If Trump’s lawyers seem to be taking a much tougher stand lately, it’s probably because almost every day, something new comes out about what we now know was a plot to prevent Trump from being elected, and, later, to stop him from functioning as President. The real “Russia” news isn’t coming from Robert Mueller --- the worst crime of all may be his unbelievable skill in the art of selective prosecution --- but from intrepid reporters such as John Solomon and Sara A. Carter, undeterred watchdog groups such as Judicial Watch, determined Republicans on congressional committees, and attorneys such as Gregg Jarrett and Alan Dershowitz who aren’t afraid to speak out about what’s happening to justice in this country.
It seems everything has been turned on its head. The institutions we’ve historically trusted to investigate and enforce the law equally have shown themselves to be unworthy of that trust. This isn’t just the rant of someone blindly coming to the defense of the President –- it’s based on legal principles and hard evidence, more and more all the time. The evidence has been painfully slow in coming because it concerns the very people who would normally be CONDUCTING such an investigation.
It must take a lot of effort to ignore this evidence. Of course, Hillary supporters were already used to turning their heads away to keep from looking at her unlawful conduct through the years. She managed to get her party’s nomination –- never mind how she and the DNC worked to undermine her competition for that “honor” –- and would have become President if it weren’t for that pesky heartland of America that refused to ignore her gigantic ethical shortcomings. America will thank us later.
There’s so much news breaking on the special counsel front that it’s hard to know where to start. I encourage you to go to THE HILL and read up. Along with Alan Dershowitz and Sharyl Attkisson, John Solomon has a new piece, with fresh evidence in the form of Bruce Ohr’s handwritten notes that show what Ohr, Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele and friends at the DOJ were up to a month after Trump was elected President. Those notes are in the hands of congressional investigators now.
We already knew that Simpson and Ohr had gotten together after Trump’s election, because that was Simpson’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee last year, but we didn’t know what they talked about. Now we have a pretty good idea. Not content with the way things turned out, they were working to involve Christopher Steele –- who got fired from the FBI for leaking and lying and wasn’t supposed to be doing any more work on the “Russia” investigation –- in the continued funneling of Trump/Russia stories to Ohr at the Justice Department and, it appears, even to the special counsel.
One note about John Solomon: His reports for THE HILL are now listed under “Opinion” rather than hard news (I assume because of his frequent appearances on an opinion show like "Hannity"), yet it seems to me that this is a plus. I would think that Solomon finds it incredibly freeing to be able to help the overwhelmed reader make sense of the massive pile of hard evidence he’s turning up. For example, in this piece, he speaks personally about having taken Ohr’s notes to career intelligence professionals with years of experience in “sorting the reliable from the garbage.” All told him the information had “the lowest level of credibility.”
In particular, one of Ohr’s references to a “Hail Mary” leak to the media stood out to them as “an act of desperation that they would see as weighing against the motives of an intelligence source.” (Well, of course it does; we already knew Steele himself was quoted by Ohr as saying he was desperate to keep Trump from being elected and passionate about him not being President.) All the intelligence professionals wondered the same thing: why Ohr, who wasn’t in the chain of command for the Russia counterintelligence probe –- and whose wife worked for Fusion GPS on the Trump “project” –- was talking with Glenn Simpson at all. One highly decorated intelligence professional told Solomon that much of what we’re learning about the Russia “collusion” case is “breaking every protocol at the fundamental level of intelligence gathering.”
This is just one more reason for Trump NOT to sit for questioning by Mueller. Why should he lend legitimacy to an “investigation” that is showing itself more and more every day to be illegitimate?