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Pierce writes: "By now, we all ought to have made ourselves comfortable down here in the rabbit hole into which the country dived in November of 2016. Laid down rugs. Hung a few pictures. Hooked up the WiFi and the cable."

Donald Trump. (photo: Paul Loed/Getty)
Donald Trump. (photo: Paul Loed/Getty)

It's Probably Bad That the FBI Had a Mole in Your Campaign

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

11 January 18

The ballad of Trump 2016.

y now, we all ought to have made ourselves comfortable down here in the rabbit hole into which the country dived in November of 2016. Laid down rugs. Hung a few pictures. Hooked up the WiFi and the cable. Because, otherwise, finding out that someone walked out of the Trump campaign and into the waiting arms of the FBI might be a story that rocked a few worlds. From Mother Jones:

The ex-British spy who authored a dossier of allegations against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was told the FBI had someone inside the Trump campaign providing agents with information, according to a newly-released transcript of a congressional interview…“My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point — that they believed Chris might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization,” Simpson said. Using the parlance of spies and law enforcement officials, Simpson said the FBI had a “walk-in’’ whistleblower from someone in Trump’s organization.

There seems to be some confusion over whether or not Simpson was talking about a heretofore unknown figure in the investigation, or about the Australian diplomat to whom George Papadopolous drunkenly ran his mouth in the British wine bar. But this I can guarantee you—this revelation is going to be twisted into some amazing shapes by people like Charles Grassley and the replicant that has replaced Lindsey Graham, to say nothing of the entire right-wing media network.

By the end of the week, we’ll be hearing about Barack Obama’s being on stakeout outside of Trump Tower in a nondescript white van, headphones securely on his head. Down in the rabbit hole, we won’t be surprised at all. your social media marketing partner


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+35 # elizabethblock 2018-01-11 10:29
In Canada, as in the US, the cops plant spies in left-wing organizations of all sorts. I have some reason to believe that before the G-20 there was an undercover cop monitoring ... the Raging Grannies. Yup.
+29 # HDSMTS 2018-01-11 12:15
With regards to Charles Grassley and the replicant who replaced Lindsey Graham: It occurs to me that neither has much stake in protecting Trump, especially with Pence waiting in the wings. BUT, they WOULD have a stake in undermining the investigation if it endangered someone or something more important to them--Pence, Ryan, the RNC fundraising apparatus, for example. Looked at in that light makes their behavior far more logical.
-38 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-01-11 12:24
The mole was Papadopolus. He did not go to the FBI but the Austrailian may have. Or it may have been Simpson, though he tries to pretend he was not working for or with the FBI and DOJ. So it was not really a mole, but only a drunken Papadopolus.

The important thing is that P. told the Australian what had been told to him by the professor. this professor was paid by Fusion GPS to reach out to Papodopolus and help him make connections to Russians. So in the end, what P knew or said originally came from Simpson.

P was a stool pidgon, not a mole. The real crime here is that the FBI and DOJ were working with Fusion GPS to sabotage or sting the Trump campaign. Let's not forget that the wife of Bruce Ohr (Assoc. Attorney General under Lynch) worked for Fusion GPS. Ohr himself met with Simpson on these matters.

Mayby Obama was not on stakeout, but his top people in the FBI, DOJ, and CIA sure as hell were. Obama better be careful about where this investigation is going. He's in line.
+11 # revhen 2018-01-11 13:54
The Russian troll speaketh again.
+10 # Jaax88 2018-01-11 15:51
A lot of hole cloth falsehoods there Rasko. Do you have any honest back up for your wild opinions, i.e., real facts?
-3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-01-12 14:01
jaax -- I have lots of back up. I posted the article by Ray McGovern. But I'm a little tired of posting my sources when no one else does. I always cite my sources when asked, but very few other actually do.

Congress now has the financial records of Fusion GPS. It will be a while before much information about who got paid by Fusion and who paid money to Fusion emerges. But it will. There are already some leaks but of course leaks can't always be trusts. For example, it has been leaked that Fusion paid about a half million dollars to the Russian law from that employs the lawyer who met with Trump, Jr. If true, what was that for? And who gave Fusion the money to pay this law firm. They sure as hell did not use their own money. There can only be two sources for the money paid to Fusion -- Clinton campaign or FBI. And Fusion is said to have paid journalists (maybe David Corn) to write about the dossier. Who gave them money to do that? We will know pretty soon.

Diane Feinstein has released all of the testimony of Glenn Simpson (pres. of Fusion GPS) -- with a lot of redactions, unfortunately. This sets a precedent for someone to release the whole of the financial records. It has been reported that the Clinton campaign paid Fusion $10 million for its work. That's a lot of money.
-4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-01-11 16:14
Maybe some of those who are giving me thumbs down will read Ray McGovern's new article on ConsortiumNews --

The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate

While there is no evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, there is clear documentary evidence of the FBI and CIA meddling in the election on behalf of the Clinton campaign. More evidence is just about to come out in the next few weeks.

I wonder if this is about evidence or a search for the truth. Or is it just a "get Trump" by any means necessary campaign. That really makes it worse, since that is an effort to overturn the results of the election and overthrow the sitting US president. But treason matters little at the CIA or FBI -- see Kiriakou's essay now on RSN.
+4 # Kiwikid 2018-01-11 21:25
Who's paying you RR to write this stuff?
+4 # RMF 2018-01-12 14:14
RR your are saying Comey (yes, he of the last minute Cong letter on Hillary's emails) was out to sabotage the Trump campaign.

Where do you dream this stuff up?
+5 # jamander4 2018-01-11 14:10
If the FBI had a mole in the Trump campaign who did they have in the Hillary campaign? What is the role of the FBI in domestic elections? What should it be? If the FBI and other American secret police organizations took an active role in the elections it calls into question whether US elections are really free and fair.
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-01-12 14:03
jam -- "What is the role of the FBI in domestic elections?"

You said it. This is the most important question in this whole sordid affair. We need a full scale investigation of what the role of the FBI (and CIA, NSA, DOJ) was in the election. Obviously, these agencies can't investigate themselves. Neither can congress. We need to call on a neutral and objective body -- say, the United Nations. Or, the World Court.
+1 # crispy 2018-01-13 20:50
RR, neither the UN nor the World Court has jurisdiction. It's too bad the US does NOT recognize the World Court, btw, because we could send GW Bush and Obama (yes, him too) for violation of international law. The current occupation of Syria by 2000 US troops (if it is true) definitely warrants an investigation by the UN. Democrats should push for the US to finally recognize the WC jurisdiction: it is way overdue.
To save money I suggest that Obama and Bush could share the same cell and an extra bed added for Netanyahu!
-1 # gr8vermont 2018-01-12 21:53
You're all chasing your tails. It was Tiffany.

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