Here’s how to tell that Congressional investigators and President Trump are finally getting close in their quest to find out what the Obama DOJ and FBI did to be able to surveil Trump’s campaign: the Democrats are screaming bloody murder. I’ll bet that in their private moments, they look very much like that anguished soul in the painting “The Scream.” For us, this is going to be like witnessing a train wreck --- hard to watch, but you just can’t look away.
Not only are we getting close to the truth, but we benefit from the convergence of several developments. It’s a year into Mueller’s probe, and that has put a brighter spotlight on it. The completion of the Inspector General’s report on the investigation of Hillary’s felonious mishandling of classified materials no doubt has them on edge. (Speaking of edge, I’ll throw in a gratuitous reference to the old Johnny Carson sketch, “The Edge Of Wetness,” as Democrats are bound to be sweating.) Trump’s decision to call for an investigation into the spying and the likely political motivations of top DOJ and FBI officials is the last straw, sending some of them OVER the edge.
Former CIA Director John Brennan, whom Trump has called “the genesis of the whole debacle” for likely initiating the whole “Crossfire Hurricane” intrigue with his memo to then-FBI Director James Comey, seems to be descending into madness on Twitter as we all just sit back and witness the dissolution. (By the way, for those who cringe at Trump’s tweets, note that Brennan’s are every bit as cringeworthy. He’s become the thing he hates.) Brennan has been a scathing critic of Trump’s morals and integrity for quite some time, but in Sunday’s tweeting he even resorted to invoking the proverbial “threat to democracy”:
“Senator McConnell & Speaker Ryan: If Mr. Trump continues along this disastrous path, you will bear the major responsibility for the harm done to our democracy. You do a great disservice to our Nation & the Republican Party if you continue to enable Mr. Trump’s self-serving actions.”
I’d respond that if anything is a threat to democracy, it’s the intelligence community under the leadership of one political party undermining the candidate of another.
Now, here’s former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, speaking Monday on MSNBC: “I think what we’re seeing here is the President has taken his all-out assault on the rule of law to a new level, and this time he is ordering up an investigation of the investigators who are examining his own campaign. You know, that’s really shocking.”
What’s really shocking, Ms. Yates, is that it would be necessary to dig into the swamp the way the President is having to do (and the way his supporters dearly want him to). The lack of transparency within the entrenched bureaucracy is shocking. The apparent use of “informants” (spies) to track the associates of a political opponent across the globe and feed information to them that becomes the basis for FISA warrants is shocking. The submission to federal judges of “salacious and unverified” (Comey’s words) material paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC without identifying it as such is shocking. The lies and leaks by Comey and Clapper are shocking. The double standard applied to Hillary and Trump is shocking. The slow-walking and outright refusal to provide documents to Congressional and Senate committees tasked with the constitutional responsibility to oversee your sorry hides is shocking. The fact that you would have the gall to invoke “the rule of law” when the intelligence community has been placing itself above the law is shocking.
I could go on.
Trump had a meeting on Monday with senior officials of the DOJ, FBI and DNI to discuss requests from the House Intelligence Committee for classified documents that have been withheld. Also on the agenda was the question of whether Obama administration officials had anything to do with authorizing the use of a longtime FBI and CIA informant (spy) to penetrate the Trump campaign in 2016. The requested documents have to do with the scope of that surveillance.
Wow, imagine President Trump, deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats all in the same room. Rumor has it that a fly on the wall has just been interviewed for the New York Times.
Rosenstein –- who apparently is still employed --- agreed to comply and designated Inspector General Michael Horowitz to take on a new project (as if he hadn’t been busy enough): investigating the infiltration of Trump’s campaign. One great thing about Horowitz is that he’s been able to get documents the FBI said weren’t obtainable, such as the hugely significant Strzok/Page texts. Let’s hope he does as well this time getting what he needs. If not, Trump may have to just declassify the stuff and let the chips fall.
Sara A. Carter has an excellent piece with much more detail on the meeting and the quest for documents, plus some background on the “informant” (spy) who for some reason remains unidentified by name in a few major news outlets when we all know who he is.