By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) In may ways, the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination process seems to following along a similar path the 2016 Republican nomination process followed: An ‘outsider’ candidate appears on the verge of walking away with all the marbles.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont “independent” socialist/Marxist/Communist has jumped out to hefty leads in national polls as the other Democratic contenders wax and wane and hunt for cash.
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But as we’ve documented, the Democrat establishment doesn’t want Bernie — which, as you recall, is no different than the opposition from the Republican establishment that Donald Trump faced four years ago, even as he began to run away from his competition.
And yet, for all the similarities between the 2016 Trump campaign and the 2020 Sanders campaign, there is one distinct difference already: The Sanders campaign has been given a courtesy that The Donald and his staff never got.
An intelligence brief about Russian efforts to assist his campaign.
“It was not clear what role they’re going to play. We were told that Russia, maybe other countries, are going to get involved in this campaign, and look, here’s the message to Russia: stay out of American elections,” Sanders said.
“And what they are doing, by the way, the ugly thing that they are doing, and I’ve seen some of their tweets and stuff, is they try to divide us up. That’s what they did in 2016 and that is the ugliest thing they are doing — is they are trying to cause chaos, they are trying to cause hatred in America,” he added.
The 2016 Trump campaign got no such “defensive briefing” from the Obama regime.
During testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in May 2019, Attorney General William Barr initially testified that the Trump campaign got no warning at all from the Obama administration about Russian intentions.
“My understanding is that didn’t happen,” Barr responded. “Under these circumstances, it’s one of the things that I can’t fathom why it did not happen, if you’re concerned about interference in the election and you have substantial people involved in the campaign who were former U.S. attorneys, I don’t understand why the bureau would not have gone and given a defensive briefing.”
After a break, Barr came back and corrected the record.
“I have been told during the break that a lesser kind of briefing, a security briefing that generally discusses general threats, apparently was given to the campaign in August ,” he said.
Barr later clarified, telling the senators that the Trump campaign did receive a general briefing. But it was not a “defensive briefing,” he said. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign also reportedly received the same briefing, consistent with providing presidential nominees with classified intelligence to protect against foreign threats.
Why no defensive brief? Well, we know why: Because the Obama regime was engaging in “Crossfire Hurricane,” a.k.a. “Spygate,” and actually targeting the Trump campaign in an espionage operation that included doing everything ‘the Russians’ would have tried, such as ‘wiretapping’ campaign officials and attempting to insert spies into staff positions.
As for Clinton’s brief, we don’t really know if it was ‘the same’ as what the Trump campaign received or not. But it doesn’t matter because the Clinton campaign, along with the DNC, was neck-deep in the ‘Russian collusion’ hoax anyway, having provided the funds for the creation of the “Russia dossier” compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
That, and Clinton was part of the Obama administration just a few years prior as the then-president’s security-compromised secretary of state; it strains credibility to believe she was not in contact the entire time with the Obama White House and the deep state as she prepared her presidential campaign.
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The point is, the Trump administration just did something for Bernie Sanders that Obama never did for Trump: Provide a defensive brief of suspected active Russian espionage threat to a rival presidential campaign.
Which, by the way, occurred in the first place as a result of leaks of classified briefings to the media by a member of Congress and/or his/her staff. Again.
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