header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
54°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
January 17
1994, 4:31 a.m. - Magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake rocks Santa Clarita Valley [video]
collapsed freeway bridge


Commentary by Betty Arenson
| Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017

Some in the Obama administration knew of Russian attempts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in early 2016. “Some” did not include Jeh Johnson, Obama’s hand-picked head of Homeland Security. Interestingly, Johnson recently testified before the House Intelligence Committee that he wasn’t told about it for “some” months.

In August 2016, the Democratic National Committee was hacked. It was later revealed that both the RNC and the DNC were warned. The RNC took preventative action, the DNC did not. But that didn’t stop their complaining and hand-wringing about it.

It wasn’t until Oct. 7 that Johnson and James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, told the public that Russia “intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.”

James Comey met in the White House situation room in June or July of 2016 with then-Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, DHS Secretary Johnson and National Security advisor Susan Rice. Comey wanted to go public via an op-ed about the Russian matter, but the other four blocked the idea (per Newsweek).

Keeping the timeline of early 2016 to Oct. 7, 2016, in mind, when the Obama administration decided its preferences took priority over the public’s right to know, the presidential election took place on Nov. 8. The unexpected victory of Donald Trump started the out-of-control spinning we’ve seen ever since.

With that, a “bombshell” report that was (conveniently) deemed declassified was released Jan. 6.

It’s logical to ask why, over the course of one full year, suspected Russian election meddling was benign enough to keep on the back burner, but just before a new president is to be sworn in, “declassified” intelligence information is released with enhanced inclusion of Russia having a preference for the new guy.

One unidentified source offered: “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency,” the report stated, adding that the U.S. intelligence community had “high confidence” in its judgments. “We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”

The operative phrase is “we assess.” Is that real proof to the public?

Like it or not, a good case can be made that the Obama administration kept the information they had about Russia in the closet because they were sure Hillary would prevail, leaving the matter a non-issue.

No one has to be reminded of the dizzying amount of flurry since inauguration day. Certainly there are no signs of the negativity easing up in the foreseen future.

Skipping over much of that, today’s topic is Donald Trump Jr. getting a message from a former business acquaintance in Russia to meet with a Russian attorney purportedly under the guise that the attorney had dirt on Hillary Clinton (which could be used during the campaign).

That attorney is Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Trump haters are expressing shock and awe, while others view it as part of “opposition research.” Whichever opinion is held, intellectual honesty is that it would be nearly impossible to find a politician or any of their circles that wouldn’t act on a tip like that involving the opposing candidate.

Much ado is being made out of Trump Jr.’s response to the email contact. He said, “If it’s what you say, I love it, especially later in the summer.” The entire reply is being perverted into just “I love it,” all to make it sound worse. Either way, what opposition wouldn’t love it?

As it turns out, there was no dirt to be spilled, and a different conversation altogether was had about child adoption between the U.S. and Russia.

Irrespective of the facts, the MSM and the left are fervent with their pursuits that the attorney is a character she is not. The reports have gone from calling her a “Russian attorney” to “Kremlin-connected” to “government attorney with strong ties” and more, all trying to paint she acted on behalf of the Russian government.

Hours ago, we learned then-Attorney General Lynch was the one who authorized a special term entry (not a visa) for Veselnitskaya to be in the U.S. for legal business between October 2016 and January 2017.

Shortly after that news, it was disclosed Veselnitskaya met with various members of Congress and had at least one dinner at the Capitol Hill Club.

Unexplained, she was still in the U.S. six months later to be able to have a meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr. and two others. Recalling the amount of media camped out in the lobby of Trump Towers after Nov. 8, it is surprising her presence wasn’t noted.

The hysteria is hypocritical.

As early as March 2017, the Kremlin acknowledged that the Clinton campaign had met with Russian Ambassador Sergio Kislyak.

That topic might be put to rest, but there is a newer one, and that’s the matter of Alexandra Chalupa, a consultant to the Democratic National Committee and a Ukrainian political operative. She was hired to find dirt on a former Trump campaign manager.

Politico has already tried minimizing the DNC efforts with this: “It’s not uncommon for outside operatives to serve as intermediaries between governments and reporters.”

Either the kettle is black like the pot or it’s not.

 

Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident who believes in the Constitution in its entirety and that laws should be upheld and apply to everyone equally.

 

 

 

Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident who believes in the Constitution in its entirety and that laws should be upheld and apply to everyone equally.

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

6 Comments

  1. Michael says:

    Thank You Betty, for sharing facts…if only our dem. Leadership had any shred of honesty…ethics…but no…they have none.

  2. May Drew says:

    Check the dates

  3. Greg Poteat says:

    Your SCV news website has so many good things going for it; it’s such a shame that you need to include Betty Arenson’s commentary. I sincerely hope her extreme bias is not really a reflection of the values of your organization. She is embarrassing.

    • Stewart says:

      Oh, I see Greg, shut down someone’s opinion/commentary if you don’t agree with it! Your Liberal stripes are showing. Did you just graduate from college and are out of your safe space?

      • Denny NNWofLA says:

        You see what you want but Greg was speaking factually, not politically. And you berate someone for having a presumed education? That’s a real Pot/kettle moment there, Stewart.

  4. Stewart says:

    Stating that Betty has an “extreme bias” is not a factually based comment, it is an opinion! Being that it was a political article not a sports article, hence it is a political statement. As far as education goes, I learned the difference between an opinion and a fact in the first grade.

Leave a Comment


Opinion Section Policy
All opinions and ideas are welcome. Factually inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, profane or hateful statements are not. Your words must be your own. All commentary is subject to editing for legibility. There is no length limit, but the shorter, the better the odds of people reading it. "Local" SCV-related topics are preferred. Send commentary to: LETTERS (at) SCVNEWS.COM. Author's full name, community name, phone number and e-mail address are required. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are not published except at author's request. Acknowledgment of submission does not guarantee publication.
Read More From...
RECENT COMMENTARY
Wednesday, Jan 5, 2022
The start of the new year always brings with it new beginnings and new opportunities.
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021
In last month’s blog I listed the many unusual animals DACC has impounded throughout the years. I challenged readers to guess which two species of animals that DACC has not impounded, promising to reveal the answer in this month’s blog.
Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021
October 30 was the day we cut the ribbon and welcomed residents to the new Canyon Country Community Center.
Monday, Nov 1, 2021
Tis the season to celebrate, and I know I cannot wait to come together as a community, once again, to kick off the holiday season at Light Up Main Street! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 14, 2021
People are often surprised when I tell them the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) cares for animals other than dogs and cats.
Monday, Oct 4, 2021
The culmination of a major project is always an exciting time.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Impulse Music Co., which is located at 21515 Soledad Canyon Road, Suite #120, is hosting an Open Mic Night free to all ages, on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Impulse Music Hosting Open Mic Night
The Santa Clarita Community College District's Board of Trustees will hold a virtual business meeting and public hearing via Zoom Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 19: COC Board of Trustees Business Meeting
The William S. Hart Union High School District's Governing Board will hold its regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 19, beginning with a closed session at 5:45 p.m., followed immediately by open session at 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 19: Hart School District’s Regular Meeting
Whether you’ve just finished an ice skating lesson, are watching a youth hockey game or want to take a break during a public session, The Grille at The Cube is the perfect place to unwind with a delicious meal or snack.
SCV’s Newest Dining Spot Opens at The Cube
The city of Santa Clarita's Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 18: Planning Commission Regular Meeting
LOS ANGELES (CN) — A lawsuit by two environmental groups to stop the enormous and controversial Tejon Ranch Centennial Project can continue, a Los Angeles County judge ruled Friday, despite a recent settlement in a related case.
Judge Advances Environmental Suit Against Massive Centennial Project
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital reported Monday an additional death from COVID-19, bringing the total number to 201 since the onset of the pandemic, spokesman Patrick Moody confirmed.
Monday COVID Roundup: Henry Mayo Reports 201st Death
1994, 4:31 a.m. - Magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake rocks Santa Clarita Valley [video]
collapsed freeway bridge
1926 - Newhall Community Hospital, est. 1922, opens in larger, more modern hospital building at 6th & Spruce streets [story]
Newhall Community Hospital
1875 - Henry Mayo Newhall buys western half of the Santa Clarita Valley for $2 an acre [story]
Henry M. Newhall
College of the Canyons returned to the court for the first time in three weeks on Wednesday, suffering an 81-73 road loss at the hands of Glendale College in a contest that officially started Western State Conference (WSC), South Division play for the Cougars Men's Basketball team.
COC Men’s Basketball Suffers 81-73 Road Loss to Glendale in WSC, South Opener
The No. 6 College of the Canyons Cougars women's basketball team dropped a 65-61 road game to L.A. Valley College on Wednesday, as the team could only muster five points in the fourth quarter to lose its Western State Conference, South Division opener.
No. 6 COC Cougar Women Falter 65-61 at LAVC
The California Department of Transportation announces an extended weekend closures of eastbound Interstate 210 in the San Fernando Valley for paving work. Residents and local businesses located near the freeway may experience noise, vibrations and dust associated with construction activities.
Caltrans Announces Extended Weekend Closures on Eastbound I-210 in Sylmar
Drug Free Youth in Santa Clarita Valley will present a virtual workshop 6 p.m. Jan. 26 called "Suicide Awareness: Recognizing Signs and How to Get Help”.
Jan. 26: DFYinSCV to Host Virtual Suicide Awareness Workshop
The MAIN in Old Town Newhall will host an art reception in celebration of the featured art exhibit, “Picking Up The Pieces” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in The MAIN’s lobby gallery.
Jan. 20: ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ Art Reception at The MAIN
Winter is the best season to prepare your garden and trees for the spring. Now is time to practice proper pruning techniques to take your garden to the next level in 2022.
Jan. 22: Learn Proper Pruning Techniques at Free SCV Water Virtual Gardening Class
1988 - One-month-old Santa Clarita City Council votes to form Planning Commission [minutes]
meeting minutes
The Los Angeles County Development Authority has been awarded $1.2 million in renewal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to continue the operation of its Family Self-Sufficiency Program.
L.A. County’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program Awarded $1.2M
The Africana-Asian Collaboratory for Inclusive Excellence Project at California State University, Northridge will host a webinar celebrating the life of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
CSUN Hosting Webinar Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
The city of Santa Clarita’s Arts division invites individuals of all ages to explore the newest art exhibitions in our community.
Community Invited to Explore City’s Newest Art Exhibits
(CN) — The county of Los Angeles asked a judge to hold Sheriff Alex Villanueva in contempt for ignoring three subpoenas issued by the Civilian Oversight Commission last fall, in a court filing on Wednesday.
L.A. County Asks Judge to Hold Villanueva in Contempt
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday 45 additional deaths and 45,076 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 55,978 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Thursday COVID Roundup: SCV Total Cases Nearing 56,000
1847 - Gen. Andres Pico (as in Pico Canyon) surrenders to Col. John C. Fremont, effectively ending the war between U.S. and Mexico [story]
treaty table
SCVNews.com
%d bloggers like this: