Somebody needs to go to prison for the rest of their life. Maybe several somebodies.
I want to go back to the beginning. We the People joined Russiagate after the election. I want to discuss where it started.
Assume that you are the ideal FBI Director. Your courage, integrity, and love for America are unimpeachable. You are untainted by politics or scandal. All you care about is doing your best job for the American people.
How do you conduct an investigation of the GOP nominee (or his inner circle) in the months before an election without the full knowledge and express approval of the President? Is there any scenario where that makes sense? Absolutely-fucking-not.
First of all, what would it take to even trigger an investigation of the GOP nominee? You’re gonna need more than an anonymous tip. You will need solid, credible evidence of wrongdoing. This isn’t something that has been publicly known to be under investigation for years. I am talking about something new.
Let’s suppose a former British intelligence office brings you a dossier filled with lurid and sensational allegations. In addition to some allegations about peeing prostitutes the central allegation is that the GOP nominee is in collusion with the Russian government. That is kind of a big deal.
Before you do anything else you are going to head over to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and speak to your boss. You will do whatever you need to do to get a private meeting with the President. You will share the contents of the dossier, and then you will ask him “What are my orders?”
If the contents of the dossier are true it will be the biggest political scandal in United States history. It could easily lead to war between the US and Russia. There is no way that it isn’t huge.
But if it is not true then that’s pretty big too. If this story leaks out it will almost certainly affect the outcome of the upcoming election. This is an issue above your paygrade. There is only one person with the authority to make these decisions. POTUS. Barack H. Obama.
So you talk it over and he gives you your instructions. If he tells you to shitcan it then you do. More than likely he will tell you to check out the allegations in the dossier. But this must be done in the strictest secrecy.
(We know now that the FBI was unable to corroborate the central allegation of collusion. I am fully confident that Donald J. Trump did not collude with Russia.)
I skipped over some stuff. The FBI allegedly did not receive the dossier until after the election. At that point the investigation had been underway for several months. Which raises another important question: When did the investigation start and what triggered it?
The answer to that question is unclear. There is evidence that there was some kind of investigation going on as early as April 2016. I recall Hillary making repeated references to Trump and Russia at least that far back. This is a critical question because there are a number of sworn statements that state the investigation didn’t start until August and there were two separate FISA warrants that were filed. Last but not least, we know the dossier originated with Hillary’s campaign.
Why is this all important? Because if Trump isn’t guilty then somebody tried to frame him. Both Obama and Hillary Clinton are potentially implicated, along with Comey and various people at the DOJ, FBI, White House, and Hillary’s Henchmen.
The media, of course, is totally uninterested in making these inquiries. I can imagine a number of various scenarios, but I won’t list them all here. But even if this was a legitimate, good faith investigation then there are some questions that deserve answers. The stories we have been told thus far raise more questions than they answer.
The best possible explanation is that Comey and the FBI were incompetent bumblers. But that doesn’t explain how some unverified oppo research from Hillary’s campaign ended up being used as the basis for a special prosecutor investigation. The worst-case scenario involves Hillary and Obama committing serious abuses of power.
Like I said at the beginning, somebody should be in prison over this.