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Granny Herald is as angry as a weasel with haemorrhoids that Trump was elected.
Whatever Trump does is projected through Paul McGeough’s prism that he left in his desk when he shot over to the US after a short stint in the saner world of Australia.
Right now Granny is gloating that Trump has suffered a “double blow” from the head of his own FBI, James Comey.
James Comey? The one who found that Hillary Clinton was a liar and kept state secrets on her personal computer but she didn’t mean any harm, so that’s all right?
Yes, that James Comey?
Comey, who…. Never mind.

Yes, Granny says, the FBI is investigating if the Russians hacked US computers during the election process.
What an odd choice of words. The Russians, if it was Russians, and I wouldn’t put it past them, hacked the Democrat computers.
So why should that be a blow against Trump? If you are cross your eyes and hum “If you’re mad and you know it clap your hands,” then you will reason as Granny does. Russia hacked the Democrats to try to find something to get Trump elected.
Evidence of that?
“We don’t need no stinkin’ evidence” should be on the Herald masthead.
It gets better. This whole article is from WaPo the Washington Post. A paper so filled with rancid hatred of Trump that it is a national joke. Its only readers are crazy democrats. It runs an average of three or four I hate Trump stories every day.
It is mandatory reading for Herald journalists.
From the Herald today

FBI Director James Comey said there is no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s allegations that the Obama administration “wiretapped” Trump Tower last year, moments after confirming the bureau is probing potential ties between Trump associates and Russia during the 2016 campaign.

“With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets,” Mr Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on Monday.
Comey confirms FBI probe into Russia hacking

Links between President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and possible Russian interference are being investigated, confirms FBI Director James Comey.

“And we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components: the department has no information that supports those tweets,” he said.

At the hearing, Mr Comey also said the the Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting a broad investigation into Moscow’s efforts to “interfere” in the presidential election.

“I have been authorised by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” Mr Comey said. “And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

Mr Comey cautioned he would not be able to discuss many details of what remains a classified probe. Given the high public interest in the outcome of the inquiry, he told members of the committee that he will pursue the investigation “wherever it may lead.”

Mr Comey addressed the panel alongside the head of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, as leaders of the Intelligence Committee debunked Mr Trump’s claim that his predecessor listened in on his communications.

Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the committee, began the day’s hearings by saying “the fact that Russia hacked US election-related databases comes as no shock to this committee.” He also went on reject the president’s claims that the Obama administration “wiretapped” Trump Tower last year, saying, “Let me be clear: we know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower.”

His Democratic colleague, Adam Schiff of California, said there was “no crime” in Mr Trump or his aides having legitimate connections with Russian interests. But he added, “If the Trump campaign, or anybody associated with it, aided or abetted the Russians, it would not only be a serious crime, it would also represent one of the most shocking betrayals of our democracy in history.”

Just hours before the start of the hearing, Mr Trump posted a series of tweets claiming Democrats “made up” the allegations of Russian contacts in an attempt to discredit the GOP during the presidential campaign. Mr Trump also urged federal investigators to shift their focus to probe disclosures of classified material.

“The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information,” Mr Trump wrote early on Monday. “Must find leaker now!”

Republican members pressed hard on the subject of leaks to the media that resulted in news stories about contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign or administration officials. Mr Nunes sought an admission from the officials that the leaks were illegal under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court act, the law that governs foreign intelligence-gathering on US soil or of US persons overseas.

“Yes,” Mr Comey answered. “In addition to being a breach of our trust with the FISA court.”

One story in particular that apparently upset the Republicans was a February 9 story by The Washington Post reporting that Mr Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed the subject of sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, in the month before Mr Trump took office. The Post reported that the discussions were monitored under routine, court-approved monitoring of Kislyak’s calls.

Republican Tom Rooney pressed Mr Rogers to clarify under what circumstances it would be legitimate for Americans caught on tape speaking with people under surveillance to have their identities disclosed publicly, and whether leaking those identities would “hurt or help” intelligence collection.

“Hurt,” Mr Rogers noted.

Mr Rogers stressed that the identities of US persons picked up through “incidental collection” – that being the way intelligence officials picked up on Mr Flynn’s phone calls with Mr Kislyak – are disclosed only on a “valid, need to know” basis, and usually only when there is a criminal activity or potential threat to the United States at play.

Mr Rogers added that there are a total of 20 people in the NSA he has delegated to make decisions about when someone’s identity can be unmasked.

While some Republicans on the committee suggested Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign may have collaborated with Russians, Mr Comey bluntly rejected that notion. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal was to undermine the former secretary of state’s candidacy while aiding Mr Trump’s, as US intelligence agencies found in January.

“They wanted to hurt our democracy, hurt her and help him,” Mr Comey said. “Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that the flip side of that coin was that he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much.”

The FBI probe combines an investigation into hacking operations by Russian spy agencies with efforts to understand how the Kremlin sought to manipulate public opinion and influence the election’s outcome.

In January, the intelligence community released a report concluding that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to not only undermine the legitimacy of the election process but also harm the campaign of Hillary Clinton and boost Trump’s chances of winning.

Hackers working for Russian spy agencies penetrated the computers of the Democratic National Committee in 2015 and 2016 as well as the email accounts of Democratic officials, intelligence official said in the report. The material was relayed to WikiLeaks, the officials said, and the anti-secrecy group began a series of damaging email releases just before the Democratic National Convention that continued through the northern autumn.

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Graham Richards 21/03/2017, 8:35 am

    Why is the FBI/Comey involved in investigating itself?

    Obama appointed Comey, Obama would have instructed The FBI to do the surveillance
    and then they investigate themselves. Guess what the results will be.

  • Lorraine 21/03/2017, 8:52 am

    Putin hated Hilary ,get in line ,THAT any American thought she should be the next President, that the democrats having lost would make up the interference that it was Russia, who cares…… who hacked , it showed those democrats to be liars , every e mail told one and all , that they were corrupt along with the Clintons, corrupt and bare faced liars. no one from the democrats have said that the hacked material was fake. they cried because it was published. It shows that Podesta ,Hilary’s manager was interfering with Adani Mine here in Australia and also his love of nude kids which has been hushed up,,,,,,,Hushed up as the MSM do not cover evil from a democrat oh no…..Now had it been a GOP or Trump…………….yes the left are corrupt and the left are haters and they claim the high ground on compassion, now that is fake news…

  • Xword 21/03/2017, 9:30 am

    Look, there’s one particular politician that I absolutely loathe but even I’d get bored reading five stories a day about what a monster he is. I think Granny is now working on alienating its rusted on lefties. That, and those god-awful headings they run in their online ed ….

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