By Olivia Pierson
[First published on Incite Politics 24/5/18]
Remember when President Trump tweeted to the world in March 2017 that the Obama administration had spied on his campaign during the 2016 election?
The whole world media exploded into fits of mockery over the accusation. Cam and I were on a show discussing this on Face TV and we both concluded at the time that it was most likely true, given how corrupt Obama’s people appeared, how deep their hatred for Trump ran and how unexpected Trump’s triumph was.
Now we know for a fact that it was a profoundly correct accusation. Moreover, the situation that Trump has been subjected to in the first year of his presidency is so disgustingly dirty and devious, it would usually only happen in a police state. But, this is America’s deep-state swamp that Trump knew full well existed, and vowed that he would drain.
It’s not just that the Trump campaign was surveilled electronically. It has now come out that intelligence inserted a mole, maybe two, into his actual campaign team. This stunning admission appeared in the New York Times last week in a brazenly flippant tone of voice as if intelligence agencies inserting moles into election campaigns is just a normal practice that happens all the time. It does not. This is new, dirty and illegal behaviour by government agencies. When asked about it, here’s how light and breezy former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tried to appear:
“…the president’s claim that the Obama administration spied on his campaign is hyperbole but if it is true, it is a good thing… They [the Obama admin’s FBI] may have had someone who was talking to them in the campaign, but, you know, the focus here… is not on the campaign, per se, but what the Russians were doing… But if there was an intelligence agent observing the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russia, that’s a good thing because the Russians posed a threat to the very basis of our political system.”
Clapper goes on to discuss how “hugely dangerous” it would be for this (non-existent) informant to be named publicly.
How very convenient.
Nothing the Russians could ever have done could be anywhere near as bad as the threat to the very basis of America’s political system that this law-enforcement corruption scandal has posed!
Just as Trump’s legal team seems ready to go to the mattresses under the direction of Rudy Giuliani, the tone of this admission is so lacking a sense of the fitness of things that Mark Levin believes it has been purposely leaked to the NYT in an effort to “try to take the edge off it”. That is, to downplay the guilt of whoever involved themselves in this cabal of conspirators against a sitting president. We know it involves the upper echelons of the Democratic administration – and quite probably goes all the way up to Barack Obama.
After one year the investigation has come up with precisely nothing, even with the aggressive tactics of Robert Mueller, his 16 prosecutors and a nice, fat, secretive budget. It started off as an investigation into any possible dealings with Russia, but has gone on to resemble something more akin to the Inquisition as it rifles through the whole nine yards of Trump’s campaign, all of his business dealings, his family, his friends and also his whole administration. This is investigation creep with no boundaries, no crime and no clear goal, hence Trump’s term “witch-hunt.”
Mueller was originally a contender on the shortlist to replace James Comey as director of the FBI. Then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped him to lead the special counsel investigation into the president’s campaign dealings with Russia, at the same time that Jeff Sessions, the actual attorney general, recused himself from the whole affair on pathetically flimsy grounds.
Recall that Rosenstein personally recommended to President Trump that he fire the widely derided Comey, so the president goes ahead and fires him. Then Rosenstein appoints a special counsel to investigate the firing of Comey and places Mueller at the helm. “Russia collusion, Russia collusion” they kept parroting, while insinuating that Trump had fired Comey because the FBI director was “getting too close” to the truth regarding this so-called collusion. They tried to spin this into “President Trump is obstructing justice.”
Speaking of obstructing justice, Devin Nunes of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has been seeking the unredacted documents that kicked off the whole Russia investigation, including the application for the FISA warrant that gave the FBI permission to surveil some of Trump’s campaign team. The DOJ and FBI have not complied with the subpoena.
Fortunately, as of yesterday the pit-bullish General Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff, has been charged with obtaining the legal documents.
Not only is Kelly setting up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ and DNI together, the president has impelled the DOJ to ask the inspector general to expand its current investigation to:
“Include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign.”
This statement was issued by press secretary Sarah Sanders yesterday. This has now placed Rosenstein in the excruciating yet much-deserved position of asking the inspector general to inspect his own conduct with the rest of the other vipers he shares a nest with.
This unseemly saga all began with a swarm of bureaucratic officials trying to protect the presidential run of Swamp Queen Hillary Clinton. When her run proved an epic failure, said bureaucratic officials made a devious bid to delegitimise the Trump presidency and try to cover their own butts and wrongdoing. This saga may end with some of them being convicted of felonies for trying to unseat a duly elected and much-loved president.
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