Yes, the chances are that Trump “will die in jail” according to intelligence community officials according to former National Security Agency analyst John Schindler.
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Security expert John Schindler has a distinguished career spanning decades as both a scholar and practitioner. His online biography cites the following professional career highlights:
- Working as a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College since 2005;
- Prior to, “he spent nearly a decade with the super-secret National Security Agency as an intelligence analyst and counterintelligence officer.
- He has also worked as a cryptologic warfare officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and
- Has been a senior fellow of the International History Institute at Boston University, as well as
- Chairman of the Partnership for Peace Consortium’s Combatting Terrorism Working Group.
Schindler has maintained that that Trump “will die in jail” starting in February 2017, shortly after his inauguration. Schindler continues to make the case that “Trump will accrue punishments never visited on any American president.”
Schindler’s story began in mid-January 2017 and that is where we will begin.
FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump
January 18, 2017, McClatchy Report published a bombshell article reporting that: “The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election… The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence,” according to sources.
Trump threw a Twitter-tantrum mid-February 2017 claiming that the real issue was the leaks coming from the intelligence community (IC) and not the revelation that his campaign may have colluded with Russia.
“He will die in jail.”
Schindler responded to Trump’s tweet with a couple of his own, beginning with his response to a tweet asking his thoughts on a possible response to Trump’s Twitter-tirade.
“I can kind of guess but what do you think is going on inside NatSec right now after Trump’s ‘intelligence’ tweet this morning?”
Schindler responded: “Now we go nuclear. the intelligence community [IC] war going to new levels. Just got an email from a senior IC friend, it began: ‘He will die in jail.'” a reference to Trump.
Now we go nuclear. IC war going to new levels. Just got an EM fm senior IC friend, it began: "He will die in jail."https://t.co/e6FxCclVqT
— John Schindler (@20committee) February 15, 2017
“US intelligence is not the problem here. The President’s collusion with Russian intelligence is. Many details, but the essence is simple,” he continued.
The intelligence community has never wavered.
Schindler continues to dig his heels in on his claim. Last month he published an article in the New York Observer explaining that “Trump really may go to jail — for the rest of his life.”
[E]verybody in the IC I’ve encountered who’s familiar with the Trump case—not a short list—feels similarly. America’s spies before Trump took his oath of office concluded that the Kremlin helped elect the president, and the IC, which deals in facts rather than spin, has never wavered on this point.
Simply put, our president has most likely committed crimes, above all conspiring with a hostile power to boost his 2016 campaign (including seeking financial gain from that unfriendly foreign country), which none of his predecessors did, so it’s increasingly likely that Trump will accrue punishments never visited on any American president.
According to Schindler:
Trump is 72 years old. His conviction on serious felonies could be tantamount to a death sentence. Yet that may be his future if the president doesn’t rapidly come to some sort of agreement with Bob Mueller and his prosecutors. As our spies have known all along.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller knows everything
Schindler returned to this theme earlier this month reporting on recent revelations regarding Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Kilimnik’s off-record rendezvous in Madrid at the beginning of Trump’s presidency and news about Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen and his “alleged summer 2016 trip to Prague to parley with Kremlin spies on behalf of his then-client, our 45th president.”
Schindler concluded his analysis, writing:
“Mueller really does know everything,” joked a former Intelligence Community (IC) senior official whom I’ve known for years. “The IC gave the Special Counsel everything we had that might be of relevance to their investigation, most of it came from NSA.”
There is palpable irony here, since the Snowden Operation of 2013, in which the Kremlin weaponized disinformation about the NSA with the help of WikiLeaks, gave Moscow the Active Measures template which they employed again in 2016 to help elect Donald Trump. Unfortunately for them, Trump and his retinue didn’t pay close attention to Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s espionage capabilities. If they had, perhaps they would have been less careless about their secret dealings with the Kremlin.