December 13, 2017

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

As measured and objective a voice there is, Victor Davis Hanson has reached a conclusion on the Russiagate - Trump Dossier - Fusion GPS - FBI and DOJ political hatchet job situation that has come to light in dribs and drabs since about the time that Representative Devin Nunes made a hasty trip to the White House, his complexion as pale as his destination, to share information he had recently received as Chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

After a brief a summary as possible of the tangled web of events and apparent conspirators, VDH concludes:

Indeed, the only remaining trajectory by which Mueller and his investigators can escape with their reputations intact is to dismiss those staff attorneys who have exhibited clear anti-Trump political sympathies, reboot the investigation, and then focus on what now seems the most likely criminal conduct: Russian and Clinton-campaign collusion in the creation of the anti-Trump Fusion GPS dossier and later possible U.S. government participation in the dissemination of it. If such a fraudulent document was used to gain court approval to surveil Trump associates, and under such cover to unmask and leak names of private U.S. citizens -- at first to warp a U.S. election, and then later to thwart the work of an incoming elected administration -- then Mueller will be tasked with getting to the bottom of one of the greatest political scandals in recent U.S. history. Indeed, his legacy may not be that he welcomed in known pro-Clinton, anti-Trump attorneys to investigate the Trump 2016 campaign where there was little likelihood of criminality, but that he ignored the most egregious case of government wrongdoing in the last half-century.

Let us pray that "Heaven will direct it."

UPDATE [14DEC]: WSJ Ed Page piles on.

Evidence is building instead that some officials at the FBI -- who have worked for him -- may have interfered in an American presidential election.

So the man in charge of investigating interference in an American presidential election, did so using officials who may have interfered in that same presidential election.

Fair hearing: The NY Times says, however, that "None of these attacks or insinuations are grounded in good faith. The anti-Mueller brigade cares not a whit about possible bias in the Justice Department or the F.B.I. It simply wants the investigation shut down out of a fear of what it might reveal."

The primary purpose of Mr. Mueller's investigation is not to take down Mr. Trump. It's to protect America's national security and the integrity of its elections by determining whether a presidential campaign conspired with a foreign adversary to influence the 2016 election -- a proposition that grows more plausible every day.

Okay, so maybe taking down Trump is only a secondary purpose of Mr. Mueller. Fair enough. After replacing every compromised investigator with unbiased officials, carry on with the fishing expedition. Meanwhile, as WSJ concludes regarding evidence of FBI and DOJ's dangerously flawed integrity, "Congress needs to insist on its rights as a co-equal branch of government to discover the truth."

Obama Administration The World According to DP Posted by JohnGalt at December 13, 2017 3:17 PM

Superb post. Jim Geraghty hits very similar points to the WSJ.

I know there's a lot going on, with Senator Warren calling Sen Gillibrand a slut and all, but one wonders how long this story can be relegated to right-of-center media.

Posted by: jk at December 14, 2017 4:21 PM | What do you think? [1]