Was I too optimistic in April when I wrote this, in “The Easter Bunny Cover-Up”?
As the truth comes out, thanks to the President’s tweets and revelations about the unconscionable behavior of the Obama leftovers—Brennan and Clapper and Comey and Rice, and all the rest of them—and as President Trump begins to chart his own course in foreign and domestic policy, we are most likely going to see the fable of Russian ‘influence’ in the election fade away like a weird dream.
Certainly President Trump’s public stock has risen in the wake of three disasterous hurricanes (following a ‘drought’ of 12 years), and the widespread praise for his Administration’s organization and help with relief efforts. His tough line on North Korea has won him admiration as well, despite criticism of his hilarious ‘Rocket Man’ taunt of Kim Jung Un (see Dilbert cartoonist and stimulating sage Scott Adams’s explanation of how effective such nicknames are at taking down self-inflated egos. Unabashedly, Mr Trump stuck the label right in the middle of his UN speech, which Israel’s Bibi Netanyahu described as the best speech he had heard in 30 years at the UN.
Despite setbacks in Congress, largely because there are only 52 nominal Republicans in the Senate (and probably no more than 25 who actively support Mr Trump’s daring agenda), for Conservatives his list of accomplishments in only nine months is impressive. A commenter called ‘msher’ on an American Greatness thread sums it up:
Trump has delivered on many of his promises, and he alone among elected Republicans is fighting the culture war. Congress and the judiciary are blocking the agenda.
Beat Hillary – only one who could. Killed TPP, approved pipelines, nominated Gorsuch, rolled back Obama anti-energy and transgender and labor regs, deporting criminal illegals, has talked tough enough that number of illegals entering way down, is shrinking size of government by not filling vacancies, pulled out of Paris and is killing EPA climate change programs, got NATO members to start upping their defense budgets, is renegotiating NAFTA, just told UN to reform, got Russia and China to agree to N. Korea sanctions and may have strategy to get China to rein in Kim, apparently very good federal responses in two massive hurricanes, took first action against sanctuary cities (blocked by court), did not renew DACA – put it in hands of Congress (where it belongs), issued Muslim ban (blocked by courts).
Arguably, the President (as even his opponents call him) is on a roll.
But still the hanging over the Trump White House is the looming spectre of the Mueller investigation. The Special Counsel, mysteriously appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after AG Sessions recused himself and the President fired FBI Director James Comey, has hired some 15 high-powered investigative attorneys, all reportedly Democrat supporters and/or contributors. The Special Counsel’s Office has to file a Statement of Expenditures for the past six months in October, but if there is a budgetary limit no one can say.
It is all quite odd, as any such Office is part of the Justice Department, and anyone in that Department serves at the pleasure of the President. Clearly there is no such pleasure, as President Trump himself has called the investigation a ‘witchhunt’. But he is enjoined, certainly by the press, but probably by his staff, from precipitously firing Mr Mueller and terminating the whole business, because of likely political fallout. Never mind that such fallout would blow mostly from the leftwing press, which is adamantly opposed to everything Mr Trump attempts, and from the Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans in Congress, whose bloviations the press would amplify hysterically.
Now we must remember that no one has provided any evidence to date that the Trump campaign ‘colluded’ with the Russians to do anything whatever. Nor is there any evidence that the Russian government actually attempted to influence the presidential election in 2016, aside from the Clinton-trumpted claim that ’17 intelligence agencies’ said so. This was patently false, as was the claim that the Russians had ‘hacked’ the DNC servers and turned over their email files to Wikileaks. Not only was that claim made by anti-Russian Ukrainians, but it was disproven by a group of former intelligence professionals: the files were almost certainly hand-carried out.
Most recently, it has been proclaimed that maybe $100,000 was spent on anti-Clinton ads on Facebook, by Russia-affiliated entities. But in the scope of Facebook’s empire, this was vanishingly trivial, and could not have affected the election. Mrs Clinton lost because Donald Trump appealed to more Americans in states with more Electoral College votes than she did. The Russians had nothing to do with it. Yet the press, with the conivance of the Obama administration, and the persistent machinations of the cabal of Obama Intel chiefs, have managed to perpetuate this fantasy of ‘Russian Collusion’ by convincing a gullible Congress and Justice Department that investigations were necessary.
But where is the crime? Mr Mueller has impaneled a Grand Jury. But what is this Grand Jury supposed to be investigating? Esteemed former prosecutor and columnist Andrew C. McCarthy writes,
As we’ve many times noted, Mueller was appointed special counsel in an irregular manner. The regulations that require a description of the basis for a criminal investigation were not followed. The Justice Department told the public that this was a counterintelligence investigation; thus, neither the American people nor the people implicated in the investigation were given notice that crimes were suspected, much less what particular crimes and who the suspects are.
That is intolerable now that we are formally in a criminal-investigation mode.
It is also inconceivable that this high-priced ‘investigation’, conducted by a phalanx of highly-trained and astute lawyers could possibly be pursuing the will-o’-the-wisp of ‘Russian collusion’ with any of them maintaining a straight face. So what are they really after?
They had the FBI break into Paul Manafort’s home at 6 AM, with guns drawn, when he and his wife were sleeping. Mr Manafort, who managed Donald Trump’s fledgling campaign during some of the primaries, has a long history of consulting for various international government and private entities, including Russian and Ukrainian ones. Is it possible there are unseemly dealings in this history? Certainly, but what has that to do with Mr Trump and the 2016 election?
Most likely, nothing. The obviously conclusion is that it’s an attempt to intimidate Mr Manafort into revealing something—anything—unsavory about the President or his associates. And that comports with the evidence that the whole investigation into ‘Russian Collusion’ is a charade, contrived by the Obama-remnant cabal to undermine the credibility and integrity of the Trump Presidency. Remember that Robert Mueller is a friend and former colleague of James Comey, who has a long, sordid history with the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation (see HERE).
Now here’s the irony of the situation: Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State maintained an illegal, personal server in her private residence, and used it for Government business, including classified State Department email. James Comey, as Obama’s FBI Director, conducted a sham investigation of Mrs Clinton, and exonerated her in ‘the matter’, as instructed by then Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Meanwhile Director Comey obtained a fraudulent ‘dossier’ commissioned by anti-Trump forces in both the Democrat and Republican parties, and apparently used it as an excuse to tap the phones of the Trump campaign. Susan Rice in the White House has admitted to ‘unmasking’ American citizens on the other end of international phone calls, in clear violation of the law. Almost certainly, she was authorized to do so by President Obama himself, who knew about Hillary Clinton’s illegal server and even exchanged emails with her. The evidence is mounting that Secretary of State Clinton used the Clinton Foundation for a lavish ‘pay to play’ scheme, and the likelihood is that the illegal server was intended to hide this activity.
Is the Trump Justice Department investigating all of these Democrat and ‘Deep State’ shenanigans? There is no sign of it. AG Sessions, having recused himself right after he was appointed, is conspicuous by his absence. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who hired Mueller without even a crime to investigate, is playing Br’er Fox: “he just lay low and say nothin’.” The Trump White House is paralyzed with fear of political repercussions if they move to fire Robert Mueller, or bring the full weight of Justice Department on the Clinton-Obama lawbreakers.
Instead, the American taxpayers, notably those who voted for President Trump, are paying for an elite force of Democrat investigators to scour the bushes looking for any signs of mythical ‘collusion’ with the Russians. To what ends? We can only conclude that it has two purposes: to hide Obama administration wrong-doing (rampant spying on political opponents, illegal financial dealing at the Secretary of State’s office, etc.); and to undermine the Trump victory and ultimately destroy the Trump Presidency.
And who are the Russians? With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a third-rate economic power with an aging but atom-heavy military, run by a clever KGB man who if nothing else, cannot conceal his envy of the American collossus. Would he have really wanted Donald Trump to win? Candidate Trump promised to loosen all the Obama-era fetters on American energy production (which he is doing) and to beef up America’s armed forces (which he is also doing). Mrs Clinton would have just continued Obama’s feckless and wimpy policies, which did nothing but encourage Russian energy sales and embolden Putin’s territorial ambitions. Why would he have preferred a President Trump?
It is all quite topsy-turvy. There obviously wasn’t any ‘collusion’ between the Trump campaign and the Russians. But there was collusion among the Obama Intel heads to make up the Russia story. If this Mueller fellow had an ounce of integrity, that’s what he would be investigating. But he hasn’t, and he isn’t. Clearly it’s time for Jeff Sessions to turn the world right side up. He has to rescind his ill-advised recusal, fire Robert Mueller and all those lawyers Mueller hired, and focus on all the Obama and Clinton malfeasance. But so far, Mr Sessions’ silence is deafening. Do we need a new Attorney General? How about Rudy Giuliani?
UPDATE 15Oct17: I wonder if anyone reading this has noticed anything odd about the photo. . .