During the confirmation hearings for President Trump's nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, Republican Senator Rand Paul dropped a bombshell, in the form of a letter he sent to the nominee on May 15. While some in the Senate meekly opposed Haspel on the grounds that she directly participated in torture of suspects as a CIA Counterintelligence operator in a prison in Thailand after the attacks on September 11, 2001, Paul hit the nominee on a different flank, demanding to know what she knows about whether the CIA conducted surveillance against any of the presidential candidates in 2016, including himself, and Donald Trump.
As Global Tensions Deepen, Russiagate Reaches Critical Stage with Mounting Legal Challenges to Mueller Authority
At a moment when crucial decisions are being made by U.S. President Donald Trump involving such matters as the future of the Iran nuclear deal, the fate of North Korea's nuclear program, and improving relations with Russia and China, special counsel and legal assassin Robert Mueller is continuing to press ahead with the mission assigned to him. Mueller was brought in to find impeachable crimes committed by Donald J. Trump, to remove him from office, or to so discredit him as to render him unable to follow through on his anti-globalist agenda, thereby delivering him into the hands of his enemies, whom he defeated during the campaign.
On April 30, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled the latest in a series of provocations aimed at pulling the United States into a new war, this time against Iran. In a televised briefing, Netanyahu claimed that Mossad operatives had proof that Iran had been lying about its intention to develop nuclear weapons, before it signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in July 2015, under which it agreed to a strict regime of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) supervision, to insure that it did not have a nuclear weapons program.
On April 16, three days after the coordinated missile strikes on Syrian targets by the United States, the United Kingdom and France, the Washington Post seemed to be proclaiming, in a page one story, that the regime change coup against President Trump that it has campaigned for so vigorously had finally succeeded. Headlined "Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his aides on Russia and lost," the anti-Trump scribblers asserted that, despite the President's stubborn desire to develop improved relations with Russia and President Putin, the alleged use of chemical weapons by President Assad's military against civilians in the Damascus suburb of Douma forced him to recognize that this goal was unattainable. Not only had his aides convinced him to approve the strike, but it seemed he had given up his pledge of a week earlier to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, when French President Macron boasted that he had "convinced" Trump that the U.S. must maintain a military presence in Syria. This was seconded by the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the unabashed neocon Nikki Haley, who also told a Sunday morning news program that the administration would announce new sanctions against Russia within twenty-four hours.
The FBI raid on the office, hotel room and home of President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, on April 9, was part of an escalation designed to break Trump. It occurred in the midst of a desperate London-led offensive to turn Trump against Putin, at a time when Special Counsel Mueller's investigation into Trump's "collusion" with Putin in the 2016 election is collapsing. Since the whole purpose of Russiagate has been to prevent Trump from changing the relationship between the U.S. and Russia, from provocation and confrontation under Obama, to one of mutual cooperation, the same British intelligence networks responsible for the Russiagate lies moved directly against Putin and Russia with new provocations.
(This article is also available in the latest issue of EIR)
If the intent of the absurd charges flung at Russian President Putin by Britain's Prime Minister May and her Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was to drive a wedge between U.S. President Trump and Putin, they have failed miserably. May not only accused Putin's intelligence operatives of poisoning former Russian spy and British double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, but demanded that governments accept her accusations, and join Britain in imposing sharp penalties against Russia. While the U.S., fourteen EU nations and six other governments went along with May, expelling more than 130 Russian diplomats, the British were not pleased, as many governments, including some which did expel Russian diplomats, expressed doubts about the lack of evidence to prove the charges, and President Trump repeatedly refused to blame Putin, though his government did expel diplomats.