Hillary may have lost the election (thank God), but she can hardly say she didn’t get her money’s worth for the $10 million her designated law firm paid to Fusion GPS for that fictional Russian “dossier.” Just as the Russians want nothing more than to sow chaos within the Trump administration, the same can be said of the Clintons and their cronies, advancing like a computer virus or those little root weevils that weave their sticky webs throughout everything. Kudzu also comes to mind. The current chaos in the White House isn’t just due to the President’s propensity for tweeting; it’s bound to be in large part because of the constant intrusion, frustration, and legal boxing-in being accomplished by special counsel Robert Mueller and others with similarly destructive goals. The Clinton network reaches literally around the world.
For example, we’ve just learned from John Solomon at The Hill that former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, who told the story about overhearing John Papadopolous talking drunkenly about Russians having dirt on the Clintons, has a “Clinton connection.” What we know so far: He was involved in obtaining a $25 million donation (Australian taxpayer money) for the Clinton Foundation intended to help fund screening and treatment for AIDS in Asia –- certainly a worthwhile cause, but the connection is there, and worth exploring. A spokesman for Hillary said it was “laughable” that some are seeing a connection, calling it a “pathetic” attempt to distract from Trump’s failure to “defend his own country against widespread attacks on American democracy.” Anyone who spins that hard has no credibility with me.
Recall that when serious doubt started being cast on the tall tales in the Steele dossier, the story became, “No, no, the FBI investigation into Russia and Trump wasn’t started because of the dossier --- it was started because of George Papadopolous,” meaning Downer's story. Downer’s connection to the Clintons was simply never disclosed by the FBI, not even to Congress. But now that we finally know about it, the Papadopolous story is suspect as well, though it’s been an important part of the media narrative for many months.
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the House Oversight Committee, summarized the problem well: “The Clintons’ tentacles go everywhere, so that’s why it’s important. We continue to get new information every week. It seems that sort of underscores the fact that the FBI hasn’t been straight with us.”
Solomon explained on Monday in an interview with Sean Hannity that all four sources that led to the FBI investigation and, ultimately, to the special counsel are connected to the Clintons. First, the George Papadopolous story came from someone with ties to the Clinton Foundation. Then, the Christopher Steele “dossier” was funded by the Clintons and compiled by someone who desperately wanted Hillary to win. The Michael Isikoff story used to back up the dossier was nothing more than information Steele provided from the dossier itself, which, again, goes back to the Clintons. Finally, Clinton henchmen Sydney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer were feeding stories through the State Department to Steele to pass on to the FBI. Where in all this is any legitimate, untainted information?
Unfortunately, the Inspector General looking into the FBI’s handling of all this doesn’t have the broad jurisdiction of a special counsel. The Clinton web obviously reaches deep into the State Department and elsewhere inside and outside of government, but Horowitz can’t interview any of those people. He can’t even interview anyone who’s left the FBI, so let’s hope he already has whatever he might have needed from Andrew McCabe, who is now collecting his pension. On the bright side, if we do end up with a special counsel taking over where he left off, he at least will have built that investigation a solid launching pad. (Gosh, it just occurred to me –- is it possible that Horowitz could be appointed special counsel? How does that work? Worth researching.)
Common sense says that if Mueller really cared about Russia’s role in the 2016 election, he’d expand his investigation to include Hillary and her campaign, plus some current and former members of the State Department and DOJ, since the only clear evidence of wrongdoing (obstruction of justice, for starters) turning up so far implicates THEM, not Trump. Curiously, though, he shows no inclination to talk to them or even to look in their general direction.
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