Ore. Paper Credits ‘Clean-Energy Skeptic Donald Trump’ with Saving 350 Solar Jobs  

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By Craig Bannister | April 20, 2018 | 10:20 AM EDT

“Clean-energy skeptic” Trump saves solar jobs. (Screenshot)

“Credit clean-energy skeptic Donald Trump with rescuing a Hillsboro solar energy factory,” the first line of an article in The Oregonian declares.

“SolarWorld’s sale saves hundreds of Hillsboro jobs,” the Wednesday headline read. On Wednesday, SunPower, which currently manufacturers its solar panels in the Philippines and Malaysia, announced the purchase of the financially-failing SolarWorld facility in Hillsboro, Oregon.

SunPower purchased SolarWorld and its manufacturing plant in order to escape President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels, thus saving about 350 jobs at the Oregon facility, which had already laid off half its staff:

“The catalyst for this was the solar tariffs and the direction the current administration was going in terms of domestic solar manufacturing,” SunPower chief executive Tom Werner said in an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive.”

While Trump is a “clean-energy skeptic,” his solar panel tariffs have been applauded by staunch climate alarmists like former Vice President Al Gore, The Oregonian says:

“Trump has derided the widely accepted science underpinning climate change. He imposed the tariffs in January at the behest of SolarWorld and another bankrupt American solar manufacturer, both of which argued that Chinese manufacturers were undercutting U.S. producers by dumping solar panels on the domestic market.

“While Trump’s solar tariffs alarmed some in the environmental community, others, including former Vice President Al Gore, defended the decision. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, had long advocated for tariffs to protect domestic solar manufacturers.”

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Anatomy of a Political Smear Confirmed – James Comey January Briefing Was Scripted by Clapper and Brennan To Create Media Narrative…

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Generally I would not refer so strongly to a prior discussion thread if the latest information did not absolutely confirm was was originally suspected.

On January 10th, 2017 we discussed “The Anatomy of a Modern Political Smear“, where we connected the dots, as they were happening in-real-time between James Comey, the Obama intelligence community and the media, specifically CNN. {Please See Here}

Yesterday, two events happened which absolutely confirm -with demonstrable certainty- what we immediately saw over 15 months ago.  The first event was the appearance of James Comey on CNN to discuss his book. In part of the questioning by Jake Tapper, Comey admitted his January 6th briefing of the Steele Dossier content was ONLY about the Russian hookers, pee-tapes, and ridiculous sexual accusations against the President-elect. [CNN Transcript]:

TAPPER: So, let’s talk about the investigation and what you can talk about it. In January, 2017 when you met with President Trump and you did that oral presentation of what’s in that two page memo, summarizing the Steele dossier. We know from the book that you talked about these unverified allegations involving him and prostitutes.

Did you brief him about any — any of the other things in the Steele dossier, claims that his associates, Michael Cohen or Paul Manafort, were potentially working with the Russians? Or was it only about the prostitutes?

COMEY: It was only about the salacious part of it.

TAPPER: Why? Why only about that?

COMEY: Because that was the part that the leaders of the intelligence community agreed he needed to be told about because we knew it and thought it was about to become public. And if it was true, we didn’t know whether it was true, it would be important to let him know this as part of a defensive briefing. (link)

The second event, was the actual release of the Comey memo describing that January 6th, 2017, briefing as directed by “the leaders of the intelligence community”.  We now know exactly who was giving that instruction:

That’s the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.

So, exactly as we anticipated in January of 2017, the entire briefing of the President was a set-up to create a media narrative.  After affirming that Comey carried out the objective, James Clapper then leaked the salacious details of the story to CNN.  CNN then ran with the story using the hook of ‘the president has been briefed on this material’ etc.

Immediately thereafter, literally hours later, Buzzfeed published the Clinton-Steele Dossier under the auspices of it being newsworthy because CNN was now reporting on it.

This was transparently a set-up at the time we saw it happening, and the current releases of information confirm exactly that.  The intelligence apparatus, namely DNI James Clapper and FBI Director James Comey, conspired to weaponize false intelligence in order to create a media narrative that would damage the incoming president and his administration.  There is no other way to look at these events.

The reason we know James Clapper (DNI) and John Brennan (CIA), not James Comey, was the structured leak to CNN was specifically because CNN made a subtle mistake.  On January 10th, 2017, CNN claimed the intelligence briefing included giving President Trump a two-page document:

[…]  The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials. […]    CNN has confirmed that the synopsis was included in the documents that were presented to Mr. Trump (link)

…However, we know from James Comey’s memo and his own statements about the briefing there were no documents provided.   That means the two national security officials that were leaking details to CNN, and made the mistake about Comey giving Trump the documents, were John Brennan and James Clapper.

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Who is Kimba Wood, the judge presiding over the Michael Cohen case?

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She also briefly trained as a Playboy bunny, nearly became President Bill Clinton’s attorney general, and has sentenced everyone from Wall Street heavies to Russian spies.

Wood has sat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York since 1988. President Ronald Reagan had nominated her for the post on the recommendation of then-Sen. Al D’Amato, R-New York, in 1987. In her confirmation hearings, the colorful D’Amato praised her “extraordinary background as a legal scholar” as well as her beauty.

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Judge Kimba Wood in a 1994 file photo

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“Mr. Chairman, do not let the nominee’s appearance deceive you,” D’Amato said. “It is obvious that she is beautiful. It might raise questions in terms of her youth. How is this that someone so youthful in appearance should be placed before this committee as a nominee?”

In one of her first major cases, she sentenced Michael Milken, the infamous “junk bond king” who became a symbol Wall Street excess, to 10 years in prison in 1990. The sentence was later reduced to two years.

In 1993, she became the leading contender to become attorney general after the Clinton administration’s first choice, Zoe Baird, was dropped from consideration because she had employed two illegal immigrants. It then came to light that Wood had also employed an illegal immigrant as a babysitter when it was still legal to do so, forcing her to remove herself from consideration for the post.

Wood hadn’t broken any laws, but the Clinton administration accused her of being less than forthcoming about her arrangement with the babysitter. According to the New York Times, the White House also worried that her very brief tenure as a Playboy bunny trainee in the 1960s would become fodder for jokes.

“I have fulfilled every legal requirement with respect to the employment of our babysitter,” Wood said in a statement at the time. “Nevertheless, and after further consultations, I have concluded that in the current political environment, proceeding further with the possibility of my nomination would be inappropriate.”

In 1966, Wood had spent five days in London training to be a Playboy bunny, the name for waitresses at Playboy clubs. “It was a way to earn money,” a friend once told the New York Daily News about the episode. “She was doing it for a joke and then decided it was stupid.” Wood never wound up working at the club, instead deciding to go to Harvard Law, where she was one of only a few women in her 1969 graduating class.

Wood would later become something of a New York tabloid sensation in 1995 when she was named as “other woman” in a divorce case. At the time, Wood was dating a wealthy financier named Frank Richardson III. Richardson’s then-wife found his diary, which detailed his relationship with Wood, and entered it as evidence in the case. Wood and Richardson married in 1999.

In legal circles, Wood is a respected and well-liked judge who is frequently described as brilliant. She assumed senior status in 2009 after a three-year stint as the court’s chief judge.

In recent years, Wood has presided over a number of major cases. In 2010, she presided over the case of 10 Russian spies who had been captured in an FBI counterintelligence investigation. The most famous was a glamorous redhead named Anna Chapman. At one point during the trial, Wood asked Chapman if she knew she was breaking the law. “Yes, I did, your honor,” Chapman replied. She told the court, “I used a laptop in furtherance of the conspiracy.” They all pleaded guilty, were sentenced by Wood to time served, and were promptly returned to Russia in exchange for a number of accused U.S. and allied spies being held in that country.  Among them was Sergei Skripal, a Russian double agent who was poisoned in the U.K. last month.

On Monday, Wood was back in the headlines once again when she forced lawyers for Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, to reveal who Cohen’s mysterious “third client” was. It turned out to be Fox News’ Sean Hannity, and the revelation prompted an audible gasp in the courtroom, according to CBS News Jeff Pegues. Hannity later insisted that he had “occasional, brief conversations” with Cohen about real estate.

“I never retained him in the traditional sense as retaining a lawyer,” Hannity told listeners on his Monday radio show, “I never received an invoice from Michael, I never paid legal fees to Michael, but I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.”

Cohen, who is being sued by adult film actress Stormy Daniels over a payment he gave her in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Mr. Trump, was recently the subject of an FBI raid. And on Monday, Wood said she was still considering how to handle documents seized in a raid on Cohen’s office and home.

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