12 Jul 2017
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been collecting letters that Barbara Comstock has been sending to her constituents. We’re still going through them, but we’ve already found two interesting ones regarding Russia.
Up until now, Comstock’s comments about Russia have been limited to a couple of tepid press releases, blaming Democrats and telling constituents they should talk to Mark Warner if they have any concerns about Jared Kushner.
It turns out, however, that Comstock is not even sure that Russia was behind the cyber attacks on our election. Back on December 14, 2016, Comstock wrote a letter to a constituent that starts out by saying:
Thank you for contacting me about recent reports regarding potential state-sponsored cyber attacks on the 2016 Presidential Election.
The letter starts with the incredible revelation that she is not even sure that we were attacked (notice how it’s qualified as “potential”). She goes on to express the hope that our intelligence agencies can get to the bottom of this and figure out who attacked us.
I have faith in the ability of our intelligence agencies to collect pertinent information and help us uncover the truth concerning the motivations and origins behind this potential breach.
U.S. intelligence agencies had already confirmed that Russia was responsible for the attack before that letter was written. Comstock, however, remained unconvinced as late as March of this year when she wrote another letter to a constituent that started off as follows:
Thank you for contacting me about the Attorney General’s role in the investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Trigger warning: The following timeline contains many links to the ‘Fake News’ Washington Post and also references official statements from ‘Deep State’ actors like the Director of National Intelligence.
- June 14, 2016 - The hack was first made public in the Washington Post
- June 20, 2016 - Two more independent research firms confirm that the Russian government was behind the DNC hack.
- July 25, 2016 - The FBI announces it is investigating the DNC hack and states that “a compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously.”
- Aug 29, 2016 - The Washington Post reports “Hackers target state voter-registration systems.”
- Sept 5, 2016 - The Post reports DNI Clapper is investigating the scope and intent of Russia’s election interference.
- Oct 7, 2016 - DNI Clapper and DHS Secretary Johnson issue a joint statement formally blaming Moscow for attempting to interfere in the election, including by hacking the computers of political organizations.
This was not a “potential state-sponsored cyber attack” and the “motivations and origins” were (and are still) quite well known. This was not “possible Russian interference” in our election. This was established long ago by the hard-working intelligence professionals who live and work in Barbara Comstock’s district.
The only thing left unanswered at this point is whether the Trump campaign actually colluded with the Russians. And with yesterday’s revelations, it’s now looking more like a question of figuring out the extent of the collusion, as opposed to whether or not it happened.
Of course we should probably expect no less from Comstock, who ran the defense fund for Scooter Libby, and said nothing when Trump came to her district and embarrassed himself in front of the entire CIA.