A FOLLOW-UP ON YESTERDAY'S POST

Dems Leave Classified Briefing FURIOUS – Demand Special Investigator, Hinting At Treason

REVERB PRESS
January 13, 2017

The Hacking Plot Thickens

House Democrats left a classified briefing conducted by FBI Director James Comey about Russia’s role in the hacking that occurred during the 2016 election “outraged” and “fuming,” The Hill reported, Friday. Numerous Democrats walking out of the briefing were disturbed both at Comey, and by what they had heard from Comey,
“I was nonjudgmental until the last 15 minutes. I no longer have that confidence in him,” Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said as he left the meeting in the Capitol.
“Some of the things that were revealed in this classified briefing — my confidence has been shook.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, delivered a similar condemnation.
“I’m extremely concerned — extremely,” he said.
“I’ll just — I’m very angry,” echoed Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.).

Because of the classified nature of the briefing, no one knew exactly what had been said, or why the Democratic House Reps were so unnerved. But a huge hint came, Friday afternoon, after the briefing, when Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), who attended the briefing, wrote in a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch,

“I am writing to request your appointment of a Special Counsel[1] on interference with the U.S. democratic process to investigate whether U.S. persons encouraged or paid Russian or Eastern European hackers to cyber-burglarize American citizens and institutions, including the Democratic National Committee and John D. Podesta, or otherwise criminally interfere with the 2016 election.
“Given the incoming Trump Administration’s possible lack of interest in investigating whether or not Russia interfered in our election, a Special Counsel is necessary to ensure that any American persons involved in such an effort be prosecuted if warranted. This is especially critical due to the facts in an Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) unclassified report released on January 6, 2017, that appear to confirm Russian interference.”
The phrase “whether U.S. persons encouraged or paid Russian or Eastern European hackers to cyber-burglarize American citizens and institutions,” is hair-raising. It may be the most damning allegation yet about the hacking made publicly by such a high-ranking elected official. What did Representative Sherman hear in the briefing that would lead him to wonder not just whether Russia had hacked the Democratic campaign, but whether certain Americans had paid for it? If a special prosecutor did discover evidence to support that allegation, that could arguably lead to charges of treason.
One thing is certain, his letter is correct–Americans deserve to have a special prosecutor working independently to get to the bottom of exactly what happened in the 2016 election.

NOTE:  I can't help wondering what it was that was revealed during that last 15 minutes of the briefing.  Obviously, if any "U.S. person encouraged or paid Russian or European hackers,"  this would be a serious allegation.  On the other hand, think about if the "U.S. person" were in the employ of one Donald J. Trump.  Which, scenario, by the way, is not impossible.  Don't forget, way back when there were 16 Republican candidates for the Presidency, no one (and most probably Trump and his folks too) thought Trump had a snowball's chance in hell of winning the nomination.  So desperate times call for desperate measures.  Remember also that Paul Manafort who had become Trump's principal spokesperson was suddenly forced to resign from the campaign and we never heard from him again.  He's the one, by the way, who is implicated in advising and accepting payments from a Ukrainian opposition party. 
This could get very very interesting.       

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