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Brookings Institution Players Involved In Russian Hoax

This was predictable.

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Brookings is a DC institution filled with cynical liberal hacks waiting for their next government job. I’ve known people from there. Nice enough, but without a bone of conviction on their bodies. So naturally, we got along. Law professor Jonathan Turley breaks it down for us when it comes to the Durham investigation.

Turley: The latest indictment by Special Counsel John Durham has created a stir in Washington as the investigation into the Russian collusion scandal exposed new connections to the Clinton campaign.

The indictment of  Igor Danchenko exposes additional close advisers to Hillary Clinton who allegedly pushed discredited and salacious allegations in the Steele dossier. However, one of the most interesting new elements was the role of a liberal think tank, the Brookings Institution, in the alleged effort to create a false scandal of collusion.

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Indeed, Brookings appears so often in accounts related to the Russian collusion scandal that it could be Washington’s alternative to the Kevin Bacon parlor game. It appears that many of these figures are within six degrees of Brookings. Washington remains a small town for the ruling elite, where degrees of separation can be quite small as figures move in and out of government. Moreover, think tanks are often the parking lots for party loyalists as they wait (and work) for new administrations. The Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation play a similar role for conservative figures.

However, even in Washington’s inbred environment, the layers of connections to Brookings are remarkable in the three Durham indictments and accounts of the effort to create a Russian collusion scandal. The effort was hardly a secret before anyone knew the name of the former British spy Christopher Steele. On July 28, former CIA Director John Brennan briefed then-President Obama on Hillary Clinton’s alleged “plan” to tie Donald Trump to Russia as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.” Notes from the meeting state the plan to invent a collusion narrative was “alleged approved by Hillary Clinton a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.” That was three days before the Russian investigation was initiated.

Durham is detailing how this plan was carried out and many of those references are within not six but two degrees of separation from Brookings. Brookings played a large role in pushing the Russian collusion narrative, hiring a variety of experts who then populated media outlets like MSNBC and CNN stating confidently that Trump was clearly incriminated in a series of dubious criminal acts.

While no such crimes were ever charged, let alone prosecuted, Brookings maintained a deep bench of enabling experts like Susan Hennessey (now a national security adviser in the Biden administration), Ben Wittes (who defended James Comey in his leaking of FBI memos) and Norm Eisen (who then become counsel in the Trump impeachment effort). This included the Brookings site, LawFare, which ran a steady stream of columns on how Trump could be charged for crimes ranging from obstruction to bribery. However, that type of media cross-pollination is common. What is most surprising is how the indictment seems to map out roads that keep leading back to Brookings.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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CARL
CARL
9 months ago

Everyone knows that the head of the snake is Hillary Clinton. That is the only head that needs to roll to get all the other demons singing.

sszorin
sszorin
6 months ago
Reply to  CARL

The snake crawls on Mount Zion.

THOMAS
THOMAS
8 months ago

” F J B ” !
Send him to HELL !

Obamahater
Obamahater
8 months ago

I have KNOWN since the 1990′ FOR SURE the Clintons were the MOST corrupt Dims since LBJ! And perhaps even worse for their pre-WhiteHouse scandals! Far as I am aware none of these scandals have been DISproven…

Dims party name should be OFFICIALLY changed to the Criminal Socialist Union!

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 months ago

This is getting VERY interesting.I wonder who will be the next domino to fall?Everyone
ultimately knows who is going to go down for this farce.I am not going to name names but HRC rings a bell,doesn’t it?

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
8 months ago

Shut down Brookings Ins, Chap 7 organz

Roy a Smith sr
Roy a Smith sr
8 months ago

While it’s refreshing to see a real effort being made to show how the Democratic Party did so many illegal things to try to bring Trump to lose the election, we all know that the Clintons are untouchable. Why that is, nobody seems to know, but I have a feeling they are privay to Epstein’s Island visitor logs and a lot of people who went there would not like to be found out.