Capitol Hill conservatives are questioning the timing of an article that the McClatchy news service ran claiming that the FBI was investigating a possible nexus between the National Rifle Association and the Russian government–hours before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the transcripts of Glenn R. Simpson’s Nov. 14 testimony about that connection.
Simpson, the co-founder and leader of the political opposition research firm Fusion GPS, testified to the committee about Russian infiltration of the NRA in response to questions from Rep. K. L. Jacqueline “Jackie” Speier (D.-Calif.).
MS. SPEIER: Okay. What is the interest of Russia with the National Rifle
MR. SIMPSON: I think that most of what we have found is pretty much out
there now. You know, it’s been said by others, but, you know, what eventually – it
appears the Russians, you know, infiltrated the NRA And there is more than one
explanation for why. But I would say broadly speaking, it appears that the
Russian operation was designed to infiltrate conservative organizations. And they
targeted various conservative organizations, religious and otherwise, and they
seem to have made a very concerted effort to get in with the NRA.
The McClatchy report not only followed the same narrative of Simpson’s testimony, but also claimed that the FBI was investigating Russian financial support to and collusion with the NRA.
What got the eye of Capitol Hill conservatives was McClatchy’s sourcing.
Instead of citing law enforcement or national security or even FBI sources, McClatchy hanged the story on: “two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.”
In the article, the two McClatchy reporters, Peter Stone and Greg Gordon, quote the FBI’s refusal to comment, which itself is strange because Stone and Gordon have run other stories with much more specific and more connected sourcing, such as Justice Department officials and investigators working for Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Gordon told BLP McClatchy does not discuss sources.
One Capitol Hill source told Big League Politics Simpson himself was most likely one of the two McClatchy sources along with any one of the Democrats on the committee, most likely Speier, who is one of the most adamant opponents of the NRA and the Democrat who created the situation that put Simpson’s Russia-NRA nexus in play.
It was Simpson who put together the so-called “Dossier,” an opposition research file about Donald J. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, which was funded by Democratic nominee Hillary R. Clinton and was passed around by the Clinton campaign, leftwing operatives and FBI agents and officials.
Left-Wing Extremist Charged in Alleged Florida Capitol Attack Identified Soros as “Sponsor”
Daniel Alan Baker had bragged of a Soros sponsorship.
A left-wing extremist arrested and charged with a terrorist plot to confront and kidnap protestors at the Florida Capitol identified billionaire George Soros as his “sponsor” in a YouTube video. Daniel Alan Baker, 33, has been federally charged with transmitting a threat to kidnap or injure.
Baker appears to have fought overseas with a Kurdish militia group identified as a terrorist organization by the State Department, the Marxist PKK. He’s an Army veteran who appears to have been discharged after going AWOL before a deployment.
Baker has been charged for an alleged plot involving a group of armed leftists surrounding pro-Trump protestors at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration. It’s unclear if right-wing protestors even intend to demonstrate at the site, and Baker’s dangerous attempt to incite an armed confrontation may never have advanced beyond speculative stages.
A “call to arms” flier seen on Baker’s YouTube channel calls for Florida residents to surround supposed “racists” and to “trap them inside” the State Capitol, advocating for the kidnapping of supposed Inauguration demonstrators.
In a YouTube video calling for doxxing attempts on individuals present at the raucous US Capitol riot, Baker brags of having acquired the globalist oligarch as a “sponsor,” implying that the megabillionaire had provided him with an “antifa card.”
Baker’s remarks may have been hyperbole, intentionally seeking to draw attention from critics of the Hungarian-born liberal kingpin.
A charging affidavit also alleges that Baker advocated for the assassination of United States military officers on his YouTube channel, a threat that could potentially incur even more serious criminal charges.
The FBI believes that Baker intended to assassinate Turkish military personnel training in the United States, and that he was on the scene during Seattle’s Capital Hill Autonomous Zone anarchist rebellion. Baker identified himself as a “hardcore leftist” on his personal social media, as well, urging his followers to “prepare for war” after the November 3rd election.
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