Suppose you were a member of, say, the House Intelligence Committee, trying to exercise your due diligence and conduct oversight as mandated by the Constitution, and you’d been kept waiting an ungodly length of time for thousands documents from the DOJ and FBI. How would you feel when you finally got some –- after many months or even over a year –- and you still couldn’t get the full story or even, in some cases, make heads or tails of them because large portions had been blacked out, ostensibly for reasons of national security. The official term for this: “redacted.” We’ve taken for granted these redactions were necessary.
Sometimes entire pages are blacked out. For all practical purposes, a blacked-out page may as well be non-compliance, especially considering that lately, when communications were finally un-redacted, the parts formerly withheld turned out to have nothing to do with national security –- only with covering the FBI’s collective butt, particularly on its disgraceful treatment of former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Who actually performs these redactions? Gosh, I don’t know, but it’s easy to imagine some Winston Smith character sitting in a locked-down, dreary, fluorescent-lit basement room within the Ministry Of Truth –- I mean, Department of Justice –- with a green eyeshade and a big black Magic Marker, which he uses so much that he risks being overcome by the fumes in his cubicle. Instead of dropping papers down the memory hole, he runs his eyes over them and blacks out whatever he anticipates might be damaging or even incriminating to the DOJ or to colleagues at the FBI and State. “Winston” has done this for years and assumed until November of 2016 that once Hillary was safely in office, he’d be able to continue unchallenged.
Mark my word: while President Trump is being accused of “obstructing justice,” the real obstruction has been occurring among those trying to get rid of him. Many assume that this is an attempt to impeach Trump, convict him and remove him from office. But Mark Levin has a different theory: that since it would be impossible to get a two-thirds vote in the Senate to convict, Mueller’s goal is to get Trump indicted on SOMETHING, forced into the legal fight of his life and induced to resign. No sitting President has ever been indicted, forced before a federal grand jury or removed from office through impeachment and conviction. But in this case, removal wouldn’t be accomplished by that process, but by one determined prosecutor, Captain Ahab (I mean Mueller). According to Levin –- and there’s no better constitutional scholar –- the framers never in their wildest dreams imagined that this subversion of democracy would be happening today.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions could bring this travesty to a halt. But where is he? He recused himself on the Russia investigation, but surely there’s ample cause to stop this that has nothing to do with Russia. Try all the stunning conflict of interest that permeates the whole steaming mess.
At least we can see that despite the redactions and delays, evidence of the plan is emerging and being pieced together by patriots (call ‘em Huck’s Heroes) who will not be deterred. For example, although FISA requests are slow-walked like a camel through quicksand, Judicial Watch has obtained new evidence that on advice from the FBI, former FBI Director James Comey met with special counsel Robert Mueller and his team before testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about leaking his notes on meetings with Trump to his professor “friend” (actually someone he had on the FBI payroll, though he didn’t disclose that) with the goal of getting them to the New York Times and having a special counsel appointed. It’s astounding that he would have chosen what seems to be a very inappropriate way to prepare for that testimony. What was going to come out in his testimony before the Senate that he had to coordinate with Mueller first?
According to Kim Strassel in the Wall Street Journal, Rep. Devin Nunes has finally been allowed by the Justice Department to see classified information about someone described as a “sensitive, longtime intelligence source for the CIA and FBI.” The DOJ and FBI had refused to provide congressional investigators with information on this person, “a U.S. citizen who has aided the special counsel investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign.” The argument, once again, was that revealing this information to Nunes would somehow threaten national security, even risk loss of life. Sure, right –- just like those other redactions. What seems increasingly apparent to Strassel is that this person, amazingly, was an informant (spy) for the FBI inside the Trump campaign.
What, intercepting their phone calls wasn’t enough? Strassel even thinks she knows who the spy was but needs confirmation before she can say. She suggests that Trump use his authority as President to declassify as much as possible himself. How ironic if his attempt to reveal all that the FBI and DOJ have been trying to hide were to be labeled “obstruction.”
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