We learned last week from the New York Times that the FBI actually opened an inquiry into President Trump –- not candidate Trump, but sitting President Trump --- because of words and behavior that caused them to suspect he was working as an agent of Russia. Seems to me it didn’t take much of anything at all for them to levy this outrageous charge; one of their flimsy reasons was the obvious (and funny) joke Trump had made about Russia finding Hillary’s “lost” 33,000 emails. This was very obviously just a flip remark designed to comment on Hillary’s “carelessness” (to be accurate, her criminal negligence and destruction of evidence) regarding many thousands of deleted emails, yet it suggested nothing about that to FBI top brass, as they refused to acknowledge her lawlessness. To frothing-at-the-mouth anti-Trumpers like James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan, he was making a dead-serious request of his comrade Vladimir.
This alone shows they have flipped out. One thing about leftists: if they ever did have a sense of humor, they have definitely lost it. In fact, I remember making a similar joke about the Russians being able to find Hillary’s emails, even before Trump did. It’s so obvious --- what comedy writers call “low-hanging fruit.”
Oh, and the FBI thought Trump was treating Putin too nicely. Never mind that policy-wise, he’s been very hard on Russia. Do they even consider that Trump has to negotiate with leaders throughout the world and for that reason needs to maintain as cordial a relationship with them as possible? It’s up to him as President to decide how best to do that and what appearance to maintain. If Trump says something nice about Putin, it just means he’s trying to create optimal conditions for working with him. In fact, it seems to me that if Trump really were a Russian agent, he’d be LESS likely to say something nice about Putin. He’d be trying to throw observers off the scent by putting on the tough act instead.
Would the FBI have dared to open an investigation into President Obama under similar circumstances? For example, after Obama was caught on an open mic saying “...I’ll have more flexibility [to work with Putin] after the election,” did they think, “Whoa, what did he say? The President must be a Russian secret agent! A traitor! We must unseat him!”? Never.
But it’s this level of thinking that apparently led the FBI to rationalize investigating a sitting President. It’s hard to know where to start in any discussion of how serious this is. I’ve used the term “bloodless coup” before in speculating about what the FBI was trying to do to bring down Trump, but this latest development takes us beyond speculation. If it’s true, the evidence for such a coup is now crystal clear. I assume the story was leaked to the New York Times to try to get ahead of it before it blew up, as transcripts of some very damaging testimony from former top FBI officials before House Republicans were inevitably coming out.
In light of this ridiculous story, it’s important to recognize that America has experienced known examples of collusion with Russia –- even Soviet Russia, during the Cold War. Mark Levin, on his Sunday night TV show on FOX News, discussed one very big one with top Russia specialist Dr. Paul Kengor, Grove City College professor of political science for 20 years and the executive director for the Center For Vision And Values. He has written about the known collusion between Ted Kennedy and the Kremlin to defeat Ronald Reagan in his 1984 bid for re-election. One particular document found in 1991 in the archives of the Central Committee after the defeat of Communism proves this, and the story was reported by Tim Sebastian in the London Times and the BBC in 1992. According to Dr. Kengor, the American media did exactly nothing with it.
From the document, we learn that Sen. Kennedy’s friend John Tunny went to Moscow on his behalf to discuss their mutual problem with then-President Ronald Reagan.
Here’s just one sample quote from the Kremlin document, written by the head of the KGB to Russian President Andropov: “Senator Kennedy, like other rational people, is very troubled by the current state of Soviet-American relations. Events are developing such that this relationship coupled with the general state of global affairs will make the situation even more dangerous. The main reason for this is Reagan’s belligerence, and his firm commitment to deploy new American middle range nuclear weapons within Western Europe. According to Kennedy, the current threat is due to the President’s refusal to engage any modification to his politics.”
So, through a go-between, Kennedy certainly appears to have been conspiring with the Kremlin to discuss their mutual Reagan problem in the time leading up to Reagan’s re-election. He blames Reagan 100 percent, not the Russians, for the deteriorating relationship between the two nations, and says he’s impressed with Soviet dictator Andropov. There is even a discussion of what Reagan’s political vulnerabilities might be; these seemed to be issues related to war and peace.
According to this document, Kennedy offers to communicate to the American electorate that the Russians have peaceful intentions. He’s actually running interference for the Soviets, helping them with their public image in America. He offers them advice, outlining steps that should be taken. He offers to go to Moscow and meet with Andropov, and also help arrange for Soviet officials to come to the United States and speak before the American public. He even said he’d work to get them interviews with such journalists as Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters!
At the end of the document, its author says, “I shall await instructions,” and he also speaks of Ted Kennedy’s own presidential prospects, especially looking ahead to 1988.
Dr. Kengor describes this wide-ranging document as dealing with American foreign policy and matters of national security --- including nuclear policy --- as well as an American presidential election. He says this is like having a letter today from the head of the Russian GRU to Vladimir Putin outlining an American political leader’s offer to help defeat a sitting president. Imagine if something like that turned up implicating Donald Trump. Now THAT would be a smoking gun.
Yet when the story came out in the British press in 1992, it was met by the American media with a yawn. According to Dr. Kengor, Ted Kennedy was never even asked about it. In 2007, Dr. Kengor published a book that included the document and laid the story out: THE CRUSADER: RONALD REAGAN AND THE FALL OF COMMUNISM, from Harper Collins…
No major media outlet did a thing on this. There was only one small story done by a cable TV channel in Philadelphia (and good for them), to which Kennedy’s office responded with a brief statement that took exception with the “interpretation” of the document. There was no denial of the document’s authenticity.
But since nobody ever pressed Kennedy on it, we don’t know what happened after the document was written. And we can’t exactly ask him about it now, so we probably will never know if he made the trip to Moscow and/or took further efforts to work with the Russians to undermine Reagan. Andropov died within a year of receiving the document.
At some point, Dr. Kengor talked with a few longtime members of Congress about this, and one of them told him something like, “Look, Sen. Kennedy was doing this in the interest of peace. He was worried about the Cold War and justifiably worried about Reagan.” Dr. Kengor’s response was, “Well, we can’t say what his motives were because nobody has asked him!” I would add that regardless of his motivation and no matter how thoroughly he had rationalized it, if he did what he certainly seems to have done, it was a heinous act of treason.
THAT is what Russian collusion looks like. Not Trump saying he gets along well with Putin or telling a little joke about getting Russians to find Hillary’s emails. Ted Kennedy really conspired with Russians, or apparently tried to. And nothing was ever done about it at all.
This isn’t the only example of American political leaders actually conspiring with Communists. Dr. Kengor and Mark Levin touch on a few others in their January 13 interview. At this writing, it hasn’t been posted yet, but here's the link...