“MANY CRITICAL QUESTIONS UNANSWERED”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 12, 2019) — Shortly after 9:00 a.m., House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) opened a scheduled hearing based on the “Mueller report” which Schiff claimed demonstrated nefarious ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Completed in March and made public in April, the report, generated from a 22-month investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, said that “The investigation did not establish that the contacts described in Volume I, Section IV, supra, amounted to an agreement to commit any substantive violation of federal criminal law-including foreign-influence and campaign-finance laws, both of which are discussed further below. The Office therefore did not charge any individual associated with the Trump Campaign with conspiracy to commit a federal offense arising from Russia contacts, either under a specific statute or under Section 371 ‘s offenses clause” (p. 189).
Schiff said that the Kremlin attempted to “cover up” a potentially-incriminating business transaction associated with an abandoned plan to build a “Trump Tower” in Moscow. He also cited a meeting at Trump Tower in New York on June 9, 2016 among Donald Trump, Jr.; then-campaign manager Paul Manafort; Jared Kushner, now the president’s senior adviser; and a Russian lawyer, who was found to have connections with Fusion GPS, the firm which commissioned the Russia “dossier” of opposition research on Trump and Russia for the Clinton campaign and DNC.
Schiff did not mention the dossier in his opening statement.
he maintained that the Mueller report did not exonerate Trump from “collusion” or “obstruction” and that Trump’s public “urging” to Russia during the campaign to produce Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from her private server was suspicious.
Despite the information that Schiff said the report contains regarding activity that “may or may not be criminal,” he said the report left “many critical questions unanswered,” including counterintelligence documentation from the FBI’s initial probe into the campaign.
Ranking member Devin Nunes spoke once Schiff finished, claiming that the Mueller report omitted crucial information such as the claim that there were communications between a Russian bank, Alfa, and Trump Tower, proved to be false.
The first witness, former Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s National Security Branch Stephanie Douglas, said that Russian interference in the 2016 election was significant, as detailed in the Mueller report.
In a broadcast on Monday night, former NSA Program Director William Binney said that “the Russians” did not “hack” the servers of the DNC, as the Mueller report claims.
The Post & Email has been told by a reliable source that “it wasn’t the Russians” who stole the thousands of emails from the DNC servers and provided them to WikiLeaks, which began publishing them in the months before the 2016 election.
A second former FBI EAD, Robert Anderson, introduced himself, after which the third witness, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy, now a Fox News contributor and columnist at National Review.