Though Democrats refuse to give it up, President Trump is now looking at the Mueller investigation in his rear-view mirror. At a huge rally Thursday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he had the enormous pleasure of speaking about it in the past tense. And his audience had the same enormous pleasure of hearing him use the one word we all want to hear:
To those of us who have assumed no one associated with the fictional Russian “dossier” and the sham “Trump/Russia” narrative (hoax) would ever face the music, Trump made it clear that he was tuning up the orchestra. “All the current and former officials who paid for, promoted and perpetuated the single greatest hoax in the history of politics in our country. They have to be, I’m sorry, they have to be accountable.”
At that, the crowd began chanting “Lock then up! Lock them up!”
He gave Democrats a stark choice: to “decide whether they will continue defrauding the public with ridiculous bull**** partisan investigations, or apologize to the American people.”
Of course, the Democrats have already made their choice. But it looks as though Trump has made his, too. Consistent with what he said in an interview Wednesday with Sean Hannity, he’s ready to start declassifying documents, particularly those relating to the FISA warrant applications. HIs hands are no longer legally tied by the special counsel, and it appears he’s being advised by his attorneys that now’s the time. “We defeated a very corrupt establishment,” he said, “and we kept our promise to the American people and it is driving them crazy. Today, our movement and our country are thriving. Their fraud has been exposed and the credibility of those who pushed this hoax has been forever broken. And they have now got big problems.”
Because they refused to accept the results of the 2016 election, “this group of major losers did not just ruthlessly attack me, my family, and everyone who questioned their lies. They tried to divide our country, to poison the national debate, and to tear up the fabric of our great democracy, the greatest anywhere in the world.” He stressed that our nation as a whole was hurt by this.
He obviously knows, as you and I do, that if they are not held accountable, they’ll just continue to perpetuate hoaxes with their blatant lies, no matter what it does to the country. As Hannity said during their interview, “The deep state’s day of reckoning has now come.”
Speaking of liars, the media will face accountability as well. Not in the legal sense, as we do have a free press and anti-Trump “journalists” are free to lie about the President all they want, but in the court of public opinion (as in “ratings”). Also, the RNC and the pro-Trump super PAC America First will reportedly be hitting back hard and are already preparing some devastating :30 spots making collusion-addled “journalists” look ridiculous (which isn’t hard, besides being a lot of fun!)
Anyway, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is ready to move on to the “accountability” phase. “We’re now trying to prove who did it,” he says, talking about the origins of the Russia hoax. Some in the mainstream GOP caution that this might be a strategic blunder –- that if would be better for the President to “let it go” and concentrate on spotlighting promises kept and the economic gains we’ve enjoyed. I could not disagree more with the “let it go” part. Both messages are hugely important, and if the President remembers that, I’m sure he can walk and chew gum at the same time. Also, Trump can’t really let it go as long as Democrats won’t, and they won’t. They are doubling down on their accusations as if the Mueller report hadn’t even come out.
Trump also has to mark time while the special counsel report gets reviewed by Barr before being released. And it’s frustrating to his lawyers that Mueller was wishy-washy on the issue of obstruction. I like what Giuliani had to say about that: “It’s kind of absurd that he couldn’t decide. ‘Difficult issues of law and fact’ --- that’s what you’re paid for, pal! It’s like saying, “Well, I’m a brain surgeon, but I’m not gonna operate because this is a difficult brain situation.’”
Should Trump really “let it go” and forgive the people who did this to him? As a Christian, I believe in forgiveness; Trump will have to make up his own mind about how much he personally can forgive. (Remember, this attack wasn’t just against him, but also his family, some innocent people and, arguably, the entire nation.) But legal forgiveness is not the same. As someone who also believes in the law and in one system of justice applied equally to all, I strongly agree that the people who did this deserve –- here’s that word again –-accountability.
Investigative reporter Jeff Carlson has a comprehensive new piece in THE EPOCH TIMES that refreshes us on all the things they need to be held accountable FOR. As Carlson tells it, “the weaponization of the intelligence community and other government agencies created an environment that allowed for obstruction in the investigation into Hillary Clinton and the relentless pursuit of a manufactured collusion narrative against Trump.” Carlson has looked at dozens of congressional testimonies, court documents and many more materials to construct an “inside look” at this scandal (which by a growing consensus is being dubbed “Spygate”).
Carlson offers valuable historical insights by looking at Eric Holder’s Justice Department of July 2011, when Inspector General Michael Horowitz was first appointed. While trying to investigate the failed sting operation known as Fast and Furious, Horowitz was delayed by Holder’s decision to place limitations on his access to information. He testified about this to Congress in 2015.
If you read his piece (link below), you’ll also learn the role then-deputy Attorney General Sally Yates played in limiting Horowitz’s oversight. Horowitz was so mad about this that he sent Congress a blistering letter signed by all the other acting inspectors general, who saw Yates’ decision as “a potentially serious challenge to the authority of every Inspector General and our collective ability to conduct our work thoroughly, independently and in a timely manner.”
The Obama DOJ had done a masterful job of minimizing oversight. As Carlson explains, it was against this backdrop that Spygate was able to take place. He goes into the whole set-up: how exactly the “Mid-Year Exam” (the Hillary email “investigation”) got started, the assembly of the team at the FBI that would examine (sort of) the Hillary case and go on to handle the Trump/Russia allegations, the unusual reporting mechanism that was set up to bypass the customary chain of command, and the DOJ’s role in limiting the “investigation” into Hillary. (Sorry, I just can’t use that word to describe the Hillary case without putting quotation marks around it.) It was just as that “investigation” was winding down that “interest from the intelligence community in the Trump campaign was ramping up,” Carlson says.
The key player at this point: JOHN BRENNAN. “Sometime in 2015,” Carlson writes, “it appears former CIA Director John Brennan established himself as the point man to push for an investigation into the Trump campaign.” He actually formed an inter-agency task force to conduct this. Carlson goes on to outline the various set-up meetings used to accomplish Brennan’s strategy of reverse targeting, which means the targeting of a foreign individual with the intent of capturing data on a U.S. citizen.
The article is quite long and detailed; the meaty part about Brennan comes in under the subhead “CIA Director Instigates Trump Investigation.” I recommend it highly, though it may be a bit too far into the weeds for some. On the other hand, much of it will be familiar, as it has been covered here, by me. Anyone who reads this and doesn’t think these people deserve to be held accountable is, well, probably still working for the government and needs to go.