Democrats need to face it: the tables have been turned on them. Until recently, they’ve been on the offensive --- the word “offensive” applies in more ways than one --- and we know now that the craziness started well before Donald Trump came down the Trump Tower escalator and announced his campaign for President. They’ve violated both protocol and federal law in their effort to take him (and others) down and are now so freaking Trump-deranged that some members of their own party are looking for the nearest exit, embarrassed to be seen with them.
In other words, their schemes appear to be backfiring, and even with most of the media on their side, this is not going to be pretty. The Mueller report was a bust. Mueller’s own testimony before Congress (their idea) was, too. Importantly, the IG report on abuse of the FISA court will be out soon. Thanks to Judicial Watch, documents they thought would never see the light of day are gradually coming out. Attorney General Bill Barr is determined to find out just how the “Russia” investigation got started and –- more importantly –- how it became about Trump.
Corey Lewandowski, who once led Trump’s campaign, appeared before Jerrold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, and it turned out to be the most entertaining spectacle I’ve seen in a while, even more so than Sean Spicer’s appearance on DANCING WITH THE STARS. Nadler and his cohorts heaped abuse on Lewandowski and tried to use him to implicate Trump in obstruction of Mueller’s special counsel, but he boldly stood up to them in a way they surely hadn’t expected. They behaved shamefully. He, with his outspokenness and snappy humor, was magnificent.
As long as the Democrats demand political theater, it’s nice to have something this fun to watch.
So, Trump’s enemies staged the show, but they don't like the ending. So now, they’ve got to get hold of something, anything, to distract us from the humiliating narrative they’ve created for themselves. They need another story! And YahooNews has conveniently provided one, a story that even puts the focus back on “Russia, Russia, Russia!” The headline reads, “Exclusive: Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil.”
Thanks to Dan Bongino for explaining the strategy in his Tuesday podcast; I’ll summarize and comment below, linking at the end to the podcast and YahooNews story.
First, recall that in the days before Obama left office, he made nearly three dozen Russian diplomatic officials leave their offices in Maryland and New York and head home to Mother Russia, supposedly as punishment for all that pesky election “meddling.” On December 29, 2016, Obama gave them 72 hours to leave; they were described as frantically packing bags burning papers. But the YahooNews story said there was another, super-secret reason why Obama was so furious and insisted on their leaving the country immediately.
In the words of a former senior CIA official (who may or may not be John Brennan but who almost certainly is), “It was a very broad effort to try and penetrate our most sensitive operations.” According to the story, Russia had dramatically increased its capability to decrypt certain types of secure communications, and they might even be able to hack into computers that were not online.
But only now are we getting to the part of the story that is most useful to maintaining the Democrats’ "Trump/Russia" narrative even as it is falling apart. It says that this compromise of FBI computer systems happened not long after some Russian operatives (SPIES) living under deep cover in America were discovered, arrested and induced to plead guilty. And then it says that these Russians were trying to recruit a ring of American assets, “including CARTER PAGE [emphasis mine], an American businessman who would later serve as an unpaid foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.”
Aha! There’s a big problem with the timing, though: The discovery of the Russian spies, the compromise of FBI systems, and even the attempt to recruit Carter Page happened back in 2010. Why would Obama wait till the very end of 2016 to make his big show of expelling the Russians if these events are tied? It doesn’t make sense.
Also, we who have been paying attention know that Carter Page had indeed been recruited --- but not by the Russians. He was working with our own FBI as an informant on this case! YahooNews buried this hugely important piece of information about him just as surely as THE NEW YORK TIMES buried exculpatory evidence for Brett Kavanaugh in its recent editorial about his alleged sexual misconduct.
But that’s not the most significant part of this story. Bongino points out that at the time Obama ordered the expulsion of the Russian diplomats, Trump’s soon-to-be national security advisor, Mike Flynn, was on a brief vacation to the Dominican Republic. As we already knew, Gen. Flynn was an adversary of President Obama’s when it came to his Iran policy (and bless him for that); Obama reportedly couldn’t stand him and even warned Trump about him. We know the FBI started listening in on Flynn’s conversations in 2015.
Bongino’s theory is this: Obama’s people set up Flynn, by waiting to expel the Russian diplomats until Flynn was out of the country, knowing that he, as the incoming national security adviser, would certainly have a conversation with Ambassador Kislyak about this and it wouldn’t be on secure phone lines. (Any contact between Russians and members of Trump’s team could be used to further the “collusion” narrative.) Of course, this brings us back to elements of the plot that are common knowledge: Sally Yates expressing a ludicrous concern about a possible Logan Act violation and Comey setting up the interrogation of Flynn –- with no lawyer present –- in the White House.
Fortunately, Flynn has a REALLY GOOD lawyer now. And she’s yet another reason why the Democrats’ "Russia" narrative and their plan to oust Trump is in the process of backfiring big-time.