Republican Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia was just getting started last Friday when he released Bruce’s Ohr’s unredacted closed-door testimony before Congressional committees. On Tuesday, he released Lisa Page’s testimony, close to 400 pages’ worth. And he promises much more to come.
I had some questions regarding his release of the Ohr testimony, as it seemed so easy all of a sudden to release information that had been hidden for many months. Members of these committees have known since late last summer just how the FBI protected Hillary Clinton and persecuted Donald Trump. Why wasn’t the Ohr testimony released sooner? But maybe I’ve been looking a gift horse in the mouth and should just be glad that it was finally done. Afterwards, there was not so much as a whimper from congressional Democrats over it (they've got other problems right now), so Collins is moving forward and releasing more records. This is happening at last, and should proceed at a steady pace.
The more we find out, the more we are confirmed in our long-held suspicions that the Justice Department was running the FBI's investigations and that “the fix was in” for Hillary. It absolutely was, even though there apparently were some FBI officials who didn’t like the limits being placed on them by Obama AG Loretta Lynch. But then-FBI Director James Comey went along with her.
In Page’s stunning words, “...we all felt that we were more credible than the Justice Department to close this investigation out...the whole team, really, felt that the Justice Department, being led by Democrats, would be to essentially absolve the Democratic candidate.”
And this: “Every person on the team knew no charges would be brought against Hillary Clinton.”
Of course, the FBI’s top people didn’t like Trump any better than the Democrats leading the Justice Department did. But Page seems to be saying they still thought they could be more objective on the Hillary case --- at least more so than Lynch could (and perhaps she was also referring to former CIA chief John Brennan, and to Obama himself). Given that Peter Strzok texted Page that Hillary should win “100 million to 0,” if Lynch is less objective than THAT, how far WOULD she have gone to protect Hillary?
On the other hand, Page might have been trying to deflect blame from the FBI by saying, in effect, “The Justice Department made us do it!”
Page also admitted that they had no evidence of collusion after nine months of investigating the Trump campaign. She said, “It still existed in the scope of possibility that there would be literally nothing...it didn’t ultimately touch any senior, you know, people in the administration or on the campaign.” This is in line with the text from Strzok expressing concern that there was "no there there."
We’re seeing this now after a total of three years’ nonstop investigation into Trump and his associates. The Mueller probe will probably wrap up soon, but the Democrats, led by Adam “Shifty” Schiff and Jerrold Nadler, are seemingly on a mission and will continue to hold hearings –- Schiff’s staff spent 10 hours with perjurer Michael Cohen prepping him for his public testimony, in which he lied again –- and promise to investigate every area of Trump’s life, along with his family and associates, until they “find” a crime –- any crime, even a process crime, such as getting some fact wrong during hours of sworn testimony. Whereas, Hillary walked. This is not the way justice is supposed to work in America.
But the real "justice" story is coming out. And I say..."Well, ya got trouble my friends...right there in DC! With a capitol “T” and that rhymes with “D” and that stands for DOJ!" This whole thing really was a case of two-tier justice, thanks to all the string-pulling at the top. Keep in mind, Rep. Collins already knows everything; he has seen every word of testimony that's going to come out. And according to Collins, speaking with Sean Hannity Tuesday night, there will be accountability. “I think...the new attorney general has understood this,” Collins said. Time will tell, and I hope it won’t be too much longer. Meanwhile, we should have more unredacted testimony in just a few days.
And here’s a great piece from Margot Cleveland that lays out what we can glean from the Bruce Ohr testimony. If you’ve given up keeping track of the details, thinking it’s a waste of time because no one will ever be held accountable, well, this might be a wake-up call.