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Maria Bartiromo talks with Rep John Ratcliffe (R) Texas about the Mueller report and the origin of SpyGate.
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Shortly before President Donald Trump announced he had nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, Ratcliffe made it clear he intends to hit the deck running on the "crimes" behind Russia-gate.

"What I do know as a former federal prosecutor is it does appear that there were crimes committed during the Obama administration," Ratcliffe told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo. Mincing few words, he claimed the Democrats "accused Donald Trump of a crime and then tried to reverse engineer a process to justify that accusation."

It's an extravagant claim. But it is also true, and the proof is in the pudding of which we should have a steady diet in the months to come.

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Ratcliffe sounds partisan speaking of "crimes committed" under Obama. But there could well be documentary evidence to back it up. Some is classified. Trump has given Attorney General William Barr instructions to declassify what is necessary. Barr should be able to count on Ratcliffe, if he is confirmed by the Senate as DNI, to ride herd on those in the intelligence community with huge incentives to cover their tracks and those of their former bosses.

This may come as something of a shock to new readers of Consortium News because of the incessant drivel from corporate media "talking heads" for a full three years now. They are not likely to give up any time soon.

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Ratcliffe told Bartiromo:

"The only place we can get the answers is from the Justice Department right now. The American people's faith and trust has been shaken in our Justice Department, and the only way to get that back is for there to be real accountability with a very fair process. Again, I have supreme confidence in Bill Barr's ability to deliver that and at the end of the day ... as long as we know that the process was fair ... justice will be done."

If Ratcliffe means what he says, his remarks indicate that Barr (a former CIA official and relatively new-sheriff-back-in-town in his second stint as AG) should have in Ratcliffe a no-holds-Barred deputy sheriff, if he takes advantage of him. "Bill Barr has earned my trust already ... that there will be a fair process, with John Durham and Michael Horowitz, to getting answers ... and to provide accountability where it really belongs," Ratcliffe said.

Barr has ordered John Durham, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, to investigate how Russia-gate got started. And Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice Inspector General, is said to be almost ready to report on the roles of the DOJ and FBI in promoting the Trump-Putin "collusion" narrative.

Durham, however, twice essentially covered up for CIA misdeeds. The New York Times reported: "In 2008, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey assigned Mr. Durham to investigate the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotapes in 2005 showing the torture of terrorism suspects. A year later, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. expanded Mr. Durham's mandate to also examine whether the agency broke any laws in its abuses of detainees in its custody.", U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, to investigate how Russia-gate got started. And Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice Inspector General, is said to be almost ready to report on the roles of the DOJ and FBI in promoting the Trump-Putin "collusion" narrative.

Durham, however, twice essentially covered up for CIA misdeeds. The New York Times reported: "In 2008, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey assigned Mr. Durham to investigate the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotapes in 2005 showing the torture of terrorism suspects. A year later, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. expanded Mr. Durham's mandate to also examine whether the agency broke any laws in its abuses of detainees in its custody."

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Abundantly clear in those days, however, was the reality that neither Mukasey nor Holder wanted Durham to deliver the goods on CIA people demonstrably involved in well documented death-by-torture of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq. Good soldier Durham uttered not a peep when Holder announced that the Department of Justice "declined prosecution because the admissible evidence would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt."

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Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then a CIA analyst for 27 years, and is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). His (more...)
 
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This is another great article by Ray McGovern. He and his fellow members of VIPS have done us a great service by telling the truth about matters of great consequence. It is very interesting that almost immediately after Rep. Ratliffe made his intent to launch a real investigation (as opposed to the Mueller farce) into how Russiagate started Trump decided to withdraw his nomination. I have said for some time that I would be shocked if any of the elites who orchestrated the Russiagate farce were held to account I was, for a very brief time, hopeful that that might actually happen. The Deep State is a great danger to the people. It does pretty much whatever it wants to do. And pretty much everyone is intimidated by it. So is that now the case with Trump. Has he now instructed Barr that no investigation of the wrongdoing by the Dems will be allowed? I am a progressive and have never voted for any Republican for national office. However, I am also appalled by the criminal conduct of the Democratic Party and would very much like to see the elites who committed this fraud be held to account. However, I doubt that that will happen. It will be interesting to see who Trump nominated for DNI.


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