In what may be the week’s weirdest news, the now-former CEO of Overstock.com went on a lengthy, public rant regarding his involvement with the “deep state” and Russia honeypots…live on Television.
No, there are not exaggerations in that title, this was an actual occurrence that we witnessed just last night, as Patrick Byrne appeared on Fox News following his resignation from the enormous online retailer.
Byrne said in a letter to shareholders filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that his continued leadership had become too much of a liability for the company.
“My presence may affect and complicate all manner of business relationships,” he wrote. “Thus, while I believe that I did what was necessary for the good of the country, for the good of the firm, I am in the sad position of having to sever ties with Overstock, both as CEO and board member.”take our poll - story continues below
Boardmember Jonathan E. Johnson III is taking over as Overstock’s interim CEO.
The controversy surrounding Byrne began Aug. 12 when he issued a strange and nearly incoherent statement with the title: “Overstock.com CEO Comments on Deep State, Withholds Further Comment.”
In the statement, he admitted to assisting government investigators — whom he refers to as “Men in Black” — with probes into Russia and Hillary Clinton.
He also confirmed reports from Sara Carter, the independent investigative journalist and Fox News contributor.
So what exactly happened?
Byrne also told Carter that he had an “intimate relationship” with Maria Butina, who is currently serving a sentence after pleading guilty last year to working as an unregistered foreign agent in the U.S.
Byrne said is his Aug. 12 statement:
“Starting in 2015 I (operating under the belief that I was helping legitimate law enforcement efforts) assisted in what are now known as the ‘Clinton Investigation’ and the ‘Russian Investigation’ (in fact, I am the notorious ‘missing Chapter 1’ of the Russian investigation). It was the third time in my life I helped the Men in Black: the first was when my friend Brian Williamswas murdered, and the second was when I helped the M.I.B. shake up Wall Street a decade ago. Unfortunately, this third time turned out to be less about law enforcement and more about political espionage conducted against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (and to a lesser degree, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz).”
His appearance on Fox News needs to be seen to be believed:
Fellow conservative CEO Rich Granville, of YippyInc, released a statement regarding Byrne:
“Pat Byrne fought against the establishment with everything he had. He stood up to the DTC with regards to naked shorting and has been an all American champion against the globalist agenda. He’s a cowboy and I hope he never shuts up.”
Byrne’s aura of true fear had many online observers wondering if the CEO was in over his head with the so-called “deep state”, and whether or not this mainstream admission of the supposed clandestine cabal’s existence was worthy of further investigation.
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