From Smirking Chimp
"I'm up against an array of very powerful forces, including the intelligence services and major newspapers ... all of whom confirmed a major lie that was being used for political purposes and a lie that was repeated and repeated in order to undercut our new president." -- Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, R-California
Does Dana Rohrabacher really think he's tough enough to take on the combined power of the US Intelligence Community, the Washington political establishment and the mainstream media?
Good luck with that.
The California Congressman stepped into the limelight last week when he called White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to request a meeting with President Donald Trump. Rohrabacher, it seems, has some important information to pass along to the president, mainly that he has come across some hard evidence that the Russia hacking story is, to put it mildly, a crock.
Rohrabacher recently met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who assured the Congressman that Russia did not hack Democratic emails and give them to WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign. Of course Assange has made the same claim many times before, the difference now is that he's willing to provide solid evidence to back up his claim (according to the Wall Street Journal) "a computer drive or other data-storage device that Mr. Rohrabacher said would exonerate Russia."
Naturally, the Intelligence honchos are not going to sit quietly and twiddle their thumbs while Rohrabacher blows holes in their fake narrative about Russia espionage and presidential collusion. Oh, no. They're going to act preemptively and do whatever it takes to discredit Rohrabacher, even if it means making him out to be a Putin puppet or a Kremlin stooge. They're going to attack Rohrabacher and his so called "proof" which they'll try to tear apart with some ponderous, unsourced counter-narrative that appears on the front pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post. These people are experts at twisting the truth into unrecognizable, pretzel-like shapes that convince their readership that up is down and black is white.
But Rohrabacher's no fool. He knows it's going to be an uphill slog. He even said so:
"I'm up against an array of very powerful forces, including the intelligence services and major newspapers ... all of whom confirmed a major lie that was being used for political purposes and a lie that was repeated and repeated in order to undercut our new president. ...You've got people who are obviously just trying to cover their ass for mistakes they have made. They will probably do their best to keep Trump from knowing about this and knowing about his options to expose this."
And he was right, too. Rohrabacher made his case to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly last week saying that he wanted to speak to the President and that he had evidence that proved Russia was not the source of WikiLeaks emails. Here's what happened according to the Wall Street Journal:
"Mr. Kelly told the congressman that the proposal 'was best directed to the intelligence community,' the official said. Mr. Kelly didn't make the president aware of Mr. Rohrabacher's message, and Mr. Trump doesn't know the details of the proposed deal, the official said." (Wall Street Journal)
Three things are wrong with this excerpt.
First, the contents of the Kelly-Rohrabacher conversation were immediately leaked to the media which suggests that either the White House is bugged or the Intel agencies have people working for them from inside. Which is it?
Second, "Kelly didn't make the president aware of Mr. Rohrabacher's message."
Why? And what does that say about Kelly? His behavior suggests either willful negligence or divided loyalties. Which is it?
Third, "Kelly told the congressman that the proposal "was best directed to the intelligence community."