against him that would enable blackmail.

That, in short, Trump was a Manchurian Candidate.P

Image Credit: Public Domain

Image Credit: Public Domain

This dossier filtered into the intelligence community and then was made a part of the classified briefing delivered to the President and President-elect of Russia’s supposed actions to influence the elections.

As CNN infamously reported on Jan. 10, “Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN. The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work U.S. intelligence officials consider credible.”

The report added, “The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.”

Those memos were then published by Buzzfeed, and were immediately found to contain multiple false allegations, including that Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen had traveled to Prague to meet with Russian agents and even that Trump had even gathered intelligence on behalf of Russia.

Trump was understandably quick to dismiss CNN at his Jan. 11 press conference, calling the outlet “fake news” but let’s give CNN its due here. This dossier’s presence in the classified briefing, according to CNN, was confirmed by “multiple U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings…”

Multiple officials who, presumably, should have known the memos were utter trash, but who instead appeared to be taking them quite seriously. According to CNN, a high-level administration official said, “I have a sense the outgoing administration and intelligence community is setting down the pieces so this must be investigated seriously and run down. I think [the] concern was to be sure that whatever information was out there is put into the system so it is evaluated as it should be and acted upon as necessary.”

Sure sounded pretty serious! I’m sure it sounded serious to the CNN reporters credited to the story, Ken Bensinger, Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs.

But, hold on to your hats. After Buzzfeed dropped the now discredited dossier bombshell on the Internet, NBC quickly reported that the only reason it was ever included was as an example of disinformation, just in case it was needed: “According to the senior official, the two-page summary about the unsubstantiated material made available to the briefers was to provide context, should they need it, to draw the distinction for Trump between analyzed intelligence and unvetted ‘disinformation.’”

Okay, maybe, but then again, maybe not.

If the FBI was still investigating the findings — which the agency has had for some time now — then, how and when did intelligence officials decide it was suddenly “disinformation” that needed to be publicly disavowed after it was included in a section in the classified briefing? Before or after Buzzfeed published it?

Because it seems the only reason the dossier is now being disavowed is because Buzzfeed published it and there were numerous verifiably false claims in it. It’s the only reason the nation is now having this conversation.

Here’s a good question, considering what we are now learning: Why the hell was the intelligence community and the FBI investigating Trump as a potential foreign agent?

This was an unbelievable abuse of power by Obama in an election year against the opposition party’s nominee for president that was used as a political talking point by the Hillary Clinton campaign. The FBI even approached the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a warrant to begin surveillance of top Trump campaign officials suspected of contacting Russian agents but the court reportedly told the agency to narrow the search. No word if they ever succeeded in getting the warrant, but CNN’s report of the FBI investigation should be taken very seriously.

Update: An FBI inquiry was also launched into one-time Trump campaign manger and chairman Paul Manafort, announced by NBC News on Nov. 1 over supposed Russian ties, a week before the election. Manafort had stepped down from the campaign down after reporting from the New York Times over allegedly receiving kickbacks from former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. And on Sept. 23, Yahoo! News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff reported former foreign policy advisor Carter Page was under investigation by U.S. intelligence officials for supposed Russian ties, which led to his subsequent resignation from the campaign. Both Manafort and Page featured prominently in the dossier that Buzzfeed published, with Page the key figure who orchestrated the Trump campaign’s coordination with Russia on the Wikileaks disclosures. The subsequent inquiries suggests that perhaps Page and Manafort’s appearance in the memos became the basis for government security investigations.

For those who might draw equivalency to the FBI investigating Clinton’s private email server that contained classified information, the difference could not be more evident. Whereas Clinton’s server should not have even existed since government officials are compelled to use secure government email accounts, and did indeed contain classified information, nothing at all about the Trump memos has been corroborated.

Now the Russia theme is forming the basis for the opposition to Trump and, who knows, maybe his impeachment — after all, being labeled a foreign agent by the intelligence community probably qualifies as an impeachable offense for many members of Congress, with the added bonus that it need not be proven.

Or in the least, the moves could be designed to box Trump in so that the national security state can dictate policy to Trump on Syria, Ukraine and other hot spots that Russia has a stake in. Already, Trump nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called not sending arms to Ukraine an act of weakness by the Obama administration. Is all the Russia talk getting to top Trump officials that now they feel a political need to act tougher in the face of Moscow? If so, then it might be having its desired effect. I seem to have missed the part of the debate where Trump called for escalating the war in Ukraine, which shares a border with Russia.

Either way, this is looking a whole lot like a setup.

Here’s another question: What if Buzzfeed hadn’t published the dossier?

Would intelligence officials still have been stepping forward to say it was simply intended to “draw the distinction for Trump between analyzed intelligence and unvetted ‘disinformation’” as NBC News reported?

Or would Obama administration officials have continued teasing it out, letting the CNN report stand unchallenged, and leading to calls in Congress for more delusional inquiries, feigning authenticity for what is turning out to be a very dubious case against Russia and against Trump?

This was the same dossier that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — who chaired the Jan. 6 hearing into Russia’s supposed attack that he pressed intelligence officials to label “an act of war” — thought was so credible that he personally handed it to FBI director James Comey on Dec. 9, 2016 after receiving it from a British Ambassador, demanding an investigation. It was McCain who also pushed for a select committee because of this dossier but was turned back by Senate leadership.

This was the same dossier that compelled former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to pen an Aug. 29 letter to Comey, urging an immediate investigation into Trump, stating, “The evidence of a direct connection between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign continues to mount and has led Michael Morrell, the forming Acting Central Intelligence Director, to call Trump an ‘unwitting agent’ of Russia and the Kremlin.”

“The American people deserve to have a full understanding of the facts from a completed investigation before they vote this November,” Reid added.

It might have even been the same dossier that inspired several electors of the Electoral College to write a Dec. 12 letter to National Intelligence Director James Clapper, demanding that “The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election.”

Who knows? Perhaps it was even teased in the unclassified version of the memo dated Jan. 6, which stated that “Further information has come to light since Election Day that, when combined with Russian behavior since early November 2016, increases our confidence in our assessments of Russian motivations and goals.”

During the recent Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Jan. 5, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper declared, “We stand actually more resolutely on the strength of that statement that we made on the 7th of October” that Russia was attempting to influence the election.

All of which raises a key question: Was this dossier, teased by CNN and then published by Buzzfeed included in the “further information” that increased the intelligence community’s confidence in its reporting about Russia and the election in its Jan. 6 assessment? Was this what caused Clapper to stand more resolutely on the strength of that assessment?

McCain was reported to have given Comey the dossier on Dec. 9, which was after the election. Of course, there’s no way of knowing what the assessment was referring to as “further information” boosting its confidence, since the intelligence community and the Obama administration have refused steadfastly to include any evidence to support any of their claims against Russia and now, Trump.

But if there’s to be an investigation, perhaps it should be into how this crappy memo would ever be briefed to the President of the United States and then partially leaked out by the Obama administration to CNN to portray Trump as a Russian asset.

Thank goodness Buzzfeed published the dossier. If this is what passes for “intelligence” in Washington, D.C. and so many of Congress’ top brass could be so easily fooled for months on end, then perhaps now it should be clear that our leaders lack any.

One of the puzzles of this whole evidence-free Russia hacked the election to help Trump allegation has been why the intelligence community in December suddenly starting treating Trump like he was some sort of foreign agent acting on behalf of the Kremlin?

Perhaps it was because the intelligence community was relying on information that was completely fabricated and really believed it. It told them what they wanted to hear about Trump’s ties to Russia’s supposed interference in the elections. Or, because the Obama administration settled on a post-election strategy to discredit and destroy Trump as a Russian agent and to decapitate the incoming administration.

The Obama administration has expertly timed the release of all this information, politicizing the nation’s intelligence community in what may be its largest scandal ever, first to influence the election and now to delegitimize Trump — which all blew up when Buzzfeed, unauthorized, unexpectedly published some of the administration’s supposed “evidence.” Everyone should be asking: What if Buzzfeed hadn’t published it?

This is a guest post by Robert Romano  senior editor of Americans for Limited Government.
  • Robert

    Everyone should keep a cool head until this is proven or unproven, the same was said about the Russian hacking which has now been proven to be a fact not fake news. There are some that could take the most perfect thing and turn it into a negative just to sound off with no poof of anything.

    • bobwhite1935

      Is bHo an agent of Irans’ leader Hassan Rouhani or the Muslim Brotherhood?

      • Robert

        Much to your disappointment all the educated Republicans know Obama will go down as great President mainly because of the obstacles he has overcome and the right he has given to more people since Lincoln and FDR. The Majority of Republicans in Congress have respect for Obama. A lot of Republicans like me did not even vote for either candidate.look at the low Military vote for trump and they are mainly Republican.

        • bobwhite1935

          ALL AMERICA WILL HAVE GOOD DAYS once Obama the Muslim Brotherhood leader in the USA leaves the WH & Trump moves in then HAPPY DAYS WILL BE HERE AGAIN IN THE FREED USA AGAIN. EVEN FOR YOU.

          • Robert

            I hope your dream come true, but he congress runs the country not the President. If anything much changes i would be greatly surprised. The Congress by the Constitution is directed to do what the majority of the population wants done, by majority vote. with so many of the Republicans in congress not supporting Trump, that means he does not have majority support, and it is already been said by the Representatives that 29% do not support Trumps agenda and 12% of the republicans in the Senate said the same thing. If you were hoping for laws supporting Religion to be over turned you will have long wait, because the Supreme Court has already ruled on that and as best the Conservatives will have one more friend in the court but would not make any difference the ruling the last time was 6 to 3, about laws based on religion. and marriage.

            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • bobwhite1935

            The SCOTUS does make laws just as Justice Roberts did on the Obamacare mandate issue he changed the word penalty to tax & voted for for the non affordable ACA. You might be right about the RINOs in Congress ie: Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsay Graham & maybe Marco Rubio. Maybe Trump will make the excuse like Obama that he had to use his executive power to get things done by those pesky rabbity Republicans You assume I said something about overturning a religion I didn’t & what religion were you talking about I have no religion my parents had me Baptized in an Christian church when I was a baby in arms but I never attended church nor did they.

          • FreedomFighter

            You have to excuse Robert. As you can tell he is clearly stupid. LOL!

          • Robert

            It is alright to make excuses for me but there is no excuse for the stupidity of the posts on here, and it is not fake news unless it comes from the Liberal or Conservative webb sites.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • FreedomFighter

            Didn’t make any excuses. Sorry if facts are kryptonite to you. HAVE A GREAT DAY SNOWFLAKE!

          • Robert

            You would not recognize any thing that was not posted on this bias twisted fact site.
            You keep calling people snowflakes when apparently you are thee only one who can not read facts, just twisted information you see here and opinions.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • FreedomFighter

            Oh I know the facts princess. You also know the facts no matter how much you deny them. I call people as they need to be called. If these facts offend your gay little self then you can always retreat back to your safe space and continue your crying sessions with the rest of the misfits.

          • Robert

            You seem to have a big name but what have you ever done for this country besides pass your negative opinion on everything that gives those others equal rights and opportunities.
            I spent 26 years to make this country a safer place so that uneducated person who know nothing about how he Government is run can pass their opinion,. As a officer those that served under me do not think I was a snowflake, I never told anyone to do anything I was not willing to do my self and my people knew that,, I was first into every thing right with them.
            Those that have to belittle others have no respect for them self they just call others names to make them self feel important.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • FreedomFighter

            Let’s see. I served in the US Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1971. Where did you serve? San Quinton doesn’t count. You were no officer much less a soldier I can assure you. All of your stupid comments to others proves that fact. You are nothing more than a pathetic typical liberal liar attempting to make yourself look like something you are not. You are fooling no one but yourself princess.
            It takes a special kind of stupid to do what you keep doing and you will be treated the way you need to be treated for it.

          • Robert

            If i offended you i do apologize, it is just that most want trump to overturn the laws giving LGBT rights.
            Again I apologize for offending you.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

    • FreedomFighter
  • yennikcm

    deflection……aka POS barry has been an agent for the moslem brotherhood,

  • ABBAsFernando

    So typical of Vile Liberal Scum LIES For Obama is the Manchurian President. Think the pot calling the kettle Black.


  • Name

    Obama is trying to portray Trump as a Manchurian candidate, when in fact he is. He was also not born in the U.S. he was born in Kenya. His grandmother said he was born in Kenya. His birth certificate has been proven to be a fraud. The people that had the proof or could have testified to that fact are now dead. All of his records have been sealed by his request. Why would you have your records sealed if you did not have something to hide.

  • WVF

    This is what a Manchurian Candidate would do, deflect and accuse someone else of being who they are–Barack Hussein Barry Soetoro Obama!

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