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January 18, 2021

At this writing, President Trump has yet to release all the promised declassified “Russia Collusion” investigation documents. But Washington reporter John Solomon claims that the revelations in them will include that Nancy Pelosi’s star impeachment witness, British "academic," Fiona Hill, was actually the operative who introduced Igor Danchenko to Christopher Steele, Danchenko being the source who provided a lot of unverified rumors about Trump that masqueraded as evidence. Also, that the entire phony scandal was created and leaked to the media to neutralize Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Again, that’s from Solomon, so we have to wait and see if that’s confirmed by the documents.


However, on Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee did release transcripts from its investigation into the “investigation,” and we can see why Chairman Lindsay Graham called the “Crossfire Hurricane” probe of Trump "one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and DOJ." He said there was “no ‘there’ there,” so it should have been stopped, but the agents kept pushing forward anyway to achieve their desired outcome because of their own biases.

Among the revelations in the transcripts: One FBI agent requested validation of Christopher Steele’s reporting, which started but was stopped by Bill Priestap and (stop me if you’ve heard this name before) Peter Strzok. The agent was so disturbed by their refusal to vet the source of their alleged evidence that he quit the investigation.

The transcripts also show that the FBI was informed as early as January 2017 that the “Steele dossier” was a load of "second and third-hand information and rumors at best;” that it was "unsubstantiated and unreliable" political opposition research; but they continued using it as evidence to get FISA court warrants and as a basis to appoint a special prosecutor.

Sen. Graham said the leadership of the FBI under former Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was "either grossly incompetent" or that "they knowingly allowed tremendous misdeeds"…"There was a blind eye turned toward any explanation other than the Trump campaign was colluding with foreign powers. At every turn, the FBI and DOJ ran stop signs that were in abundance regarding exculpatory information." (And yet, we still have to endure moral lectures from James Comey.)

In summation, he said, "The FISA court was lied to. Exculpatory information was withheld on those being investigated. The investigators, with some notable exceptions, were incredibly biased and used the powers of law enforcement for political purposes. The subjects of the investigation had their lives turned upside down. It is my hope that counterintelligence investigations will be reined in and this never happens again in America."

Sadly, considering that the very people responsible are already being lined up for top jobs in a Biden Administration (and you could argue that one of the people most responsible was Joe Biden himself), I wouldn’t bet the farm on it not ever happening again.


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