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Just after Mike Pompeo, a Trump loyalist, took over as CIA director in 2017, he conducted a personal review of the CIA's findings, grilling analysts on their conclusions in a challenging and at times combative interview. He ultimately found no evidence of any wrongdoing, or that the analysts had been under political pressure to produce their findings.

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"This wasn't just a briefing," said one person familiar with the episode. "This was a challenging back and forth, in which Pompeo asked the officers tough questions about their work and how they determined Putin's specific objectives." Pompeo also asked about CIA's work with the FBI on the Russia probe in 2016. Two U.S. officials further confirmed to POLITICO that the interview occurred and was robust.

Additionally, a congressional official said Pompeo and his deputies never gave any indication to lawmakers, even behind closed doors, that the CIA had acted improperly or drawn incorrect conclusions about Putin's desire to help Trump get elected. Special counsel Robert Mueller and the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee also separately reaffirmed the intelligence community's assessment of Moscow's motivations in 2016.

Still, in may AG Barr tapped John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to investigate many of these same questions.

Jeffrey Edmonds, a former CIA analyst who served as a Russia adviser on the National Security Council during both the Trump and Obama administrations, said he is "worried" that Durham's CIA inquiry "is a political attempt to undermine the intelligence community's assessment. It's telling that Pompeo walked away from [his] review agreeing with the agency's high confidence assessment" about Putin's objectives, Edmonds added.

Indeed, the congressional official said, Pompeo's own examination of the CIA's analysis "really does call into question the purpose of the entire Durham exercise."

Projection #Infinity: Trump's do-over directly in plain sight.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-13 09:49 PM | Reply

Tony Pom-Pom's and Democratic media fully embrace the global MIC surveillance state.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-13 10:00 PM | Reply

LOL

CIA Boss: Did you do it???

CIA analyst: No Sir.

CIA Boss: Are you sure???

CIA analyst: I am sure boss.

That is a far cry from a full DOJ investigation, no matter how much Politico and the DNC wants it to be the same thing.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-13 10:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Typical right winged con job from Kansas. Not surprised in the least.

#4 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-07-13 11:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That is a far cry from a full DOJ investigation....

Yes it was, and that's one of the major points.

Michael Morell, the former acting CIA director, said the Justice Department is "absolutely the wrong organization to do the review."

"The Justice Department's job is to see whether a crime has been committed, not to assess the quality of intelligence analysis," said Morell, who now hosts the Intelligence Matters podcast. "They have no training or experience in that."

Mike Pompeo's job depended upon him doing what Donald Trump wanted him to do as it regards finding out if the CIA's analysis of Russian activities was based on tangible evidence or systemic political bias against Trump. The report was the then-CIA Director
ultimately found no evidence of any wrongdoing, or that the analysts had been under political pressure to produce their findings.
There are at least two incongruent lines of thought that make no logical sense based on facts that we already know. One, if Donald Trump believed that Mike Pompeo did not undertake a valid assessment of the CIA's analytical role in discerning Putin's ordered actions it's doubtful that Pompeo would have been promoted to the State Department instead of being discarded by Trump for failing to deliver what he wanted.

And two, any half-wit moron with a molecule of belief that any 'deep state' opposition to Trump's election existed, knows that the most effective way to have undercut his electoral chances would have been to publicly leak the existence of the counterintelligence investigations into his campaign's connections to Russia(ns) prior to Election Day. Considering that Hillary's email issues dominated the campaign up until its waning days, a damning acknowledgment of Trump's coordination and complicity with a foreign government's counterintelligence operations most certainly would have damned him to failure, yet this never happened. So who should then believe government institutions and individuals were lined up against Trump to the point they would criminally investigate him based upon their own desire to see him lose and not use the most logical, potent and explosive weapon against him towards that end?

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-14 08:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7


@#5b ... "The Justice Department's job is to see whether a crime has been committed, not to assess the quality of intelligence analysis,"...

Worth repeating.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-14 01:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And to further elaborate on #5, if individuals within the DOJ wanted to try and stop Trump's election, wouldn't anonymously leaking the then (and some still now) unconfirmed "dirt/scandalous information" they were privy to about Trump and his campaign members have been the most obvious way of doing it?

And let's not ignore (tmk) that every career member of the DOJ/FBI that Trump has publicly gone after (except Comey) were involved in anti-Russian organized crime/money laundering operations and/or had expertise/connections in that precise area. Trump and his henchmen have been and are continuing to purge federal LEO of career officials who know intimate details of both who Trump is and with whom he does business with, all in plain sight.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-14 05:44 PM | Reply

#7 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

do you remember the server in trump tower that was connected directly to a bank in moscow..the one that was removed the day after it was revealed.
will anyone say that they don't believe trump is washing money for russian mobsters?

i do believe strongly that the russians with manafort handing over polling data may very well have affected the vote count.
i believe if they had that capability they would not have revealed it to trump
does anyone believe that trump would not knowingly place his own interests above those of the country?
does anyone really believe that trump is a loyal american?
I don't

#8 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-07-14 06:45 PM | Reply

This is same way Danni and Twinpac propagate their nuttery:

#8 "...do you remember the server in trump tower that was connected directly to a bank in moscow..the one that was removed the day after it was revealed.
will anyone say that they don't believe trump is washing money for russian mobsters?"

www.apnews.com

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-14 07:04 PM | Reply

#7 | POSTED BY TONYROMA
do you remember the server in trump tower that was connected directly to a bank in moscow..the one that was removed the day after it was revealed.
will anyone say that they don't believe trump is washing money for russian mobsters?
i do believe strongly that the russians with manafort handing over polling data may very well have affected the vote count.
i believe if they had that capability
they would not have revealed it to trump
does anyone believe that trump would not knowingly place his own interests above those of the country?
does anyone really believe that trump is a loyal american?
I don't
#8 | POSTED BY 1947STEAMER AT 2019-07-14 06:45 PM

Alfa was also communicating with the DeVos servers.

#10 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-07-14 07:30 PM | Reply

This is same way Danni and Twinpac propagate their nuttery:
#8 "...do you remember the server in trump tower that was connected directly to a bank in moscow..the one that was removed the day after it was revealed.
will anyone say that they don't believe trump is washing money for russian mobsters?"
www.apnews.com
#9 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2019-07-14 07:04 PM

Okay, then explain what they were communicating directly with Alfa bank for, why it was connecting with a second Trump server directly afterwards.

#11 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-07-14 07:31 PM | Reply

#9 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

And I'll gladly stipulate that there has been no one willing to come forward and offer testimony that trump and the russians colluded to win the election.
that still leaves my question....does anyone think trump does not wash russian mob money?

is anyone willing to say they think trump is a loyal american? that trump doesn't put his interests ahead of the country's?

#12 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-07-14 07:58 PM | Reply

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