“CRIMES WERE COMMITTED”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 19, 2018) — On today’s “Sunday Morning Futures” hosted by Maria Bartiromo, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said that “crimes were committed” associated with the 2016 election, but not on the part of the Trump campaign, as has been under investigation for more than two years.
A topic of conversation was the DNC server, breached by “Russians,” according to the “U.S. intelligence community” but never analyzed by the FBI. “You would think that when your emails are hacked,…you want the strength and might of the U.S. government behind you.” Bartiromo said.
“This is all being orchestrated by John Brennan,” Giuliani rejoined, turning to the “Russia dossier” and its dissemination to then-Sen. Harry Reid, who wrote a letter to then-FBI Dirctor James Comey. “Comey knows the dossier is phony,” Giuliani said of that time.
Bartiromo then asked what the White House will do if former CIA Director John Brennan, whose security clearance was revoked last week, files a lawsuit, as some reports have suggested.
Giuliani said in that event, he would “volunteer” to defend the White House. “I’d love to have Brennan under oath for two or three days,” Giuliani said, later asking, “Is this a guy who’s a political opportunist?” and describing Brennan as “one of the biggest frauds…”
Bartiromo opined that the Justice Department is not pushing back against the special counsel’s investigation of the Trump campaign, to which Giuliani responded that he is acquainted with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and considers him “a friend,” but did not offer specific criticism.
Giuliani raised the fact that Brennan “accused the president of treason” purportedly without any hard evidence that Trump had done anything wrong. He observed that constitutionally, treason is “punishable by death.”
Of Sessions, Bartiromo asked, “Why doesn’t the president fire him?” to which Giuliani commented that doing so now might distract from the ongoing investigation, which the Trump team very much wishes to see concluded in the next several weeks.
The second segment of the program had Rep. John Ratcliffe of the House Judiciary Committee further discussing the Russia dossier, which was paid for by the DNC. Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor, said he is seeking to learn “who at the Justice Department authorized it” during DOJ official Bruce Ohr’s upcoming testimony on August 28.
“Bruce Ohr was the deput to the deputy of the attorney general,” Ratcliffe said, citing now-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s testimony that he was unaware that Ohr was meeting with dossier author Christopher Steele both before and after the 2016 election.
Ratcliffe said that former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates signed the first two applications to the FISA court asking for a warrant to collect the communications of then-Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. When asked, Ratcliffe said the House Judiciary Committee “will be requesting voluntarily or involuntarily” that Comey, Yates, and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch testify to the committee.
Bartiromo asked who “came up” with the notion of floating that Trump or his aides had “colluded” with Kremlin officials, then named five “top-level” FBI and DOJ officials who have been “fired” or “demoted,” as in Ohr’s case.
She asked Ratcliffe his opinion of the revocation of Brennan’s security clearance, to which he responded that he favors the retention of clearances in general but “believes in revoking the privilege when it’s been abused” and in instances where an individual is “under investigation.”
Ratcliffe disputed Brennan’s claim that his “free speech” has been curtailed by his loss of the security clearance.
Bartiromo suggested that the DNC, DOJ, FBI and other players “colluded” to “stop Donald Trump from becoming president” and continued their work after the election in an attempt to thwart his administration.
At 10:36, Bartiromo introduced goverment-watchdog Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, who has filed a lawsuit against the DOJ for CIA “communications” invoking the Russia dossier. Fitton’s organization has also received new emails with “classified information,” announced by JW on Saturday and during Fitton’s Sunday interview. He opined to Bartiromo that government officials are “ignoring” evidence that Hillary Clinton and the DNC were working with Russia to discredit Trump.
Fitton argued that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be called to testify as a witness.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.