The VIPS Tell President Trump To Expose the Big Lie in the Mueller Report
April 17, 2019 (EIRNS)—Under the theme, “The Fly in the Mueller Ointment,” the VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) issued a “Memorandum for the President” on Tuesday, April 16 on the front page of Consortium News. As EIR has emphasized, the exoneration of Trump in the Mueller report (which was forced on Mueller by the compelling exposure of the lies underpinning the Mueller investigation by EIR and others), did not prevent Mueller from trying to keep the Russiagate fraud going, by including the evidence-free claim that Russia hacked the DNC computers and gave the contents to WikiLeaks, to help get Trump elected.
The VIPS memo to Trump reports:
“The Mueller report will leave unscathed the central-but-unproven allegation that the Russian government hacked into the DNC and Podesta emails, gave them to WikiLeaks to publish, and helped you win the election. The thrust will be the same; namely, even if there is a lack of evidence that you colluded with Russian President Vladimir Putin, you have him to thank for becoming president. And that melody will linger on for the rest of your presidency, unless you seize the moment.”
They review the facts of the discredited report on the Russian role in the hacking by CrowdStrike, “whose credibility is on a par with pee-tape dossier compiler Christopher Steele. Like Steele, CrowdStrike was hired and paid by the DNC (through a cutout).”
The VIPS refer to their earlier report to Attorney General Barr on March 13 on their own
“independent, agenda-free forensic investigation led by two former Technical Directors of the NSA, who avoid squishy assessments, preferring to base their findings on fundamental principles of science and the scientific method. Our findings remain unchallenged; they reveal gaping holes in CrowdStrike’s conclusions.”
(That memorandum is also available on the VIPS page of Consortium News.)
They dismiss as ridiculous the Mueller charge that a few social media ads bought by Russians had any impact on the election. But they strongly insist that the hacking accusations must be discredited. The Mueller report’s refutation of the collusion story, they write, has increased the chances that
“gullible folks who had been assured that Mueller would find collusion between you and Putin may now be a bit more circumspect—skeptical even—regarding the rest of the story-line of the Russian hack, and that will be even more likely among those with some technical background. Such specialists will have a field day, IF—and it is a capital ‘IF’—by some miracle, word of VIPS forensic findings gets into the media this time around.”
If Mueller is depending solely on CrowdStrike, they write,
“he is acting more in the mold of Inspector Clouseau than the crackerjack investigator he is reputed to be. It simply does not suffice for Mueller’s former colleague James Comey to tell Congress that CrowdStrike is a ‘high-class entity.’ It is nothing of the sort and, in addition to its documented incompetence, it is riddled with conflicts of interest. Comey needs to explain why he kept the FBI away from the DNC computers after they were said to have been hacked.
“And former National Intelligence Director James Clapper needs to explain his claim last November that ‘the forensic evidence was overwhelming about what the Russians had done.’ What forensic evidence? From CrowdStrike? We at VIPS, in contrast, are finding more and more forensic evidence that the DNC emails were leaked, not hacked by the Russians or anyone else—and that Guccifer 2.0 is an out-and-out fraud. Yes, we can prove that from forensics too.”
The authors emphasize the historically critical nature of the matter:
“We consider the issue of Russian interference of overriding significance not only because the allegation is mischievously bogus and easily disproven. More important, it has brought tension with nuclear-armed Russia to the kind of dangerous fever pitch not seen since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, when the Russian provocation was real—authentic, not synthetic. Sober minds resolved that crisis more than a half-century ago, and we all got to live another day. These days sober minds seem few and far between and a great deal is at stake.”
VIPS report that Trump knew of their initial proof that there was no hack, since the President instructed then-CIA Chief Pompeo to invite former NSA Technical Director William Binney, who carried out the forensic investigation of the email leak for VIPS, to brief him on the proof, which he did.
They also point to the effort in March 2017 by Julian Assange’s lawyers to arrange for him to provide proof to the U.S. investigators that the Russians were not responsible for the email hack, in exchange for partial amnesty, but FBI chief Comey and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) sabotaged that effort. The VIPS continue:
“But is it too late to follow up somehow on Assange’s offer? Might he or his associates be still willing to provide technical evidence showing, at least, who was not the culprit? You, Mr. President, could cause that to happen. You would have to buck strong resistance at every turn, and there all manner of ways that those with vested interests and a lot of practice in sabotage can try to thwart you—with the full cooperation of most media pundits. By now, you know all too well how that works. But you are the president. And there may be no better time than now to face them down, show the spurious nature of the concocted evidence attempting to put you in Putin’s pocket, and—not least—lift the cloud that has prevented you from pursuing a more decent relationship with Russia.”
It is signed by 16 members of the Steering Group of the VIPS, and is archived on the “VIPS Memos” page of Consortium News.