Since the President’s acquittal in the Senate back in January, several key senators have been working to turn their committee’s oversight functions into both an information laundry as part of the Black PSYOP against Vice President Biden and an oppo research and distribution arm of the President’s reelection campaign. These efforts are being led by Senator Ron Johnson, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee; Senator Charles Grassley, who chairs the Finance Committee; and Senator Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Judiciary Committee and are intended to do one thing and one thing only: dirty up Vice President Biden ahead of his election, as well as a number of his senior advisors who would be expect to have senior appointments in a Biden administration should he win in November. Should he indeed win, expect the Senate Republicans to use these hearings to either deny, should they hold their majority, or try to derail and deny, should they be in the minority, the Senate confirmation for these senior Biden aides and advisors. In this way the Black PSYOP campaign against VP Biden has metastasized in a new ugly way: to not just try to make him unelectable, but to damage many of his most senior and trusted aides and advisors so that they would be unconfirmable should he be elected and appoint them to the most senior positions in his administration.
Senator Graham kicked off the next phase of the Black PSYOP today with hearings into how the counterintelligence investigation into the connections between the President’s 2016 campaign and a variety of Russian nationals who all link back to Vladimir Putin, which is being referred to by Republicans and conservatives as Obamagate, was started and conducted. The focus of today’s hearing was on former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. You can see this whole hearing at the video below:
As you can imagine, Senator Graham, as well as the other Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee were functioning in the closed epistemological bubble of conspiracies about the 2016 election.
Lindsey Graham has begun the Sally Yates hearing by raising a bunch of conspiracy theories about Biden and Susan Rice, in case you wondered what the point of this hearing about four years old events 90 days before another election was.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) August 5, 2020
The short version of these conspiracies are that it was not Russia interfering in the election, nor was it the President’s campaign, campaign officials, members of the President’s family, and official and unofficial surrogates all either conspiring to and working with various elements of Russian intelligence or trying to, but being so inept they failed to actually do so. Rather, the Clinton campaign successfully conspired with both the Obama administration, especially senior Department of Justice and FBI officials like Director Comey, and the Ukrainian government of Petro Poroshenko to subvert the will of the American people and rig the 2016 election and by creating a false flag that Russia was in fact interfering in the election on behalf of the President’s campaign.
The key logical flaw in all of this, not that there aren’t several of them, is that Secretary Clinton did in fact lose the election in the only way that mattered: the Electoral College. And that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has definitively concluded that not only did Russia through a variety of actors, at the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, interfere in the 2016 US election, but that these Russian or Russian backed actors tried to conspire with the President’s campaign, campaign officials, family members, and surrogates. And that the President’s campaign, campaign officials, family members, and surrogates failed to make it work because the President’s campaign, campaign officials, family members, and surrogates were, with the exception of Roger Stone’s conspiring with Wikileakes, too inept to actually conspire with Russia. The logical flaw also ignores that Vladimir Putin had a clear preference for the President and did everything he could to see him elected in 2016, including acting to harm the candidacies of the other Republican primary candidates like Senators Graham and Cruz.
The origin of the conspiracy theory that the Senate Republicans, the President, other Republicans, and conservatives are pushing was actually created by Konstantin Kilimnik and pushed to Paul Manafort who then laundered it through his criminal defense. It was also laundered through Politico by a discredited Ukrainian junior foreign service officer. And before you ask, yes the Politico reporter was Ken Vogel who has continued to try to peddle this made up garbage at The New York Times.
Former Acting Attorney General Yates did a very effective job of pushing back and knocking down the conspiracies that the Republican senators on the committee kept asking her about or suggesting happened.
NEW: Sally YATES used a Republican-led hearing to, under oath, counter claims that have become Trumpian gospel:
That Obama/Biden influenced the Flynn investigation, that there was no basis for the FBI to interview Flynn, and that Flynn was spied on.https://t.co/eMW0HAhipS
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) August 5, 2020
YATES: "During the meeting, the president, the VP, the natsec adviser did not attempt to in any way to direct or influence any investigation."
"No such thing happened."
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) August 5, 2020