Grind for March 9th
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Ex-Intel Officer: Brennan Ignored Evidence Russia Favored Hillary in 2016
John Brennan, while serving as CIA director under former President Barack Obama, dismissed intelligence that Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win the U.S. presidential election in 2016, an ex-intelligence officer argued in an op-ed published on Wednesday.
Ignoring objections from CIA analysts, John Brennan, the CIA director turned NBC and MSNBC contributor, “suppressed” intelligence that Russian President Vladimir Putin favored Clinton, Fred Fleitz, who served as the White House National Security Council chief of staff in 2018, wrote in the editorial carried by Fox News.
Nevertheless, a bipartisan report issued by the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday backs the U.S. intelligence community’s assertion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to help then-candidate Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. American intelligence officials reached that conclusion during the Obama administration.
The Senate report ignored revelations recently declassified by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) that a Russian disinformation campaign attempted to tarnish Trump, the same man that intelligence officials and the Senate panel claim to be favored by Putin.
Fleitz, who has also worked for the CIA, the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Department of State, and the House Intelligence Committee, revealed in the editorial. Read more…
Michigan’s Gov. Whitmer Faces Legislature and Citizens Revolt
Protests are one thing, a special session of the legislature is another. Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer faces both now that the lege is set to meet and discuss her coronavirus power grabs.
Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, explained the point of Friday’s planned session in a Twitter message.
“The House & Senate will convene tomorrow to create a special oversight committee on COVID-19 to examine our government’s response,” he wrote. “Michigan needs to handle this pandemic seriously yet properly. It’s what the people deserve, and we will see that it happens.”
In another tweet, Chatfield noted that marijuana, lottery tickets and alcohol had been declared “essential,” while lawn care, construction and fishing in a motorized boat had been declared nonessential amid the outbreak.
Republicans control Michigan’s legislature and plan to pass several bills to limit Whitmer’s power. Whitmer is a Democrat and says she’ll veto them in the name of “safety.”
But is safety really the issue here? Michigan’s COVID-19 caseload outside Wayne County (Detroit) is not large relative to its population and a case can be made for treating the Upper Peninsula very differently from the large cities. Whitmer’s orders are arbitrary and nakedly political, at least regarding her abortion edict. She responded to early resistance with a threat to make everything worse that carried more than a whiff of a Soviet decree. Read more…
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