Chairman Devin Nunes’ announcement that he was turning the focus of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation towards the State Department’s role in the phony Russiagate narrative shook the tree enough that Jonathan Winer fell to the ground.
Winer, a longtime Clinton operative and a former Obama State Department official became the first rat to crack Hillary’s wall of silence in an effort to save himself.
Winer confessed his role in an op-ed in the Washington Post on Thursday but tried dressing it up with tired rhetoric that claimed he had independent corroboration that justified his becoming:
“… deeply concerned about Russian state operatives compromising and corrupting foreign political figures and businessmen from other countries. Their modus operandi was sexual entrapment and entrapment in too-good-to-be-true business deals.”
Winer then excused his role in passing, what he believed was, new “collateral” information to Richard Steele, the author of the phony dossier that was, and remains, the primary evidence used in the application to the FISA court for a warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign team.
Except that Winer never thought it suspicious that the collateral information was given to him by longtime Clinton dirty tricks operative Sidney Blumenthal, a man who, over decades, specialized in fabricating lies to assail the character of anyone who dared to challenge Bill or Hillary in any manner.
Adding to the suspicion surrounding Winer’s account of his role in this was his claim that “He [Blumenthal] showed me notes gathered by a journalist I did not know, Cody Shearer, that alleged the Russians had compromising information on Trump of a sexual and financial nature.”
Winer’s claim that he had no idea who Cody Shearer was stretches credulity. Shearer had also served under Bill Clinton. How did Shearer not know Shearer’s brother had served as an ambassador under President Clinton, and Shearer’s sister was married to former Clinton official Strobe Talbott?
Let’s assume for a minute that Winer is telling the truth about not knowing Cody Shearer. If he had taken a minute to perform a Google search on Shearer, he would have found several in-depth reports, including a 2015 ProPublica report that clearly stated that Shearer was a longtime Clinton friend.
There’s also the nagging question as to why Winer chose to bolster Steele’s dossier rather than carry his new information directly to the FBI, especially in light of the fact that he had been given it by Sid “Vicious” Blumenthal.
To believe these allegations you have to believe that only Clinton operatives – operating in D.C. bars and using telephones – were able to come up with evidence against Donald Trump.
And, that Richard Steele, working phone lines, was able to come up with evidence against Trump that the 17 most vaunted intelligence agencies in the world failed to uncover.
And, that almost two years later these intelligence agencies still haven’t found evidence of.
Winer is posturing for a plea deal to tell everything he knows. Knowing the Clinton’s modus operandi, he should live so long.