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The GOPís increasing embrace of Trumpís Russia conspiracy theory (it's not a theory)
The Washington Compost ^ | May 11 at 9:25 AM | Aaron Blake

Posted on 05/11/2019 9:40:23 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

On Friday, the former general counsel of the FBI, Jim Baker, decided to speak out. Frustrated by the burgeoning Republican narrative about how the Russia investigation might have been launched under false pretenses and with nefarious motives, the previously quiet top FBI aide stepped onto the public stage.

“There was no attempted ‘coup,’” Baker said at the Brookings Institution. “There was no way in hell that I was going to allow some coup or coup attempt to take place on my watch.”

He added that he stepped forward because he “just became sick of all the B.S. that is said about the origins of the investigation.” Baker, who left the FBI in 2017, said he wanted to “reassure the American people that it was done for lawful, legitimate reasons.”

Whatever legitimate questions might be asked about the process for obtaining Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants or the Justice Department’s initial inquiries in the Russia probe, it’s worth noting just how long this “coup” narrative took to build on the political right — and how much GOP leaders initially eschewed it.

Then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) first injected this into the public bloodstream via the so-called “Nunes memo,” which raised questions about the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. At the time, the “coup”/“witch hunt” narrative (which generally hadn’t used those words but occasionally implied such an effort) was largely the provenance of President Trump and some of his most conspiratorial defenders.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: aaronblake; districtofcolumbia; dnctalkingpoint; dnctalkingpoints; jeffbezos; mediawingofthednc; partisanmediashills; presstitutes; smearmachine; washingtoncompost; washingtonpost
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1 posted on 05/11/2019 9:40:23 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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Link to full article:

https://outline.com/fbPcFk

2 posted on 05/11/2019 9:41:18 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Capitalism produces EVERYTHING Socialists/Communists/Democratic-Socialists wish to "redistribute.")
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that why you are former, you lie to he American public. What do you think we are? Democrats? Trump was and is under a coupe attempt. What the aggressors now realize is that Trump has survived better and now you are going to be eliminated.


3 posted on 05/11/2019 9:45:13 AM PDT by Kozy (new age haruspex; "Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth.")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Two words come to mind: “Flak” and “Target.”


4 posted on 05/11/2019 9:45:14 AM PDT by GOP Congress
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Jim Baker: “Former FBI general counsel James Baker is under criminal investigation for unauthorized leaks to the media.”

Trust a liar????


5 posted on 05/11/2019 9:45:31 AM PDT by antidemoncrat
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To: Kozy

[[What do you think we are? Democrats?]]

Shoudl have added:

“What do you think we are? Democrats? No, We’re much much smarter than that!”


6 posted on 05/11/2019 9:46:45 AM PDT by Bob434
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Damage control.


7 posted on 05/11/2019 9:47:25 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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Every member of,and supporter of,the Rat Party is a Swamp Creature.That's true regardless of where they are and regardless of who the support themselves.

A noticeable percentage of so called "Republicans" are Swamp Creatures as well.

And message to Mr Baker: I defy you to explain "POTUS wants to know everything we're doing"...that being one of the many,*many*,texts that the FBI originally claimed had been deleted.And I defy you to explain the e-mail that Susan Rice sent *to herself* about *15 minutes* before the President was to take the Oath of Office!

You,Mr Baker,have just revealed yourself to be either a Swamp Creature...or someone who wouldn't recognize a "coup" if it bit you on the a$$.

Either way....decent Americans have no interest in hearing what you have to say!!!

8 posted on 05/11/2019 9:53:11 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Barr:The Bill Belichick of Attorneys General)
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I thought the exact same words.


9 posted on 05/11/2019 9:54:10 AM PDT by TheWriterTX (Trust not in earthly princes....)
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Jim Baker counsel to the FBI, a criminal enterprise, says there is no coup attempt, That’s like the counsel to thee Gotti Family saying that there are no murders.


10 posted on 05/11/2019 9:58:50 AM PDT by Kozy (new age haruspex; "Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth.")
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To: facedown

Deep State.

DEEP STATE.

DEEP DEEP DEEP DEEP STATE.

Deeper than you EVER thought. Much deeper than you can conceive.
As in: really, really REEEEEEEEEEEEELLLY deep.
Did I mention, deep?


11 posted on 05/11/2019 10:00:06 AM PDT by Flintlock ("FIRST the Saturday people, THEN the Sunday people"--gee whatever do they mean by that?)
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"These aren't the coup plotters you're looking for."

12 posted on 05/11/2019 10:02:42 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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This time Weasel [may we call you a weasel?] Baker is using the Farce.


13 posted on 05/11/2019 10:10:27 AM PDT by Paladin2
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Is there any Jim Baker, that isn’t bad news?


14 posted on 05/11/2019 10:21:53 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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"On Friday, the former general counsel of the FBI,.."

..criminal jim baker, verbally explodes in a display of unrighteous indignation.

15 posted on 05/11/2019 10:26:02 AM PDT by chief lee runamok (expect nothing)
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It IS a theory. It also happens to be a probably true take on events. Being a theory does not imply that it is untruth or fantasy. Einstein had a theory. So far it appears to be true. All our advanced physics is based on it so if it is not true then the whole of our science is built on smoke.


16 posted on 05/11/2019 10:27:24 AM PDT by arthurus (sx)
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Its collusion for Democrats,Conspiracy for republicans?
Fakenews


17 posted on 05/11/2019 10:31:54 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (luke 6:38)
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Good. I am glad Baker has shown up.

He is so good at explaining things.

So maybe he will explain, if there was no attempted coup, why the FBI used Steel’s claims, paid for by Hillary, for FISA warrants even after they were known to be false.

Maybe he will be so kind as to explain Peter Peter Strzok,s emails.

And I am sure he can explain the dims refusal to accept Mueller’s report an why the dims are acting like irrational spoiled children lying about their past conduct even though the facts are clearly against them.

Please do, Mr. Baker.


18 posted on 05/11/2019 10:38:47 AM PDT by old curmudgeon (There isTha no situation so terrible, so disgraceful, that the federal government can not make worse)
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I noticed that most of the 109 comments to that Washington Post article (as of May 11, 2019) didn’t mention anything about the reliability of Christopher Steele dossier (especially the claim that Michael Cohen went to Prague). If those people continue to insist that there was nothing improper about the FISA warrants on Carter Page, those commenters have lost all credibility and they are proven to be stupid.


19 posted on 05/11/2019 10:40:03 AM PDT by convoter2016
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“I am absolutely completely innocent.” - Ted Bundy


20 posted on 05/11/2019 10:42:56 AM PDT by dead (Our next president is going to be sooooo boring.)
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