by Pamela Williams
The House Intelligence Committee met behind closed doors Tuesday with John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman, amid complaints by President Donald Trump that the Obama administration didn’t do enough to counter Russian interference in the U.S. election. I am standing beside President Trump, because the DNC broke the law by denying the FBI access to the server during an investigation. No one will actually come out and state that, but you and I know it is true.
This is a statement Podesta made yesterday while on Capitol Hill, but you and I know the Democrats didn’t cooperate fully with U.S. investigators. That is the bottom line, and nothing Podesta can say will change that.
“The president and the entire administration were dealing with an unprecedented incidence of the weaponization” of Russian cyberactivity, Podesta told reporters after emerging from the hearing room. He said they were dealing with the attacks as best as they could “on behalf of the American people.”
The part that angers me is: “on behalf of the American people.” Please give me a break, Liberals could not care less about the American people. The only thing they care about is lining their pockets with our money.
“I think it’s fair to ask him: What was the campaign’s and administration’s response” to the hacking, said Representative Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat on the Intelligence panel, which is looking into Russian interference in the election.
Representative Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the panel, has gone further: He has said said the Obama administration should have done more to counter Russian interference, and done so earlier. I so dislike Adam Schiff, and if he is doing anything right at this point, I am shocked.
In a hearing last week, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee that it wasn’t until Oct. 7 that he co-authored an administration statement regarding the Russian intrusions. Schiff complained that was two months after he and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California had written to Obama urging public release of findings related to the DNC hack
“We were were concerned by making a statement might be, in and of itself, might be challenging the integrity of the election process,” Johnson said.
Committee Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina asked Johnson about the DNC’s decision not to turn over its email server to law enforcement or intelligence agencies, saying, “Maybe we would have known more and maybe there would have been more for you to report.”
Published on Jun 21, 2017
Here is the question I want answered: How can you perform a criminal investigation in which you are not allowed access to the murder weapon or tapes of the shooting, but have to rely on a friend of the victim, who looked at the tapes and has a clear conflict of interest? Clearly, the FBI has a responsibility to the American people to demand access to the server. In most situatons, the FBI would have stormed the headquarters, taking the server.
The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated. This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a third party for information. These actions caused delays and inhibited the FBI from doing their job and doing it earler.
And the biggie here is the “third party” to which they relied was Crowdstrike. Hillary Clinton Camp hired Crowdstrike themselves, and this makes this whole thing outrageous.
The DNC has actually denied that the FBI asked for access to the server. Who knows? I certainly do not trust anything they say. The publication, BuzzFeed News spoke to three cybersecurity companies who have worked on major breaches in the last 15 months, who said that it was “par for the course” for the FBI to do their own forensic research into the hacks. None wanted to comment on the record on another cybersecurity company’s work, or the work being done by a national security agency.
The FBI swatted back, blaming the DNC for refusing to hand over their servers for inspection. I do not have any sympathy for the FBI, as they could have taken that DNC server in as evidence.
“The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated. This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a third party for information,” a senior law enforcement official told BuzzFeed News in a statement. “These actions caused significant delays and inhibited the FBI from addressing the intrusion earlier.” Oh, please…give the American people some credit here. It is just another criminal act of the DNC and James Comey. In truth, we all know they were working together.
A DNC source familiar with the investigation tried to downplay that reports day, hours before the FBI statement was issued. The fact that the FBI didn’t have direct access to the servers was not “significant,” the source said. Oh, really?
The DNC source also brushed off the idea that it was the DNC that refused to let FBI access the server. When BuzzFeed News attempted to reach the official after the FBI statement came out, he declined to comment. Of course, they won’t comment. What else is new?
Wonder what was new with John Podesta yesterday? I just found a tidbit of inside talk. Podesta explained how his email account was hacked during the 2016 presidential election, saying his assistant clicked on a spear-phishing email from hackers. The spear-phishing email came from Google informing him that someone had used his password to try to access his account. We all have heard about this. Not many of us are stupid enough to fall for it.
Of course, a fake Google webpage asks you to change your password. Get this: Podesta’s IT person told the assistant the email was legit, but he meant to say it was “illegitimate!”
Podesta went on to complain, “It actually got managed by my assistant, who checked with our cybersecurity guy,” Podesta said. “And through a comedy of errors, I guess, he instructed her to go ahead and click on it, and she did.”
It could not have happened to a nicer man.
by Pamela Williams