The Reverend


The House Intelligence Committee investigation into Trump-Russian coordination, an investigation led by comrade Devin Nunes, has lost all credibility. So, now it's the Senate Intelligence Committee's turn. Here's the happy-talk being spewed in the Village about how that Senate investigation will be on the up and up, and not partisan, like Nunes' investigation....



As the House probe continued its collapse into a partisan shouting match Wednesday, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr and his Democratic counterpart, Mark Warner, stepped into the spotlight to present a stark contrast. Their message? We are the adults in the room.



The two senators delivered a bravura bipartisan performance at their first joint press conference, complimenting each other and vowing to bridge their political differences to get to the bottom of what Burr called one of the most important investigations in his 22-year tenure in Congress.



That's what is often referred to as...happy horseshite.



Richard Burr, like Devin Nunes, was a member of Trump's transition team. That should disqualify him right there from heading any investigation into the Trumpers.



And then we have this report about Richard Burr's antics a month ago...



Burr told The Washington Post that he had “had conversations about” how the media was covering Russia with members of the Trump White House and that he had contacted members of the press to discredit stories covering Trump’s alleged contacts when “I felt I had something to share that didn’t breach my responsibilities to the committee in an ongoing investigation.”



Does that sound non-partisan to you? Does working hand in hand with the Trump White House to counter media coverage of any Trump-Russian connections...the very subject his Committee is supposed to be investigating....look like non-partisan, non-biased behavior? Of course not. Burr should recuse himself before the Senate investigation begins today. Like Devin Nunes, Richard Burr is a Trump-ringer.



Richard Burr has chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee for all of 2 years....and he has already displayed his partisan credentials...



March, 2016....



The biggest challenge that confronted Burr as he took the helm of Intelligence in January 2015 was to come to grips with President George W. Bush’s torture program.



The committee’s six-year investigation had just revealed grim details of lawlessness and barbarism in the Central Intelligence Agency’s enhanced interrogation program. In every way, Burr has shown himself to be the ultimate protector of the criminals at the CIA, not their overseer.



His first act as chairman was an attempt to recall the committee’s 6,900-page “torture report” from the White House and executive agencies. He also tried to bury the Panetta Review, a still-secret internal CIA assessment of the torture program that, according to Intelligence members who have read it, is a “smoking gun” bolstering the negative conclusions of the committee’s own report.



And Burr refuses even to hold hearings on CIA misconduct like “rectal feeding,” sexual abuse and the torturing to death of detainees in its custody.



The reason Republicans have been demanding that the House and Senate Intelligence Committees investigate the Russian-Trump thing is so they can keep the details of the investigation hidden from public view. Burr has already successfully done just that with the Bushie torture evidence.



Nunes and Burr's untrustworthy partisanship is the exact reason why an independent prosecutor, or commission, should take over the investigation. Republicans have rejected that idea, out of hand.....because they are protecting their political party's president. And happy horseshite talk aside....that "bravura bipartisan performance" by Mark Warner and Richard Burr yesterday....was simply window dressing to make the already-rigged process seem as if it's not already-rigged.



I think Richard Burr has two goals in mind for the investigation he leads. The first is to drag the Senate investigation out as long as he possibly can.....all behind closed doors of course. The second will come at the end of the investigation....preferably after deep tax cuts for billionaires have been passed.....when Burr will do his damnest to keep whatever report is constructed on the matter....away from the public arena.



In essence, Republicans are working ever-so-slyly to cover up the potential crimes of the Trumpsters. And Richard Burr already has a history of covering up crimes for Republican administrations.



So, while Villagers spout happy-bipartisan-horseshite, know this.....the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation will have no more credibility than the one in the House.



Which will leave the burden of inquiry to the press...and to leakers to the press. What is needed right now....before Burr begins his cover-up process....is for intelligence patriots to leak more details to the public. That's the only way we'll ever find out what really happened during last year's presidential campaign between Russians and Trump associates.



The role of whistleblowers, leakers, is to come forward when partisan politicians can't be trusted to inform the public. That's where we are right now.