The Golden Shower

Something interesting—this is number 19.

I caught the Trump/Russia Senate hearing today on CBSN and captured some screen  shots. Retired General James Clapper, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified. The scope of the hearing was former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The story goes like this.

Flynn was fired from his position as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency by President Obama. His problem during his tenure at that job was his loose association with facts. It’s a character flaw that followed him into the Trump administration. Prior to taking his job with the new administration he told things to Vice President Mike Pence concerning his dealings with the Russian government—things that turned out not to be true.

VP Pence subsequently repeated these statements to President Trump, who then spoke them aloud to the American public and to  the world at large. Acting Attorney General Yates (left over from the Obama administration) noticed that what Pence had told Trump about Flynn was at variance with intelligence she had access to, and Yates contacted White House counsel Donald McGahn by phone on 26 February. She told McGahn she had something of importance to discuss, and Yates and a senior Justice Department staffer went to the White House and held a secure meeting with McGahn that afternoon. Yates informed McGahn that Flynn had lied to VP Pence, and also cautioned that it was likely the Russians knew. This was an obvious opportunity for the Russians to blackmail Flynn, by now in a position giving him access to state secrets. There was a subsequent meeting the following day to clarify and to re-emphasize the issue. The following Monday Yates was fired from her job by President Trump, expressly because she refused to defend Trump’s executive order prohibiting immigration of Muslims.

Meanwhile, Michael Flynn kept his job for 18 days after Yates’ initial disclosure, during which time he sat in on high level conferences with foreign governments.

The Senate committee members took turns drilling down on what information was passed and when and what was done in response to this information. As always with matters of politics, some senators brought their own axes to grind, including both Texas senators. Senator John Cornyn appeared to be more interested in the action  that got Yates fired than on the matter of Flynn’s duplicity:

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates fired back Monday when Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) attempted to corner her over her opposition to President Trump’s immigration executive order. At a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, Cornyn informed Yates that he found it “enormously disappointing” that she “somehow vetoed the decision of the Office of Legal Counsel with regard to the lawfulness of the president’s order” just because she happened “to disagree with it as a policy matter.”

Senator Ted Cruz seized the opportunity to ignore the subject of the hearing and to remind Trump loyalists about Hillary Clinton’s problems with email:

The hearing was predictably partisan with Democrats sticking to the subject at hand, while Republicans tried to deflect to everything from alleged leaks, to Hillary Clinton’s email server. However, the most peculiar moments came during questioning by Sen. Ted Cruz (surprise). Although Cruz has long boasted of his debating skills, his exchange with Yates did not go well for him. Here is a condensed transcript of what occurred.

Barely mentioned was the famous dossier prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele. Although some substantiation has come our way, General Clapper told the committee that United States intelligence services have been unable to verify second and third hand references contained in the dossier. The critical part is a paragraph labeled 2:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Especially interesting was the testimony of General Clapper. His conclusion is that the Russian government spent considerable capital to disrupt the 2016 elections, with a specific goal of discrediting Clinton. For reasons unknown to all of us, the Russians wanted Clinton to lose and for Trump to win.

Anyhow, it was a fun watch on CBSN, and it is available for view on YouTube. It runs to three hours and 28 minutes, and it is worth a watch. Consider it Golden.

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