Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham released declassified FBI documents Friday revealing that senior bureau officials, including those who led the Russia probe, were skeptical early on of stories suggesting President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was conspiring with Russia.
So when will there be justice?
For the past several years Americans have seen documents turning the narrative that suggested there was such a conspiracy on its head. So if the same senior Obama and law enforcement officials didn’t believe there was evidence to prove a conspiracy, or that one even existed, then who in power gave the directive to target the Trump campaign and continue investigating beyond the election?
Graham, who has promised to call former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, among others, to testify before his committee needs to focus on those very questions. For years, colleagues and friends of Trump have been the target of those in the FBI intent on proving what they appeared to have known was an obvious lie.
Moreover, strategically feeding those lies in newspapers, social media and cable news outlets throughout the world harmed America’s national security. It was a disinformation campaign unlike anything ever seen in U.S. politics and it was cultivated by former senior intelligence officials with extraordinary power. Lastly, and most importantly, the lies have harmed the American people and ripped the nation apart.
That’s why the discovery of documents revealing the truth is so important. It is the only way to begin to cleanse the nation. Graham made the documents public as part of his investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation. His ongoing probe coincides with a separate but ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was appointed by Barr last year.
But Americans have witnessed over the past nearly four years investigation after investigation with no actionable results and no indictments. And Barr’s most recent statement that Durham’s investigation may not be completed until after the November election is beyond concerning.
I just don’t buy the excuse that the COVID-19 epidemic has set back Durham’s investigation, as suggested by Barr. I hope I’m wrong. But I haven’t seen any real results since first publishing stories more than three years ago on the subject.I’m starting to feel, like most people involved in exposing what has happed, like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
But I haven’t given up all hope.
Still, just look at what has already happened. The American public has been made privy to a trove of classified government documents, emails, text messages and internal communications between government officials involved in the Trump Russia investigation. Those documents have already been obtained by the DOJ, Congress and journalists and for the most part have been declassified. Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, has also fought and obtained tens-of-thousands of pages of documents through FOIA. Still, the DOJ has yet to actually act on it.
For example, in Graham’s document dump the public learns again that the FBI did not believe that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia. The documents re-enforce what we have already learned that the President was set up. In the documents, former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok stated that he did not see any evidence linking the Trump campaign and Russia as suggested in a New York Times article dated Feb. 14, 2017.
“We have not seen evidence of any officials associated with the Trump team in contact with [intelligence officers]. We are unaware of ANY Trump advisors engaging in conversations with Russian intelligence officials,” stated Strzok at the time. He attached a copy of the NYT article to his notes.
Strangely, it was Strzok who suggested, however, in January, 2017 to keep an investigation into then Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn open. He did this despite and internal memo from bureau officials suggesting that no derogatory information had been found on Flynn, nor anyone associated with him. So why were Yates, Strzok, as well as former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, then FBI Director James Comey all so bent on investigating Trump?
In there own words, and in numerous documents obtained after years of probes, congressional investigations and Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act fights in the courts these senior Obama officials state that they had no evidence that there was a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. Still, even senior officials, such as former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress that he was aware of information that someone senior in the Trump campaign could be conspiring with Russia.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper alluded to this as well in numerous television interviews. All of these officials – Clapper, Brennan and Comey – were aware of this information when they went to brief Trump in New York City on the fake dossier compiled by former British Spy Christopher Steele and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
So why has no one been prosecuted by the Department of Justice? Why have the most obvious questions not been answered by these former senior officials? More importantly, where is the justice for what appears to be a blatant attempt to soft coup a president of the United States?
It’s also extremely concerning that Barr is now indicating that Durham may not have a report or indictments until after the November Presidential elections. That seems absurd to me, since it’s been roughly four years and just look how fast the Justice Department operated under former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to target the president on these unfounded and false allegations.
A 57-page memo released by Graham also detailed the bureau’s interview with Steele. It suggested that the FBI agents were aware that the allegations against Trump were based on unreliable sourcing and shouldn’t be trusted.
Strzok also suggested that Steele wasn’t able to verify his own sourcing.
So we need to know once and for all who was behind targeting President Trump’s campaign, administration and the American people who voted for him?
The people of this country shouldn’t have to wait years for the truth and lawmakers shouldn’t drag out investigations that needed to be completed years ago.
The Justice Department must do its job and hold those who illegally targeted Trump accountable. Further, there is no time like the present to unleash justice.
Durham doesn’t need to wait until after the election to shed light on what happened over the past four years because everyday the evidence reveals that there was an attempt to undo a U.S. election.
Those former senior Obama officials who led the attempted soft-coup against Trump need to be exposed and indicted. If not, we’ll no longer be the nation based on the principals of justice and liberty we believe ourselves to be but something all-together different.
I just can’t imagine that’s who we are.
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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