*TRUMP HAS NOW COMMITTED ALL THE CRIMES HE SAID HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD BE PROSECUTED FOR
*DID RUSSIA HACK AND LEAK CLINTON’S EMAILS TO INSTALL A PUPPET REGIME UNDER TRUMP?
*WAS THE DELIBERATE DECISION MADE TO USE ENCRYPTION APPS THAT LEAVE NO ELECTRONIC OR PAPER TRAIL TO AVOID BEING CAUGHT LIKE CLINTON?
*DID TRUMP AND SPICER LEAK FAKE STORY TO NEW YORK TIMES TO DISCREDIT NEWSPAPER AND FBI?
*WHY DID SPICER DELETE APP ONLY AFTER FBI PROBING RUSSIAN CONTACTS AND LEAKERS SHOW UP UNANNOUNCED?
*LEAKED STORY DIVERTS ATTENTION AWAY FROM ENCRYPTED APPS, FOCUSES ON PHONE CALLS AND RECORDS
*USE OF APPS ONLY EMERGED BY ACCIDENT, ATTEMPT TO HIDE THEM LEAKED, SMOKING GUN THAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN ANY PROBE
*TRUMP STILL REFUSES TO RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS, A GOOD INDICATION HE HAS IRREGULAR FINANCIAL FLOWS FROM RUSSIA TO HIDE
Donald Trump has confirmed in a “Fox & Friends” interview that he “signed off” on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s decision to delete encryption apps on aides’ cellphones, thereby implicating himself in an attempt to hide from the FBI a secret and illegal communications system.
Trump said he would have used a different approach to deleting the apps, but failed to mention that their use was illegal and that deleting them in secret was also illegal.
Trump had an especial obligation to reveal the use of an illegal encryption app given the fact that Trump made Hillary Clinton’s use of a secret email server
a key part of his campaign to portray her as untrustworthy.
Remember all the calls to lock Hillary up for hiding her private email server and deleting 33,000 emails?
And now Trump has been caught setting up the same parallel communication system to run a shadow government.
The fact that Trump and his team have now been caught using a state of the art encryption apps, a de facto, secret, parallel communications system that can never be hacked or leaked like Clinton’s emails, and which circumvents US intelligence, which relies over much on the hard evidence of intercepted phone or email communications, must now be included in any probe. Such a system could be the vehicle for contact with Russian oligarchs and officials.
US intelligence agencies have established that the Democratic Party’s computers were hacked by the Russians and emails leaked with the help of Wikileaks.
Might the Russians have not gone one step further and decided, after getting rid of Clinton, to install their own puppet regime in Washington. Only this time using a encryption system for communication purposes?
The app leaves no paper, electronic records or phone records. For this very reason it violates federal laws.
Trump implicitly also admitted he agreed with Spicer’s plan to hide the existence of a state of the art text encyption apps from FBI investigators and other investigators, examining his contacts with Russia.
“I would have had one-on-one sessions with different people. … I would have done it differently,” Trump said in an exclusive “Fox & Friends” interview, omitting the fact that his actions would have amounted to suppressing crucial suppressing evidence.
“He went on to call Spicer a “a fine person” who is doing a “very good job” and said he is “OK” with how Spicer handled the situation.
“There are things you can do that are a hell of a lot worse,” he said.
Yes, there are worse things, Donald, like lying on Fox news to the American public, the FBI and the Senate about the existence of a secret parallel communications system.
Trump and his team have tried to spin the use of the secret encryption system as a way to to stop leaks. But does this stand up to scrutiny?
The app is more likely to facilitate leaks.
Spicer himself had the app. The deletion of the app only occurred after the FBI stepped up its investigation.
In fact, the existence of the encryption system only came to light by accident.
The deputy director of the FBI made an unnanounced call to the White House, apparently around 9 am Washington DC local time, on Wednesday 15th to talk to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, apparently about Russian contacts.
It is not clear what the FBI director discussed with Priebus. It is not clear if he asked to see his phone or examined the apps. It is not clear if Priebus also had an encryption app or not. If so, an examination of it would not have revealed any contact with Russia. As these apps delete their own messages.
Later that same day, Wednesday, Spicer in a call to Buzzfeed between 5 and 6 pm DC time, according to an email to me from the reporter, downplayed the significance of his use of the app and defended it.
“In a phone call with BuzzFeed News, Spicer confirmed that he used the app, but said that he had done so only once, when asked to by a reporter “months ago.” He offered to show a BuzzFeed News reporter his phone as proof.
“I downloaded it, but I’m glad to show anyone my phone and that I’ve literally sent one message on Confide,” said Spicer. “These are personal phones… I also have iTunes on my personal phone, Solitaire, and other apps. Frankly I think the idea that you guys are writing a story, the idea of what apps I use on my phone, is an invasion of my privacy.”
But the following week as the FBI stepped up its probe of Russia contacts and leakers, Spicer’s attitude to the app had radically changed. He became anxious to dissociate himself with it as soon as possible. With Trump’s backing, or on Trump’s orders, Spicer held an impromptu meeting instructing aides to delete the app and to keep that deletion secret.
He may have felt pressure to delete it in the context of FBI probes into leakers because he
he himself had leaked false stories to the media under the instructions of Trump.
Trump and his team have focussed their campaign against the Fake News and FBI on the basis of a New York Times story focussing on phone records.
Implicit in the story is the premise or assumption that all contacts between Trump and the Russians must have been be phone contacts and there must be phone records. Trump himself has reinforced the notion when he said he had not “called” the Russians in ten years.
That may be true, but might he be using an app on his personal phone to send encrypted messages or make encrypted calls?
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes has also focussed on phone contacts as the sole criteria of contact.
Since an encryption text app had likely been used for a long time, and since there likely were no phone contacts and there are no phone records, it was easy for the Trump team to knock down the New York Times story as fake news.
Trump also either sanctioned or instructed Preibus and Spicer to enlist the FBI and CIA, along with the chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence committees, to counter allegations of ties between Russia and Trump. The FBI refused to help, but CIA Director Mike Pompeo apparently complied with this request, raising the question of whether Pompeo blundered or knowingly suppressed knowledge of alternative communication systems such as apps.
Again, the idea is that if there are no phone records of contacts between Trump associates and Russians, there were no contacts, something called the logical fallacy of exclusion.
Trump and his team omitted the relevant evidence tha they have been using a encrpted text message app, which could be used for constant contact with Russian oligarchs and officials.
The NYT story also served as an excuse to smear the FBI as leakers. Trump began a Twitter tirade against FBI ordering them to find the leakers.
Supposing Trump and Spicer knew they were the leakers. Might they not be motivated to delete the app fearing another visit from the FBI?
The fact is now established that Trump and his team deliberately suppressed knowledge of the app. In spite of a Senate letter ordering them to maintain all records, they continued to use the app. Trump sanctioned or ordered Spicer to delete the app after the FBI and Senate probes intensified in violation of the law.
Trump has gone on Fox news and lied to the American people about the significance of the app.
He has appears to have also lied about his financial ties with Russia. The fact that he is refusing to release his tax returns is a good indication that he has received loans from Russia, which are tantamount to bribes n this context.
Trump has, in fact, committed all the crimes he insisted Clinton should be prosecuted for.
The FBI should prosecute Trump. Trump and his aides who could be messaging Russian oligarchs and officials and receiving instructions on secrets app every hour for all we know.