STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Criminal Accusations Emerge for Denying Russian Involvement in US Elections
By Daily Bell Staff - December 11, 2016

… Could Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell get booted from office due to his alleged involvement with corruption related to the current Russia election scandal involving Donald Trump? Adding to the list of suspicious circumstances, Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, was named as a Trump cabinet pick soon after McConnell allegedly dismissed the Russian hacker investigation.  –Inquistr.com

As predicted, supposed involvement of Russia in US  elections is rapidly devolving into accusations of criminality. It is certainly possible, in one way or another, that these could be turned on the alternative media itself (see excerpt above).

What is striking about this is the rapidity with which accusations are being promulgated and applied. The idea basically is that if you deny Russia’s involvement in influencing US elections, you are likely an ally of this process or an unwitting dupe. See our article here.

But these denunciations will not matter if they are not accompanied by further investigations bringing the power of the US government to bear. In this case, we can see the rhetoric escalating when it comes to McConnell.

More:

Despite strongly worded headlines that suggest otherwise, it is not currently clear if there is a link between Elaine Chao being picked for a cabinet position by Trump because of her husband, Mitch McConnell.

It is also not yet clear if Mitch McConnell is guilty of any crimes related to accusations that McConnell had a position in covering up Trump’s tracks with the Russia election scandal.

Also murky is whether Mitch McConnell is on the wrong side of the law with the Trump Russian hacker scandal, the wrong side of ethics, or simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

… Mitch McConnell has been accused of being lenient when Trump’s election was questioned in regard to Russia allegedly producing emails against Hillary Clinton.

The underlying accusation against McConnell – the “smoking gun” – is that he knew the Russians had hacked into GOP computer systems along with Democratic ones but withheld that information and actively fought against its release.

According to a Dec. 9th New York Times article, the CIA is confident that “Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they gleaned from the Republican networks.”

Supposedly McConnell knew about these leaks when he “voiced doubts about the veracity of the intelligence” at a secret briefing. McConnell also reportedly said he considered “any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.”

The idea is that when Trump picked McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao to head the Transportation Department around November 29, he was actually rewarding McConnell for undercutting CIA confidence in Russia’s involvement in tilting US elections.

Of course to reach this conclusion, one would have to be certain that the CIA’s “high confidence” in its analyses were entirely accurate. Also that the Russian hacks revealed damaging info on the GOP that they declined to publish. And finally that a determination was made in Russia to release only damaging Democratic information.

In fact, GOP “hacked” documents were reportedly released during the election but didn’t receive much attention because they were of a routine nature. Nonetheless, the CIA has “high confidence” in its findings, though these do not amount to certainty. Further, WikiLeaks itself, which leaked Democratic emails, has claimed the hacks do not come from Russia.

Conclusion:  No one has denied the accuracy of what was published from what we can tell. But the mudslinging has already started and the implication is that the president-elect could be a co-conspirator. Expect worse to come.

Editor’s Note: Some of this might seem as politics-as-usual, though of a very dirty variety, but the ramifications will could certainly affect the alternative media that has already been accused of co-conspiring with Russia to affect the elections. The Daily Bell is a libertarian publication and its articles have often stated that people ought to look out for their own interests first as best they can because politics are unpredictable and usually don’t change much – or just make things worse. Additionally, as a libertarian publication, DB has published articles in the past explaining that RT and Putin himself are part of the larger questionable dialectic being presented by East and West. In no way can DB be considered a proponent of Russian propaganda. 

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