August 26, 2019

Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book, “BALL OF COLLUSION: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency,” might go down in history as the definitive account of what the Obama administration did behind the scenes in 2015-2017 to undermine Donald Trump, first as a candidate and later as President. It provides eminently solid explanations for what happened and connects the dots so well that it could be a “roadmap” for Attorney General William Barr as he conducts his own investigation and addresses the questions that remain. Though it’s doubtful Barr needs a roadmap at this point.

If you have friends or family members who don’t understand the seriousness of what occurred or who simply have thrown up their hands as the story got increasingly complicated, they should read this book --- or, at least one particular excerpt, which does a spectacular job on its own of concisely explaining what the Obama administration did to weaponize the institutions of power. It’s posted on the RealClear Investigations website; I’ve linked to it at the bottom of this commentary for you to read and pass along.

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To tell the story, McCarthy begins with a reference to the January 5, 2017, White House meeting with Obama and national security officials to discuss their assessment of Russia’s so-called interference in the election and to Susan Rice’s last-minute Inauguration Day CYA text, saying Obama insisted in that meeting that the Trump/Russia investigation be “by the book.” (McCarthy clarifies that Russians weren’t interfering in the election per se --- no ballots or vote tallies were involved --- but in the months leading up to it, by publicizing stolen emails and peddling outrageous propaganda.) President Obama had rushed to complete this assessment; as of January 5, he had just a couple of weeks before he and his staff would be out the door.

McCarthy also divides the timeline at BEFORE Election Day, when everyone thought Hillary was a shoo-in, and AFTER Election Day, that (wonderful) day voters told Hillary to “shoo.” Well before the election, Obama knew all about what the Russians had been doing, cyber-wise, but since it was assumed that Hillary would win, there was no desire to cast even a smidgen of doubt on the upcoming election results. “Because Clinton was the certain victor,” McCarthy writes, “Democrats made a calculated decision that nothing said or done would even hint that her coronation would reflect anything but the will of the people.” Recall that just days before the election, both Obama and Clinton assailed Trump for “daring to question the integrity and legitimacy of the election.” Obama even pointed out that Russia always stirs the pot and makes this kind of mischief (true, and so do we and everybody else, though he wasn’t going to say THAT) and it never amounts to anything in terms of results.

But then, Election Day came, and it knocked not only Hillary and her campaign but the whole Obama team for a loop. Imagine the blood draining from their faces as they realized that in just ten short weeks, none other than Donald J. Trump would be President, positioned to discover that Obama’s Executive Branch –- with help, I would add, from some Democrat legislators –- had exploited its massive counterintelligence powers, foreign and domestic, to spy on his political campaign. Holy Moly. As I’ve said, they really did make Richard Nixon look like an underachiever.

It’s at this point where McCarthy conveniently sums up the whole scandal. To quote: “It would become apparent to Trump that the Obama administration had been telling the FISC [FISA court] that his campaign was traitorously complicit in Russia’s hacking of Democratic email accounts. Trump would be poised to find out that the FBI, in coordination with the CIA, the State Department, and friendly foreign governments, had for months been running informants at Trump campaign advisors, aggressively asking them loaded questions designed to implicate the campaign in Russia’s hacking operations. He would hear of the “unmasking” of Trump associates in intelligence reporting so that Obama officials, such as Rice and Brennan, could monitor them. It would become clear to Trump that these steps were taken in stealth, withheld even from the Gang Of Eight that was created precisely to prevent such audacious executive action in the absence of high-level congressional oversight.”

Also, he continues, they realized Trump would know that he, personally, was the target of this scheme. Otherwise, they would have taken any suspicions directly to him –- or to one of his top campaign people with strong national security credentials –- in a defensive national security briefing. And even though there were officials whose blind hatred and loathing of Trump were enough to make them believe (“in their bones,” McCarthy writes) that he actually had corrupt Russian ties, Trump would know their investigation was based on nothing more than unverified, salacious gossip and hearsay generated by the Clinton campaign.

[Aside: I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that this will be their defense if (when??) they end up in court. They’ll say they BELIEVED that Trump was a Russian agent and lots of other bad things and so they acted accordingly in the name of national security. Sorry, that doesn’t cut it. If you tried to kill an innocent person whom you loathed and said it was because you BELIEVED that person was bad, you’d still end up in prison for attempted murder. And you should. Even if you believed it in your bones. But this is how they’ll try to justify their actions, if it comes to that.]

Anyway, Trump also knew Obama’s people had buried the criminal case against Hillary, “which, McCarthy writes, “[was] supported by such daunting evidence of guilt that the plain language of criminal statutes had to be distorted to avoid enforcing them.” So the inconsistent standards of “justice” applied to Trump and to Hillary would be glaring.

Obama and his people had ten weeks to do something. In ten weeks, Trump would “inherit the keys to the intelligence kingdom,” as McCarthy puts it. Knowing Trump, they realized he wasn’t likely to just let it go when he found out, even if bringing on a day of reckoning for the esteemed FBI caused him to lose political points. What would they do? Rather then let Trump make it public, they knew it would be better for them to “orchestrate the disclosure themselves.”

So, suddenly, instead of dismissing Russia’s efforts to “meddle in our democracy,” as the narrative had gone before the election, they would turn 180 degrees and blame Russia for Hillary’s loss. With help from the media, they would convince enough of the public that there truly WAS a sinister Trump/Russia conspiracy. And they would work it so any attempt to stop them from endlessly investigating it would be seen as obstruction. We saw that play out with the special counsel for almost two years.

Again, for fascinating late-summer reading, the book is BALL OF COLLUSION, by Andrew C. McCarthy. Here’s that excerpt…

'Ball of Collusion' Excerpt: All the President's Anti-Trump Loyalists | RealClearInvestigations

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    06/30/2020 05:51 AM

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  • Janet A. Noble

    12/31/2019 07:18 PM

    I am so glad that the information is coming out. I pray that all that was involved in the crooked evil lies get punished for all they have done and like Obama is still doing. I truly believe God put Donald Trump to run and be elected to the presidency. God Bless Donald Trump and his family.

  • David F Podesta

    12/31/2019 07:03 PM

    If all this is KNOWN about Obama and his stooges, why it is that no charges have ever been filed against anybody, and why is the left still going with this BS narrative, and why hasn't there been any meaningful blowback?

  • Anita Cordell

    12/31/2019 05:54 PM

    This makes more sense than what I have been hearing. I never believed Trump was guilty anyway! They should all go to prison for treason.

  • marlene baatz

    12/31/2019 05:14 PM

    why aren't these people held accountable and punished for their crimes they have broken every law the is to break are they so powerful that we are afraid to make them accontable

  • marlene baatz

    12/31/2019 05:10 PM

    Why aren't these people held accountable and punished they have broken every law there is to break and they just go on and on

  • Humberto Vargas

    12/31/2019 03:51 PM

    Good information hopefully we need more people know the real story about President Trump

  • Darlene Ziolkowski

    09/03/2019 10:54 PM

    I am so glad the truth is coming out. I just hope Barr will do his job and charge the responsible people.

  • Sandra Reina

    09/01/2019 08:01 PM

    If all that is known why Hilary and Obama are not in jail? It will Teach all corrupt politicians that no one is above the law.


    09/01/2019 01:23 PM


  • patricia I Buck-Sherman

    08/29/2019 04:36 AM


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    08/29/2019 04:34 AM


  • Colin R Clayberger

    08/27/2019 10:05 AM

    I hope & pray that AG Barr will have the "guts" to prosecute all involved, up to an including Obama. If President Trump would not have been elected, all these undercover, illegal stunts would have been forever sealed and we, the American people, would blindly still be on the downward slope to socialism.

  • Pamela Ann Miller

    08/27/2019 09:14 AM

    They have also used the premise of "if you say it often enough, it must be the truth," e.g. racist, collusion, misogynist, womanizer, mentally unstable, Russia. The list continues for years.

  • Kevin J Cook

    08/27/2019 03:51 AM

    And Hussein and Hellary orchestra the whole coup just like a corrupt Mafia God father

  • Pamala Pritchard

    08/27/2019 02:12 AM

    I believe that the dems. Need to be brought to justice..they have tried to bring down America..and that is,treason..all involved in the Russia lie against President Trump should be prossicuted

  • Carl Smith

    08/27/2019 01:13 AM

    Steyer, Soros, Herb & Marion Sandler, Peter Lewis ( Progressive Ins.) the Mayor of NYC's Billions are working against Trump and they have the MEDIA on their side 101%.Uphil battle EVEN if AG Barr exposes the FBI. Will the American people ever get the TRUTH? Only if they read your newsletter or subscribe to Epoch Times.

  • Vicki Smith

    08/26/2019 10:53 PM

    My prayer is that the true darkness will be revealed before the 2020 election and this long investigation provides real justice. Why the left isn't just as upset at this contrived evil scheme underlines their ignorance. How do they not see that if this plot is not revealed, fully examined and processes/boundaries put in place to ensure this can never happen again, that the tables can quickly turn against them? This hate-filled bias, however, really perpetuated by the mainstream news media and so-called "celebrities," is the ugliest, vilest I've ever seen. The media will never recover if the real truth is provided to the American people. They have lost all their credibility and the American people see what they're doing and the damage they've done. "O what a web we weave when first we practice to deceive." I hope the walls ALL fall down.

  • Robert Benda

    08/26/2019 05:45 PM

    More is being revealed every day about this administration. I know the IG report is coming out very soon. But the American People shouldn’t have to wait years for justice to be served. It’s like the death penalty over 90% die in prison from natural causes. When they should be executed within a week of being found guilty.

  • Vivian Rowland

    08/26/2019 05:28 PM

    I trust President Trump and believe Obama did as much as he could possibly do to destroy AMERICA as an Islamist hater.

  • Yadira Spracklen

    08/26/2019 05:28 PM

    My God and Savior please have mercy on our country!
    This is a real collusion by democrats not by president Trump as they (democrats) portray so scary that we have a political party who played dirty and without scruples and the most scary part is that top leaders as the president of the USA barrack Obama will do such thing just because they want to keep control of the White House? This is something you see in third world countries, not the United States of America, I’m an immigrants who come to this country 40 years ago and very proud of this country, but I’m appalled to the things you see done by democrats, no respect to others opinion, beliefs, or expressions on what we stand for, is despicable, horrendous and disgraceful that the values of this country are going down the drain, we need honest leaders with high up values, Godly representatives and fear to the Almighty. Without those values this nation is going to be history.

  • Vera Suzanne Baker

    08/26/2019 05:24 PM

    I am interested in reading this book. I have thought from day one that Obama was not an innocent party in all of this treachery.

  • Ron Schwartz

    08/26/2019 04:59 PM

    It’s critically important that each involved in the cover up, leaking and law breaking be indicted forcing the the MSM to report on the setup. Trumps base is counting on this being exposed, These indictments will credit DJT with the take down of those involved in this treasonous set up! All involved must be held accountable !

  • Ron Carmony

    08/26/2019 04:52 PM

    Why aren't all of these perps in jail? Rest assured, if they were conservatives, they would have been doing time for going on two years now. This is unconscionable beyond measure.

  • Glenn E Spracklin

    08/26/2019 04:10 PM

    Anybody with half a brain knew Obama Clinton and all the other cronies were out to get Trump all of them should be brought up on charges for election tampering concidering that Clinton paid off the DNC to beat Sanders.
    in my mind these people are the most lying and crooked