Democrats are plotting their next move. What are we doing?
Now that the Left’s collusion narrative has fallen apart, many are speculating about whether those who drove it, and roiled our public life for more than two years on the basis of opposition research that they probably knew was fraudulent, will be held to account. There is much to investigate: the fraudulently obtained FISA warrants; the hundreds of incidents of unmasking of innocent American citizens; the attempt by the FBI’s top leadership to swing the election to Hillary Clinton or, failing that, to derail the newly-elected Trump administration; the CIA’s role in leaking the fake “dossier” to the press while purporting to “brief” President Trump on its contents, thereby giving the Democratic Party news media permission, with a wink and a nod, to report on the Clinton campaign’s fake “dossier” in the guise of a news story. And, of course, the over-arching question: what did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it? That is only a partial list.
As much as I would like to see a bunch of Swamp denizens perp-walked into prison, prosecution should not be our top priority. Prevention should be our primary goal, as in “How do we prevent this travesty from happening again?” Of course, there is a strong argument that dragging these slimeballs out of the Swamp and putting them in prison will have a deterrent effect on those who remain.
Watergate was the last scandal that resulted in significant changes, including FISA. Growing out of Watergate was the Church Committee. Every scandal since Watergate has either fizzled out or ended up being short-circuited for political reasons.
Before we can fix the problems we need to know what really happened. That is going to require an independent commission and a lot of public hearings. The Swamp Things would love for this whole thing to go away. So would many Democrats. We cannot settle for vindication and a few Swamp denizens taking early retirement. We need some sunlight shining into the deep, dark crevices and scum-covered pools.
We also need some immediate action. Trump should order Acting AG Barr to fire (or reassign to Anchorage) any remaining DOJ employees who were involved in this. The CIA and NSA pools need some chlorine added too. The whole FISA court needs to be overhauled as well.
If Trump can clean up this mess he will have accomplished the greatest cleaning job since Hercules flushed out the Augean stables.